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Facebook Joins Networks with Disaster Apps


Facebook Can Now Help You Out During Disasters ‘Despite the frivolous nature of most social media interactions, Facebook’s latest new feature is intended for use only in serious situations. Unveiled today in Japan, Safety Check notifications are pushed to users … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Gun for Just $1,200


The $1,200 Machine That Lets Anyone Make a Metal Gun at Home ‘When Cody Wilson revealed the world’s first fully 3-D printed gun last year, he showed that the “maker” movement has enabled anyone to create a working, lethal firearm … Continue reading

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Hack Into a Computer by Simply Touching It


‘…This research is a side-channel attack. The metal parts of a laptop, such as the shielding around USB ports, and heatsink fins, are notionally all at a common ground level. However, this level undergoes tiny fluctuations due to the electric … Continue reading

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Is Web Browsing Copyright Infringement?


Publishers claim so but the EU Court of Justice says no ‘Europeans may browse the Internet without fear of infringing copyrights, as the EU Court of Justice ruled Thursday in a decision that ends a four-year legal battle threatening the … Continue reading

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The Real Dark Side of Amazon Publishing?


 ‘My Amazon bestseller made me nothing.’ Patrick Wensink claims. ‘My novel shot to the top of the site’s bestseller list last summer. You won’t believe how little I got paid.’ ‘This past summer, my novel, “Broken Piano for President,” shot … Continue reading

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Now There’s a Spy on your Phone’s Mic


Facebook Can Now Spy On Your Surroundings Via Your Phone’s Microphone ‘Facebook says it doesn’t store any of the sound it analyzes, and emphasizes that “we can’t identify background noise or conversation.” (That’s presumably a matter of intention and not … Continue reading

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California Rejects ‘Kill Switch’ Bill for Smartphones


California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would mandate “kill switches” on smartphones sold in the state. ‘Under the proposal, all smartphones in California were to be sold with software that could render a phone unusable in the event of … Continue reading

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