Armand Bonkain

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How a Hacker Proved Cops Used a Secret Government Phone Tracker to Find Him

And how it might change what cops can do with our smartphones.<p>On a warm summer’s day in 2008, police spotted a man walking outside his apartment in Santa Clara, California, one of the many bedroom communities spread across Silicon Valley. Undercover FBI officers saw him outside the building and …

Surveillance

Australian webcams hacked to make secret recordings, posted to YouTube, in online scam

Melinda* had no idea she was being filmed.<p>She had gone online in search of help to fix a problem with her computer.<p>Instead, she wound up being …

Hackers find devious way to break into hotel rooms

Hotels are weird. When we check in somewhere, it’s typically for a very short time — often a week or less. Despite that, we often come to look upon our rooms as our homes away from home. From the moment you drop your luggage on the floor and climb under the Egyptian cotton sheets, you’re in your …

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.<p>Related: Why have we …

Privacy

Why You Should Never, Ever Drain Your Pasta In The Sink

Don't let that liquid gold circle the drain again.<p>If you drain your pasta water through a colander and down the sink, you’re throwing away an invaluable asset that cooks call “liquid gold.”<p>(The term “liquid gold” has also been used to refer to wood cleaner, hair products and of course, urine. For …

Australian household recycling 'at risk' from China ban

“No council wants to see the recycling scheme collapse,” the body’s Susy Cenedese warned.<p>“Suggestions are being made to tell people to stop recycling …

Sustainability

Strike action 'near extinct' as wages stagnate, think tank says

Research suggesting curtailing of the right to strike is partly to blame for record-low wages growth has been slammed by a business lobby group.<p>In …

The Companies That Will Track Any Phone on the Planet

Tracking or tapping phones across the planet used to be a niche capability. Now, a myriad of for-profit spy companies sell border-crossing …

Why and how to erase your browsing history

Cover your tracks in any web browser.<p>Web browsers keep track of your past activity for a reason. That history comes in handy if you want to find a funny article again, or return to your favorite photo of the kids, or if restore a tab that you accidentally closed. At the same time, some people find …

Five golden rules to help solve your recycling dilemmas

Have you ever found yourself facing your recycling bin, completely befuddled about whether or not you can put a particular item in it? You’re not …

Sustainability

Don't teach your kids coding, teach them how to live online

"These children are the first generation born and raised in a digital world, and they need to learn digital skills for the future," said Yuhyun Park, …

Hydrogen cars and electrolysers: the dawn of Australia's hydrogen economy?

Two large-scale hydrogen facilities in the ACT could mark a turning point in the use of clean tech for transport and heating<p>The hydrogen economy has been a long time coming. The use of hydrogen as a replacement energy source for oil and gas has been talked about since the early 1970s when the term …

Renewable Energy

Inside the world's most beautiful places to read - CNN Style

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library," the late Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges once said.<p>Some libraries certainly touch the divine, having all the grandeur you would expect from a "cathedral of learning". But libraries no longer hold a monopoly when it comes to …

Cambridge University

How the education system is making kids stressed and sick

The pressure on children to achieve high levels of academic success is overriding the joys of education and making kids anxious and depressed, says …

Education

You are surprisingly likely to have a living doppelganger

What are the chances of finding your exact lookalike? BBC Future investigates.<p>It’s on your passport. It’s how criminals are identified in a line-up. It’s how you’re recognised by old friends on the street, even after years apart. Your face: it’s so tangled up with your identity, soon it may be all …

Chinese appetite driving demand for takeovers of Australian vitamin companies

With a strong Chinese appetite driving demand for Australian branded vitamins, Chinese companies are now going a step further and looking for …

China

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

Earth - The real reasons why we have sex

The birds, the bees, chimpanzees, humans – we all do it, but few people realise that sexual reproduction actually first evolved in creatures vastly different to ourselves.<p>So what were they and how did it all start? What is the real story of the birds and the bees?<p>View image of What is the real …

Did we used to have two sleeps rather than one? Should we again?

Interestingly, the appearance of sleep maintenance insomnia in the literature in the late 19th century coincides with the period where accounts of …

Sleep

Election 2016: What political parties know about you and how they know it

How much do you think Australia's political parties know about you?<p>They are not legally obliged to disclose the amount of information they keep on …

Garden mistakes that will cost you

As the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin a cat and there is more than one way of creating a garden. Thankfully, most plants are pretty …

Gardening

The Food Lab: My 19 Favorite Summer Grilling Recipes

Even when I lived in a New York apartment, grilling (perhaps illegally, on my balcony) was my favorite way to spend a warm summer evening. Now that I'm out in the Bay Area, warm summer evenings don't really exist, but I've got far more room for grilling than I've ever had before, which means that …

Cooking

Ask Ethan: How Do We Know The Earth Isn't Flat?

Every once in a while, a hoax or claim that’s so spectacularly absurd goes viral that even the most circumspect bystanders can be taken in. Yet science doesn’t stop being true just because some people refuse to accept it. The beautiful thing about any scientific question is this: if you yourself …

Astronomy

What a Chess Grandmaster Can Teach You About Solving Problems

Have a complex problem? International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley suggests trying this.<p>How do <i>you</i> go about solving problems?<p>My father grew up playing chess in his native Philippines, where the game is hugely popular. He became fairly skilled, and even won a few tournaments after immigrating to …

Chess

How to Stop Hackers From Taking Over Your Computer

Grayson Barnes had just started working at his father’s law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma when a note popped-up on one of the computer screens. It informed …

10 Easy (and Cheap) Renovations That Will Instantly Boost the Value Of Your House

Any man can make these simple home improvements<p>A man’s home might be his castle, but few of us have the funds to live like kings.<p>“It’s easy to say ‘I’ve got what I’ve got, and that’s that,’” says Stephen Fanuka, host of DIY Network’s <i>Million Dollar Contractor</i>. But just because you can’t splurge on a …

The new age of ayahuasca

A sacred medicine to some, a dangerous drug to others — tourists are travelling across the world to try the ancient hallucinogenic tea, …

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Free-range kids could become healthier, happier adults

<b>Is our obsession with safety and providing sanitised spaces for children actually hindering their development? Let them fail, fall and feel their own</b> …

Parenting