More than a billion emails at State Department, but few saved

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The State Department’s government watchdog has released a review of its email record-keeping practices and concluded that the vast majority of emails sent by State personnel are not being preserved, possibly in violation of the Federal Records Act. Out of the billion emails sent by personnel in 2011, the Office of the Inspector General found… Read more »

The Cicret Bracelet: Like a tablet…but on your skin

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With the Cicret Bracelet, you can make your skin your new touchscreen. Read your mails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find your way…Do whatever you want on your arm. Source: YouTube.com Date: March 12th, 2015 Link (to paste into web browser): https://www.youtube.com/embed/9J7GpVQCfms Discussion 1) Obviously you would love one of… Read more »

Could a robot have written this post? The rise of the Robo-journalist

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At large news agencies where speed is crucial, template-style stories have long been used for company results, allowing journalists to simply key in the relevant facts and numbers and fire off the dispatch. Often disparagingly referred to as ‘churnalism,’ some of the larger media organisations — including the L.A. Times and Associated Press — have… Read more »

Russian website streams thousands of private webcams

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A new website based in Russia is streaming video live from thousands of private webcams around the world, including images of babies and hospital patients. Hackers accessed the cameras by using default passwords set by the manufacturers, British officials said Thursday. Those log-in details are freely available online, leaving the unsecured cameras accessible to anyone…. Read more »

The truth about technology’s greatest myth

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Many optimists believe that technology can transform society, whether it’s the internet or the latest phone. But as Tom Chatfield argues, the truth about our relationship with technology is far more interesting. Source: BBC Date: November 13th, 2014 Link to copy into browser: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140110-technologys-greatest-myth Discussion 1) The author suggests that “technology is not to be… Read more »