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US government is using planes to spy on cell phones, suck up data

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Mark Harky via Flickr CC<p>It’s the sort of thing that makes you want to hide in a cave with a tin foil hat: a new report …

Game of Thrones pirates can be prosecuted: why Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis are wrong on data retention

Yes, breaches of copyright are a civil wrong, but Senator Brandis was wrong to suggest his government's data retention regime would have "nothing to …

Surveillance

Stunning Photo Collection Documents Beautiful Light Throughout NYC

<i>NY Through the Lens</i> is a visual documentation of NYC-based photographer Vivienne Gucwa's explorations throughout the city. From the young age of 17, Gucwa has been living on her own and working many jobs to stay afloat. As a way to manage personal stress, she would go for long walks for “as far as …

Photography

9 Things You Should Know Before Booking Your Next Cruise

<i>kansasphoto / Flickr</i><p>With meals, entertainment and accommodations wrapped into one reasonable rate, cruising offers a convenient and affordable vacation option. Many cruises today offer stimulating onboard enrichment programs, unique culinary experiences and immersive shore excursions (think: …

Cruise Ships

15 Otherworldly Places You Have to See to Believe

<b>Three Sisters Volcano, Oregon</b><p>Have you ever looked at a photo and just couldn't believe what you were seeing? Today let's check out 15 of those places. Destinations that seem like they are not of this Earth. Lakes that seem like they belong on another planet. Mountains that appear like they were …

Nature

5 Getaways That Are Only Good in Winter

We know, we know: It's cold out. Not just "cold," but that finally-really-winter frigid that makes you feel achey, keeps you at home, and -- more often than not -- makes you feel totally, maddeningly stir-crazy. But fear not, our temporarily housebound readers: The savviest travelers know that …

National Parks

Vietnam Airlines IPO Fails to Draw a Foreign Investor for Six Years

Vietnam Airlines Corp.’s six-year wait for an initial public offering will end today without a single foreign institution buying into the deal, …

Ain't No Mountain High Enough: 7 Romantic Mountaintop Hotels

We've all heard the song, but these seven gorgeous properties imbue it with new meaning. Rather than traversing mountains, rivers, and valleys to get to your sweetheart, we heartily recommend making that journey <i>together</i> -- because it's really hard to top a romantic getaway snuggled up in a cozy …

Skiing

It's Not Easy To Rent An Automatic Car In Europe — Here's How I Finally Did It

Though there are a few automatic cars in Italy, the majority of cars there have manual transmissions. And when they are available, automatic cars tend to cost significantly more to rent than manual.<p>However, after a failed driving lesson in a manual car where I continually stalled out, I decided …

Mid-Size Car

12 things to do in New York City before you die | CNN Travel

Ryanair Boss on Passenger Data: 'Clever Airlines Are Going to Make a Fortune'

Ryanair Holdings Plc said it’s building a database of passenger travel habits to help fine-tune offers as more people use mobile platforms to manage …

The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

Tea

How Can I Earn More Frequent Flier Miles?

<i>A:</i><p>Many domestic airlines have quietly made a drastic change to their frequent flier programs. They're now more likely to award points based on how much you spend—not how far you fly. That means your typical economy-class ticket earns fewer miles than it used to, especially for long-distance …

Personal Finance

NSA Surveillance Faces Senate Test

The United States Senate could vote on the USA FREEDOM Act as soon as next week, pushing the surveillance reform bill ahead this year. That would buck prior conventional wisdom that the Act was not a legislative priority, likely ending up shelved until the next Congress. There is still some fight …

iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 5 hacked at Pwn2Own

HP’s annual two-day Mobile Pwn2Own competition came to a close this afternoon, with a group of veteran security researchers and other competitors able to compromise several flagship smartphones across the top-three mobile operating systems: Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The devices that were …

Quickly poll your friends about anything with the Straw app

All of us have done it; asking for opinions on social media randomly and getting tons of replies that aren’t particularly useful. Polling apps exist, but none of them are particularly well designed or easy to use.<p>That’s where Straw comes in; it’s a beautifully designed new mobile-first polling app …

Blackberry fans line up here: pre-orders for the new Classic are open

Platform loyal BBM addicts have a new device to consider -- other than the Passport -- now that Blackberry is taking pre-orders for its upcoming phone. The Classic (aka Q20) brings the design, keyboard and trackpad users are used to, plus a large square touch screen, the latest version of …

REPORT: US Spy Program Uses Airplanes To Collect American Cell Phone Data

The surveillance program, which is run by the US Marshals Service under the DOJ, has reportedly been in effect since 2007.<p>Officials have been using portable cell towers, known as "dirtboxes," on small planes to collect identity and location information on cell phone users.<p>Those Cessna aircrafts fly …

Surveillance

Tip Sheet: How to Hack Sleep | Inc.com

The ability to get by on little sleep is frequently seen as a badge of honor in the business world. Entrepreneurs, in particular, often sacrifice sleep for the sake of their companies. In a recent survey of Inc. 500 CEOs, 48 percent said they sleep six or fewer hours a night, and 85 percent work 10 …

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National Geographic Travel

Bill Murray's 5 Most Underrated Movies

When he's not Ghostbusting<p>Despite Bill Murray's reputation as a freewheeling comedian who loves nothing more than to crash unsuspecting civilians' engagement photo shoots and bachelor parties, there's more to the 66-year-old star than just cooler-than-cool ridiculousness. For every <i>Stripes</i>,</i> …

Bill Murray

Frank Gehry's greatest works on show in Paris

With his unique vision and fantastical approach to architecture, winner of the 1989 Pritzker prize Frank Gehry has become an internationally …

The Sun Looks Uncannily Like A Jack-O-Lantern, Just In Time For Halloween

Halloween is on its way, and everyone’s starting to get into the festive spirit. Even the sun, it seems, wants to get in on the fun.<p>On Wednesday, the same day that skywatchers were treated to a full "blood moon," NASA captured a spooky image of the sun looking uncannily like a glowing …

Your Shot Pictures: Around the World in 15 Plates of Food

Vermicelli threads drape in India, fish fry smoke fills a kitchen in Tanzania, and a small Batman tackles a slice of cake in the United States.

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness

Selfies from outer space: Self-portraits by astronauts and robots far from Earth