Posts Tagged ‘Surveillance’

DuckDuckGo’s Traffic Surges After PRISM News

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Could this be the silver lining to the dark cloud of internet surveillance? The more viable search engine options, the better …

Up until three days ago traffic to the DuckDuckGo search engine website remained relatively stable at about 1.7 million to 1.8 million direct queries per day. This changed on Monday when a new record high of 2.2 million direct queries was recorded, only to be surpassed on Wednesday by 2.3 million direct queries.

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Misfit Shine: A Coin-Sized Wearable Activity Tracker

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Interesting. The article does a good job of describing what the device does, but I still don’t understand why anybody would want it … maybe they feel like Big Brother is neglecting them or something.

I really like what I see on the crowd sourcing platform Indiegogo at the moment. The offers there are quiet different from what you find on the rivaling platform Kickstarter. The latest campaign to catch my attention is the Misfit Shine, a wearable activity tracker that is tiny enough to carry it with you regardless of what you are wearing. The device comes in a couple of different flavors, from a clasp that you can attach to underwear, bathing suits or shoes over sports and leather bands to a necklace to carry it around your neck.

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China demands ID from all buyers of mobile phone numbers

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I’m not sure what I think about this one … on one hand, junk calls are definitely bad, but on the other hand, China’s record on human rights isn’t exactly terrific either.

Government says it hopes junk will be sunk by rules on new numbers, but critics fear more monitoring of citizens

China began requiring identification from anyone buying a new mobile phone number today in what it says is a bid to stamp out junk messages.

But critics say the move gives the government a new tool for monitoring its citizens.

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