Brits Unwittingly Give Up Firstborns for Free WiFi
‘Security experiment uses ‘Herod clause’ to show vulnerabilities in public hot spots
A handful of Londoners in some of the capital’s busiest districts unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child, during an experiment exploring the dangers of public Wi-Fi use.
‘The experiment, which was backed by European law enforcement agency Europol, involved a group of security researchers setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot in June.
‘When people connected to the hotspot, the terms and conditions they were asked to sign up to included a “Herod clause” promising free Wi-Fi but only if “the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity”. Six people signed up…’
Sony Xperia Z3 creates new world record [Video]
The first underwater phone ‘unboxing’
‘The Sony Xperia Z3 is waterproof. And what better way to test that than take it out of its box for the first time while under water?
‘So that’s what we did. We dived into a pool with a brand new Xperia Z3 to prove that it’s waterproof while showing you exactly what’s in the box…’
Scientists have developed a working invisibility cloak
”Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles
Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration.
“‘This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking, which works for transmitting rays in the visible spectrum,” said Choi, a PhD student at Rochester’s Institute of Optics…’
How Hong Kong’s Protesters May Evade Internet Blackouts With FireChat
‘Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have gathered in Hong Kong for days to peacefully protest proposed voting reforms set by China’s legislature. Thanks to the messaging app FireChat, these protesters are able to connect off the grid, making it much more difficult—if not impossible—for the authorities to shut them down by blocking Internet access.
‘Though the team didn’t set out to give users a way to evade Internet blackouts, it’s one of the many ways people are using FireChat. Earlier this year, people in Iraq began using the application after the government started blocking social media and causing network outages to try and stop recruiting by the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The Islamic State relies heavily on the Internet for communication and distributing propaganda…’