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NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls - The Washington Post
"In the initial deployment, collection systems are recording “every single” conversation nationwide, storing billions of them in a 30-day rolling buffer that clears the oldest calls as new ones arrive, according to a classified summary."
spook  pol  comms 
29 days ago by warrenellis
Project "Outernet" looking to bring free Internet to entire world
"A small team of workers at a New York based non-profit organization called Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) has announced its intention to build an "Outernet"—a global network of cube satellites broadcasting Internet data to virtually any person on the planet—for free. The idea, the MDIF website says, is to offer free Internet access to all people, regardless of location, bypassing filtering or other means of censorship."
comms  space  net 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Can We Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia? - Charlie's Diary
"Yearly reminder: unless you're over 60, you weren't promised flying cars. You were promised an oppressive cyberpunk dystopia. Here you go."
war  pol  comms  intel  spook 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Immunicity - Simple Censorship Circumvention
"Once you configure your browser, requests to blocked websites will be seamlessly routed via the Immunicity cloud to get unblocked. All other requests will go directly to their destination, without being routed through our servers."
security  net  comms 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Future Perfect » A Sense of Ownership
"Facial recognition will be a growing source of friction because the companies that are building businesses around connecting the physical you to some form of online identity will, over time connect people to the online you that makes them the most revenue, rather than the online you that makes the most sense to you. A lot of this will happen in the background, but there it will have sufficient visibility to be annoying e.g. a picture of your face as a search parameter triggering an advertisement for a particular kind of product."
tech  social  money  comms 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Status Flight and the Gendering of Google Glass » Cyborgology
"I thought about titling this post, “Google Glass: The Beginning of White Flight from Smartphones,” but instead I’m going to propose a new term, status flight, to describe what happens when elites abandon a status symbol that’s lost its signifying power after becoming too quotidian and ubiquitous."
culture  social  phones  comms 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Daily chart: Live and unplugged | The Economist
"IN The World in 2013, which is published today, we predict that the internet will become a mostly mobile medium. Who will be the winners and losers?"
net  comms 
november 2012 by warrenellis
The Internet Through a Postmodern Lens » Cyborgology
"The postmodern world is obscene since everything is made visible, broadcast, and so forth. The Internet is obscene because it is characterized by endless information and communication as well as never-ending social commentary..."
comms  social  net  philosophy 
november 2012 by warrenellis
Open the Future: #War
"What's the hashtag for terror? For propaganda? I've been talking about the role of social media as a possible enabler of political violence for years. In my June 2009 talk at Mobile Monday in Amsterdam, I argued that Twitter and similar media had the potential to serve a role similar to the radio stations used to drive the 1990s Rwandan genocide. I went into more detail on the idea in this article at Fast Company a short while later..."
war  future  peopleIknow  comms  social 
november 2012 by warrenellis
First Teleportation From One Macroscopic Object to Another | MIT Technology Review
"...practical quantum routers and the quantum internet that relies on them are just around the corner."
sci  comms 
november 2012 by warrenellis
Inky-Linky – Roo Reynolds
"Inky-Linky makes web pages 100% more useful and irritating when printed. It’s a bookmarklet that adds a QR code to the margins for each external link in the page."
web  papernet  comms 
october 2012 by warrenellis
'MindMeld' app anticipates people's needs
"A voice calls application called MindMeld to be available this month promises to know what iPad users want before they do. The application, named for the way the character Spock melded minds with other beings in hit classic science fiction television series "Star Trek," analyzes conversations in real-time to anticipate speakers' desires."
apps  comp  comms  contextual  voice 
october 2012 by warrenellis
A Real-Time Map of Global Cyberattacks - Global - The Atlantic Wire
"Cyberattacks are happening constantly across the globe, and now you can see what that looks in real-time with this map by the Honeynet Project that shows so many attacks, it looks and feels like it's straight out of an apocalyptic war movie."
dataviz  comms  war  crime 
october 2012 by warrenellis
Pruned: Graffiti as Tactical Urban Wireless Network
"A Utah-based startup company called Chamtech Operations is claiming that its Spray On Antenna Kit can turn any surface into a high-powered antenna."
comms  cities 
june 2012 by warrenellis
Quadcopter UAVs recharging your smartphone with wireless power
"in the future, you might be able to call out a quadcopter to recharge your mobile phone"
drones  comms  fairly+stupid 
june 2012 by warrenellis
Chinese group breaks distance record for teleporting qubits
"In this context, teleportation is used to denote the exchange of information describing the states of two separate entities without having to move any actual information through the space between them."
