WalkCar: Hands-on with Japan’s car-in-a-bag

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A personal transporter that is light enough to carry in a shopping bag has been developed in Japan. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38026010 Discussion 1) Many countries have banned this technology.  Does this make sense? 2) How might a company like Nike or Amazon use this technology for themselves (that is, not to… Read more »

Hackers hit San Francisco transport systems

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San Francisco’s transport agency has been hit by a hack attack that led to customers being able to travel for nothing. The hackers have made a ransom demand of 100 Bitcoin, which amounts to about $70,000 (£56,000 ; €66,000).  As a precaution, staff shut off all ticketing machines on the network. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th,… Read more »

Deutsche Telekom fault affects 900,000 customers

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Deutsche Telekom has confirmed up to 900,000 customers have had their broadband service cut off following a possible hack of its hardware.  Internet access, phone connections and TV reception for those with a certain router have been affected. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38130352 Discussion 1) Is there anything you could do if you… Read more »

Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You

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CAUTIOUS COMPUTER USERS put a piece of tape over their webcam. Truly paranoid ones worry about their devices’ microphones—some even crack open their computers and phones to disable or remove those audio components so they can’t be hijacked by hackers. Now one group of Israeli researchers has taken that game of spy-versus-spy paranoia a step… Read more »

Behold China’s Answer to Amazon Echo: The LingLong DingDong

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THE AMAZON ECHO is remarkably useful. Alexa, the digital personal assistant within the cylindrical black gadget, plays music, helps with recipes, and orders stuff online. One thing it cannot do, however, is speak Chinese.  The LingLong DingDong can. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 23rd, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/behold-chinas-answer-amazon-echo-linglong-dingdong/ Discussion 1) Why did Amazon not develop this device for the… Read more »

Tech firms seek to frustrate UK internet history log law

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Plans to keep a record of UK citizens’ online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people’s browser histories.  Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps.  The Home Office (the UK department responsible for the… Read more »

Facebook made China censorship tool

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Facebook worked on special software so it could potentially accommodate censorship demands in China.  Since 2009, the only way to access Facebook in China has been via a virtual private network – software designed to “spoof” your real location and avoid local internet restrictions.  Facebook, which has 1.8 billion active users, is aggressively looking to… Read more »

My Insane Adventure to Buy Snap’s New Spectacles

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LATE LAST WEEK, a Minionesque vending machine mysteriously appeared in a parking lot near Snap’s original offices in Venice, California. It was named Snapbot, and it was there to sell Specs, the company’s goofy new picture-taking sunglasses, for $130 a pop to anyone who got there fast enough. After 24 hours, the machine disappeared. Source: Wired… Read more »

Snap’s Spectacles Are the First Camera We Actually Want to Wear

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Snap, the company formerly known as Snapchat, just released its sunglasses with built-in cameras. They’re tough to get, but fun to use and they just might be the first face computer you’ll actually want to wear. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 17th, 2016 Link to video (under Gadgets area): https://www.wired.com/ Discussion 1) How might a company you work… Read more »