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A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet

“They consider him a stupid, unstrategic politician.”<p>Mikhail Fishman is the editor-in-chief of the Moscow Times, an English-language weekly newspaper published in Moscow. The paper is well-known for its criticisms of Russian President Vladimir Putin; indeed, it was targeted twice in 2015 by Russian …

Russia

Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillance State

ZHENGZHOU, China — They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into your eyes.<p>Surveillance cameras are everywhere in China.<p>I pass more than 200 on my 30-minute commute in Shanghai. …

Mission Impossible

Yes, your phone is spying on you and these researchers proved it

It surely says something about the dark side of technology that as time goes on, many of us are increasingly likely to believe the worst of what’s …

Apps

At this Chinese school, Big Brother was watching students — and charting every smile or frown

At first, it just seemed cool.<p>When facial recognition cameras were installed at a century-old high school here in eastern China, students got in and out of campus, picked up lunch, borrowed books and even bought drinks from a vending machine just by peering into the cameras.<p>No more worrying about …

Artificial Intelligence

20 Best Small Watches Under 38 mm

Seiko 5 Automatic<p>The Seiko 5 Automatic is a good place to start if you’re looking to break into the small-watch game softly. At just around $65, it’s …

Watches

Facebook and Google use 'dark patterns' around privacy settings, report says

<b>Facebook, Google and Microsoft push users away from privacy-friendly options on their services in an "unethical" way, according to a report by the Norwegian Consumer Council.</b><p>It studied the privacy settings of the firms and found a series of "dark patterns", including intrusive default settings and …

Privacy

Scientists develop thermal camouflage that can fool infrared cameras

Scientists have developed a thin, lightweight and flexible film that can outfox infrared cameras, allowing hot bodies to appear cool and cold items to appear warm. The invention can also help camouflage an object by making it appear the same temperature as its background.<p>The design was inspired by …

Nanotech

Try These Modern Decorating Moves From EQ3’s Creative Director!

<b>Choose A Timeless Sofa</b><p>“A few subtle curvatures on the Skye sofa’s frame gives it personality, but its understated presence really allows it to adapt …

Furniture

Facebook confirms to Congress it’s tracking everything it possibly can

If this were a <i>Friends</i> episode it would be titled <i>The one where Facebook tracking gets even creepier</i> because we simply didn’t see coming what’s about …

Privacy

Tomorrow's Cities: Dubai and China roll out urban robots

<b>It is a terrifying vision of the future - a robot police officer with dark eyes and no discernible mouth that can identify criminals and collect evidence.</b><p>The robocop, complete with police hat to give it that eerie uncanny valley feel, was shown off outside the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, …

Your smart speakers are listening to you. Here's how to delete their recordings.

Keep your data to yourself.<p>Your friendly neighborhood smart speaker can do everything from dictate recipes to control door locks. On the less positive side, it's also capable of eavesdropping on your conversations and activities. What's a privacy-concerned citizen to do?<p>To better predict your …

We Built A Powerful Amazon Facial Recognition Tool For Under $10

The democratization of mass surveillance is upon us. Insanely cheap tools with the power to track individuals en masse are now available for anyone to use, as exemplified by a <i>Forbes</i> test of an Amazon facial recognition product, Rekognition, that made headlines last month.<p>Jeff Bezos’ behemoth of a …

No, you’re not being paranoid, your phone really IS listening to you

Those oddly pertinent ads on your timeline aren’t just a coincidence, your phone is listening to everything you say<p>We’ve all been there. You’re down …

You can now transform your phone into a Pixel phone and get Android P’s best features

Google’s Pixel line of smartphones are fan favorites among hardcore Android users, but not many other people buy them. In fact, Apple sells more …

15 Cleaning Secrets Only Car Detailers Know

Save $200 and detail your car yourself in half a day. Get professional results using these tips from experienced detailers.<p>If you hit your dry paint …

Cleaning

Amazon is selling police departments a real-time facial recognition system

New documents obtained by the ACLU shed light on Amazon’s Rekognition project<p>Documents obtained by the ACLU of Northern California have shed new light on Rekognition, Amazon’s little-known facial recognition project. Rekognition is currently used by police in Orlando and Oregon’s Washington County, …

Surveillance

The Ultimate Bug-Out Bag

That ragged guy on the street corner howling about the end of the world might be onto something. Think about it for a moment. Every morning it seems …

Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical …

10 Privacy Screen Ideas That’ll Keep Your Neighbors From Snooping

You’re avoiding your backyard because you feel there is very little privacy and you are worried your neighbours can see every move and hear every …

This Is The Absolute Best Gray Paint Color, According To Our Decorating Editor

The last few years—decades really—have brought a lot of gray. (And white and beige and off white and cream and well, you get it.) Neutrals are …

Chinese authorities admit they’re able to retrieve deleted WeChat messages

Tencent continues to deny it stores users’ chat histories<p>Chinese authorities are able to retrieve deleted WeChat messages from a suspect’s phone to catch criminals, a government watchdog admitted on Monday in social media posts spotted by <i>South China Morning Post</i>. The stunning admission confirms …

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? | Dylan Curran

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

Spying

How to delete your private Facebook data without deleting your account

I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to leave Facebook for good after hearing that their personal data may have been used without consent by Cambridge …

What an ex-CIA agent says you should never do while traveling

What do you look for in a hotel room — close to the pool? Great view from the window?<p>Well, it turns out the most important thing is that it isn’t on …

Survivalism

Ten Mistakes That Are Killing Your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is your online billboard. Make sure it’s doing its job for you!<p>Here are ten common LinkedIn mistakes that hurt your credibility and make it harder for people who need your expertise to connect with you.<p><b>Bad Photo</b><p>An unfortunate LinkedIn profile photo turns off visitors to your …

Employment

How to delete Facebook

It may be time to leave the world’s biggest social network<p>If you’ve finally given up on the world’s most popular social media network and want to get rid of Facebook, it’s not too complicated to remove yourself from the service. But before you delete all of those pictures, posts, and Likes, you …

This $10,000 3D printed house can be built in 24 hours and is bigger than a studio apartment

One of the less obvious products being unveiled this week at SXSW is a small concrete house. On the outside, it doesn’t look like anything …

Is America's President A Russian Asset?

Until now, the notion of an American president controlled by a foreign adversary was confined to fiction.<p>In thrillers, no plot is too paranoid or absurd. Imagine this one: A hostile power ― for verisimilitude, Russia works best ― installs a compliant U.S. president by tampering with our election. …

5 Apps That Should Terrify Every Parent, According To Experts

If you see these on your teen's phone, it's time for a talk.<p>The internet can be a cesspool of danger for some teenagers, says Sedgrid Lewis, an internet safety expert who blogs under the moniker Spy Parent. Some of the apps that teens favor can expose them to predators and encourage them to engage …

Your private browsing isn’t as incognito as you want it to be

Your computer can store clues.<p>There’s no shame in firing up a private browsing window from time to time, whether it’s to visit a NSFW website or just to protect your personal information while checking your email on a public computer. But while private browsing modes do their best to erase your …