Would you tell Apple when you’ve had sex?

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  When Apple released its iOS9 mobile operating system it included a new feature – the ability for women to log their sexual activity alongside details of their menstrual cycles.  An earlier version of its HealthKit software – which tracks everything from electrodermal activity to chromium intake – had lacked the facility.  Other apps existed… Read more »

US court backs Google book-scanning project

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Google can continue to scan millions of books for an online library without violating copyright laws, the US court of appeal ruled recently. Source: BBC Business Date: October 19th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34555412 Discussion 1) The critical part of this ruling in favor of Google and against the authors/publishers is:  “Google’s division of the page into tiny snippets… Read more »

Smartphones can be “taken over”

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Smartphone users can do “very little” to stop security services getting “total control” over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.  The former intelligence contractor has said that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners’ knowledge.  Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending… Read more »

Medical devices vulnerable to hackers

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Thousands of critical medical systems, such as MRI machines, are available for hackers to access online, according to researchers.  Some 68,000 medical systems from just one large unnamed US health group have been exposed. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 2nd, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34390165 Discussion 1) The article says that “The researchers used Shodan – a search engine… Read more »

Will our emotions change the way adverts work?

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A bus stop poster which evolved over time depending on how people responded to it has recently been tested in London.  It is part of a wider area of research into how our emotional responses and biometric data could teach advertisers how to target people according to their mood. Source: BBC Technology Date: September 16th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33652985… Read more »

Google may have your voice on file

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Google makes it easy to search the web by just speaking into your smartphone. But did you know your voice is actually being recorded and stored on Google’s servers? Source: HLN Date: September 3rd, 2015 Link: http://www.hlntv.com/video/2015/06/28/google-privacy-voice-commands Discussion 1) When you were conducting a voice search on Google, do you recall giving Google permission to store… Read more »

Are we addicted to technology?

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“The thing many of my patients have in common is the fact that they are in front of screens all the time. Even when they try to sleep at night. It has become so pervasive,” says Dr Ramlakhan who works at the privately run Nightingale Hospital, and is a member of its technology addiction treatment… Read more »

Is it the beginning of the end for online comments?

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Vibrant online communities? Or cesspools of abuse? Have comments had their day? The debate about comment sections on news sites is often as divisive as the comments themselves. Recently outlets such as The Verge and The Daily Dot have closed their comments sections because they’ve become too hard to manage. And they’re far from alone. Moderating comments… Read more »