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Pirate Bay releases 'PirateBrowser' to sail round censorship, mark ten years on the ocean wave

The Pirate Bay may be many things, but one that it is not, is a pushover. It's moved location, received continuous heat from various courts, and, of course, done some time. But still, it doesn't give up. The latest effort is a browser designed to help you access the torrent site in locations where …

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3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

3D Printing

Miniaturized butane fuel cell system enables new USB battery charger

Burning fuel results in a good deal of heat. While this is a useful property, small amounts of heat are very difficult to efficiently convert into …

What is graphene? Here’s what you need to know about a material that could be the next silicon

Graphene, an emerging material that could change the way electronic components are made and help computing performance continue to grow, is …

How Hackers Tapped Into My Cellphone For Less Than $300

In the wake of the National Security Agency cyber-spying revelations, you may be worrying about the government keeping track of your digital life. But, for less than $300, a group of ordinary hackers found a way to tap right into Verizon cellphones.<p>This is a group of good-guy, or "white hat", …

MIT tool connects the dots of your life through Gmail metadata

How much does the metadata gathered in your inbox reveal about you? Quite a lot, judging by what researchers at the MIT Media Lab have managed to accomplish with Immersion. They've built a web app that — once you grant it permission to do so — digs through your email history to piece together a …

How to dance … footwork

<b>What</b> Feet flying at mind-melting speeds of 165 BPM? That'll be the Chicago style of street dance, footwork. It's fun, fast and not for the …

EU passes 'in-depth' inquiry into US spying programs

The European Parliament has voted to conduct an “in-depth” inquiry into the scope and nature of the USA’s internet spying programs, reports <i>The Hill</i><i>.</i> The group will assess the impact of surveillance activities like PRISM, collect information and evidence both in the EU and US, and present its …

France has its own PRISM-like surveillance program, report suggests

French president François Hollande has been vocal in his objections to the U.S. bugging European institutions but, when the PRISM scandal broke, some …

Yes, the NSA contributed code to Android, but don't freak out about it

To call the avalanche of leaks triggered by Edward Snowden a scandal is an understatement. Not a week passes without an embarrassing disclosure, and the secretive National Security Agency is at the center of it all.<p>The NSA is allegedly snooping on the electronic communications of everyone from …

San Francisco protests the NSA spying program in July 4th march

While many people choose to barbeque, drink beer, and watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July, others decided to protest the government this year.<p>A crowd of about 300 people gathered at San Francisco's Civic Center on Thursday and then marched throughout the city to join in on the nationwide …

Cryptographic bug in Android lets hackers create malicious system apps

Security researchers have found a bug in Android which allows them to create malicious Android apps which appear to be genuine with the correct digital signatures. In computing, digital signatures allow any piece of data, including an app, to be checked to see that it is genuine and actually comes …

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This is the future of web browsing

So long as web developers actually embrace it<p>An article shared on <i>Sidebar</i>today highlights the mind-blowing power of HTML5. Web developer / Mozilla evangelist David Walsh has collated nine demos that use just native web technologies to show how much can be done in your web browser without the need …

Major Android App Vulnerability Unearthed

A vulnerability that could affect 99 percent of the world’s Android-powered phones and tablets has been unearthed within the Google-owned platform. Since more than 900 million Android devices have been activated, we’re filing this in the ‘major vulnerability’ folder.<p>Bluebox Security says it found …

If PRISM doesn’t freak you out about cloud computing, maybe it should, says privacy expert

The PRISM data collection controversy should give businesses pause about adopting cloud computing, a data privacy expert told the U.K.’s House of …

PRISM Whistleblower Snowden is Applying to 15 Countries for Asylum

Edward Snowden, the man that blew the whistle on the NSA’s and GCHQ’s widespread internet surveillance activities is seeking asylum in 15 different countries, a Russian official said.<p>According to the LA Times, the Russian Foreign Ministry official said that Snowden met with a diplomatic official on …

Stealth clothing is the Google Glass defense we’ve been waiting for

The surveillance age is here, and it’s tough not to feel a bit helpless about it.<p>With cameras pinned to buildings, embedded in smartphones, and floating in the sky, it’s impossible to imagine going outside and not being photographed at every turn. And the rise of Google Glass will only make it …

WeHostels Brings Its Mobile App For Booking Hostels To Android

WeHostels launched its first mobile app last September, allowing users to find low-cost accommodations nearly anywhere in the world from their iPhones. Now the company is expanding its portfolio of mobile apps to make its service available on Android devices, as well.<p>Since we last covered WeHostels …

Listen: Prince Remixes Janelle Monáe's "Q.U.E.E.N." Featuring Erykah Badu

<i>Photo by Eirik Lande</i><p>Earlier this month, it was reported that Janelle Monáe's new album <i>The Electric Lady</i> would feature a contribution from Prince. Still, it's still surprising to hear the Purple One's remix of Monáe's single with Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N.". Listen to it on PinBoard.<p>Monáe confirmed …

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Listen to Prince’s remix of Janelle Monáe’s “Q.U.E.E.N.”

As previously reported, Janelle Monáe nabbed some juggernaut talent for her forthcoming sophomore album, <i>The Electric Lady</i> – most importantly, Prince. …

How Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon track you (infographic)

Americans are starting to perk up about privacy after the reveal of a government surveillance program called PRISM. But it’s important to know how tech companies generally track your data and what you’re agreeing to in those terms of service agreements.<p>Google, Facebook, and Yahoo all rely pretty …

Virtuix Omni Takes Virtual Reality In Every Direction

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin.</i><p>Now that there are enough wearable sensors on the market to track one activity per day each week, we’ve seen some sensor-based products turn their attention to chilling out …

How APIs Help Us Comprehend The Infinite Concept Of Data

Data is like oil. It only has a future value just sitting in a big pool. “Pure data,” as my fellow panelists said Friday night at API Days, has not proven to have much market play.<p>I agreed with them but it’s the wrong way to look at the matter. More so, it’s about how the data is processed and …

Sprint’s Clearwire Acquisition: Who’s Going to Make What?

Now that Sprint has raised its bid for Clearwire a third and final time, seemingly ending the battle over the future ownership of the small wireless …

If The Government Can Access Our Facebook Data, What Happens When We Have Computers On Our Faces?

Wearables will follow a similar path as the smartphone market, Forrester analysts predicted in April 2012. “Wearables will move mainstream,” they said.<p>But will they?<p>Do you believe this?<p>Do I?<p>Maybe?<p>From fitness trackers to smartwatches to computers you wear on your face, this emerging market, enabled …

Amazon is staffing up for its $600 million cloud for spooks

You can now add “spymaster” to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s various titles. On Friday June 14, a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report elaborated on previous reports that Amazon had won a $600 million contract to build a “private cloud” for the CIA. (The GAO report was generated when IBM, …

Security

GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications

Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has …