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Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Microsoft Patents “Avoid Ghetto” Feature For GPS Devices

Microsoft Patents “Avoid Ghetto” Feature For GPS Devices

Microsoft has been granted a patent for its “avoid ghetto” feature for GPS devices. A GPS device is used to find shortcuts and avoid traffic, but Microsoft’s patent states that a route can be plotted for pedestrians to avoid an “unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures.” Created for [...]

HOWTO: Keep your data safe at the US border

HOWTO: Keep your data safe at the US border

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a new guide, "Defending Privacy at the U.S. Border: A Guide for Travelers Carrying Digital Devices," which explains how the law, good technology choices, cryptography and backups can be combined to keep your data safe while you travel, especially when crossing into the USA, where customs officials [...]

An easier-to-build solar cell

Solar cells are not easy to build, but a new technology from Notre Dame could, someday, change that. It involves a nanoparticle paste made from t-butanol, water, cadmium sulfide and titanium dioxide. Here, you watch the process of constructing a solar cell this way and see why it could be easier and cheaper than current options. The downside: [...]

Governments turn to hacking techniques for surveillance of citizens

Governments turn to hacking techniques for surveillance of citizens

"It's an open market. You cannot stop the flow of surveillance equipment." -- Jerry Lucas, head of the Intelligence Support Systems conference showcasing technology that corrupt regimes around the world use to spy on, and censor, their citizens. (more…)

Zahra’s Paradise: A graphic novel about Iranian uprising is a story and a history

Zahra’s Paradise: A graphic novel about Iranian uprising is a story and a history

Zahra's Paradise, a new book from FirstSecond, collects in one volume the serialized (and brilliant) webcomic, written by two pseudonymous Iranian dissidents. It's the gripping story of a Medhi, a young man kidnapped by Iran's secret police during the election-season demonstrations of 2009, and it is a heart-rending tale of loss, hope, technology, [...]

Facebook’s IPO will be the worst investment in tech history

Facebook’s IPO will be the worst investment in tech history

The social network has its fingers in a majority of websites in one way or another. Businesses promote their Facebook pages on the homepage of their websites. Blogs, bloggers, journalists, and mainstream publications often have several different Facebook widgets littered everywhere on every page. In less than a month, Facebook will have over [...]

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future: Inspiring and funny look at the evidence for a bright future

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future: Inspiring and funny look at the evidence for a bright future

Mark Stevenson's An Optimist's Tour of the Future is a hilarious and inspiring romp through some of the most promising directions in technology -- from permaculture success stories in Australia who are beating the drought and sequestering carbon to nanotechnology boosters who are showing off successful prototypes for effective energy [...]

Technology

Technology

Who would have thought technology designed to be replaced in a 2-3 years is prone to failure?

Undercover TSA Agent smuggles gun through scanners multiple times

Undercover TSA Agent smuggles gun through scanners multiple times

Yes TSA is a joke, yes our airport security is a joke and yes this won't change. An undercover TSA agent was able to get through security at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with a handgun during testing of the enhanced-imaging body scanners, according to a high-ranking, inside source at the Transportation Security [...]

Morozov’s Net Delusion: A skeptical take on net-freedom marred by straw-men

Morozov’s Net Delusion: A skeptical take on net-freedom marred by straw-men

My latest Guardian column, "We need a serious critique of net activism," is a long, detailed review of Evgeny Morozov's new book The Net Delusion, a book that seeks to debunk "cyber-utopianism" and the idea that the Internet can be used as a force for freedom. I agree with much of what Morozov has to say, but his portrait of "cyber-utopians" [...]

Car key fob technology hacked

Car key fob technology hacked

The ubiquitous key fob is convenient and now proven to be less than secure. This Technology Review article describes researchers successfully attacking cars from eight different manufacturers. Open doors and trunks give thieves easy access for relative low cost ($50 - $100 - $1000 for the components). A car with keyless or fob enabled starting [...]

Data glory holes

Data glory holes

Aram Bartholl is mortaring USB drives into walls, curbs, and buildings around New York. These dead drops, as he terms them, are peer-to-peer file transfer points with true anonymity. Bartholl has a residency with EYEBEAM, a truly fascinating incubator of and studio for new ideas in technology and art. The project has five initial locations [...]

Beautiful video-mapping show projected on Prague’s 600-year-old medieval Astronomical Clock

Beautiful video-mapping show projected on Prague’s 600-year-old medieval Astronomical Clock

I had no idea this was even possible with projector technology... From Prague, a video-mapping show projected on the medieval Astronomical Clock in the city's Old Town Square. Part of a celebration for the 600th anniversary of the clock's construction. The dazzling visual show goes on for a full ten minutes. (more…)

Kevin Kelly’s WHAT TECHNOLOGY WANTS: how technology changes us and vice-versa

Kevin Kelly’s WHAT TECHNOLOGY WANTS: how technology changes us and vice-versa

Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants is an inspiring, provocative and sweeping account of how our world works and where it's going. Kelly is one of the great technology thinkers, an old Whole Earth editor and co-founder of Wired, an extraordinary photographer, a technology refusenik, and a truly great writer. Kelly's central thesis is [...]

Google has secretly developed self driving cars that have logged over 140,000 miles on public roads

Google has secretly developed self driving cars that have logged over 140,000 miles on public roads

If this isn't a joke it is a tremendous advance. I for one would trust robotic cars more than drunk or texting drivers on the road. How cool would it be to have an autopilot feature to take you home when you had a few too many? So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, [...]

HOWTO: Record the Cops: A guide to the technology for keeping government accountable

HOWTO: Record the Cops: A guide to the technology for keeping government accountable

A Reason.com column this week looks at the range of cameras, software, and other technology available for citizens interested in recording on-duty police officers... Qik and UStream, two services available for both the iPhone and Android phones, allow instant online video streaming and archiving. Once you stop recording, the video is instantly [...]