Robots in the Sky: Cracking Down on Drone Law (via Intella Blog)
Creepy? Don’t Remember Where You Went Last Night? Google Might.
In a blog post Tuesday, Google product manager Gerard Sanz shed
light on a feature called Your Timeline, which the company has
started to introduce to its Android and desktop users. Using data
taken from your devices’ Google account sign-ons, Your Timeline
lets you look, step by step, at your entire Google Maps location
history. If you use Google Photos, Your Timeline will be even more
specific: It will include photos you took that day of the places
It’s “a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a
given day, month or year,” Sanz wrote. “Your Timeline allows you to
visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve
taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time.”
Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones
Google Inc., the company that brought order to the Internet, has
set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial
drones expected to someday clog the skies.
The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies
in technology, communications and aviation — including Amazon.com
Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. — in trying to
create an air-traffic control system to prevent mid-air collisions.
More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed
interest in the project, which will be needed before commercial
drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines
and survey crops.
Hillary Clinton emails: U.S. intelligence preparing for massive breach of classified data
The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that
former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email
account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information
from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to
national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.
The top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committee
have been notified in recent days that the extent of classified
information on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was likely far
more extensive than the four emails publicly acknowledged last week
as containing some sensitive spy agency secrets.
The U.S. official said the intelligence community has been informed
that secret information had been contained in some of
Mrs. Clinton’s private emails that originated from the FBI, the DNI
and the CIA as well as a spy satellite agency. It is believed the
30,000 emails remain on a thumb drive in the possession of
Mrs. Clinton’s private attorney, David Kendall.
The Death Star weapon is here! Japan fires world’s most powerful laser
Japan claims to have fired the most powerful laser ever
created. The power of the ‘Death Star’-like beam is equivalent to
1,000 times the world’s total electricity consumption, the
‘With heated competition in the world to improve the performance of
lasers, our goal now is to increase our output to 10 petawatts”. To
put that into context, according to Popular Science, a 50,000
watt laser successfully took down a drone just a mile away.
TSA chief vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports
Are airport security checks a total waste of time? Tests show TSA
96% failure rate in spotting weapons.
Facebook Built an Actual Plane to Bring the World Internet Access
The tech behemoth has built an actual plane — a 140-foot,
solar-powered, unmanned Aquila — to serve as a flying Internet hub
that will provide Wi-Fi access to parts of the world where
connectivity is lacking.
The plane isn’t just an idea or a mockup. An actual version of the
plane was built in the United Kingdom and Facebook plans to test
it, probably somewhere in the United States, later this year
It’s back: FEC says regulating Internet, Google, Facebook under its ‘purview’
Now looking to regulate political speed along with political ads.
Why Windows 10 Users May Never Use Google Again
Microsoft has integrated a new universal search function, just like
Apple’s spotlight search, fully integrated in its products. Right
now, search looks a little like this: Want to search the web? Go to
Google. Your calendar appointments? Open your calendar app. Your
local files on a phone, tablet or PC? Launch finder windows, one by
one. Microsoft aims to replace all of those searches with a single,
comprehensive search bar that scans everything — your device, your
apps, your cloud and the web — in one fell swoop.
The result is a more versatile search experience, but one that
users may find momentarily disorienting. After all, we’re used to
rummaging through digital compartments and wielding search like a
Ban autonomous weapons, urge AI experts including Hawking, Musk and Wozniak
Nasty Bug Lets Hackers Into Nearly Any Android Phone Using Nothing But A Message
It’s like something from a bad movie: eager to learn the details of
the bad guy’s dastardly plot, the good guys hack his phone armed
with little more than knowledge of his phone number. No physical
access to the phone, no tricking him into opening some shady
application; just a quick message sent to his phone, and bam —
To initiate the attack, the hacker sends a maliciously modified
video message. The message is able to circumvent Android’s
sandboxing security measures and execute remote code — at which
point they’d have near-full access to your device, its storage, its
camera and microphone, etc.
Car Hacking: What Every Driver Needs to Know – Including a Complete Remote Takeover of a Jeep
Two hackers were able to take control of a connected Jeep Cherokee from their living room as a Wired reporter, who agreed to be their test case, drove the SUV down the highway at 70 mph, according to the article.
“Rushing to roll out the next big thing, automakers have left cars unlocked to hackers and data-trackers,” Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement. “This common-sense legislation protects the public against cyber criminals who exploit exciting advances in technology like self-driving and wireless connected cars.”
To the company’s knowledge “there has not been a single real world incident of an unlawful or unauthorized remote hack,” into any of their vehicles.
Car owners can enter their vehicle identification number on UConnect’s website to find out if they need to download an update.
Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.4 Million Vehicles Amid Hacking Defense
Fiat Chrysler announced a voluntary recall of about 1.4 million cars equipped with certain radios, the company said in a press release Friday. The recall includes Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers.
The recall is related to a security flaw highlighted by hackers earlier this week, in which a Jeep’s computer software was manipulated remotely by researchers.
Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones
Google Inc. has set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial drones expected to someday clog the skies.
The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies in technology, communications and aviation — including Amazon.com Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. — in trying to create an air-traffic control system to prevent mid-air collisions.
More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed interest in the project, which will be needed before commercial drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines and survey crops.
Report: Millennial Employees the Biggest Threat to Network Security
Millennials are tremendously comfortable with, and active users of, great amounts of social media—but unfortunately, do not often do so with the proper security precautions, which can lead to data breaches.
Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers do pose a higher risk in one category: accessing work information from their own devices. Nearly 50 percent of these groups access work information from their own devices ‘very often’ and nearly 30 percent access it ‘sometimes.’
Millennials represent the most likely group to ‘never’ access work info from their own devices. However, Millennials are most likely to search for workarounds for their company’s security systems.
Study: Millennials Get Political News from Facebook; Baby Boomers Stick with Local TV
61 percent of millennials get political news from Facebook during a given week, while 60 percent of baby boomers do so from local TV. Just 37 percent of millennials get political news from local TV, and only 39 percent of baby boomers do so from Facebook. Gen X fell in the middle, with 51 percent getting political news from Facebook and 46 percent from local TV.
Why the iPhone 6s is poised to blow away all previous iPhone sales records
During the company’s most recent April quarter, Apple sold 61 million iPhones, representing an astounding year-over-year increase of 40%. During the previous quarter — the always lucrative holiday quarter — Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones, representing a year-over-year increase of 46%.
So in just six months time, Apple managed to sell over 135 million iPhones. To put that figure into context, that’s about one iPhone sold for every 2.3 people in the United States.
The upcoming iPhone upgrade cycle — set to be anchored by the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus — will represent the biggest upgrade cycle Apple has ever seen yet. Suffice it to say, expect Apple to completely shatter all existing iPhone sales records over the next 12 months.
Why Is Almost No One Using Apple Pay?
My family, friends and work colleagues all own iPhones or Android smartphones. We’re not afraid to download Apple Pay or Google Wallet or another mobile payment service and get it configured. And yet, we are still overwhelmingly using credit cards like we’ve always been doing.
Why? Small merchants aren’t getting on board. Why?
U.S. plan to cede Internet domain control on track: ICANN head
Some Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about the plan to hand over the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a global multi-stakeholder body, worried that it may allow other countries to capture control.
The White House on Tuesday issued a veto threat to a bill proposed in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that would restrict the Commerce Department’s ability to use its funding to relinquish ICANN oversight.
DEA eavesdropping tripled, bypassed federal courts
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration more than tripled its use of wiretaps and other types of electronic eavesdropping over the past decade, largely bypassing federal courts and Justice Department lawyers in the process, newly obtained records show.
The DEA conducted 11,681 electronic intercepts in the fiscal year that ended in September. Most of that ramped-up surveillance was never reviewed by federal judges or Justice Department lawyers, who typically are responsible for examining federal agents’ eavesdropping requests.
Drug investigations account for the vast majority of U.S. wiretaps, and much of that surveillance is carried out by the DEA. Privacy advocates expressed concern that the drug agency had expanded its surveillance without going through internal Justice Department reviews, which often are more demanding than federal law requires.
Federal officials voiced growing alarm over Clinton’s compliance with records laws
Over a five-year span, senior officials at the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) voiced growing alarm about Hillary Clinton’s record-keeping practices as secretary of state, according to internal documents shared with Fox News.
During Clinton’s final days in office, Paul Wester, the director of Modern Records Programs at NARA – essentially the agency’s chief records custodian – privately emailed five NARA colleagues to confide his fear that Clinton would take her official records with her when she left office, in violation of federal statutes.
New gadget zaps your brain to make you feel excited or sad
A newly-released headset hopes to wake people up or calm them down by manipulating the electricity in their brain.
Thync costs $299 and has just been released to the public. It provides “calm or energy on demand”, the company says, by using “neurosignalling” to activate nerves and change people’s state of mind.
Amazon Gets Permission to Test Drones
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has once again granted Amazon permission to test drones for commercial use, this time expediting the request. The FAA says Amazon can test drones for delivery as long as it limits altitude to 400 feet and speed to 100 miles per hour. Eventually, the web retailer hopes to use commercial drones to deliver packages to customers at a distance of 10 miles or more.
Test shows if your ISP is throttling Internet speed
New regulations should stop ISPs from throttling your Internet, but has your ISP complied?
