Can your smart home be used against you in court?
On a November, 2015 morning in Bentonville, Arkansas, first responders discovered a corpse floating in a hot tub. The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. He’d gone to bed at 1 AM, while Collins and another friend stayed up drinking.
This past December, The Information reported that authorities had subpoenaed Amazon over the case. The police were considering Bates a suspect in what they suspected was a murder after signs of a struggle were found at the scene. They hoped his Echo might hold some insights into what happened the night before.
Smart condo conundrum: Talk to appliances, or text them?
In today's so-called smart home, you can dim the lights, order more toothpaste or tell the kids to go to bed simply by talking to a small Wifi-connected speaker, such as Amazon's (AMZN.O) Echo or Google's (GOOGL.O) Home.
This voice-first market - combining voice with artificial intelligence (AI) - barely existed in 2014. This year, Voice Labs, a consultancy, expects 24.5 million appliances to be shipped.
From Virginia Farver, Colorado
U.S. citizens now being forced to provide their social media passwords upon return to U.S.
The word for it, in case you were searching, is “despicable.”
“Un-American” would also work.
But you might save time by just labeling it: Trump.
When Buffalo, New York couple Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick returned to the U.S. from a trip to Toronto on Jan. 1, 2017, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers held them for two hours, took their cellphones and demanded their passwords.
"It just felt like a gross violation of our rights," said Shibly, a 23-year-old filmmaker born and raised in New York. But he and McCormick complied, and their phones were searched.
This is what happens when Americans endorse through their votes a policy of xenophobia that deliberately disregards our history of laws, traditions, and Constitutional principles.
It is what is happening to Americans returning from trips abroad, by a newly deputized Gestapo, the U.S. Customs and Border Service clearly feeling its oats after the rabid anti-immigrant campaign and ultimate election of Donald Trump (the like-minded Border Patrol Agents and Immigration Customs and Enforcement were among the few unions endorsing him):
Three days later, they returned from another trip to Canada and were stopped again by CBP.
"One of the officers calls out to me and says, 'Hey, give me your phone,'" recalled Shibly. "And I said, 'No, because I already went through this.'"
The officer asked a second time.
Within seconds, he was surrounded: one man held his legs, another squeezed his throat from behind. A third reached into his pocket, pulling out his phone. McCormick watched her boyfriend's face turn red as the officer's chokehold tightened.
NBC news examined 25 cases of American citizens recently detained and abused by U.S. Customs officials. In all of these cases, newly “empowered” border agents, eager and willing to channel their latent authoritarian impulses, threatened American citizens, demanding they either hand over their cell phone passwords—or else.
U.S. Citizens Now Being Forced To Provide Their Social Media Passwords Upon Return To U.S.
From Emil-Pierre Steck, Australia
EMR - CELLPHONE RADIATION - World leading authority on cell towers
30 years ago they were barely on the map.
Not surprising. In 1985 there were just 340,000 mobile phone subscribers in the whole of the U.S.
By 1990 this number had already surpassed 5 million.
Today there are over 300 million cell phone subscribers in the US alone.
And somewhere in the region of 6 billion worldwide.
Hand in hand with this exponential growth in cell phones has seen the proliferation of cell phone towers.
Like mushrooms, cell phone towers been popping up everywhere over the last 3 decades.
These towers are now omnipresent.
Silently doing their job of keeping us connected.
They route our calls, messages, photos and videos via the Internet.
In fractions of a second these cell phone towers execute a very complex process.
But of course there is a downside.
Because these towers, in doing their jobs, radiate our homes, schools, workplaces towns cities and countryside with radio frequency microwave radiation. 24/7.
There are those that claim this radiation is harmless.
There are others that claim that these exposures are highly detrimental to our health.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
But there are a growing number of eminent scientists and researchers that are raising the alarm.
One of them is Professor Girish Kumar.
He has a PhD in electrical engineering.
He is a former Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of North Dakota.
He is currently Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at IIT Bombay.
He’s been working on hazards of microwave radiation for over a decade.
He’s considered one of the world’s leading experts on cell tower radiation.
Few people understand the hazards and workings of cell towers like Professor Kumar. All cell towers radiate radio frequency microwave radiation.
But how much radiation, how dangerous is it and what are the solutions for dealing with cell tower radiation?
These are the questions I'm going to be putting to Professor Kumar.
It's a FREE interview.
Join me: http://www.electricsense.com/12293/cell-tower-radiation-dangers-solutions/
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