Technology

Apple Inc. rejects Drones+ App, meant to alert users when someone’s been killed by a U.S. Drone Strike

August 30, 2012

“Wired’s Danger Room reported that the app, developed by New York-based developer Josh Begley, has been turned down three times.”

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President Obama participates in “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, responding to very few questions

August 30, 2012

“Obama answered only a handful of question during the “Ask Me Anything” session, but his presence caused Reddit to significantly surpass its record for most users on at one time.”

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StatusPeople: 70% of President Obama’s Twitter followers are fake

August 29, 2012

“The tool examines Twitter relationships, said Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople. “Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers,” he said. “We then combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake.””

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Pro-WikiLeaks Hackers defaced the website of a former British cabinet minister in solidarity with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

August 28, 2012

“Assange, whose website outraged U.S. officials with its spectacular leaks of classified data, is wanted in Sweden over allegations of sexual assault against two women he met there in 2010.”

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University of California and University of Oxford in Geneva Researchers discover how to “hack” the Human Brain

August 27, 2012

“Researchers from the University of California and University of Oxford in Geneva figured out a way to pluck sensitive information from a person’s head, such as PIN numbers and bank information.”

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Jury finds that Samsung violated patents, awards Apple $1.05 billion in damages

August 24, 2012

“The verdict could lead to an outright ban on sales of key Samsung products and will likely solidify Apple’s dominance of the exploding mobile computing market.”

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Indian bans Mass-Texting in an effort to limit fear over ethnic clashes

August 22, 2012

“The government banned bulk phone messaging for 15 days, Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters in New Delhi yesterday.”

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U.S. Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan testing cars that “talk” to each other

August 21, 2012

“Cars that talk to each other and then alert their drivers to hazards are getting a large scale test in Ann Arbor, Michigan, over the next 12 months, an experiment aimed at helping to decide if the technology should be mandatory.”

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The Republican National Convention’s Surveillance includes “Behavior Recognition Software”

August 21, 2012

“In an exclusive interview with GSN, John Frazzini, president of BRS Labs, said the technology will “look for abnormal activities, send real-time alerts to security personnel and take ‘deep dives’ into the intelligence that the system has collected over the course of time.”"

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Unmanned Experimental Aircraft fails during an attempt to fly at 6 times the speed of sound over the Pacific Ocean

August 15, 2012

“The X-51A Waverider was designed to reach Mach 6, or 3,600 mph, after being dropped by a B-52 bomber off the Southern California coast on Tuesday. Engineers hoped it would sustain its top speed for five minutes, twice as long as an X-51A has gone before.”

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New York Police Department unveils its ‘Domain Awareness System’ to track criminals and potential terrorists

August 9, 2012

“The system uses 3,000 cameras positioned in Lower Manhattan south of Canal Street, river to river, and between 30th and 60th streets, river to river. It links up to license plate readers, 911 calls and other NYPD data records.”

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Facebook and the ACLU file amicus briefs with Virginia’s Federal Appeals Court arguing that the First Amendment protects ‘Facebook Likes’

August 9, 2012

“”The First Amendment protects expression, whether through actual words or through symbolic speech,” the ACLU brief stated, supporting the appeal. “By ‘Liking’ the Facebook page of the sheriff’s political opponents, plaintiffs were expressing their political opinion.”"

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The General Account Office criticizes the FCC’s standards that measure cell phone radiation

August 8, 2012

“The FCC’s regulations “may not reflect the latest evidence on the the effects” of cellphones, the GAO’s report said.”

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Apple refuses to include the YouTube App in its iOS6 iPhone and iPad software update

August 7, 2012

“Apple has featured YouTube as a core application since the iPhone debuted in 2007. As Google has pushed into the market with its Android software the relationship between the two companies frayed.”

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Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduces bill requiring cell phones to warn consumers about radiation

August 6, 2012

“His bill, the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, would also demand a study of cell phones and health, looking at a broad array of signals that smart phones now send out, ranging from the phone to bluetooth to WiFi.”

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