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Why location data is one of the most coveted details apps collect about you

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

How sustainable is your smartphone? - interactive

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

We're all losers to a gadget industry built on planned obsolescence

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

Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU

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 Does Earth Look Like?

Why Consciousness Exists: Douglas Rushkoff on Science, God, and the Purpose of Reality

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

DARPA is working on something way better than GPS

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

TPP: The Dirtiest Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of

Reduce data usage with Chrome’s Data Saver - Chrome Help

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

Tech Giants Call For “Clear, Strong And Effective End” To NSA’s Phone Metadata Surveillance

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

From Ancient Coins to Koons, the Arts Expenditures of the World's 80 Richest People

(illustration by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic)

Back in January, Oxfam released a report charting the world’s extreme wealth inequality and the …

NIMBYs in the twenty-first century

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 versus Kim Dae-jung: the Battle for Asia's Soul

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

Why New Orleans' airport is MSY — and other airport code mysteries, explained

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

The real roots of the war in eastern Ukraine

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 argument for divesting from fossil fuels is becoming an overwhelming one

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

'Making Africa' On View Now With 120+ Artists & Designers

Images provided by Vitra Design Museum

Two years of research and interviews with more than 70 designers, artists, and curators culminate in Making

Africa

Brighten Up a Party With This Sound Responsive Disco Ball

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

The Science Behind Laughter and What Tickles Our Funny Bone

New scientific research and sophisticated technologies reveal the deeper purposes and possibilities of humor.

Comedian Mitch Hedberg once observed …

Scientific Research

What Happens When Women Speak Up

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

Behind a Veil of Anonymity, Online Vigilantes Battle the Islamic State

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 Lone Ranger Was Real, And He Was African-American

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

An Explanation of the Number of Visible and Invisible Stars in the Sky

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

Launching Balloons into North Korea: Propaganda Over Pyongyang

The Imaginary App

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is under siege

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

Imagine Infinity in Mariko Mori's New Sculpture Exhibition

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