Death by GPS: are satnavs changing our brains? | Technology | The Guardian
“Anyone who has driven a car through an unfamiliar place can attest to how easy it is to let GPS do all the work. That GPS can have a transformative effect on a society is undeniable. We have come to depend on a technology that, in theory, makes it impossible to get lost. But not only are we still getting lost, we may actually be losing a part of ourselves.”
Hands on with India’s £3 smartphone – BBC News
“Ringing Bells also plans to sell other more expensive handsets – ranging in price up to about $100 (£75) – at a profit.
But, with just over a week to go until Freedom 251’s launch, critics remain unconvinced.
“I find it difficult to believe that any sort of phone can be manufactured for 251 rupees, so it’s difficult to see what kind of business model they have,” says Pranav Dixit, a tech expert at the news site Factor Daily.”
AI fighter pilot wins in combat simulation – BBC News
“An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation.
The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft – and did not suffer any losses.
Alpha, which was developed by a US team, also triumphed in simulation against a retired human fighter pilot.”
Fansmitter: malware that exfiltrates data from airgapped computers by varying the sound of their fans / Boing Boing
“demonstrate a fiendishly clever procedure for getting data off of airgapped computers that have had their speakers removed to prevent acoustic data-transmission: instead of playing sound through the target computer’s speakers, they attack its fans, varying their speeds to produce subtle sounds that humans can barely notice, but which nearby devices can pick up through their microphones.”
World-Check terrorism database exposed online – BBC News
“A financial crime database used by banks has been “leaked” on to the net.
World-Check Risk Screening contains details about people and organisations suspected of being involved in terrorism, organised crime and money laundering, among other offences.
Access is supposed to be restricted under European privacy law”
Tesla driver dies in first fatal crash while using autopilot mode | Technology | The Guardian
“The first known death caused by a self-driving car was disclosed by Tesla Motors on Thursday evening, a development that is sure to cause consumers to second-guess the trust they put in the booming autonomous vehicle industry. “
Researchers find over 100 spying Tor nodes that attempt to compromise darknet sites / Boing Boing
“There aren’t many exit nodes out there. Many people fear that running an exit node will put them in police crosshairs if it gets used in the commission of a crime. For the record, Boing Boing runs a very high-capacity exit node, and though we’ve received multiple contacts from US law enforcement, we’ve just explained that this is a Tor node that runs with logging switched off, and thus we have no information that’ll be relevant to any investigations, and the officers involved have thanked us and gone away without further trouble. “