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Using Ultrasonic Beacons to Track Users – Schneier on Security

Quoting Schneier:

The idea is for devices like televisions to play ultrasonic codes in advertisements and for nearby smartphones to detect them.

Quoting from the linked article:

We spot ultrasonic beacons in various web media content and detect signals in 4 of 35 stores in two European cities that are used for location tracking. While we do not find ultrasonic beacons in TV streams from 7 countries, we spot 234 Android applications that are constantly listening for ultrasonic beacons in the background without the user’s knowledge.

Source: Using Ultrasonic Beacons to Track Users – Schneier on Security

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“If only we could take them there? We can, and we did.” Amnesty International Canada

How Virtual Reality technology is helping stop a human rights catastrophe   The 360/VR footage has now been developed into a fully immersive film project, published today by IRIN News.

Source: If only we could take them there? We can, and we did. | Amnesty International Canada

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Banned In Germany: Kids’ Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device

Wonderful: a doll that records everything it hears, sends it to a company in the US that also does voice recognition for spy agencies, and sells it to companies so they can let the doll talk back to your kids about for instances Disney movies they should see.

The doll Cayla looks like an everyday toy and gives no notice that it collects and transmits everything it hears, German regulators say.

Source: Banned In Germany: Kids’ Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device : The Two-Way : NPR

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‘Kankermedicijn van ton naar 2000 euro als we loskomen van farmaceuten’

De kosten van kankermedicijnen kunnen tot 50 keer goedkoper worden, als de medische wereld zich losweekt van de farmaceutische industrie, zeggen kankerexperts.

Er zijn voor de Tweede Kamerverkiezingen enkele partijen die daarover iets in hun programma hebben staan. De Piratenpartij heeft als enige een duidelijke visie op hervorming van patenten in het algemeen en in de gezondheidszorg in het bijzonder.

Source: ‘Kankermedicijn van ton naar 2000 euro als we loskomen van farmaceuten’ | NOS