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This Satellite Image Looks Like Some Kind of Impossible Staircase

This mind-bending image looks like something out of Inception, but in fact it’s a view of fields in the south Khartoum area of Sudan. How the hell do …

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How Information Gives You Competitive Advantage

The information revolution is sweeping through our economy. No company can escape its effects. Dramatic reductions in the cost of obtaining, processing, and transmitting information are changing the way we do business.<p>Most general managers know that the revolution is under way, and few dispute its …

Innovation

'India is sitting on the cusp of a big information technology revolution'

Over the next three years, the program envisions a national optical fiber network will connect thousands of India's most distant <i>gram</i> <i>panchayats</i>— village-level governments — with a total population of more than 800 million.<p>This infrastructure will support government reform and change the way services …

India

PCAST Assesses Federal Information Technology R&D

Information technology (IT) drives the modern world. Nearly every device – be it a car, a kitchen appliance, a device on the manufacturing floor, or a child’s toy – is enhanced by IT. IT empowers scientific inquiry, space and Earth exploration, teaching and learning, health, consumer buying and …

Paris Attacks Reignite Debate Over Encryption Practices by Apple, Google, Facebook -- Basically, All Tech Companies

The latest attacks are sure to put pressure on tech companies.<p>The terrorist attacks on Paris have reignited the debate over the use of encryption in everyday communications, pitting companies like Apple, Google and Facebook against efforts by law enforcement agencies to detect terrorist threats and …

Privacy

Don’t Trade Your Privacy for Nothing

We all feel it, the siren call of increased security so we can prevent another horrific terror attack. In France, in Britain, throughout Europe, in …

6 Photographers Invited to Photograph 1 Man Reveal the Power of Perspective

Canon performed an experiment called Decoy to explore the power of perspective. This very visual project sought to find out how influential a photographer's outlook can be. Six photographers were invited to participate, each one separately capturing a portrait of a man named Michael. On the day of …

Photography

ISIS Taps Dark Web, Encryption Apps to Coordinate

ISIS and other terrorists are able to communicate under the radar of Western intelligence agencies.

Communicate

Anonymous 'at war' with Isis, hacktivist group confirms

#OpIsis, born in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders, stepped up following Paris attacks<p>The online collective Anonymous “is at war” with the Islamic State following the attacks in Paris, in a continuation of its “#OpISIS” campaign.<p>One major Anonymous twitter account, @GroupAnon, announced …

Foreign Policy

Opinion: Apple is right to stand firm on encryption however much terrorist attacks ramp up the pressure

Nobody who watched the news coverage of the terrorist attacks in Paris could fail to be moved by the scenes and the stories emerging from it. It was undeniably a horrific series of events, and it’s only human nature to want action to be taken to reduce the likelihood of future such atrocities.<p>But …

Blaming Snowden for Paris

Friday’s attacks are reopening the debate on whether intelligence leaks and encryption have made it too easy for terrorists to hide online.<p>Even as the hunt continues for suspects in the Paris terror bombings, some Western intelligence officials have already identified their culprit: Edward …

Surveillance

Encryption is not the enemy: A 21st century response to terror

Whenever terrorists strike, governments respond. It is in the quality and wisdom of those responses that the future of our society rests. David …

Privacy

After Paris, What We're Getting Wrong In 'Privacy vs. Security' Debate

On Nov. 15, Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said on "Face the Nation" that militant extremists are using encrypted apps to communicate, making it difficult for law enforcement or governments to monitor them. In the wake of the coordinated attacks in …

Privacy

Don’t Blame Encryption for ISIS Attacks - MIT Technology Review

Let’s start with what we don’t know. No firm details have been released about how the perpetrators of the attacks in Paris last Friday …

Privacy

How Technology + Social Media Can ACTUALLY Help During Moments of Crisis

We’re living in a more connected world than ever before. Whenever a devastating event occurs in the world, social media is often the place where people hear and pass on the news about it. The downside of technology in these crises is a phenomenon that’s been dubbed “social media activism” where …

