Chalk up another technological victory for Big Brother. Japanese phone maker KDDI has developed a mobile phone that analyzes users' movements, beaming that information back to the corporate office/Party headquarters/the Ministry of Love for review. Specialized software can identify several distinct movements, including walking, stair-climbing, and even cleaning. On-the-job slackers, the jig is up.
Whether you've had to make last-minute photocopies, cough up the last three dollars in your wallet to fetch coffee, or have your brilliant idea shot down in a meeting, everyone has had at least one boss who has been, let's face it, beastly. According to a new study, this behavior can be traced back to the hunter-gatherer days of our prehistoric ancestors.