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Glass without the glasses: Google patents smart contact lens system with a CAMERA built inLens has camera built in

Glass without the glasses: Google patents smart contact lens system with a CAMERA built inLens has camera built in

Could be developed to help the blind see and give them guidance Could also give wearer ‘supervision’ with ability to zoom Could shrink Glass to fit on a pair on lenses Firm already developing lenses with screen and medical sensors built in Project developed in secretive Google X lab By Mark Prigg  

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Google search and destroy: The internet giant (motto: ‘Don’t be evil’) has bought a pioneer of scary robot animals. Can its ethics survive?

Google search and destroy: The internet giant (motto: ‘Don’t be evil’) has bought a pioneer of scary robot animals. Can its ethics survive?

By Cahal Milmo Big Dog is capable of many things of interest to its new owners at Google. What remains to be seen is whether the quadruped robot’s ability to pick up a breeze block and hurl it across a warehouse with impressive dexterity and speed is among them. The computer search giant has completed the purchase of Boston Dynamics, the maker of a cutting-edge menagerie of walking and crawling robots including Big Dog, which counts America’s Department of Defense (DoD) among its major sources of income.

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Tech giants’ demand for NSA reform ‘a major game-changer’

Tech giants’ demand for NSA reform ‘a major game-changer’

Google and Facebook among firms calling for radical reform By Paul Lewis in Washington Photograph: Keystone USA/Zuma/Rex Features The companies have called for widespread changes. Photograph: Keystone USA/Zuma/Rex Features Senior figures behind efforts to curtail the powers of American spy agencies have seized on the decision by the world’s largest tech companies to call for radical surveillance reform, saying the unexpected intervention is a potential “game-changer”. In an open letter published jointly on Monday, eight tech giants, including Apple, Google and Facebook, said disclosures by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that basic rights and freedoms were being…

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Can a computer virus communicate through your speakers?

Can a computer virus communicate through your speakers?

Posted by newsdesk Dragos Ruiu first became suspicious when he was installing a new version of Apple’s OS X onto his MacBook. Unasked, his laptop also started to update its BIOS – which boots up the OS and choreographs use of disc drives and memory. In the three years since, Ruiu’s computers have continued to do strange things – even when unplugged and with the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switched off. He now believes that hidden viruses on his machines are being controlled via ultrasound signals broadcast from one infected computer to another. According to New Scientist the incredible claims made…

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Google places Israeli towns in Jordan

Google places Israeli towns in Jordan

Residents of the Etzion Bloc, south of Jerusalem, angered as Google search places them in Jordan. By Gil Ronen Where is Kibbutz Kfar Etzion located? Ask its residents and they will tell you that it is in the Etzion Bloc (Gush Etzion), south of Jerusalem, which was captured by Jordan in 1948 but liberated by Israel in 1967. The Google search engine seems to think otherwise, however, and this is making some residents upset. Some Israeli web surfers recently looked up information about religious Zionist settlement pioneer Rabbi Hanan Porat, as the second anniversary of his death is approaching. Besides…

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Inside Google HQ: What does the future hold for the company whose visionary plans include implanting a chip in our brains?

Ian Burrell’s visit to the legendary “Googleplex” at Mountain View comes at an awkward time for the company ByIan Burrell The power of computing, and the thrill of its apparently infinite possibilities, has also long been a source of fear. Going into a San Francisco second-hand book shop, shortly before a visit to Google’s headquarters in California, I happened upon a copy of Dick Tracy, an old novel based on Chester Gould’s cartoon strip starring America’s favourite detective. For a 1970 publication, the plot seemed remarkably topical. Dick, and his sidekick Sam Catchem, find themselves battling a sinister character known…

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Clever hacks give Google glass many unintended powers

Clever hacks give Google glass many unintended powers

by Steve Henn Stephen Balaban has re-engineered his Google Glass to allow for facial recognition. Stephen Balaban has re-engineered his Google Glass to allow for facial recognition.   Courtesy of Stephen Balaban Stephen Balaban has re-engineered his Google Glass to allow for facial recognition.     At Philz Coffee in Palo Alto, Calif., a kid who looks like he should still be in high school is sitting across from me. He’s wearing Google Glass. As I stare into the device’s cyborg eye, I’m waiting for its tiny screen to light up. Then, I wait for a signal that Google Glass…

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‘Quit Google, Facebook’ suggests tech expert as surveillance scandal deepens

by Chris Baraniuk A best-selling author and technology expert has said that web users should boycott internet giants like Google and Facebook if it is confirmed they were involved in a US surveillance programme referred to as Prism. In an interview with Wired.co.uk, Professor Tim Wu of Columbia Law School suggested that consumers had a responsibility to leave social networks found out to be collaborating secretly with intelligence services such as the US National Security Agency:   “Quit Facebook and use another search engine. It’s simple.” He added, “It’s nice to keep in touch with your friends. But I think…

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Google ordered to hand over customer data to FBI WITHOUT warrants

Google ordered to hand over customer data to FBI WITHOUT warrants

Google ordered to hand over customer data to FBI WITHOUT warrants, citing counter-terrorism initiative A federal judge has ruled that Google must comply with the FBI’s warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company’s argument that the practice of issuing so-called national security letters was unconstitutional and unnecessary. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Virginia Mayo/AP A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI’s warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company’s argument that the government’s practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service providers, banks and others was unconstitutional and unnecessary. 

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First pornographic app for Google Glass set to launch ‘within days’

First pornographic app for Google Glass set to launch ‘within days’

MiKandi reportedly confirmed it is already making content Comes after porn directors pledged to explore ‘full potential’ of technology Likely to be embarrassing revelation for Google over the technology Glass has already been banned in some cafes, cinemas and casinos in U.S. By Daniel Bates and Amanda Williams Porn could come to Google Glass as early as this week, with the first X- rated app set to be launched for those who have the £1,000 gadget. Porn directors last week announced plans to use Google Glass eyewear for X-rated films to explore the ‘full potential’ of the technology. Now the…

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