A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites.
A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com. First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.Read more
Google Glass can take photos and tweet them with the power of thought. The app inventors claim that this is the first step to any device management with a thought.
Such application, called MindRDR allows to manage device without clicking and it can take photos with the power of thought. In certain version an additional analyzer, which can measure brainwaves is used. The device by itself transforms brainwaves into orders for electronic apparatus while the user is to concentrate on actions that he wants to do. The app creators believe that this program will allow Google Glass users to give commands in places where utter voice commands or clicking is uncomfortable.Read more
In Newcastle the 22-year-old computer science student Christopher Wilson was sentenced to 6 months coercive detention for not revealing the password that is required to decrypt the data on his computer.
He was urged to do this in “the interests of national security”. Wilson is accused of fooling police with cyber attack warnings as well as encouraging people to post deliberately inflammatory messages on a Facebook condolence page that was set up for two killed police officers. Wilson was already suspected to have sent rampage warning mails to the University of Newcastle. Two of these mails could be tracked back to Northumbria University where he was studying at that time.Read more
Mat Honan in a humorous manner created an everyday life picture in a "smart" house which (according to analysts) each consumer will have in 5-10 years.
I wake up at four to some old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows. The lights are flashing. My alarm clock is blasting Skrillex or Deadmau5 or something, I don’t know. I never listened to dubstep, and in fact the entire genre is on my banned list. You see, my house has a virus again. Technically it’s malware. But there’s no patch yet, and pretty much everyone’s got it. Homes up and down the block are lit up, even at this early hour. Thankfully this one is fairly benign. It sets off the alarm with music I blacklisted decades ago on Pandora. It takes a picture of me as I get out of the shower every morning and uploads it to Facebook.Read more
A computer program made in Russia became the first in the history that managed to pass Turing test which was developed in 1950 in order to determine how machine‘s intelligence can imitate the human‘s one.
The program was created by Russian engineer Vladimir Veselov and Ukrainian Eugene Demchenko. A computer program has managed to convince judges it was a 13-year-old boy Eugene Goostman from Odessa. The Turing Test is based on 20th century mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing's question and answer game set out in his 1950 paper ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence’. During the tests the machine has to convince the person by means of correspondence that it is a person, instead of artificial intelligence.Read more
Apple announced that DuckDuckGo will be included as a built-in search option in future versions of Safari on iOS and OS X at WWDC conference. We are thrilled to be included in Safari and it's great that Apple is making it easy for people to access our anonymous search option.
This makes DuckDuckGo the first privacy-focused search engine to be added to one of the top four browsers and is a huge milestone for both us and privacy supporters. For Mac users, this goes alongside an all-new private browsing option that functions like incognito mode on Chrome. The web browser on iPhone, iPad and Mac now includes the private search engine DuckDuckGo that users can set as default.Read more
USA representative to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Susan Levine became the first ambassador, who took her oath on electronic reader Kindle, which had USA Constitution copy.
The relevant photo and tweets were lined in Twitter- account of the USA Embassy in London: “The characteristic of the XXI century oath; @ AmbSuzi becomes the first USA ambassador, who sworn on electronic handheld device.” The USA Senate approved Susan Levine as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and found that oath was legal. According to journalists, similar innovation is not surprising for Levine: more recently, in 2009-2012 she worked for Microsoft.Read more
Websites might interpret your irregular scrolling and clicking as a sign of fraud and require you to prove your identity.
The company announced it has patented a technique that helps online and cloud-based businesses improve their ability to eliminate fraud by analyzing browsing behavior to determine whether customers are who they say they are after accessing a website or app via a computer, tablet or other mobile device. The technology was named "user-browser interaction-based fraud detection system." A new system analyses Internet users` work, including such sites as banking or shopping.Read more
The division of Google which is engaged in "clever" Nest thermostats wants to buy the Dropcam Company which makes continuous tracking cameras for house.
Google’s Nest division is plotting a move into the home-security market for smart house. The division of Nest making intelligent thermostats, is going to accelerate increase in presence at "the Internet of things" having bought Dropcam company. The status of any talks between Google and Dropcam isn’t clear, spokespeople for both companies did not respond to requests for comment. Dropcam makes a $150 camera that streams footage to phones and computers. Cameras are connected to home Wi-Fi network that assumes remote management.Read more
Recently, a number of schools have started using a CourseSmart program, which uses e-book analytics to alert teachers if their students are studying the night before tests, rather than taking a long-haul approach to learning.
In addition to test scores, the CourseSmart algorithm assigns each student an “engagement index” which can determine not just if a student is studying, but also if they’re studying properly. In theory, a person could receive a “satisfactory” C grade in a particular class, only to fail on engagement. CourseSmart developers say that their development is not simply shows the results of tests, but constantly monitors the inclusion index.Read more
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