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NSA can reportedly tap smartphones, access BlackBerry email

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/08/nsa-can-reportedly-tap-smartphones-access-blackberry-email/

NSA can reportedly tap smartphones, access BlackBerry email

Roaming confusion has already caused the NSA to “accidentally” listen in on domestic calls, but according to a report from Spiegel, the organization is capable of a lot more. The German news magazine says it has seen evidence that the NSA can tap smartphones for SMS traffic, location data, contact list information and more. The claims, reportedly outlined in internal NSA documents, specifically call out iOS and BlackBerry devices as targets, describing the ability to access iPhone data by hacking a recently synced PC. BlackBerry access seems a bit more direct, Spiegel reports, suggesting that the NSA can tap into the BlackBerry email system. BlackBerry officials told Spiegel it wouldn’t comment on the allegations, but assured the news source that it hasn’t provided the NSA with a “‘back door’ pipeline to our platform.” Regardless, it’s a haunting claim — particularly for folks that use BlackBerry devices for their heavily touted security, but considering everything the NSA has been up to recently, we can’t say we’re entirely surprised.

 

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Monday, September 9th, 2013 news No Comments

GE Is Freeing Up ‘Thousands’ of Patents to Fuel Your Imagination

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5994291/ge-is-freeing-up-1000-patents-to-your-imagination

GE Is Freeing Up 'Thousands' of Patents to Fuel Your ImaginationToday, at an event in New York, GE announced that it will open up “thousands” of patents from its library of some 20,000 to inventors using Quirky’s crowdsourced product development platform. That means that if you’re bright enough, you can use a GE patent to invent something. GE will still collect royalties on your brain power, but they promise not to sue you.

Quirky, for those of you unfamiliar, is an online social platform that people use to develop relatively simple products with the help of others, and bring them all the way to retail. In general, the products that make it all the way through the platform’s gauntlet of development stages are simple little gadgets that make your life better but don’t exist. GE is, well, you know what GE is.

Starting next month, GE will being rolling out patents and make them available through a searchable online database. Initially, the “Inspiration Platform” will launch with a few hundred patents and eventually ramp up to several thousand. Quirky says it plans to have some products available in time for Black Friday.

The two companies announced some crazy sounding tech like “optical systems,” “barrier coatings,” and “Telematics and asset tracking technology” that will be available, but the whole list of usable knowledge isn’t yet available. Even if all the patents aren’t that exciting, opening up knowledge is always a good thing. Now, it’s up to you to do something with it. [Quirky]

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 news No Comments

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