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The U.S. Government’s Privacy Watchdog Is Basically Dead, Emails Reveal

There’s a little-known federal agency whose job is to ensure U.S. spy agencies protect privacy and other civil liberties even as they work to defeat …

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The Blackbird Had a Drone Sidekick

Supersonic robot spied on China’s nuclear program<p>by ADAM RAWNSLEY<p>In the late 1960s and early ’70s, American intelligence agencies were desperate to …

NASA Eyes Mission to Jupiter's Ice Ocean Moon

The king of planets swings into view, as destination mission starts.<p>Jupiter's mysterious moon Europa, famed for its role in <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, may soon host an intense search for life.<p>The White House this week presented a 2016 U.S. budget that includes $30 million in funding for the development …

Netflix predicts that the next PS4 and Xbox One models will support 4K

The new console generation is barely a year old, but it’s already time to start considering how Sony and Microsoft are going to refresh the …

The story of the ultrasecret A-12 Oxcart—father of the SR-71 Blackbird

It may look like the SR-71 Blackbird, but this sleek flying beast is <i>not</i> the most famous supersonic spy plane ever created but its father, the A-12 …

The Storm eBike: An Inexpensive Answer to Gridlock?

<i>Photo: Storm eBike</i><p>Stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic again? Tired of being crammed like cattle into a subway car?<p>An Indiegogo campaign launching …

Anti-Terror Bill To Beef Up Power Of Canada's Spy Agency

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency could soon have the power to derail terrorist plots — not just gather and analyze information about them — as the …

FBI Busts Russian Spies

Moscow’s agents wanted economic data<p>by ADAM RAWNSLEY<p>Once again, the FBI has busted a Russian spy hiding in the United States. But this time, the …

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These 'smart' headphones give you much more than just a great listening experience

Dave Smith/Business Insider<p>Most headphones are simple plug-and-play accessories: You connect them to your music player, and you press play. End of …

Be warned: Google enlists Chrome in push for encrypted Web

Google just gave Chrome something of an insecurity complex.<p>That's because the company has enlisted Chrome -- the No. 2 desktop browser worldwide -- in its effort to make secure, encrypted connections on the Web the rule rather than the exception. Encryption scrambles data during transmission to …

DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.<p>DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart said in a statement that …

EXCLUSIVE: License to BILL - Russian 'undercover agent' accused of being part of Kremlin spy ring in New York is a former Moscow tax inspector

• <b>Evgeny Buryakov is alleged to be one of three-strong spy ring operating out of Manhattan for the Russian secret service</b>• <b><br>He has appeared in court</b> …

Canada's spy agency tracks file-sharing websites worldwide – Snowden docs

Millions of pictures, videos, and other files downloaded online globally are being watched by Canada's electronic spy agency CSE, says the latest …

This Russian News Agency Doubled As a Spy Machine

Moscow’s alleged spy ring in New York City sometimes took orders from a Kremlin-run news outfit. Talk about media bias.<p>A pair of accused Russian …

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Attempts to stay anonymous on the web will only put the NSA on your trail

When searching for an adjective to describe our comprehensively surveilled networked world – the one bookmarked by the NSA at one end and by Google, Facebook, Yahoo and co at the other – "Orwellian" is the word that people generally reach for.<p>But "Kafkaesque" seems more appropriate. The term is …

How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely

Even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on.<p>That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in last week's interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it?<p>No. But government spies can get …

FBI, CIA Join NSA In “Backdoor” Searches On Americans

Thousands of Americans were targets of so-called “backdoor” warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies last year, according to a letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden.<p>The missive, written by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to the Senator in response to …

Off-the-grid texting device GoTenna attracts antisurveillance crowd

"If you're solving a problem that is real to them, they're going to come out of the woodwork."<p>Daniela Perdomo, GoTenna CEO

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The music industry's best-known production app will soon be free

You've probably heard the output of Avid's Pro Tools audio production software, even if you don't know what it's like -- it's virtually a staple of the music industry, and spawned now-famous (or infamous) effects like Auto Tune. There hasn't been a cheap way to try it for nearly 15 years, however, …

NASA Finds Mysterious Bright Spot on Dwarf Planet Ceres: What Is It?

A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads.<p>The white spot on Ceres …

Huge Milky Way Gas Bubbles Clocked at 2 Million Mph

Giant bubbles of gas that erupted from the core of the Milky Way galaxy millions of years ago are expanding out into space at mind-blowing speeds, …

4K TVs Tested: Here’s What to Buy Now

<i>“Gentlemen! Ladies! Welcome to the Top Secret Summit Meeting of TV Manufacturer Executives. Now, as you know, the invention of HDTV was the best</i> …

Tech-Air offers Street Airbags for motorcyclists

There is nothing quite like taking to the open roads on a powerful motorbike. On the downside people who ride motorbikes don’t have the protection of …

Windows 10 is a free upgrade for all 7 and 8.1 users (update: RT too)

Wondering how much Windows 10 will set you back? In most cases, nothing. Microsoft has announced that the new operating system will be a free upgrade in the first year for everyone using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 <i>or</i> Windows Phone 8.1. The company sees Windows as a service rather than a product, Terry …

Air Force puts declassified UFO reports online. Is the truth out there?

The Air Force has released a stockpile of documents pertaining to decades of military investigations on objects that were spotted over American skies …

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