Some interesting links I have found on my travels around the internet.
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9 July 2014, 10:08 am
Online retailer Amazon has launched a dedicated store for wearable technology in the UK, offering more than 100 different wearable devices including activity trackers, smart watches, smart glasses and wearable cameras. As well as items from top brands including Sony, Samsung, Garmin, Jawbone and GoPro, the online store will feature products from emerging brands like Basis and Misfit, as well as more unusual items like British fashion designer Adrien Sauvage's wireless charging trousers.
2 July 2014, 3:22 pm
Internet service providers from around the world are lodging formal complaints against the UK government's monitoring service, GCHQ, alleging that it uses "malicious software" to break into their networks. The claims from seven organisations based in six countries – the UK, Netherlands, US, South Korea, Germany and Zimbabwe – will add to international pressure on the British government following Edward Snowden's revelations about mass surveillance of the internet by UK and US intelligence agencies.
30 June 2014, 11:12 am
Based on some recent experience, I'm of the opinion that smartphones are about as private as a gas station bathroom. They're full of leaks, prone to surveillance, and what security they do have comes from using really awkward keys. While there are tools available to help improve the security and privacy of smartphones, they're generally intended for enterprise customers. No one has had a real one-stop solution: a smartphone pre-configured for privacy that anyone can use without being a cypherpunk.
29 June 2014, 10:13 am
Here’s a scary statistic: In 2007, 87 percent of households in the U.S. used air conditioning, compared to just 11 percent of households in Brazil and a mere 2 percent in India. Another one: By 2025, booming nations like those are projected to account for a billion new consumers worldwide, with a corresponding explosion in demand for air conditioning expected to arrive along with them. Keeping indoor spaces at comfortable temperatures requires a huge amount of electricity–especially in sweltering climates like India and Brazil–and in the U.S. alone it accounts for a full 16.5 percent of energy use.
18 June 2014, 10:27 pm
EBay is barring listings for a smartphone after reports the model is pre-installed with spyware in its Chinese factory. A German security firm reported on Tuesday that the Android-powered Star N9500 sent personal data to a computer server in China, adding that the Trojan could not be removed. It said the malware was disguised as the legitimate Google Play Store app. The handset remains on sale on Amazon, which could not be reached for comment. But eBay said it was rolling out the ban globally.
18 June 2014, 10:26 pm
In looking around for examples of great open source hardware projects, we came across an unexpected number of projects and products labeled as open source hardware that, upon closer inspection, actually turn out not to meet the definition. Often, they’re using an inappropriate license— typically a “non-commercial license,” which is not only unenforceable but explicitly incompatible with open source values. Sometimes, they haven’t released the design files. Sometimes, a person has apparently misused the term “open source” to mean “closed and proprietary.” And sometimes you might see the open hardware logo used without any substance to back it up.
16 June 2014, 8:23 am
Android has been with us in one form or another for more than six years. During that time, we've seen an absolutely breathtaking rate of change unlike any other development cycle that has ever existed. When it came time for Google to dive in to the smartphone wars, the company took its rapid-iteration, Web-style update cycle and applied it to an operating system, and the result has been an onslaught of continual improvement. Lately, Android has even been running on a previously unheard of six-month development cycle, and that's slower than it used to be. For the first year of Android’s commercial existence, Google was putting out a new version every two-and-a-half months.
8 June 2014, 12:42 pm
An historic milestone in artificial intelligence set by Alan Turing - the father of modern computer science - has been achieved at an event organised by the University of Reading. The 65 year-old iconic Turing Test was passed for the very first time by supercomputer Eugene Goostman during Turing Test 2014 held at the renowned Royal Society in London on Saturday. 'Eugene', a computer programme that simulates a 13 year old boy, was developed in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The development team includes Eugene's creator Vladimir Veselov, who was born in Russia and now lives in the United States, and Ukrainian born Eugene Demchenko who now lives in Russia.
17 May 2014, 8:20 am
A dedicated network for the 'Internet of Things' will begin rolling out across the UK next year, in order to support the growing number of connected devices in British homes and communities. According to some forecasts, there will be 50 billion connected devices worldwide by 2020, ranging from smart energy meters, and washing machines that can be controlled remotely, to wearable devices that monitor you health and fitness.
13 May 2014, 9:02 pm