7 takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard discussion about Facebook

February 22, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg's got some high-tech plans for Facebook's future.Image: chesnot/Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg has a lot on his mind, and he’s ready to go off-script… sort of. The Facebook CEO returned to his alma mater Wednesday to discuss Facebook and the numerous issues facing the platform. Zuckerberg joined the head of Harvard Law’s Berkman Klein Center for internet and society, Jonathan Zittrain, for the chat.  The talk was the first…


We love augmented reality, but lets fix things that could become big problems

May 10, 2018

Cyan Banister Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Hertel is the co-founder of Xperiel. Over the past couple of decades, the Internet and smartphone revolutions have transformed our lives, and AR has the potential to be that big. We’re already seeing AR act as a catalyst for major change, driving advances in everything from industrial machines to consumer electronics. It’s also pushing new frontiers in education, entertainment, and health care. As wonderful…


The Strava Heat Map and the End of Secrets

January 31, 2018

A modern equivalent of the World War II era warning that “loose lips sink ships” may be “FFS don’t share your Fitbit data on duty.” Over the weekend, researchers and journalists raised the alarm about how anyone can identify secretive military bases and patrol routes based on public data shared by a “social network for athletes” called Strava. This past November, the San Francisco-based Strava announced a huge update to…


Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

August 20, 2017

Commercial firmware pre-installed on someAndroid smartphone models soldin theUS has been found to besecretly sending highly sensitive data to a third party company based in China, according to analysis bysecurity firm Kryptowire. Personal databeing transmitted without users knowledge or consent included text messages, call logs, contacts, app usage data and even a users location. While smartphones with the firmware in question included the BLU R1 HD, pictured above, which is…


Researchers demonstrate how PINs and other info can be gathered through phone movement

May 30, 2017

A team of researchers at Newcastle University in the UK has published a paper highlighting some troubling findings linking on-board sensors with privacy issues. Using data collected by mobile devices hardware tracking systems, the team was able to crack four digit PINs with 70-percent accuracy on the first try, with 100-percent accuracy by try number five. While some applications alert users to specific on-board monitoring, its certainly not universal nor,…