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Thync mood-changing wearable officially launches – we go hands-on    :- 


Back at CES 2015, one of the coolest new gizmos we tried was Thync. The wearable zaps your brain to make you feel either calm or energized (or both) – and, despite some healthy skepticism at first, we found that it worked exactly as advertised. We got a second hands-on last week in advance of Thync pre-orders starting today.




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Samsung Warns Customers To Think Twice About What They Say Near Smart TVs

Jake Anderson

February 12, 2016



" In a troubling new development in the domestic consumer surveillance debate, an investigation into Samsung Smart TVs has revealed that user voice commands are recorded, stored, and transmitted to a third party. The company even warns customers not to discuss personal or sensitive information within earshot of the device.


This is in stark contrast to previous claims by tech manufacturers, like Playstation, who vehemently deny their devices record personal information, despite evidence to the contrary, including news that hackers can gain access to unencrypted streams of credit card information.

The new Samsung controversy stems from the discovery of a single haunting statement in the company’s “privacy policy,” which states:

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

This sparked a back and forth between the Daily Beast and Samsung regarding not only consumer privacy but also security concerns. If our conversations are “captured and transmitted,” eavesdropping hackers may be able to use our “personal or other sensitive information” for identity theft or any number of nefarious purposes."



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Here's one for you Tx Phillip


Scientists have discovered how to 'delete' unwanted memories

Adam Boult

February 11, 2016



"Are there any memories you'd like to permanently remove from your head?

Or what if you could alter unpleasant memories so they're no longer upsetting? Or create entirely new memories of events that never occurred?

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but according to a new documentary that premiered in the US this week, scientists have discovered how to do just that - and more.

"Memory Hackers," from PBS's NOVA documentary strand, looks at cutting edge research into the nature of memory, and how it might be manipulated for mankind's benefit.

"For much of human history, memory has been seen as a tape recorder that faithfully registers information and replays it intact," say the film's makers.

"But now, researchers are discovering that memory is far more malleable, always being written and rewritten, not just by us but by others. We are discovering the precise mechanisms that can explain and even control our memories."



Now if they can take them out, can they also plant new ones?

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Smart Meters causing tidal wave of mysterious illnesses that strike people in their own homes


April 25, 2016



"(NaturalNews) In recent years there have been increasing reports that "smart meters" – the digitized electric meters that are designed to send usage figures to power companies wirelessly – are causing a range of health issues among a growing portion of the population where such devices are in use.


In fact, notes the EMF Safety Network, a growing number of people from around the world are beginning to report health problems they believe are related to an increased amount of wireless radiation from various devices, including smart meters.


"Utilities claim smart meters are safe, and compare them to cell phones. However, cell phones, cell towers, wi-fi and other wireless devices can also affect your health," the organization states on its website. "Reducing your EMF exposure can benefit your overall health and wellness."


The group also notes that the World Health Organization has classified radiation as a 2B carcinogen, and based that declaration on studies that have linked cell phone radiation to brain tumors."



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Barry did the interview below earlier this month: 




April 2nd, 2016 by Barry Eaton

Current Program 586 Week Commencing April 1st 2016

Don Maisch PhD – All You Need To Know About Smart Meters

Website: www.EMfacts.com

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Smart doorbell owners saw video from other houses thanks to a weird bug

May 14, 2016

Chris Welch


"Creeping on total strangers in 1080p"


"Sometimes the wheels can just come off this whole internet of things... thing. When cameras are talking to the cloud, there's room for them to make mistakes, and these devices are filming pieces of your private life so that can be a little worrisome. Unfortunately, some owners of the Ring Doorbell Pro recently experienced just this sort of mixup when the "smart" system showed them video of visitors outside — only it wasn't their own home that the feed was coming from. They were getting video from other Ring users.


Now this isn't the worst thing to have happen security-wise. It's pretty hard to tell someone's address from a doorbell camera, so once you come to the realization that you're not seeing your house, all you're left with is a video of a total stranger. And for what it's worth, Ring claims that there were only 10 instances of this problem out of over million "calls" that its doorbells make each day.


Still, it's the sort of problem that absolutely can't happen if we're going to invite smart home gadgets into our everyday lives 24/7. To that end, the company says it's taken steps so that this weird and semi-creepy bug won't repeat itself in the future."


