Digital Dystopia

By Simon Whitehead | Dark reflections on our addiction to technology. medium.com/digital-dystopia

Creator of the fastest spreading computer virus ever comes to IP EXPO Nordic 2018 in Stockholm

<b>*This content is an advertisement. It was not produced by The Local's journalists.</b><p>At the age of 16, Kamkar dropped out of high school and one year …

Can 'Techno Sex' Ever Be As Good As The Real Thing?

The lighting is low and the dance music loud as lunchtime visitors stroll through Sydney's International Convention Centre. It's a sunny Saturday in …

Virtual Reality

How to Get Your Resume Past Screening Software and in Front of Human Eyes

Technology is pretty much taking over our lives — whether that’s a good or bad thing is still TBD. Need help finding the perfect foundation? No problem; there’s an app that will custom-blend a hue for you. Can’t seem to stay adequately hydrated? The slew of smart water bottles on the market has you …

Employment

The US government alleges Facebook enabled housing ad discrimination

Facebook didn’t show ads to people who listed things like ‘child care,’ ‘mobility scooters,’ or ‘assistance dog’ as interests<p>Facebook has a new headache when it comes to housing advertisements. The federal government has filed charges (via <i>Axios</i>) that the social media site violated the Fair Housing …

Social Media

Comment on Australians who won’t unlock their phones could face 10 years in jail by Paul Ducklin

The law is not at all like that in the UK or (as far as I know) in any Australian state or territory. Your apparent sobriety may be relevant in …

Privacy

Experiment suggests that the best robot bosses could be jerks

Provided they don’t put humans out of business altogether, there is a good chance that, at some point in your lifetime, you will find yourself …

Google Duplex

Safety-first AI for autonomous data centre cooling and industrial control

Many of society’s most pressing problems have grown increasingly complex, so the search for solutions can feel overwhelming. At DeepMind and Google, …

Google Search

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether …

Privacy

The Devil Is In The Detail Of Government Bill To Enable Access To Communications Data

The Australian government has released a draft of its long-awaited bill to provide law enforcement and security agencies with new powers to respond …

Privacy

The new phones that are stuck in the past

These sleek, downgraded cell phones are meant to promote mental wellbeing – by turning the clock back to the pre-smartphone era.<p>It was back in 2008 when Norwegian entrepreneur Petter Neby and his stepdaughter first realised they had a problem. Their cell phones were getting in the way of their …

Selfies

Want a lower tax bill? So do Apple and Genentech

For-profit companies don’t typically downplay the value of their assets.<p>But when it comes to paying property taxes, some of Silicon Valley’s largest …

Santa Clara County

From laboratory in far west, China's surveillance state spreads quietly

BEIJING (Reuters) - Filip Liu, a 31-year-old software developer from Beijing, was traveling in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang when he was pulled to one side by police as he got off a bus.<p>The officers took Liu's iPhone, hooked it up to a handheld device that looked like a laptop and told …

China

Google's DeepMind AI can now diagnose eye diseases with the accuracy of 'world

In brief: <b>In modern healthcare clinics, doctors can quickly become overworked. They have piles of scans to sift through, and dozens of patients to</b> …

Google's iOS and Android Apps Track and Store Location Data With Location History Disabled

Some Google apps on iOS and Android devices continue to store location history even with the setting disabled, according to a new <i>AP</i> report citing data collected by computer science researchers at Princeton.<p>Location History, a feature available in Google apps like Google Maps, is an option that …

Maps

Dozens of PC games drop tracking software after surveillance fears

PC gamers are an inquisitive breed – if a developer inserts a file into their games, even without announcing it, one adventurous player diving …

Flaw in Microsoft Edge Gives Hackers Access to Local Files

Tech conglomerate Microsoft has reportedly patched a vulnerability in its Edge browser. The vulnerability could essentially be abused against …

Information Security

Police Fall Under Spotlight of Privacy International for Data Harvesting Again • Digit

Policing

Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption

You just pass a law, apparentlyThe Australian government has scheduled its “not-a-backdoor” crypto-busting bill to land in parliament in the spring …

Privacy

To Identify a Hacker, Treat Them Like a Burglar

Imagine someone robs your house. The savvy culprit didn't leave behind fingerprints, shoe prints, or any other discrete, identifying details. Still, …

Security

An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 …

Florida

Confronting demons of the computer age

In a shift that is roiling typically cocooned computer scientists, some researchers — uneasy in part about the role of technology in the 2016 …

Artificial Intelligence

Invisible Mouse Clicks Let Hackers Burrow Deep into MacOS

One way operating system developers try to protect a computers's secrets from probing hackers is with an appeal to the human at the keyboard. By …

Operating Systems

By studying patient data, A.I. can limit toxicity in cancer treatment

A cancer diagnosis can be a devastating event. And for patients suffering from brain cancer, the diagnosis carries extra weight. It’s not just the …

Cancer

Sunken Warship Said To Have Billions In Gold Looks Like It Was A Cryptocurrency Scam

Photo: Wikimedia<p>Last month, a sunken Russian warship believed to have been carrying billions of dollars worth of gold was “discovered” by a South …

Siblings

Using your phone while doing other things makes your life more miserable, study finds

People who check their phones while eating or spending time with their friends are less likely to enjoy themselves, a study has found.<p>Researchers at …

University of British Columbia

How the shared family computer protected us from our worst selves

Long before phone addiction panic gripped the masses and before screen time became a facet of our wellness and digital detoxes, there was one good and wise piece of technology that served our families. Maybe it was in the family room or in the kitchen. It could have been a Mac or PC. Chances are it …

Google Search

Apple removes 'wrong apps' in gambling purge

<b>Apple has been accused of accidentally removing apps from the App Store in a crackdown on gambling content.</b><p>Several developers complained via social media that their apps, which they said had nothing to do with gambling, were taken down.<p>The affected apps included a Polish magazine, a gif-sharing …

Apps

Robots are getting more social, but humans may not be ready

BOSTON — Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But …

Robotics

Ibuki is the 10-year-old robot child that will haunt your dreams

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro makes robots in Osaka. His latest robot, Ibuki, is one for the nightmare catalog: It’s a robotic 10-year-old boy that can move on little tank treads and has a soft rubbery face and hands.<p>The robot has complete vision routes that can scan for faces and it has a sort of …

Robotics