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Exclusive: Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses actually look good - The Verge
"When you’re wearing them, you see a stream of information on what looks like a screen — but it’s actually being projected onto your retina."
tech  comms  wearables 
february 2018 by warrenellis
How a NASA team turned a smartphone into a satellite business
"a consumer-grade smartphone could be used to power a satellite in space"
space  comms 
february 2016 by warrenellis
ISIS is using IP addresses the UK sold to Saudi Arabia
IP addresses being used by ISIS and traced by teenage computer hackers back to the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions are likely to be among those sold to Saudi Arabian telecoms companies this year, the British government has claimed.
crime  comms  war 
december 2015 by warrenellis
‘Gabriel’ Is A New Artificial Intelligence Named After The Messenger Angel | Popular Science
"Gabriel, a project by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, and funded by the National Science Foundation, is a personal cognitive assistant that “whispers” instructions into a user’s ear, for things like how to change a tire, perform CPR, or even assemble IKEA furniture. It would be like GPS for everyday actions, but one that knows when to shut up, according to principal investigator Mahadev Satyanarayanan."
tech  comms 
december 2015 by warrenellis
The Hottest Self-Publishing Platform? Twitter!
"While novels are commonplace now, long-form fiction was often consumed in serialized installments in the past. Take, for example, Dickens‘ The Old Curiosity Shop. Readers were so hungry to find out how the story ended that a mob stormed the wharf when the ship carrying the final installment docked in New York. Serialized fiction phased out when paper media had to cut costs and slim down (or wholly re-design) their issues, but new media—namely Twitter—is bringing the serial fiction format back, albeit bite-sized."
twitter  writing  net  comms 
november 2015 by warrenellis
The Decay of Twitter - The Atlantic
"In other words, on Twitter, people say things that they think of as ephemeral and chatty. Their utterances are then treated as unequivocal political statements by people outside the conversation."
twitter  net  comms  social 
november 2015 by warrenellis
'Goodnight' text service prompts discussion on loneliness|WCT
"The story of a woman offering to send "goodnight" messages to strangers, publicizing her service on the Chinese e-commerce site Taobao at a cost of 1 yuan (US$0.16) per message has started a new trend and spurred a public discussion about loneliness, according to the Guangzhou Daily."
social  society  comms 
october 2015 by warrenellis
Galaksija, Cult Yugoslav DIY Computer from the 1980s Lives On | Balkanist
"During the mid-1980s, Belgrade radio show Ventilator 202 broadcast computer software live so that listeners could record games and electronic journals onto cassette tapes. Some of this software was programmed and submitted by listeners themselves, reflecting an early open source ethos. Galaksija games like Light Cycle Race and Diamond Mine were available free to anyone with a radio and a tape recorder."
history  comp  comms 
october 2015 by warrenellis
Exploiting the Robocaller Gap - Global Guerrillas
"Here's an interesting US systempunkt -- a systempunkt is the point in a big network where even a small attack would cause the entire network to fail. This systempunkt would enable a prepared individual the unique ability to shut down a large part of the US without shedding a drop of blood."
war  tech  comms 
february 2015 by warrenellis
PowerCoat® ALIVE | Arjowiggins Creative Papers
"Introducing the world’s first ready-to-use NFC paper for both professional and end-user finishing, ushering in a new era in intelligent print media, packaging and much more."
tech  printing  comms 
december 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - #BBCtrending: The murders that followed a WhatsApp curfew
Was the warning from the police force, then? Not exactly. "There's no stopping any of us, not even the highest colonel. The boys are on the loose," the message continued, before concluding with a final warning: "Please stay at home. Don't go hanging out on street corners." It wasn't an official public service announcement, but apparently sent by renegade officers, seeking revenge for their fallen comrade.
crime  comms 
november 2014 by warrenellis
Twitter drops Google Glass, app no longer available - SlashGear
"The bad news isn’t that Twitter addicts will go wanting for heads-up tweets. The really unfortunate bit of info here is that Twitter just plain dropped Google Glass. Cold."
tech  comms  web  net 
october 2014 by warrenellis
U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market | TechCrunch
U.K. startup Swytch — founded in April this year — is bootstrapping a cloud based mobile network and dialer app that will let you use multiple phone numbers on a single SIM, so doing away with the hassle of juggling multiple physical SIM cards
october 2014 by warrenellis
I can't decide if this app is right on time or two years late. Given that American network tv is launching a comedy series called SELFIE, I'm going with the latter. But I shall test the thing anyway.
apps  comms 
september 2014 by warrenellis
My Day on the Emoji-Only Social Network, Translated (I Think)
"Emojli's future is a dark one, filled with nothing but loneliness and poop."
web  comms 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Android security mystery - 'fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S.
"Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science."
spook  security  crime  comms 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Scientists Found a Way to Email Brain Waves | Motherboard
Researchers have successfully communicated words from one brain to another over the internet.
neuro  comms 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Messages in the Deep - Builtvisible
"Below, you’ll find an interactive map charting the growth of the modern fibre optic network between 1989 to the modern day, and including cables to be completed in the next few years. You can select a country to see all connections to and from that nation, or specify a provider to see the parts of the network owned by that company."
comms  spook  war 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Making a covert channel on the Internet
"The best way to keep a message secret is not just to encrypt it, but to hide the fact that the message is even there. Computer scientists have created "covert channels" on the Internet, but they have been slow and fairly easy to detect. Now a Cornell researcher has demonstrated a way to send messages that are undetectable by ordinary methods, with high reliability and enough bandwidth for video chat."
june 2014 by warrenellis
Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy | Technology | The Guardian
"What if every book for the past 500 years had been reporting its readers at headquarters?"
surveillance  pol  comms  war  crime 
may 2014 by warrenellis
How Al-Qaeda Uses Crypto Post-Snowden (Part 1)
"Following the June 2013 Edward Snowden leaks we observe an increased pace of innovation, specifically new competing jihadist platforms and three (3) major new encryption tools from three (3) different organizations – GIMF, Al-Fajr Technical Committee, and ISIS – within a three to five-month time frame of the leaks."
tech  comms  spook  war 
may 2014 by warrenellis
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 
march 2014 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 
february 2014 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 
february 2014 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 
february 2014 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
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
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