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Smart suitcase 'climbs' stairs with built-in tracks

Jessica Plautz

June 7, 2016




TraxPack is luggage with tracks built in to help travelers going up and down stairs.


"There have been many “smart luggage” companies started in recent years, and the innovations are mostly the same: an in-suitcase device charger, a weight scale and location tracking.

The founders of TraxPack are trying to do something a bit different, however, launching a Kickstarter Tuesday for a smart suitcase that — in addition to the usual bells and whistles — makes it easier to go up and down stairs. 
The idea to take the “lug” out of “luggage,” according to co-founders Naisha Joseph and Richard Braddock, came from personal experience. Joseph had recently been on a trip to Jamaica where she had to carry a heavy suitcase up several flights of stairs late at night. Braddock, who told Mashable he likes to fix things, thought there had to be a better way."
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That's good kande, myself, I'm going to simply wear all the clothes I intend to take, next time, and carry NO bags, smart or otherwise! LOL

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Technology Changes the next 20 years. Are you ready?

Posted By: RumorMail [send E-Mail]

Date: Thursday, 16-Jun-2016 12:15:37

From Reader Joe. Thanks!!

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) & Innovation Transformation Shapes The Future

A Future Vision

Past Background & Prologue:

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.

Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they got bankrupt.

What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 year - and most people don't see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superiour and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Welcome to the Exponential Age: -- A Future Vision

Software: Will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber: Just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Computers (e.g. Watson): Will enable nurse practicers and doctors assistants the capability to diagnosing cancers 4X more accurately than current technology allows. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous Vehicles: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will Be sole to the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don't need to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while en-route. Kids will never need a driver's licence and will never need to own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 70-75% less cars. We can transform former parking space into parks. Approximately one million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. Which will save significant number of lives each year.

Vehicle Dealers: Many automobile dealers will become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies: Will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real Estate Business: Will experience dramatic change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

Power/Water Resources: With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with you phone, which takes your retina scan, you blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

Technology Innovation --

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from 18,000$ to 400$ within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smartphones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

Employment: Estimated 70-80% of existing jobs will disappear over the next 20 years causing a huge disruption in employment. There will be an large increase of "new jobs" requiring an highly-educated workforce.

Agriculture: There will be a 100$ agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aerophonics will need much less water. The first petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as "alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

Software Applications: There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.

World Currencies: Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.

Education: The cheapest smartphones are already at 10$ in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smartphone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education. Every child can use Online academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Swaheli and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.

Source http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=49262

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‘Smart clothes’ of future will auction themselves on eBay if they are not worn

Sarah Knapton

August 5, 2016





Women in Britain wear just 20 per cent of their clothes regularly 


"‘Smart clothes’ which contact charity shops or eBay when they are not worn regularly could be hanging in wardrobes within a few years.

Academics at Birmingham City University are developing a ‘connected wardrobe’ in which forgotten items will text owners to remind them that they are gathering dust.
If ignored for long time, the clothes will automatically contact charity shops asking to be recycled or offer themselves for auction on eBay.
“Think of the surprise when an owner suddenly receives bids for items they didn’t know were in their wardrobe,” said Mark Brill, senior lecturer in Future Media at Birmingham City.
“The connected wardrobe is a practical, engaging concept to encourage people to think about their clothing consumption. Ultimately, I hope it will encourage more ethical fashion consumption.
“Perhaps we can even move away from the idea of ‘ownership’ of clothing, to simply using them as long as we need them. When we’ve worn them enough, the items will pass themselves on to their next keeper to wear.”
Now I'm really shaking my head  LOL
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Smartphones are distracting us to death—but we can fight back

Wallace Witkowski

Sept. 30, 2016



"We’re not communicating anymore—just connecting"


"As the World Wide Web has become a staple of modern life over the last 25 years, we’ve used it in ways that have forever changed our relationships with people and information. That’s come with a big drawback, one expert says: We appear to be living less in the present moment, and communicating less with each other.

