Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera

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Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget – sunglasses with a built-in camera. The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130. The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at a time. Source: BBC Date: September 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37460682 Discussion 1) Why might Snap(chat) succeed… Read more »

How tech is helping a casino catch the cheats

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  In the past, casinos would employ agents to observe gamblers’ behaviour and watch out for cheats, but now technology is playing a role. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37095120 Discussion 1) What other businesses could use this sort of technology? 2) What sort of disclosures should a casino, or other business using this… Read more »

Who are the hackers who cracked the iPhone?

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  The cyber arms NSO Group was founded in 2010 and is based in Herzliya, an attractive city north of Tel Aviv that is known as being a cluster of tech start-ups. The group was likely funded by the elite 8200 Intelligence Unit, an Israeli military-funded scheme for start-ups. Source: BBC Technology Date: September 1st, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37192670… Read more »

Who is watching you online?

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Around 40 million UK adults – 78% of us – go online every day or almost every day. By posting on social media, booking tickets or buying a DVD, we add to the 2.3 billion gigabytes of internet data created daily.  The data trail we leave on our online journey says much about our habits… Read more »

Help! My building has been hacked

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Two cybersecurity experts hacked into its Wharf 7 office in Sydney, Australia, through Google’s building management system (BMS).  “Once you understand how the systems work, it is very simple.”  The vulnerable systems were found on Shodan, a search engine that lists devices connected to the internet. Source: BBC Technology Date: April 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35746649 Discussion 1) If… Read more »

US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers

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The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that could allow law enforcement to remotely search computers around the world.  Previously, magistrate judges could order searches only within the jurisdiction of their court, often limited to a few counties.  The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the change was necessary to modernise the law… Read more »

Connected tech aims to protect rhinos from poaching

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In a tie-up between South African technology firm Dimension Data and networking giant Cisco, the technology will track vehicles and people entering the reserve rather than animals. Source: BBC Technology Date: April 23, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36105738 Discussion 1) In what other areas could this technique be used to protect? 2) Why is Cisco doing this project?

Cracked iPhone: Should you be worried?

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 31, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35916857 Discussion 1) Apple was clear when it rejected the court order to crack into the iPhone held by the FBI that doing so would expose all iPhone users to the possibility of having an unprotected iPhone.  With the iPhone now cracked open, what does Apple need to do… Read more »

Crash test: The tech driving down car insurance fraud

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Like everything from watches to refrigerators, cars are fast becoming internet-connected and laden with sensors monitoring their every move.  A “black box” can be found in millions of cars globally, now that more and more drivers are choosing so-called telematics insurance policies.  And these devices, that monitor speed, acceleration, braking, cornering – all aspects of… Read more »

The store tech which could personalise how you shop

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  A shop in London called The Dandy Lab has been fitted with the latest shopping technology in order to help target products and provide a more customised experience.  Cameras analyse customers’ shoes to calculate the number of people entering, their gender and whether they have come on their own or with a family. Source: BBC… Read more »