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SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

Since the beginning of June, the public has been privy to an ever-expanding flower of information springing from the NSA tagged with the code name PRISM. This keyword is attached to a program that whistleblower Edward Snowden is said to have been the sole leaker of for reports leading to the Guardian story on the GCHQ and the Washington Post story on the NSA. What lies beneath is a story on the expanding abilities of the NSA beyond their original bounds in international surveillance.

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Facebook and Microsoft reveal FISA and NSA data request numbers [UPDATE: Google speaks]

Facebook and Microsoft reveal FISA and NSA data request numbers [UPDATE: Google speaks]

Earlier this week, companies began to seek permission to release the number of government data requests it receives, something that was kicked off by Google with a letter it made public on one of its blogs. It has only been a couple days, but permission has been granted, and both Facebook and Microsoft have posted numbers detailing government requests and the particulars that go with that.

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NSA’s PRISM “tip of the iceberg” warns lawmaker “astounded” by spying

NSA’s PRISM “tip of the iceberg” warns lawmaker “astounded” by spying

Surveillance programs like the NSA's PRISM are "the tip of the iceberg" a US House representative has admitted, claiming she and her fellow lawmakers were "astounded" by the extent of the monitoring when it was explained in a confidential briefing. Representative Loretta Sanchez, a Californian democrat, was one of a number of people told "significantly more" by the National Security Agency about counterterrorism strategy underway in the US at present, The Hill reports, subsequently telling media that even the controversial leaks so far have only grazed what is actually happening.

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WWDC 2013 software wrap-up: iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks lead the way

WWDC 2013 software wrap-up: iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks lead the way

This year's WWDC keynote revealed both the next generation in Apple's mobile operating system and their change of name re-track of their desktop-based OS X. With iOS 7, Jony Ive's look and feel are rather apparent with a top-to-bottom adjustment to the operating system along with some pointed connections to the desktop side of things. Apple's update to OS X, on the other hand, sees a slightly less drastic adjustment happening: and no, that's not OS X Sea Lion, it's more of a wave sort of situation.

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iOS 7 official with new multi-dimensional user interface

iOS 7 official with new multi-dimensional user interface

As WWDC 2013 introduced iOS 7, Tim Cook made it clear that this would be the biggest change to the operating system since the introduction of the iPhone. This system update was introduced in kind by a video-based Tony Ive, lead industrial designer at Apple, the man that'd been put in charge of the user experience of iOS earlier this year.

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Contact lens display research tips super-discrete Glass wearable future

Contact lens display research tips super-discrete Glass wearable future

Digital contact lenses that could eventually overlay Google Glass style data on top of the real world, while being as comfortable and discrete as traditional corrective lenses, have been developed by researchers at Samsung Display and elsewhere. The project - to develop a transparent, flexible display using graphene-metal nanowire hybrid structures to construct stretchable electrodes - published in Nano Letters uses a custom material to mount an LED onto a standard soft contact lens, while still retaining 94-percent transparency to light.

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Xbox One Kinect includes “no listening” modes for living room privacy

Xbox One Kinect includes “no listening” modes for living room privacy

Microsoft has attempted to reassure privacy-perplexed gamers that the new Xbox One will not be a permanent spy camera in their living room, promising that the updated Kinect sensor will support "completely secure" shut-down modes. Kinect will be a standard part of the new Xbox One package, with the new motion-tracking bar even more accurate and perceptive than before, capable even of tracking a gamer's heart rate with no physical contact.

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Olympus wearable modular camera tipped

Olympus wearable modular camera tipped

Olympus has wearable display plans of its own, a new patent reveals, effectively splitting a digital camera into two pieces - eye-worn screen and imaging unit - for more flexibility in photography. The patent, "Camera and Wearable Image Display Apparatus", describes a monocular eye-piece display that connects wirelessly to a camera body, clicking into image preview and review mode when the camera is held still to take one or more photos.

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Spotify shareable top 50 charts planned to combat Google’s jukebox

Spotify shareable top 50 charts planned to combat Google’s jukebox

Spotify plans to launch Top 50 lists of the most popular content on the streaming music service today, complete with on-demand preview access so that even those without accounts can listen to the tracks. The new scheme - which will see the most-streamed songs listed in the "Spotify 50" and the most-shared songs in the "Social 50" - will be updated weekly, and is part of the company's attempt to fight back against new cloud jukebox options like Google Play Music All Access.

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