sci  tech  comms 
may 2012 by warrenellis
It Exists! MIT Creates Tech For Moving Files Across Devices With A Swipe | Co.Design: business + innovation + design
"SWŸP--PRONOUNCED “SWIPE”--LETS USERS DRAG FILES FROM ONE DEVICE TO ANOTHER, JUST BY SWIPING THEIR FINGER. AND IT ISN’T JUST A COOL IDEA. IT’S REALITY."
tech  comms  comp 
may 2012 by warrenellis
russell davies: 2screen presentation - pointing at video
"Clearly, our homes/lives are going to be drenched in screens. It's not just going to be two."
comms  screens 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Co-Founder of Siri: Assistant launch is a “World-Changing Event” (Interview) | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
"...it appears that Apple is getting ready to reveal what it has done with Siri over the past year and a half (we were actually expecting it at WWDC).  Make no mistake: Apple’s ‘mainstreaming’ Artificial Intelligence in the form of a Virtual Personal Assistant is a groundbreaking event.  I’d go so far as to say it is a World-Changing event.  Right now a few people dabble in partial AI enabled apps like Google Voice Actions, Vlingo or Nuance Go.  Siri was many iterations ahead of these technologies, or at least it was two years ago.  This is REAL AI with REAL market use. If the rumors are true, Apple will enable millions upon millions of people to interact with machines with natural language."  
comms  comp  iphone  voice 
october 2011 by warrenellis
The washable wearable antenna
"This wearable antenna is able to send a signal to satellites using the Cospas-Sarsat worldwide search and rescue satellite system. It is made from highly flexible, lightweight material that is robust against water exposure and moist conditions, and resistant to wear and tear."
tech  rescue  comms 
september 2011 by warrenellis
russell davies: talking on the radio / the internet with things
"It reminds me of a thing I saw in a coffee shop a while ago. A little plastic thing, a bit like an ice-cream spoon. I couldn't work out what it might be for. And then I realised that it's to go into the hole in the coffee cup lids to stop the coffee spilling out. That feels a bit like the technological moment we're in with the social web. Were fiddling around at the edges of mostly solved problems."
web  comms  unsure+about+this+but+interesting 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with living things
"Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things...Applications in the next decade or so, Rolandi said, would likely be for direct sensing of cells in a laboratory. The current prototype has a silicon base and could not be used in a human body. Longer term, however, a biocompatible version could be implanted directly in living things to monitor, or even control, certain biological processes directly."
sci  tech  comms 
september 2011 by warrenellis
BBC - Research and Development: RadioTAG
You're engrossed in an interview on the Today programme but have to leave for work. No problem. Press the RadioTAG button on your radio to remember your place. When you get to work, you resume listening on iPlayer from the point you left off.
radio  net  comms 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Week 33: Growing | Urbanscale
"I’m fine with the usual engineer trope of saying something’s impossible, and then going away and doing it. I expect that; in fact, I’ve even grown to look forward to that happening on a project, as confirmation that what I’m trying to do is far enough out the difficulty curve to be interesting. What I do not get is why some people seemed so offended by what we were trying to do with PERRY that they’d invest time and energy in trying to convince us it wasn’t worth the effort."
design  tech  comms 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Technology monitor: Joining the drones club | The Economist
Ravens are now being upgraded to use a communications system that provides enough bandwidth for 40 of them to fly in the same area, instead of the current four. This digital upgrade also turns the drones into networked devices that can communicate with other robots and systems. 
tech  war  comms  robots 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Shop for Spies and Would-Be Spies - NYTimes.com
Requests for cellphone debugging exams ($150), in which phones are examined for tracking devices and software, are up, as are sales of Spy Shops’ $1,800 cellphones, equipped with built-in scramblers to prevent conversations from being monitored.
tech  crime  comms  phones  gm 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Android phones to pit vampires against slayers
"Facial recognition startup Viewdle on Wednesday began letting Android smartphone users see which of the people around them are vampires and which are vampire slayers. "
phones  comms  ARG  games  ar 
june 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - North Wales hillfort test of Iron Age communication
"An experiment has shed light on how Iron Age people communicated from their hilltop homes 2,500 years ago."
history  comms 
march 2011 by warrenellis
The Living City | URBAGRAM
"This is a transcript of a talk delivered at Cognitive Cities, a conference on the future of cities held in Berlin on 26th Feb 2011."
architecture  comms  net 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Beijing to track all mobile phone users' movements | China News Watch | Latest Hong Kong, China & World News | SCMP.com
"Every Beijing mobile phone user will be tracked through the use of the latest global positioning technology, the municipal government announced on Tuesday."
comms  security  war  pol 
march 2011 by warrenellis

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