Apple has a patent to disable "one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device, such as upon the occurrence of a certain event." For instance, the patent states, "Covert police or government operations may require complete 'blackout' conditions."
In the autumn of 2020, the Tampa Bay Times published an investigation into the Pasco County Sheriff's Department, which was openly boasting about its new Minority Report-inspired intelligence gathering program. I wrote about it then, but here's a quick summary of how it works: First the Sheriff's Office generates lists of people it considers likely… READ THE REST
I'm a big fan of journalist Spencer Ackerman's work as a national security reporter, hardcore punk drummer, and scholarly Magneto apologist. He was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Guardian that broke the news of the Snowden leaks, and has more recently worked as the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast.… READ THE REST
On November 20, 2020, the French government presented a new security bill. Article 24 of the bill outlaws the dissemination of photos and videos that feature, "the image of the face or any other element of identification of an official of the national police or of a soldier of the national gendarmerie when acting within… READ THE REST
Between laptops, smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets, you may be walking around with $2,000 worth of technology at any given time. And because you're human, you're likely to smash, submerge, or simply lose those expensive tech items every now and then. So mitigate your losses with a standout protection plan from Akko, which covers one phone… READ THE REST
There are lots of things to miss about childhood, whether it's fruit roll-ups, playing Super Mario Bros. 3 for hours on end, or discovering the tiny toys in your fast-food happy meal. But when it comes to devices with long wires attached to them, like the now-antiquated "household phone," or bulky headphones, modern life in… READ THE REST
From electric toothbrushes to blow dryers that brush your hair for you while you style, life is full of everyday gizmos and gadgets that just make things way easier. But if you're still using flimsy, cheap disposable lighters in your day-to-day, you may want to take a step back and consider an upgrade. If you've… READ THE REST