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Could the Hackerspace Global Grid use private satellites to bypass government censorship?

A group of hacker activists are said to be working on ambitious plans to launch their own satellites into space, with the aim of developing a global grid – dubbed the Hackerspace Global Grid – that would allow them to bypass government censorship. The plan, which was outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, … Continue reading

Apple announces it will remove Carrier IQ from phones

As the Carrier IQ row continues to grow, Apple has become the first major phone manufacturer to announce it will drop the controversial software altogether from its devices. Carrier IQ is software that is allegedly capable of logging certain user actions on phones and relaying that information back to phone companies. Most companies say that … Continue reading

HP denies claims that printers can be remotely set on fire

HP has robustly denied claims in the media that some printers can be remotely manipulated by hackers so that they catch fire. The claims appeared earlier this week following tests by security researchers. Describing the claims as “sensational and inaccurate”, HP said that there is no evidence that hackers have, or could, carry out such … Continue reading

Researchers warn that printers can be hacked

Researchers from Columbia University have completed a study of printers, and have concluded that many devices can be hacked and used to steal information from users. In some cases, it might even be possible to remotely ‘overload’ the printer and cause it to catch fire. The precise nature of the potential attacks varies from printer … Continue reading

New ratings system for digitally altered images?

Researchers in the US have come up with a 5-step rating system that could be used to let people know the extent to which any image has been digitally altered. The project, set up by Hany Farid and Eric Kee at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, aims to inform people as to whether an … Continue reading

Is Project Black Mirror the world’s first mind-controlled iPhone?

An experiment titled Project Black Mirror seems to have developed the world’s first mind-controlled iPhone. But don’t get too excited, because even if the video demonstrating the achievement is accurate, researchers warn that the practical applications of the method might be limited. Josh Evans and Ollie Hayward rigged up an iPhone 4S to a system … Continue reading

Microsoft launches protection against Duqu

Microsoft has launched a security update designed to deal with the threat posed by Duqu, the so-called ‘Son of Stuxnet’ virus that has raised fresh concerns about cyber-espionage and sabotage. Duqu is a comprehensive virus that allows its controller to gain near total control over users’ computers: adding new programs; deleting files; and setting up … Continue reading

Obituary: computer scientist and AI coiner John McCarthy dies aged 84

John McCarthy, the computer scientist who coined the term ‘artificial intelligence’ and developed the Lisp programming language, has died. He was 84. From 1962 until his retirement in 2000, John McCarthy worked at Stanford on artificial intelligence. He championed the use of mathematical logic in this field, and helped set up the Stanford AI Laboratory. … Continue reading

UAE police say BlackBerry outage reduce road accidents by 20%

Last week’s mass BlackBerry outage had fortunate consequences in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to the country’s police. Traffic accidents fell by between 20% and 40% in various regions, and police say they believe this is because fewer people were able to read emails on their phones while driving. However, others suggest that there … Continue reading

Is the iPhone 4S alive?

One of the most remarkable features of the new iOS 5 is Siri, a personal assistant application that uses natural language processing to answer questions and recommendations. Over time, it is supposed to adapt to each user’s idiosyncracies, tailoring it’s services to meet the user’s needs. So, in a basic way, does Siri mean that … Continue reading