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Why I'm opting out of the government's digital health record and you should too

My decision to opt-out comes after consulting several healthcare professionals, privacy and computer security experts, the government, and patients …

The real reason the sound of your own voice makes you cringe

Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term for it: voice confrontation.<p>But why is voice confrontation so frequent, while barely a thought is given to the voices of others?<p>A common explanation …

Psychology

A Typeface Designed To Thwart NSA Surveillance

Worried about spying eyes? Here’s a typeface created with the government’s prying computers in mind.<p>Long before Edward Snowden leaked the Prism documents, Sang Mun served two years of mandatory service for the Korean military, gathering intelligence under the NSA. He didn’t choose to publish any …

Surveillance

'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay

Progress makes people uncomfortable. When the first monkeys walked, other monkeys probably said, 'This is outrageous!'<p>Kosinski received emails from people confused about their sexuality who hoped he'd run their photo through his algorithm<p>If you basically accept we’re just computers, then computers …

Artificial Intelligence

Gigapixel timelapse captures a day in the life of London

There's a real chance you've seen gigapixel city shots before, but they've rarely had a dynamic element -- you've had to be content with that one sliver of time. Now, there's something a little livelier. Lenstore, Nikon and Canary Wharf have partnered on what they say is the first gigapixel …

Videography

How to Shoot Defocused Firework Photos

I’m photographer David Johnson, and in this tutorial I’ll be sharing how I shoot long-exposure photos of defocused fireworks.<p>Gear List<p>Canon EOS 5D …

Landscape Photography

According to Oprah, All Your Arguments Come Down to These 3 Questions

If the answers are no, there's likely going to be a problem.<p>Conflict is complicated.<p>Most of the time, it involves feelings that are both logical and illogical. That thing you're fighting about, whether at home or at work, is about both what's being stated and what's not being stated. It's about …

Oprah Winfrey

Australia's security agencies have never been this powerful

When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull established a mega Home Affairs department, he called it "the most significant reform of Australia's national …

Public Administration

Facebook says it would never use its patent to spy via your phone's mic

A patent from Facebook came to light earlier this week, depicting technology that Facebook would use to quietly activate a user’s microphone in order to listen to them as they watch ads. How hard can I “nope” out of that?<p><b>The details</b>: The patent, filed earlier this month, was originally discovered …

Mark Zuckerberg

How to Shoot Photos of Flying Food

Want to learn how to create a “flying food” photo without actually making food travel through the air? Food photographer Skyler Burt of We Eat …

Photography Tutorials

Facebook patent turns phone mics on to record reactions to ads

Facebook has repeatedly denied tapping into phones microphones for targeted advertising, but just because it isn't doesn't mean it can't. According to <i>Metro</i>, Facebook has applied for a controversial patent for software that will allow smartphones to begin recording when they hear secret messages …

Targeted Advertising

This clever case pops open to protect your phone when you drop it

That moment when you drop your phone and everything stops. You can hear your heart beat — the buzz of the world around you is silenced — all cognition stops — you see as if in slow motion the pirouette of your $700 piece of electronics toward the cement. How will it land? Will you get lucky this …

Electrical Engineering

Marketing Firm Accidentally Exposes 340 Million Records Online

The reported data leak at Exactis potentially exposes every adult in the US to the risk of identity theft. The records contain detailed personal …

Databases

These Firecracker Chicken Meatballs Will Be a Fan Favorite — Delicious Links

<i>Kitchn's</i> <i>Delicious Links</i><i> column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our …

Recipes

The coming of 5G will expose NBN to financial ruin

We've known for a while that 5G would hurt NBN's second-rate network — but now Telstra has provided figures on just how much damage it will do NBN's …

Malcolm Turnbull

​European Union prepares to wreck internet with new copyright law

If passed, Article 13 will force all websites to check any and all posts for copyright violations. That will include photos, videos, words, tweets, …

Internet

Huawei issues open letter to Australia over security concerns

Huawei can't catch a break but that doesn't mean it's not trying.<p>The Chinese telecoms company just issued an open letter to Australian authorities over recent criticism that if it was allowed to participate in the country's upcoming 5G roll-out, control of the country's infrastructure could fall …

Australia

Internet providers ordered to block 15 torrent, streaming sites by Federal Court

Foxtel will pay the compliance costs of blocking the websites, calculated at $50 per domain name.<p>In his judgment, Justice Nicholas said each website …

Internet

Huawei's history in Britain may help explain why Australia is so nervous

To understand the deep institutional anxiety about Huawei among Australia's closest security partners, you have to understand the British experience …

Why the Military Can’t Quit Windows XP

The Pentagon’s recent push to upgrade to Windows 10 won’t leave all legacy Microsoft products behind.<p><i>This article is part of</i> <i>Update or Die</i><i>, a series</i> …

Windows 10

Facebook Shared Your Data With Phone Makers Like Apple. Here's Why This Scandal Could Be Huge

Facebook has been hit with another data-sharing scandal, again over the access that it gives or gave third parties to the data not only of its users, …

Grand theft data: NBN chief says gamers could face limits on heavy usage

The head of the NBN has blamed gamers for a significant increase in data consumption on its fixed wireless network and said the company was considering throttling back data consumption of “extreme users” during peak periods.<p>Bill Morrow, the chief executive of the National Broadband Network, …

Net Neutrality

Scientists Discover A Second Brain In Human Body, And It’s Located In The Butt

The 'gut feeling' could be your second brain thinking.<p>It turns out those gut feelings or pits in your stomach may actually come from your second …

Australian webcams hacked to make secret recordings, posted to YouTube, in online scam

Melinda* had no idea she was being filmed.<p>She had gone online in search of help to fix a problem with her computer.<p>Instead, she wound up being …

Try this creepy as hell Google glitch now on your phone before it's fixed

Need further proof that the technology is watching your every move in order to know its enemy before taking over the world via blackmail?<p>Reddit …

UK homes vulnerable to 'staggering' level of corporate surveillance

British homes are vulnerable to “a staggering level of corporate surveillance” through common internet-enabled devices, an investigation has found.<p>Researchers found that a range of connected appliances – increasingly popular features of the so-called smart home – send data to their manufacturers …

Privacy

How Bad is GDPR for Photographers?

The EU has a new data protection law, the so-called GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, or as we Germans like to call it: …

Gravity energy generator could revolutionise renewables | Reuters.com

Dutch inventor Janjaap Ruijssenaars has built a gravity energy generator that harnesses the force of gravity to produce a new kind of renewable energy. Matthew Stock reports.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View Transcript<p>Dutch inventor Janjaap Ruijssenaars has built a gravity energy generator that harnesses the …

Renewable Energy

China is taking digital control of its people to unprecedented and chilling lengths | John Naughton

Examples of deductible behaviour can apparently include not showing up at a restaurant without cancelling your booking<p>Watching Donald Trump trying to deal with China is like watching a clown dancing in front of an elephant. The US president’s entire approach is transactional – the methodology he …

Kim Jong-un

[Update: Pre-Order Now] Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art Bokeh Master Lens Pricing Is Here

It should come as no surprise that Sigma's latest (and massive) 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art-series lens is cheaper than its Nikon equivalent. We already …