Michael from Muckrock sez, "After scouring American police departments (via public records requests) for drone usage, MuckRock is setting its sights a little lower with a crowdfunding campaign hoping to fund thousands of public records request on how local agencies are using fake cell phone towers, warrantless wiretaps, and other techniques to get your cell phone to phone home."
It's not an academic concern: Homeland Security is often subsidizing the purchase of equipment like Stingrays, which can intercept location and call data, but often not providing proper training or best practices for protecting privacy. And recently the DHS seized records requested under a public records act to prevent their release. Filing far and wide will help reduce the ability of the federal government to hide wider ranging programs, while also giving the public a first look into how widespread these techniques have spread.
The Spy in Your Pocket
Lenovo’s new Chromebook Duet is only $2801, but it’s getting excellent reviews from sources that are usually lukewarm on low-end gadgets running Google’s operating system. The 10″ convertible tablet isn’t going to muscle out a Surface Pro or iPad Pro, but it doesn’t feel cheap. The Verge’s Monica Chin: “It feels much more like a […]
This $3 handheld magnifying glass has two bright LEDs and is powered by 3 AAA cells (not included). The manufacturer says the magnification is 40X. I think it is less than that, but it is still plenty powerful for my needs – mainly, reading the markings on tiny electrical components and checking the layer fusion […]
We used to joke about Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs being used to control humans, and now they are: Singapore has deployed one to Bishan-Ang Moh Kio Park to monitor social distancing and blare warnings during the coronavirus pandemic. South China Morning Post: “Singapore has unveiled a four-legged robot programmed to keep park visitors tuned in […]
With the U.S. cautiously reopening, it’s probably time to take stock of where you’re at. After spending all these weeks in the house, you’ve likely already assembled a little list of items you either realized you were missing or need to replace. And those kinds of revelations probably apply to nearly every room. We got […]
When the COVID-19 threat hit in March, most Americans didn’t have much of a choice about their new work-from-home existence. But now that a majority of the workforce have settled into their new routines, it may be hard for many to snap back to the daily commute and the office grind again. And the numbers […]
After two months, all those stockpiled snacks and days spent indoors have likely taken their toll. If you happened to pick up a few pounds during quarantine, join the club. However, you may be thinking that it’s time — or maybe, well past time — to get back on that fitness horse. Rather than heading […]