Political Intrigue on the Web

Political Intrigue on the Web

Jun 26, 2010

As you know, this past week in Australia was quite a busy and intriguing one, what with all of the happenings in Canberra from Wednesday evening through into Thursday morning, culminating with the swearing in of Australia’s first female Prime Minister. All of this sent the internet wild, with people everywhere scurrying to get information on everything and...

Do Electric Sheep Keep Records of Your Browsing History?

Do Electric Sheep Keep Records of Your Browsing History?

Jun 20, 2010

Apparently they do. An undocumented feature has been discovered in the Android OS as it is distributed on the HTC Incredible, that turns the device into an incredible breach of privacy system. As a part of the OS’s normal functionality, it grabs screenshots of your browser display. This is done so that it can display these as thumbnails to you as you...

In Me We Trust

In Me We Trust

Jun 20, 2010

How would you like to see your face on the currency of the realm? It’s coming. In California, there is now an app for mobile devices that lets you swipe your mobile form in order to pay for purchases made. At participating outlets, of course. But ThinkLink has developed FaceCash (couldn’t they come up with a better name?) that’s a mobile...

iPhone used to shoot criminals

iPhone used to shoot criminals

Jun 20, 2010

Well, not quite. But in Brockton, Massachusetts, in the USofA, the police are using a new iPhone app named MORIS (Mobile Offender Recognition and Identification System). MORIS lets the police take photos of people using their iPhones, and it then compares those images with images held in a database of criminal mugshots. Facial recognition technology is used to...

Magsafe for everything?

Magsafe for everything?

Jun 20, 2010

Not quite. But the concept is alive and well. Apple’s magsafe power connectors are a good thing, allowing your power cord to disconnect itself from an attached device when you trip over that device’s power cord. In Britain, designer Konstantinos Ladas has developed a concept using an internally reinforced cable along with a PVC housing that lets...

Oscar Wilde Censored by App Store

Oscar Wilde Censored by App Store

Jun 20, 2010

Yep, it had to happen: Apple’s App Store, that well known protector of public morals, has decided that one of the world’s greatest ever writers needs to be censored. Belgian artist Tim Bouden created a graphic novel back in 2001; this was based upon the Oscar Wilde play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’. Bouden turned the play into a...