Larry Rosen, a research psychologist and past chair of the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, studies the impact of technology on our lives. In his new book “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World,” written with neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley of the University of California, San Francisco, he examines how communications technology might be making us miserable—and more prone to distraction.
Real human interaction, Rosen says, is more than just exchanging words or images on a screen. It involves body language, tone of voice, interpretation of moods, consequences, and the intimacy that comes with dealing with another person face-to-face.
“We’re not communicating anymore,” Rosen told MarketWatch in a recent interview. “Just connecting.”
That eerie sentiment is captured in a recent series by photographer Eric Pickersgill, where he photographed everyday individuals using their devices but removed their devices just before he took the photograph.
Taking distraction to the next level
Rosen is an admitted “geek” who says his love affair with technology started when his parents took him to a UCLA computer lab and they printed out a picture of Mickey Mouse on a dot-matrix printer. He now has a home filled with connected devices that can demand his attention at every waking—and sleeping—hour.
“We’ve always had this propensity to be distracted,” he told MarketWatch. “That’s sort of human nature. It’s adaptive, too: I mean, as a cave man, if you were easily distracted, you would die. The problem is that the technology world changed everything, because now you have so many more ways of being distracted and you carry a distracting device in your pocket.
“We have sort of become willing to be distracted, but we are not willing to modify our behavior,” he said. “I often describe it tongue-in-cheek as being like Pavlov’s dogs—we respond viscerally. We even see in the research that [when] your phone beeps, your heart rate goes up, your galvanic skin response goes up, you have this visceral reaction that, unless you have the wherewithal to say ‘Oh, I think I’ll leave that for later,’ is going to grab you immediately.
“Quite honestly, it started with AOL: ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ I mean, that was the whole idea—to distract you from whatever you were doing [by] telling you something really important was there for you.”
Now, Rosen says, what was a perhaps-irritating novelty has become ubiquitous as the concept of being distracted by our devices has become widely accepted."
This is a lengthy article but interesting.
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Man’s Pacemaker Used to Track and Charge Him with Crime

February 7, 2017   |   Josie Wales

Source:  Anti Media

Hamilton, OH — An Ohio man pleaded not guilty to arson charges Tuesday after police arrested him, in part, based on information obtained from the man’s pacemaker. According to officials, 59-year-old Ross Compton stands accused of burning his home down on September 15 and faces charges of aggravated arson and insurance fraud.

Police say they obtained a warrant to search all electronic information stored on Compton’s pacemaker when he gave statements that were not consistent with the evidence found at the fire. He told authorities that he packed belongings when he saw the fire, threw them out of a window and carried them to his car.”  According to court documents, a cardiologist who reviewed the data on the pacemaker determined “it is highly improbable Mr. Compton would have been able to collect, pack and remove the number of items from the house, exit his bedroom window and carry numerous large and heavy items to the front of his residence during the short period of time he has indicated due to his medical conditions.”

The case raises the issue of privacy rights with regard to sensitive medical data. Electronic Frontier Foundation Criminal Defense Staff Attorney Stephanie Lacambra is concerned that technological advancements will lead to a loss of individual privacy, with this case setting a dangerous precedent.Cases like this could be the canary in the coal mine concerning the larger privacy implications of using a person’s medical data,” she told SC Media.

As Lacambra went to point out:

“Americans shouldn’t have to make a choice between health and privacy. We as a society value our rights to maintain privacy over personal and medical information, and compelling citizens to turn over protected health data to law enforcement erodes those rights.”


This article (Man’s Pacemaker Used to Track and Charge Him with Crime) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Josie Wales and theAntiMedia.org




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Vizio smart TVs tracked viewers around the clock without consent

Dan Goodin     Feb. 6, 2017

"Manufacturer will pay $2.2 million and delete data to settle privacy-invasion charges."

"Vizio, one of the world's biggest makers of Smart TVs, is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it collected viewing habits from 11 million devices without the knowledge or consent of the people watching them.

"According to a complaint filed Monday by the US Federal Trade Commission, Internet-connected TVs from Vizio contained ACR—short for automated content recognition—software. Without asking for permission, the ACR code captured second-by-second information about the video the TVs displayed. The software collected other personal information and transmitted it, along with the viewing data, to servers controlled by the manufacturer. Vizio then sold the data to unnamed third-parties for purposes of audience measurement, analysis, and tracking.

"For all of these uses, Defendants provide highly specific, second-by-second information about television viewing," FTC lawyers wrote in Monday's complaint. "Each line of a report provides viewing information about a single television. In a securities filing, Vizio states that its data analytics program, for example, 'provides highly specific viewing behavior data on a massive scale with great accuracy, which can be used to generate intelligent insights for advertisers and media content providers.'"

