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NSA Blimp Spied in the United States

April 24th, 2017

Via: The Intercept: To residents of Maryland, catching an occasional glimpse of a huge white blimp floating in the sky is not unusual. For more than a decade, the military has used the state as a proving ground for new airships destined for Afghanistan or Iraq. But less known is that the test flights have […]

Japan Made Secret Deals with the NSA that Expanded Global Surveillance

April 24th, 2017

Via: The Intercept: The documents, published Monday in collaboration with Japanese news broadcaster NHK, reveal the complicated relationship the NSA has maintained with Japan over a period of more than six decades. Japan has allowed NSA to maintain at least three bases on its territory and contributed more than half a billion dollars to help […]

Five Eyes Meeting in New Zealand

April 20th, 2017

Via: New Zealand Herald: The highly secretive meeting being held in Queenstown this weekend is a gathering of intelligence and security agencies related to the Five Eyes spying network, the Herald understands. Among the people believed to be attending are Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Mike […]

Google Home Capable of Voice Printing Multiple Users

April 20th, 2017

Back on April 13: Is that Google Home device capable of voice printing people? If so, maybe the phones are too. Well, that didn’t take long. Via: Google: We’re adding the ability for up to six people to connect their account to one Google Home. So now when I ask my Google Assistant for help, […]

Facebook Envisions Using Brain Waves to Control Mobile Phones, Input Data at 100 Words Per Minute

April 20th, 2017

I already watch what I say around my mobile phone, so how about a brain computer interface from Facebook? This is so far down the no-fucking-way path for me that it’s almost hilarious. Even if people were willing to use such a thing, it’s not coming anytime soon. Here’s why: Long ago, I worked for […]

Burger King Trolls Google Home Devices

April 13th, 2017

Update: Amazon’s Alexa Could Soon Recognize Users by Their Voices If Amazon is working on it, the rest of them probably are. Via: Ars Technica: Amazon’s Alexa may be about to get smarter. According to a report from Time, the online retailer is working on voice identification software for Alexa that would allow the service […]

Ideology Test and Mobile Phone Shake Down to Visit U.S.?

April 4th, 2017

Via: MarketWatch: Foreigners who want to visit the U.S., even for a short trip, could be forced to disclose contacts on their mobile phones, social-media passwords and financial records, and to answer probing questions about their ideology, according to Trump administration officials conducting a review of vetting procedures. The administration also wants to subject more […]

Top Obama Adviser Used NSA Intercepts to Learn Names of Trump Associates

April 4th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in […]

Cyborgs at Work: Employees Getting Implanted with Microchips

April 3rd, 2017

Like many of you out there, I first heard about this technology in the 1990s. Decades later, a passive microchip implant seems like a practically innocuous fairy tale compared to the privacy hell that has metastasized all around us. In terms of technologies of political control, think of a chip implant as something like a […]

‘Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Can Turn Into a PC with Its DeX Dock’

March 29th, 2017

*sigh* Via: The Verge: Samsung, like Motorola and Microsoft before it, is trying to turn a phone into a PC. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will pair with a new Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX) dock accessory to morph into a desktop PC-like environment. The specialized dock, that looks like a candle holder, supports a monitor connection via […]

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