Nasa and the amazing space printer

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Source: BBC Technology news Date: February 25th, 2016 Link (includes a video): Discussion 1) What might some differences or issues arising with a 3D printer being in space and not on earth 2) What materials can be printed by a 3D printer?

Can technology bring lawyers into the 21st Century?

Posted by & filed under Big Data, Business Intelligence, Civil Liberties, Consumer Technology, Ethical issues.

Source: BBC Technology Date: February 25th, 2016 Link: Discussion 1) A lot of the article is about how much of what happens in the legal system is about written details and how to dig through and organize that better: “You actually need the data to drive these more advanced tools. In the 21st Century, data is the… Read more »

Ron Bouganim is transforming “the operating system of government.”

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Source: CNN Date: February 25th, 2016 Link: Discussion 1) Comment on Ron’s statement that “since government is the glue of society, I can’t think of a more scalable way to have personal impact every day.” 2) “The government isn’t typically known as a bastion of innovation, but Ron Bouganim is banking on changing that perception.”  Are there… Read more »

The disturbing consequences of ultra-connectivity

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When we share pictures of our kids on Flickr, we probably don’t expect to see them turn up as faces on coffee mugs for sale on website Koppie-Koppie. Using Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) to comment on politics wasn’t supposed to land us in jail, as is happening in Turkey. Having a mobile phone with a SIM card wasn’t… Read more »

India firm launches ‘world’s cheapest’ smartphone: $3.60 each

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The phone has 8GB storage and cameras in the front and back, and its model resembles Apple’s iPhone 4, including the home button and icons. “This is our flagship model and we think it will bring a revolution in the industry,” the AFP news agency quoted a spokeswoman as saying. Source: BBC Technology News Date: February 19th, 2016… Read more »

LA Hospital Pays Hackers Nearly $17,000 To Restore Computer Network

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A Los Angeles hospital paid a nearly $17,000 ransom to hackers who breached and disabled its computer network, the hospital said in a statement Wednesday.  Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid the ransom of 40 bitcoins, which is currently worth $16,664, in order to restore the computer system that was infiltrated on Feb. 5.  The hackers… Read more »

JOHN MCAFEE: I’ll decrypt the San Bernardino phone free of charge so Apple doesn’t need to place a back door on its product

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Using an obscure law, written in 1789 — the All Writs Act — the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Source: Business Insider Date: February 19th, 2016 Link: Discussion 1) The article starts… Read more »

The dating game

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“You create this perfect profile, using your best photographs and most creative lines of text, to create this persona, and you start to believe this persona that you’ve created. Everyone else on the app is doing exactly the same thing.  You spend a few weeks sending lines of text to each other, and you eventually… Read more »

Fruit and veg goes digital in South America

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Instead of laboriously wading through long written lists of food items, shoppers swipe through images of supermarket shelves and touch pictorial representations of each food item they want to buy.   When the shopping is done and the order placed, a delivery person, which the company calls a “rappitendero”, selects the items from the stores and… Read more »