Michael Isikoff at NBC News reports that the FBI has "dramatically increased its use of a controversial provision of the Patriot Act to secretly obtain a vast store of business records of U.S. citizens under President Barack Obama." The FBI filed 212 requests for this kind of data in a national security court last year, which represents a 1,000-percent increase from the number of similar requests four years prior.
This webcam, housed in an animatronic sculpture of a grossly disembodied human eye, was created by Marc Teyssier, Marion Koelle, Paul Strohmeier, Bruno Fruchard and Jürgen Steimle. [Human Computer Interaction Lab via The Verge] They call it the Eyecam and I lovehate it. Webcams that are in front of us, looking at us, constantly. What… READ THE REST
Evan Greer is trans-femme indie punk songwriter as well as an activist and the Deputy Director for the digital rights group Fight For The Future. Also, her new album — out this Friday 4/9, and delightfully titled Spotify is Surveillance — totally fucking rips. ("Emma Goldman Would Beat Your Ass," which I previously shared here… READ THE REST
Ikea set up a sprawling surveillance regime employing private detectives and corrupt cops to spy on its own staff and even customers, say prosecutors in France. The company's French subsidiary is going on trial this week along with former CEO Stefan Vanoverbeke, several former store managers and a number of police officers accused of handing… READ THE REST
You can have a house packed to the rafters with smart home technology. But if you don't have a quality router poised and ready to handle the load of a modern household, all those tech toys are…well, just that. Toys. Obviously, spotty Wi-Fi these days is unacceptable, so employing a top-notch piece of equipment like… READ THE REST
You can practically feel the excitement building. After more than a year locked up in our homes and trapped in our own isolated biospheres, vaccinations are happening, COVID restrictions are easing, and Americans seem poised and ready to take advantage of the world's imminent reopening. With summer right on our doorstep, that newfound exhilaration should… READ THE REST
Even for home theater nerds, it's easy to get washed away in a sea of techno-jargon, special proprietary systems, and other labels and specs that can turn into a sea of audiophile white noise. But there are some audio buzz terms that should get your attention, one being Dolby Atmos. Because for those familiar with the… READ THE REST