Social Media

Terrorists hide plans by 'going dark'

Preventing terrorist plots is harder than ever.<p>Violent extremists meet in the open on Facebook or Twitter. Then they take the conversation private, using technology called encryption to encode their messages.<p>It's called "going dark." And it's the most alarming concern for police worldwide right …

Privacy

Paris attacks: Anonymous declares war on Islamic State

Hacker group Anonymous says in a video that it will "hunt" Islamic State after its terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday<p>Anonymous has posted a video declaring war against Islamic State following a series of terror attacks in Paris that have left at least 129 people dead.<p>The hacker group, …

The Photographer Behind Some of Fashion’s Most Controversial Images Speaks

Even if you don’t know his name, you know Oliviero Toscani’s work. Perhaps it’s moved you to tears or caused you to withdraw in horror. He’s the mind behind all manner of controversial images, most famously the campaigns he helmed during his two decades as art director for United Colors of …

Are ISIS Geeks Using Phone Apps, Encryption to Spread Terror?

Senior European intelligence officials tell NBC News that France’s ability to prevent attacks like Friday’s massacre is now challenged by the increasing ability of ISIS to operate under the radar, as a squad of jihadi cybergeeks train would-be terrorists how to keep their electronic communications …

Privacy

Good Crop Bad Crop - How to Crop Portraits

All images © Gina Milicia 2015 “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ? Pablo Picasso When it comes to knowing what is …

Mass surveillance can't catch terrorists. That's the uncomfortable truth

The spread of encryption post-Snowden has ensured that collecting everyone's details en masse is no longer any guarantee<p>The Paris terrorists almost certainly used encrypted communications to plan their attacks – after all, the man identified as their mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is based in …

Someone Photoshopped this Sikh Guy, and Now the World Thinks He’s a Paris Terrorist

Yikes. Someone Photoshopped a selfie by a Sikh man to look like a terrorist from the Paris attacks, the fake photo went viral, and news organizations …

Terrorism

Teach your kids to code with this neat Minecraft lesson

Minecraft, which innocently started out as a vast open-world block-based game, is probably the closest thing to crack cocaine for kids. Its popularity with the grade school set is likely what helped it become one of the best-selling games of all time, turned the game’s developers, Mojang, into a …

New smartphone battery can charge to 48% in five minutes

Huawei’s quick-charging lithium-ion batteries power up 10 times faster than regular batteries by using new technique<p>A smartphone battery that lasts longer than a day might be out of reach of most people for the moment, but a large one that charges to 48% in five minutes is on the way.<p>Huawei’s new …

Batteries

This is How Cameras Glitch with Photos of Propellers

If you’ve ever photographed spinning airplane propeller or helicopter rotor blades with your smartphone, you may have found that the spinning blades …

Helicopters

How to Effectively use YouTube for Video Marketing

Let's start with the facts:<p>1. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world.<p>2. Since March 2014, the number of people watching YouTube …

Marketing

A YouTube video that claims Facebook is 'stealing billions of views' is going viral

A YouTube video that accuses Facebook of "stealing billions of views" is going viral and receiving a ton of support from content creators and prominent tech executives.<p>The video, created by the Munich-based YouTube channel and design studio Kurzgesagt, was released on Monday, shortly after Facebook …

Internet

Apple has a crazy invention for self-drying iPhones

Apple has been taking steps to make the iPhone more water resistant than it has been previously. However, a newly-published patent application suggests the company may go even further — by using cutting-edge electrode technology to actively expel water that has become trapped in the device, rather …

A UK private equity firm is making a play for the future of the internet in Kenya

There is a new player in Kenya’s mobile space. Helios Investment Partners, a London-based private equity firm which focuses on African investments, has bought out Orange’s 70% stake in the Kenyan mobile operator Telkom.<p>Orange entered the Kenyan mobile market in 2007 after spending $390 million for …

Emerging Markets