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California police would have to disclose the use of more surveillance devices under this proposed law

In what will likely become another battle over the balance between privacy and public safety, new legislation at the state Capitol would expand the list of electronic surveillance devices that California law enforcement agencies must disclose to the public.<p>The bill, introduced last month by state …

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10 Interesting Linux Command Line Tricks and Tips Worth Knowing

I passionately enjoy working with commands as they offer more control over a Linux system than GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces) applications, …

Become an Ethical Hacker Bonus Bundle | Popular Mechanics Shop

<b>Ethical Hacking from Beginner to Advanced Techniques</b><p>Get Paid to Hack Computer Networks When You Become a Certified Ethical Hacker<p>You hear about it all the time: companies getting hacked, having their websites shut down or their customers' data compromised. When that happens, it's time to call in …

This is why you should really encrypt your iPhone

Since it’s encrypted with your password or fingerprint, an iPhone is useless to anyone looking to force their way into the data stored on it. But is …

Watch This Rare Banksy Interview From 1995

“When you’re the only person out in the city you feel like you can get away with murder.”<p>Banksy fans will be thrilled to unearth this VHS clip from a BBC Channel 4 show called “Shadow People” from 1995. In this piece of rare footage, we get a glimpse of the British artist before he caught the …

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Secrets and lies of a master spy: The agent who fooled the British, Russians, Italians, Japanese and the Nazis during WW2

In 1943, Peter Fleming, brother of Bond creator Ian, recruited a promising-looking Indian intelligence officer and code-named him Silver. His new recruit was a master of deception who worked for all the Axis powers as well as for the Soviets and the British - and fooled them all. Meet the only …

Where Cybercriminals Go To Buy Your Stolen Data

What malicious sites provide both free and paid access to stolen credit cards, company databases, malware and more?<p>1 of 10<p><i>Image Source: imsmartin</i><p>With …

Police using 'mugging' tactics to swipe unlocked phones from criminals

Police have begun to play criminals at their own game - by "mugging" suspects to access evidence on their phones.<p>Officers have become increasingly frustrated with criminals who refuse to hand over the passwords for their encrypted mobiles, denying them access to vital information.<p>But the …

What a Legal Recreational Drug Market Would Look Like in the UK

We spoke to a load of experts to understand how legalizing weed, psychedelics, cocaine, pills, and ketamine would actually work.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>It's been an eventful month for British drug policy. A couple of weeks ago, the <i>British Medical Journal</i> came out in support of the …

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Florida police have cell phone surveillance tech, report says

You may or may not have heard of a StingRay— it’s a controversial surveillance device that, by acting like a cell tower, can find your cell phone’s location and other info. Now photos of what's reportedly a related device called a Harpoon have surfaced and show it ostensibly in the posession of the …

Someone actually made a live-action version of the LEGO Batman trailer and it's even funnier, if that's possible

One of the best parts about the internet (other than, you know, cat videos) is the way it allows fans to really express themselves. Now, we all <i>love</i> …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

How can I protect myself from government snoopers?

Now that the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 - or snooper’s charter – has become law, Charles wants to protect his privacy<p><i>Now that the snooper’s charter has been passed, how can I protect myself? Should I use a VPN? Charles</i><p>The UK has just passed the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, at the third …

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10 Things To Know When You’re Dating Someone With Depression

You’re dating a person, not their illness<p>Relationships are hard, and they’re even harder when you or your partner’s mood isn’t in check. Though mental illness, especially depression, is scarily common in America, there is still a stigma attached to it. Society’s at a point where we can talk openly …

Facial Recognition Technology Raises Privacy Concerns

LONDON — A new immersive experience for moviegoers is highlighting privacy concerns surrounding facial recognition technology that's being deployed by governments and the private sector.<p>"RIOT" by British filmmaker Karen Palmer simulates a protest scenario, employing facial recognition technologies …

