Here's a shoe I've been waiting to drop: a US federal court in San Francisco has granted the Electronic Frontier Foundation leave to go ahead in suing the US government over the NSA's bulk surveillance program. EFF has been trying in various ways to bring this case since 2005, when former AT&T tech Mark Klein blew the whistle on NSA spying, but the Bush and Obama administrations have foiled them at every turn by invoking state secrecy. With the revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden now in the public domain, EFF can continue its suit with reference to public information.
Singapore is testing autonomous ground robots that can move through crowds and detect undesirable social behaviors such as smoking in prohibited areas, illegal hawking, improper bicycle parking, and gathering in groups of more than five people. When a robot spots an undesirable person, it "will trigger real-time alerts to the command and control centre, and… READ THE REST
"Non-line-of-sight imaging" is the technique of shining light in a direction and measuring all the ways it bounces off objects to determine their rough shape — including ones the person holding the camera can't see. That means that, historically, they've been able to use NLOS imaging to, say, detect an object hidden around a corner… READ THE REST
Apple announced that it planned to scan images on iPhones to see if they matched the signatures of known child abuse images. Though iCloud mail (and many cloud storage services) are already subject to such scanning, the fact that the scanning would happen on users' own phones alarmed users and privacy groups. Even if the… READ THE REST
Nothing is worse than having your devices die when you're out and about. Sure, standard portable power banks will do the trick, but most are too bulky to carry around in your pockets. Plus, then you have to worry about the long charge times for those power banks have, not to mention the hassle of… READ THE REST
No matter how good your vision may be, the naked eye sure misses a lot. Like if you ever look up close at a Van Gogh painting — all those brush strokes and swirls are the magic behind any of the artist's masterpieces. And the same goes with other things in life, whether it be… READ THE REST
For anyone looking to establish an online brand, finding and reaching out to your target audience directly can be a daunting task. After all, how do you know which keywords or topics will reach directly to them? If you don't have a degree in marketing, it can be near impossible to figure out on your… READ THE REST