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The finished Oculus Rift is shipping early next year

It's finally happened: Oculus has announced a date for the finished version of its Rift virtual reality headset. The Oculus Rift consumer edition is going to be shipping in the first quarter of 2016, with pre-orders opening later this year.<p>The Oculus Rift has gone through several iterations since …

Ready Player One

Cyborg Cockroaches: How They Work

A tiny backpack turns a pest into a rescue robot<p>Disasters can bury survivors in unstable rubble. Finding those victims may one day fall to small robots--but living insects enhanced with electronic parts could do the same job sooner. In 2012, researchers at North Carolina State University steered …

Orwell & Ed: Snowden saga shows the one thing “1984” missed

<b>(AP)</b><p>George Orwell predicted many things about the modern surveillance state. What he didn’t is just as important<p>Robert Colls<p>December 17, 2013 11:58pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on the OUPblog.<p><i>“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment… but</i> …

Officials: NSA broke terrorist plots

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. intelligence officials said Saturday that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries — and that gathered data is destroyed every five …

Oliver Stone on the NSA: 'The government's gigantic surveillance machine is eating our freedom' – video

World news,Oliver Stone,NSA,The NSA files,Surveillance,US constitution and civil liberties,Law,Obama administration,US news,Civil liberties - international,Privacy<p>In the wake of whistleblower revelations about NSA surveillance of US and foreign citizens, film-maker Oliver Stone asks in a video made …

Another Top-Secret NSA Program Exposed and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.<p>Today, we …

NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Thanks Russia for Asylum

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden left Moscow's international airport today for the first time six weeks and thanked Russia for granting him temporary …

After Close Vote, House Leaders Defend NSA Mass Spying Program

The House voted 217-205 on Wednesday to defeat an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have limited the National Security Agency's ability to collect electronic information, including phone call records.<p>The strong support for the amendment - bolstered by an unlikely alliance of …

Surveillance

U.S. Government Gets Approval to Keep Tracking Phone Records

Well, at least this time they are telling everyone their phone records are being collected.<p>The U.S. government said Friday that the secret foreign …

Man and Robot: where will the story end?

They can already perform operations, provide companionship and fight wars. But should robots be given the power of thought? And rights? Will Storr reports.<p>There are three of us in the laboratory: Jules, me and Dr Ute Leonards. Leonards asks me to sit in front of Jules. As I do, he looks me in the …

A Handy Guide For Comparing Spying Vs. Terrorism Disaster Scenarios

The week’s news has been a fear-mongering marathon between civil libertarians who are convinced we’re on the road to becoming North Korea, and security hawks who are building bunkers for the inevitable post-cyberattack hell scape. Unfortunately, because the most important facts about the National …

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