Samsung W2017 Android Flip Phone Announced

We have been hearing rumors about a new Android flip phone from Samsung for some time and the company has now made the Samsung W2017 official.<p>The …

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The U.K. may start using eagles to take down drones

Some eagles could soon be spending much of their life in jail if the U.K. government gets its way.<p>No, the powers-that-be aren’t looking to target the …

Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth

The mobile security market is taking flight due to high-profile hackings, but is there such a thing as an unhackable phone? Especially one that costs …

‘Do Not Resist’ Documentary Puts Militarized Police Under Fire

Culture policing Police Militarization Movies<p>Men in boots and camouflage sit on what appear to be armored tanks. Lightning flashes in the distance. …

Samsung Galaxy S8: release date, price, specs and features

Over the past few years, Samsung has put a much larger focus on smartphone design and software. Thinking back to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, both of Samsung’s 2015 flagships offered up a premium design and impressive feature set over the ill-conceived Galaxy S5.<p>Samsung Galaxy S7 review<br>• Samsung Galaxy …

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Why Fox is ditching Marvel's superhero strategy

A <i>Deadpool</i> sequel is in the works, but it’s in need of a director. <i>The Wrap</i> reported last week that director Tim Miller walked away from the project due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds over how to approach the follow-up. Miller wanted a bigger budget to make a more "stylized" movie. …

17 Bizarre Conspiracy Theories That’ll Freak You The Hell Out

K, but were the moon landings real or not????<p><i>Note: These are all ~theories~, so have fun reading this. None of the following are presented as facts.</i>

Google’s AI creates its own inhuman encryption

What happens when you tell two smart computers to talk to each other in secret and task another AI with breaking that conversation? You get one of the coolest experiments in cryptography I’ve seen in a while.<p>In short, Google Brain researchers have discovered that the AI, when properly tasked, …

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The CIA is Preparing for a Major Cyberattack Against Russia

NBC News reports that the CIA is developing scenarios for an electronic attack on Russian leadership. According to sources including current …

This New Camera Can Tell If You're Trying to Cheat the Carpool Lane

The same company that makes your office copier can tell if your backseat companion is a dog or a baby.<p>Remember the dude who got caught in the carpool lane with a cardboard cutout of the most interesting man in the world? He was trying to cheat the system by using the Dos Equis guy as a "passenger" …

Feds use search warrants to get into fingerprint-locked phones

<i>This article has been updated to reflect Department of Justice comment.</i><p>A peculiar legal workaround might give federal authorities the right to access an individual's phone data.<p>Investigators in Lancaster, Calif., were granted a search warrant last May with a scope that allowed them to force anyone …

The surveillance state goes local: Area police departments may be using Stingray technology to spy on you without a warrant — and the Feds don’t want you to know

<b>(Getty/peterhowell)</b><p>The DOJ is blocking requests for information on Stingray, which can spy on you by connecting with your cell phone<p>Thor Benson<p>October 15, 2016 2:45pm (UTC)<p>For the past several years, we've been learning more and more about police use of "cell site simulators" across the country, …

Top 10 Coolest Gadgets for iPhone - iPhone 7 accessories for 2016-2017

Top 10 Coolest Gadgets for iPhone – iPhone 7 accessories for 2016-2017<p>Top 10 Coolest Gadgets for iPhone – iPhone 7 accessories for 2016-2017<p>Top 10 …

The Secret 'F**k You' Before Every Modern Film

The first 60 seconds of <i>Star Trek Beyond</i> was made up entirely of studio logos. Trust me; I counted. That's enough time to scald a Hot Pocket, all …

Inside The Tesla Factory

Elon Musk's plan for solar roofs, shareable cars, and maybe an Iron Man suit<p>What will Elon Musk announce at his secretive Tesla "product unveiling" on October 17th? An electric motorcycle? Lidar and HD maps in his self-driving cars? A flux capacitor? Or our personal favorite: an actual Iron Man …