In an e-mailed statement, Vizio officials wrote: "The ACR program never paired viewing data with personally identifiable information such as name or contact information, and the Commission did not allege or contend otherwise. Instead, as the Complaint notes, the practices challenged by the government related only to the use of viewing data in the ‘aggregate’ to create summary reports measuring viewing audiences or behaviors."

The tracking started in February 2014 on both new TVs and previously sold devices that didn't originally ship with ACR software installed. The software periodically appended IP addresses to the collected data and also made it possible for more detailed personal information—including age, sex, income, marital status, household size, education level, home ownership, and home values—to be associated. The collection occurred under a setting that was described as a "Smart Interactivity" feature that "enables program offers and suggestions." The menu never informed users that the feature also transmitted viewing habits or other personal information. The complaint offered these additional technical details:"



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Smart Utility Meter Opt Out Bills Opt To Protect Consumer Rights

Feb. 12, 2017   Patricia Burke



"Note: The compilation of state smart meter opt out bills listed below does not constitute endorsement of the bills. In some cases, the bills do not provide protection from surcharges for opting out; in some cases, they allow for the installation of a different kind of transmitting meter that is linked with adverse health effects. In many states, AMR meters have already been rolled out and are transmitting 24/7 without the knowledge and consent of residents who are not aware of their increased RF exposures, and the bills only address the future installation of smart meters. States rolling out new AMR meters are claiming that the meters are not smart, misleading citizens. An analog meter with no radio transmitter would be required to address both the privacy and health complaints.

Legislators in several states have filed bills giving customers the right to opt out of wireless smart utility meters, emphasizing privacy and customer choice.

Maine’s Senator Dave Miramant  (D) introduced LD 229, “An Act To Prohibit an Electric Utility from Charging a Customer for Using an Electromechanical Meter” with 8 co-sponsors. The bill goes before the legislature’s Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee in February.

Missouri Rep. Tim Remole (R- Excello) prefiled House Bill 196 (HB196), which would require utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission to allow customers to choose between smart meters and traditional meters, and would prohibit utilities from disincentivizing traditional meter usage.

New York Asm. Michael DenDekker (D – East Elmhurst) introduced Assembly Bill 3066 (A3066) to allow New Yorkers to opt out of any utility company smart meter program with no penalty.

Oklahoma Rep. Scott McEachin (R) prefiled House Bill 1435 (HB1435) for the 2017 legislative session to give residential and business utility customers the right to refuse installation of smart meters."




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Cellphone Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet Draft Released By California Health Officials

March 2, 2017  


"SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After keeping it hidden for years, California’s Department of Public Health has released a draft document outlining health officials’ concerns about cellphone radiation exposure.

The previously unpublished document was released this week after a judge indicated she would order the documents be disclosed in the case Moskowitz v. CDPH.

Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., who is the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, sued the state in 2016 under the California Public Records Act to get the document released.

The document is dated April 2014, but Moskowitz says the document was originally prepared seven years ago and updated several times, but never released to the public.

He previously told KPIX 5 why he decided to sue the state.

“I would like this document to see the light of day because it will inform the public that there is concern within the California Department of Public Health that cellphone radiation is a risk, and it will provide them with some information about how to reduce those risks,” Moskowitz.

The two-page document, which the Department of Public Health first emailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday afternoon, looks like any other fact sheet released by the state, except that this one has, in big bold letters “Draft and Not for Public Release” stamped across the pages.

Among the information in the document, which is titled simply, Cell Phones and Health, are summaries of scientific studies that suggest long-term cellphone use may increase the risk of brain cancer, among other health problems.

The draft fact sheet states that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs), a type of radiation, are emitted from cellphones and that because they are “used frequently and kept close to the head and body, cellphone EMFs can affect nearby cells and tissues.”

In the draft fact sheet, state health officials list their recommendations for members of the public who wish to reduce their exposure to the radiation emitted from cellphones, but state that as more studies are done the recommendations on the fact sheet may change.


Health officials’ overall recommendation is to “increase the distance between you and your phone” by using a headset, the speaker phone function and text messaging. Health officials recommend not sleeping near your phone and not carry it in your pocket or directly on your body, unless it is off.

