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iCensor: Apple Patents a Remote ‘Kill Switch’ for iPhone Cameras

Revisions in smartphone technology could allow police and government forces to stop citizens from recording abuses of force.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Apple’s Tim Cook

This week, it’s a no-brainer. Tim Cook is our Truthdigger of the Week for his willingness to take on the “1984”-like security state with a statement of principle on behalf of privacy.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Can All of the World’s Data Really Be Locked Safely Inside DNA?

Researchers believe all the digital information in the world could be kept in the “amount of liquid in a case of wine”; smartphones have turned humans into “deadwalkers”; meanwhile, Paul Ryan unintentionally highlighted the need for raising the minimum wage in his first speech as speaker of the House. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Samsung and Google Are Banning LGBT Content in International App Stores

The tech giants have censored popular gay social networking apps in South Korea and elsewhere amid increasing attempts by government and conservative activists to silence LGBT activists.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Up to 600 Million Samsung Phones Exposed to Attack, Control by Hackers

A software vulnerability on hundreds of millions of Samsung Galaxy phones allows hackers—civilian or government—to “look through the phones’ camera, listen to the microphone, read incoming and outgoing texts and install apps,” according to researchers cited in The Independent.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



South Korean Parents Will Be Required to Have Government-Approved Spyware on Teens’ Smartphones

It appears that South Korea is playing Orwellian catch-up with its security-obsessed northern neighbor.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 31, 2014 ENLARGE



Old Phones Offer Lifeline to Africa’s Forests

Recycled smartphones are being used in a high-tech approach to combating the illegal logging and poaching that are devastating trees and wildlife in endangered forests.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



The Way iPhones Are Made Is Killing Chinese Workers

Industrial solvents known to cause cancer are used in the manufacture of Apple products and other electronics consumers have come to depend on, and adequate protection for the millions of workers who make them is rare.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



This Drone Is After Your Phone (Video)

Hackers have developed a drone that can pluck the contents of your smartphone—from your location data to your shopping passwords—from the sky.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



Legacy Students Going to Ivy League on the Public’s Dime

Alumni donations, which in many top tier institutions are a means to buy admission for less deserving students, are considered tax deductible, charitable gifts; working-class Americans can no longer afford marriage; meanwhile, the NSA can access pretty much any smartphone. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 26, 2013 ENLARGE


Watch: Newt Gingrich ‘Really Puzzled’ About Smartphones

“Here at Gingrich Productions, we’ve spent weeks figuring out what do you call this,” a completely serious Gingrich says holding up a smartphone. Now he’s asking for your help to name something that already has a name.

Posted on May 13, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Dec 22, 2012 ENLARGE


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