Video Games and Alzheimer’s Risk – FBI Admits Patriot Act Didn’t Crack Any Cases – Perfect Vision
Playing Certain Video Games Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Millions of boys could be at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other mental illnesses in later life through playing action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed, according to new research.
Scientists say players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus.
The researchers said people across the world now spend three billion hours a week playing video games, and it is estimated the average young person will now have clocked up almost 10,000 hours by the time they are 21. But the effect of intense gaming on the brain are just beginning to emerge.
FBI admits Patriot Act snooping powers didn’t crack any major terrorism cases
Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations.
“The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” the inspector general concluded — though he said agents did view the material they gathered as “valuable” in developing other leads or corroborating information.
Bionic Lens Could Give Everybody Better-than-Perfect Vision
A optometrist has invented an artificial lens that he says not only corrects a patient’s sight, but offers a level of clarity three times greater than natural 20/20 vision.
Webb said arrangements for clinical trials on animals and blind patients were already underway. He expects the product to become commercially available within two years.
NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones
The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.
The newly published document shows how the agencies wanted to “exploit” app store servers — using them to launch so-called “man-in-the-middle” attacks to infect phones with the implants. In this instance, the method would have allowed the surveillance agencies to modify the content of data packets passing between targeted smartphones and the app servers while an app was being downloaded or updated, inserting spyware that would be covertly sent to the phones.
The new iOS 9 is more intelligent
Here are 5 other improvements coming to iPhones with iOS 9:
- Siri will be 40% more accurate and 40% quicker, Apple says.
- The Calendar app will estimate travel time to your next appointment
based on traffic data and give you a nudge when it thinks it’s time
- While reading an article that you want to come back to later, you
can ask Siri to remind you to finish the piece later.
- If you get a call from an unknown number, your iPhone can scan your
email for the number to try guessing who’s looking to reach you.
- When connecting a pair of headphones, your iPhone will
automatically suggest some music to play.