The fact sheet also states that “EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than and adult’s” so suggests parents limit their child’s cellphone use to texting, important call and emergencies."



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How Google and Levi’s smart jacket shows what’s coming next for wearables

Hayley Tsukayama         March 14, 2017

Levi's® Commuter™ x Jacquard by Google Trucker Jacket



"Google and Levi's showed off this week a new joint project: a $350 smart jean jacket. While this jacket literally puts tech on your sleeve, it does it in a subtle way that doesn't require putting another screen on your body. In doing so, it offers a glimpse of what smart fabrics can do and of the evolution of the wearables market -- one in which consumers won't have to wear a clunky accessory that screams high tech.

The smart Commuter jacket, which was introduced over the weekend at SXSW in Austin, is aimed at those who bike to work. It has technology woven into its fibers, and allows users to take phone calls, get directions and check the time, by tapping and swiping their sleeves. That delivers information to them through their headphones so that they can keep their eyes on the road without having to fiddle with a screen. The jacket the should hit stores this fall.

Its smart fibers are washable; they're powered by a sort of smart cufflink that you'll have to remove when you wash the jacket. The cufflink has a two-day battery life."



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And this is what the jacket is leading us into.....

2 steps further developed of what the Pocket Monster movement achieved. Full scale AR fight as MMOR in reality WITH interactive costumes people can choose to appear in.

But how many of us would be hijacked by someone else by wearing them...??

BTW the movie was...ummmm...hard to understand unless you have already followed previous SAO series.(´Д`) I can only give an "average" to this movie myself, due to the lack of explanation for the newbies who are starting to watch the series from this movie.

But all production side was almost done fully by Japanese people, only with small number of Vietnamese professionals involved in....

<Side Story>

In other words, they excluded Korean companies out of this movie. Very interesting move from Bandai visual and Kadokawa, the big production companies for major Japanese anime scene. Some full on split is happening to protect the story-lines written by Japanese people with their messages to send out to the world.

That's because unless doing so, Anti-Japan ideology based people will try to change the story-lines by squeezing out the Japanese artists using their oppressive power via sponsoring and through the production process by employing hell a lot of Korean workers. Japanese people had enough of Dentsu Co (the biggest advertising corporate in Japan which is infiltrated by Korean people with Anti-Japan attitude), and now they are trying to get away from them. The War is happening in all levels.

If anyone interested in to suss out a surface intel moves coming out of Japanese anime, watch "Tales of Zestilia the X". The most basic message of it is; "We want to save everyone, and we will seek the solution, regardless of how they had turned nasty." But this series is only covering surface intel messages. There are other on going series that goes far deeper level of intel messages coming out of Japan. Urgh enough about anime from me, hey. LOL 

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E-tattoos turn knuckles and freckles into smartphone controls

March 7, 2017    Matt Reynolds

Finger with an e-tattoo

Smartphone controller

"Make the most of that beauty spot. Ultrathin temporary electronic tattoos can now turn body blemishes into touch-sensitive buttons, letting you control your smartphone with your own wrinkles, freckles and other skin features.

People intuitively know the location of their own bumps and birthmarks, which makes them ideal locations for touch-sensitive buttons, says Martin Weigel at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, who has led the research. You could squeeze a freckle to answer a phone call, or slide a finger over your knuckles to change the volume of your music.

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Weigel and his colleagues at Saarland University and Google used conductive ink to print wires and electrodes on temporary tattoo paper. The tattoos, which they call SkinMarks, are thinner than the width of a human hair. They are transferred onto the skin using water and last a couple of days before rubbing off.

“We make use of the elastic properties of the skin, including bending and stretching,” says team member Jürgen Steimle, also at Saarland University. By having the tattoos responsive to changes in the skin surface, they incorporate multiple commands at one location.

Pump up the volume
For example, you could adjust your smartphone volume by sliding one finger across a tattoo placed along the side of another finger. But bend the tattooed finger and the volume slider could become a play and pause button. Similarly, tattoos on the knuckles could act as four distinct buttons when the hand is making a fist, but then function as one long slider when the fingers are extended.