FCC Prepares to Become the Internet’s Privacy Cop
The agency issued an “enforcement advisory” Wednesday, outlining for the first time how it plans to decide whether to crack down on a company for violating its customers’ privacy. But the statement offers few specifics, leading critics to warn that the agency is claiming expansive new regulatory powers.
In order to enact net neutrality rules that it believed could hold up in court, the FCC expanded its power over Internet service by classifying it under the same regulatory regime as landline telephones.
That classification comes with dozens of regulations that have little to do with net neutrality. While the FCC waived most of those requirements for Internet providers, one section that will apply is the agency’s privacy protections.
Brain implants control robot arm well enough to grab a beer
A paralyzed man named Erik Sorto has finally been able to drink beer on his own after 13 years, and it’s all thanks to a robotic arm controlled solely by his mind.
Other mind-controlled robot limbs usually target the brain region that controls muscles, but the PPC is in charge of our “intent to move” instead. This apparently allows Caltech’s creation to move more fluidly and naturally, unlike the movements of similar technologies, which are (according to the team) “delayed and jerky.” In order to control the arm, Sorto has to think of what he intends to do, instead of imagining the details of a particular action. He has to think that he “wants to shake another person’s hand,” for instance, whereas other systems might require him to imagine each step: lift forearm, extend, grasp other person’s hand, lift up, down, up, down.
Doctors Say Tick Borne ‘Powassan Virus’ Is Worse Than Lyme Disease
It’s even worse than Lyme disease. Ticks in New York have been found to carry a rare, potentially life-threatening, virus.
OldNYC – Mapping historical pictures of New York City
New York City photos are now being currated online and organized by location and time. Take a walk down the old city streets.
How the government just protected some of your favorite podcasts
The company that owns the patent in question, Personal Audio, says it invented podcasting. In 2013, it began going around to podcast-makers, threatening to take them to court unless they paid a licensing fee. Among those affected? TV personality and comedian Adam Carolla, who ultimately settled with Personal Audio but not before spending more than $650,000 defending himself.
If you’ve heard about this case or others like it, then you’re familiar with patent trolls. They are companies that own patents but don’t really use them to make anything, except lawsuits. Pretty much everyone agrees they’re a horrible drain on innovation and the economy; the Federal Trade Commission gave a slap on the wrist to one last year, and Congress is currently debating how to reduce their impact.
Friday’s ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidates five provisions of Personal Audio’s podcasting patent.
The Most Creative Applications of 3D Printing
Beyond its recreational use, this promising technology already has very innovative and creative applications in fields as diverse as health, space exploration, education or art.
NASA plans to send 3D printers to space to allow astronauts to manufacture the parts they need.
For biology classes in high schools, or even for faculties of medicine, one can now print replicas of human body parts that help in their study. 3D printing may also be applied in the study of art or of human evolution. It is already possible to take a replica of Michelangelo’s David to the classroom to analyse, draw or manipulate.
Possible cure for Melanoma?
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Among the various types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most severe. Melanoma develops in the cells of the skin that produce melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. It accounts for over 76 percent of cancer deaths each year. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, about 73,870 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States.
So, what are the researchers in Utah doing? They are customizing mutated viruses and injecting them directly into melanoma tumors to “train” them to attack cancer cells. What’s unique about this study
though, is that they are not just taking any virus, but the herpes virus, and altering the way it works.
Iris Scanner Identifies a Person 40 Feet Away
Like fingerprints, every iris is unique — thanks to enormously complex patterns that remain the same throughout a person’s lifetime. High-resolution cameras can capture images of the iris from a distance using light in the near-infrared wavelength band.
In the realm of law enforcement, iris recognition could be used to identify suspects at long range in various lighting conditions. The system can even be used to capture images through reflections in a mirror.
Computer Scientist Gives Virginia Voting Machines F- Security Grade
The electronic voting machines were shown to fail in every category: firmware, software, physical security and auditability.
This Guy Couldn’t Get a Job at Best Buy, so He’s Refusing to Pay Back His For-Profit College Loans
At 28, Michael Adorno got fed up with his low-wage job at a pizzeria in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and decided to go to college. Adorno attended the for-profit Everest College, part of Corinthian Colleges Inc., in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 2010 to 2012, and he received an associate degree in network administration.
Three years later Adorno is unemployed and was even rejected from a job at Best Buy. Adorno belongs to a group called the Corinthian 100, alumni of Corinthian Colleges who refuse to pay back their student loans and claim they were defrauded by Corinthian. Like other members of the group, he claims he got a subpar education and was left with massive debt and no suitable job.
Before 2014, Corinthian Colleges Inc. was a network of more than 100 schools and one of the largest for-profit college companies in the U.S. But numerous investigations and lawsuits alleging wrongdoing against the company rapidly decreased its size. In July, an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education forced Corinthian to sell 85 of its schools and close another 12.