Wolf Richter’s dental insurer sent his family a free “smart” toothbrush that records how often and how well you brush, using a set of proprietary consumables to clean your teeth.
Richter discovered that not only did his toothbrush rat on him, his insurer was paying attention: when he failed to unbox and startRead More
Bruce Sterling’s scathing editorial in The Atlantic on the future of “Smart Cities” uses London’s many smart city initiatives as a kind of measuring stick for the janky and dysfunctional future of civic automation: a city that throws great smart city conferences while its actual infrastructure is a mess of “empty skyscrapers, creepy CCTVRead More
As the new Wired Guide to Digital Security points out, finding hidden cameras is really, really hard, so the fact that several Airbnb guests have discovered them suggests that there are a bunch more that have never been spotted.
Which is disturbing in so, so many ways, from the capture of images ofRead More
Rightscorp (previously) is the extortion outfit that terrifies people into paying it money for unproven accusations of copyright violations, enlisting ISPs to cut off subscribers who won’t cough up.
Despite high-profile support from some of the copyright industry’s biggest players, the company has been in a financial death-spiral, under increasing scrutiny over itsRead More
When Context Labs teamed up with UK consumer group Which? to produce an outstanding report on the surveillance, privacy and security risks of kids’ “connected toys,” it undertook the reverse-engineering of Hasbro’s new Furby Connect, a device that works with a mobile app to listen and watch the people around it and interact withRead More
Last week, Reuters published an interview with Irobot CEO Colin Angle, in which the Roomba-czar explained his plan to have his cleaning robots produce detailed maps of your house that the company would sell to Amazon and Google, something the company could do today, thanks to an exceptionally broad and one-sided terms of serviceRead More