Another of the touch-sensitive tattoos is electroluminescent, glowing when a current passes through it. You could have tattoos in the shape of icons representing your favourite smartphone apps, which would light up when you receive a notification, says Weigel."



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SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do on the web while monitoring your emails to target you with ads

Margi Muphy    June 8, 2017

"The Sun can exclusively reveal that many Brits have no idea they've allowed Korean manufacturer Samsung to monitor them through their smartphone

SAMSUNG phones use technology which can spy on what you’re reading and watching online – and monitor emails in your inbox.

The phones switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a “beacon” often embedded in web pages or sent as an ultrasonic signal hidden in telly or online adverts.


After learning of the Sun Online investigation, Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group warned that “Samsung want to get to know you – but they are behaving like a peeping Tom”.

He added: “Samsung have taken spying on their customers to a whole new level.

“What you can’t see, and can’t hear, won’t worry you — or so it hopes.

Samsung’s privacy policy outlines how it will use the technology

Samsung’s privacy policy outlines how it will use the technology


“It needs to own up and switch it off before their customers wise up and ditch them.”

If you use a Samsung phone, it’s likely that you’ve already agreed for the phone maker to snoop on you.

The Korean manufacturer makes reference to it on several pages in on its privacy policy.

It writes: “We, along with certain third parties, also may use technologies called beacons or pixels that communicate information from your device to a server."



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Are smart toys spying on your kids?

July 18, 2017    Angela Moon

"The FBI has warned parents of privacy and safety risks from children's toys connected to the internet.
In an advisory posted on its website, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says such toys could contain parts or capabilities such as microphones, cameras, GPS, data storage and speech recognition that could disclose personal information.
Normal conversation with a toy or in the surrounding environment could disclose a child's name, school, likes and dislikes and activities, the FBI said.
Smart toys and entertainment devices are gaining popularity for incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviours based on user interactions.
In February, Germany banned sales and ownership of a talking doll named Cayla made by US company Genesis Toys, citing the risk of hacking associated with the toy. The country's Federal Network Agency recommended that parents who had bought the doll for their children destroy it."



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Proposed legislation will allow police to turn smart products into listening devices for surveillance

Matthew Dunn      from July 27, 2017    (Queensland, Australia)

(I went looking for this today, because in the Max Egan video that phillipbbg posted, he told about how someone was in their kitchen talking, and were arrested because of what was heard by their 'smart' fridge.)

"QUEENSLAND police are proposing new laws that would allow them to turn your internet connected products into listening devices to spy on your conversations.

But it suggests the proposed bill is about conducting surveillance to combat terrorism.

During a Parliamentary committee hearing on proposed legislation, police commissioner Ian Stewart said law enforcement would remotely install spy software on connected devices during a declared emergency when the life, health or safety of a person may be in danger.

“It is not outside the realm that, if you think about the connected home that we now look at quite regularly where people have their security systems, their CCTV systems and their computerised refrigerator all hooked up wirelessly, you could actually turn someone’s fridge into a listening device,” he said, according to the Brisbane Times."



Don't know how many of you were aware of this.  It gives me the creeps just thinking about it.



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3 Serious Reasons Why You Need to Stop Using Your Smartphone at Night!

Oct. 26, 2017

"Let’s face it, we all like to browse the Net, play a game, or use some new application on the smartphone before going to bed. You might want to check the weather forecast for the next day, chat with your friends, or see the pictures you took that afternoon.

Yet, researchers are constantly examining the effects of smartphones on our health and wellbeing and their findings are not positive.

You might have already heard of cell phone radiation, which is a thing numerous people worry about. Apparently, the blue light emitted by these phones causes various severe health problems.

 “Blue light is part of the full light spectrum, which means we’re exposed to it by the sun every day. However, nighttime exposure to that light, which is emitted at high levels by smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other LED screens, may be damaging your vision. It also suppresses production of the hormone melatonin, which throws off your body’s natural sleep cues.”

Scientists have found that smartphones are linked to the following three health issues:

Increased cancer risk   continued

Sleep Loss                        "

Eye Damage                     "



Blue Light-LED Screens

These LEDs emit very strong blue light waves. ... Sources of blue light include the sun, digital screens (TVs, computers, laptops, smart phones and tablets), electronic devices, and fluorescent and LED lighting.   (IOW, is this blue light Cherenkov radiation?)


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