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A new study from Carnegie Mellon reveals that smartphone applications collect location-related data a lot more than you think. And as Wired reports, …Software
Smartphones are owned by one in five people and have changed how many of the world's most important industries work – from journalism to farming. But their production carries a cost; using more than 40 elements that are mined with untold environmental and social effects on every inhabited continent …Sustainable Agriculture
It’s hard to deny that the smartphone has in part changed the world in favour of consumers. It helps us avoid expensive SMS costs thanks to online messaging apps, undercut taxi and hotel companies with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, and generally serves as a remote control to the sharing economy.
But …Computer Hardware
The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.
The comments were made by EC attorney Bernhard Schima in a …Facebook
What to make of the fact “that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”
“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,” Carl Sagan wrote in his magnificent meditation on science and spirituality, “we will have …Consciousness
When your location marker on Google Maps is pinging all over the place, it's usually due to temperamental GPS signal. DARPA thinks this isn't cutting it anymore, and is developing a "radically" new tech that will offer real-time position tracking -- something that'll work despite blind spots or …GPS Tracking
You can reduce the amount of data Chrome uses on your mobile device, computer, or Chromebook by using Data Saver.
How Data Saver works
When you're …Google Chrome
As expected, technology companies, tech trade groups and privacy organizations sent a letter today to the President Barack Obama, various members of Congress, and governmental security officials, urging reform of the U.S. government’s surveillance practices.
Tech companies represented by groups that …Surveillance
(illustration by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic)
Back in January, Oxfam released a report charting the world’s extreme wealth inequality and the …
SINCE the publication of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", Thomas Piketty has won many plaudits for his work on inequality. The book has so far …World Economy
Lee Kuan Yew, the progenitor of Singapore, has passed away. Lee was a singular individual with many interesting ideas, and Singapore likewise is a …Lee Kuan Yew
Airport codes are an enigma. We see them constantly but only know what about half of them mean.
You might know ATL stands for Atlanta, but can you …Airports
We tend to talk about the conflict in eastern Ukraine as a tale of Russian aggression. That's not inaccurate — but it isn't the full story, …International Relations
The world has much more coal, oil and gas in the ground than it can safely burn. That much is physics.
Anyone studying the question with an open mind will almost certainly come to a similar conclusion: if we and our children are to have a reasonable chance of living stable and secure lives 30 or so …Climate Change
Images provided by Vitra Design Museum
Two years of research and interviews with more than 70 designers, artists, and curators culminate in Making …Africa
The disco ball gets an update in the collaborative project Disco Disco by Alex Asseily, design studio Goodwin Hartshorn, and London-based designers Haberdashery. It's an update that turns the standard wedding staple into a programmable twinkling music visualiser.
Resembling an LED sun, the responsive …Sound
Stereographic projection has been used to convert aerial panoramas of #cities into mini-globes. The 360-degree aerial #panoramic photos were taken for AirPano, a Russian not-for-profit project created by a team of enthusiasts, and then manipulated in #Photoshop to create a circular image. Here's #Valencia, #Spain. We'll post a few favourites. Photo: AirPano/Caters News Agency
New scientific research and sophisticated technologies reveal the deeper purposes and possibilities of humor.
Comedian Mitch Hedberg once observed …Scientific Research
In “My Fair Lady” — the play and the hit musical — professor Henry Higgins turned a poor Cockney girl into an upper-class belle by changing the way she spoke.
Speech may be as critical for women today as it was in 19th-century London. More so, perhaps, if we are talking about Silicon Valley.
A …Women's News
They use screen aliases like IS Hunting Club, TouchMyTweets and The Doctor. They troll Twitter for suspected accounts of Islamic State fighters, recruiters and fund-raisers. Then they pounce.
In what has become a cyber analogy to the battles in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere between governments and the …Anonymity
The story of the Lone Ranger is far more legend than reality. Most people know that. Most people also know that the portrayal of Tonto as the Lone …The Lone Ranger
In a recent episode of the PBS Digital Studios series It’s Okay To Be Smart, host Joe Hanson provides an explanation of the number of visible and …Invisible
Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef may become irreparably damaged in the coming decades due to traumas caused by both nature and humans, leading scientists say.
The dire warning comes in response to plans by the Australian government to start a massive expansion of the deep-water coal port in …Australia
Mariko Mori, Ekpyrotic String IV (detail), 2015. © Mariko Mori, Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York.
Ten free-flowing, pearloid sculptures are the latest in artist Mariko Mori's ongoing investigation into infinity. Comprising Cyclicscape, her new solo exhibition at Sean Kelly, the aluminum and stainless …Sculpture