Information Technology

Anti-Facebook social site Ello gets millions in funding, promises to stay ad-free forever

Anti-Facebook social site Ello gets millions in funding, promises to stay ad-free forever

Ello, the new social-media site that exploded last month, has raised $5.5 million through investors and says a charter that was recently signed by the company’s executives will see to it that users will continue to be offered an ad-free experience. After initially guaranteeing users a social media site devoid of paid content and other […]

McFlying out the door? ‘Back to the Future’-style hoverboard comes to life

McFlying out the door? ‘Back to the Future’-style hoverboard comes to life

The hoverboard from an imagined 2015 which featured prominently in the ’80s hit flick ‘Back to the Future II’ has become a reality thanks to an architect hoping to protect buildings from earthquakes with the power of magnetism. A quarter of a century after the Robert Zemeckis classic lit up silver screens across America, the […]

Ultra-fast new batteries can recharge 70 percent in two minutes

Ultra-fast new batteries can recharge 70 percent in two minutes

Scientists in Singapore have designed a highly durable battery that can also be recharged 20 times faster than current models. The development is expected to be the next big advance in energy – and could be a boon for electric car users. Nanyang Technology University (NTU) scientists in Singapore say they have developed an advanced […]

GCHQ and NSA intercepted Yahoo users’ private photographs

GCHQ and NSA intercepted Yahoo users’ private photographs

British and American surveillance agencies teamed up to develop a system that collected millions of images from the webcams of unsuspecting and innocent internet users, new leaked documents reveal. This “Optic Nerve” program — administered by the UK’s GCHQ with the assistance of the National Security Agency — routinely intercepted and stored those webcam images […]

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

American officials have begun advising US allies that the ongoing National Security Agency disclosures made possible by whistleblower Edward Snowden include files detailing cooperation between their international intelligence services. US officials told The Washington Post that Snowden leaked documents indicating massive intelligence gathering efforts against sometimes hostile countries, including China, Russia and Iran. Those files […]

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Many issues of national importance to Japan, probably including the state of the Fukushima power plant, may be designated state secrets under a new draft law. Once signed, it could see whistleblowers jailed for up to 10 years. Japan has relatively lenient penalties for exposing state secrets compared to many other nations, but that may […]

Internet Hackers Expose The World’s Government Secrets

Internet Hackers Expose The World’s Government Secrets

“The Fifth Estate” is a disappointing cyber suspense thriller based on the real life escapades of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last five years, Australian Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks, an organization responsible for leaking hundreds of thousands of secret government files and diplomatic cables […]

Microsoft CEO to step down within year

Microsoft CEO to step down within year

The world’s largest software maker announced on Friday that Chief Executive, Steven Ballmer, will retire in the next 12 months. Ballmer will continue as acting CEO and will lead the company until a successor is chosen by the board. Microsoft shares surged 9 percent in premarket trading on the news. “We need a CEO who […]

Greenwald on ‘coming’ leak: NSA can obtain one billion cell phone calls a day, store them and listen

Greenwald on ‘coming’ leak: NSA can obtain one billion cell phone calls a day, store them and listen

The NSA has a “brand new” technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden’s documents was ‘coming soon.’ Calling it part of a “globalized system to destroy all privacy,” and the enduring […]

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