Technology

Some US Airlines Are Testing Mandatory Facial Recognition Scans On Americans Flying Abroad
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Liberty Blitzkrieg | Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more invasive, authoritarian and downright miserable, the Department of Homeland Security and two U.S. carriers are determined to prove you wrong. Yesterday, Harrison...
Canada rules that all new cellphones must be unlocked
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Engadget | Canadians pay some of the highest wireless rates of any G7 nation, and to add insult to injury, they often have to shell out $50 or more to unlock cellphones when switching operators. However, the nation’s wireless...
The Pentagon is building robotic wingmen to fly alongside fighter planes
WashingtonPost | A Pentagon effort to incubate businesses in Silicon Valley may be bearing some of its first fruit, as a San Diego company rolls out a set of new drones it says could accompany human-piloted fighters into combat. On...
Facebook wants to spy on people through their smartphone camera and analyse the emotions on their face
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TheSun.co.uk | ACEBOOK has been secretly developing creepy technology which spies on people and automatically analyses their facial expressions. The social network applied for a patent to capture pictures of a user through their...
China uncovers massive underground network of Apple employees selling customers' personal data
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HongKongFP | Chinese authorities say they have uncovered a massive underground operation involving the sale of Apple users’ personal data. Twenty-two people have been detained on suspicion of infringing individuals’ privacy and...
Paris Air Show Features Ultra Lethal Drones of the Future
ActivistPost | Because the current fleet of drones apparently isn’t lethal enough… Of course the list of countries being bombed by drones might beg to differ. It also might be worthwhile for the U.S. military to first fulfill the...
Google Faces Record EU Antitrust Fine
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WSJ | BRUSSELS—The European Union’s antitrust watchdog in the coming weeks is set to hit Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -0.53% Google with a record fine for manipulating its search results to favor its own comparison-shopping...
Tech giants 'have captured the economy'
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Axios | The world's largest tech companies — Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple — have become enormous concentrations of wealth and data, drawing the attention of economists and academics who warn they're growing...
Future of humanity under threat from AI-controlled propaganda – Assange
RT | WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange predicts an impending dystopic world where human perception is no match for Artificial Intelligence-controlled propaganda and the consequences of AI are lost on its creators, who envision...
Boeing Studies Pilotless Planes as it Ponders next Jetliner
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Reuters | Boeing Co is looking ahead to a brave new world where jetliners fly without pilots and aims to test some of the technology next year, the world’s biggest plane maker said in a briefing ahead of the Paris Airshow. The...
Be Careful Celebrating Google’s New Ad Blocker. Here’s What’s Really Going On.
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TheIntercept | Google, a data mining and extraction company that sells personal information to advertisers, has hit upon a neat idea to consolidate its already-dominant business: block competitors from appearing on its platforms. The...
Google could face a $9bn EU fine for rigging search results in its favour
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London Independent | EU antitrust regulators aim to slap a hefty fine on Alphabet unit Google over its shopping service before the summer break in August, two people familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for two other cases...
Apple iPhones could soon be fitted with artificial intelligence thanks to new ‘neural engine’ chip
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TheSun.co.uk | The tech giant is said to be working on a chip called the Apple Neural Engine which would be dedicated to carrying out artificial intelligence (AI) processing, news.com.au reports. Although artificial intelligence is...
Dead People Are Posting Anti-Net Neutrality Comments to the FCC Website
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VICE | “Friends of recently-deceased individuals…confirmed their friends could not have posted the comments posthumously.” As the war over the fate of America's free and open internet lumbers on, it appears that opponents of...
Samsung’s 'peeping Tom' smartphones can listen and watch what you do on the web while monitoring your emails to target you with ads
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TheSun.co.uk | The phones switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a “beacon” often embedded in web pages or sent as an ultrasonic signal hidden in telly or online adverts. Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group...
AI 'good for the world' says ultra-lifelike robot
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Phys.org | Sophia smiles mischievously, bats her eyelids and tells a joke. Without the mess of cables that make up the back of her head, you could almost mistake her for a human. The humanoid robot, created by Hanson robotics, is...
US Intel Community Launches Face-ID Contest
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DefenseOne | The Facebook algorithm that auto-tags people in photographs might be slightly creepy, but also of interest to the intelligence community. The IC’s research and development unit is hosting a new contest in search of the...
Blame game for cyber attacks grows murkier as spying, crime tools mix
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Trust.org | TALLINN, Estonia, May 31 (Reuters) - Veteran espionage researcher Jon DiMaggio was hot on the trail three months ago of what on the face of it looked like a menacing new industrial espionage attack by Russian cyber...