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Why These ‘Revolutionary’ Phones Failed So Badly

Every year, gadget companies like to flaunt out their latest flagship smartphones and show off all of the “revolutionary” features that will make this slab of glass and metal different from the nearly-identical looking slab of glass and metal already in our pockets. Read More >>

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SpaceX Just Performed Its Most Mysterious Mission Yet

After a literal last-minute cancellation yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this morning in Cape Canaveral, Florida. While the details on most of SpaceX’s missions are very public, this one was purposely shrouded in mystery: the rocket was ferrying up a spy satellite, the NROL-76, for National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). It was SpaceX’s first big national security payload, and a sign of things to come as the rocket company breaks into the shadowy world of military and national security launches. Read More >>

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Monkeys Grieve When Their Robot Friend Dies

BBC One’s Spy in the Wild series embeds animatronic spy animals out in nature with their real life animal counterparts to see what life is really like in the wild. The robot creatures can look a little bit creepy with their eyeball cameras, but the animals often embrace them as one of their own. Sometimes the relationship can turn emotional, like when these Langur monkeys grieved for a robotic spy monkey that fell to the ground and “died.” Read More >>

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The World’s Fastest Rocket Just Launched a Secret Spy Satellite

A secret satellite was launched into space yesterday. We don’t know just what it’s doing in space. But! We can see in these pictures exactly how it got there: aboard an incredibly fast rocket. Read More >>

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Spanish Artist installs 150 CCTV Cameras on Building

On the side of a building in Madrid, the Spanish artist SpY recently installed 150 CCTV cameras with, in the artist's words, "the intention of not watching over anything." It kind of makes us long for the days when CCTV was the most threatening symbol of the surveillance state. [SpY] Read More >>

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NASA Chinese Scientist Was Accused of Being a Spy Because… Porn

If you work at NASA, there are a few things you should never ever do. The first: never be Chinese and bring your NASA-issued laptop to China because they'll think you're a Chinese spy exposing secrets. The second: if you do bring your NASA-issued laptop to China, don't download porn on your NASA-issued laptop. Chinese scientist Bo Jiang failed 'em both. Read More >>

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Stolen UK Laptop Is Sending Its Owner Secret Photos From Its New Home in Iran

Dom Del Torto is an animator currently living in the UK. Dom Del Torto's laptop is a MacBook Pro currently living 3,000 miles away in Iran. This was not a planned separation. Read More >>

security
Hide Your Statuses! Here Come the Spooks

Fresh from attempting to recruit amateur cyber defenders into its fold, GCHQ has dropped a morsel of its dastardly plans today -- it's interested in your social side.  It wants your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, even your Pintrest, and it plans to trawl through the data in an effort to "find meaningful patterns and relationships in large volumes of data." Sounds a bit like Google. Read More >>

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Dyson Accuses Bosch of Paying a Super-Secret Espionage Research Spy

Dyson is pointing the finger at rival Bosch, of apparently paying an employee to steal company secrets from inside its research division. Having filed legal proceedings against the German company, Dyson claims that a member of staff was handling secrets to Bosch for as long as two years. Not quite Bond, right? Read More >>

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Meet the Roachbot, the Remote-Control Cyborg Cockroach

Why bother struggling to make mini robots, when the incredible, near-indestructible cockroach is already an amazing machine? Just slap a chip on the back and you've got yourself a remote-control bug, simple. Read More >>

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Half-Baked “007 Spy” Armed With a Potato Gun, Sparks Police Manhunt

Let's be honest, we all tell little white lies to impress our mates, but ex-council worker Nicolas Haynes took it into a whole new league. When given a spy watch from this grandfather, the drunk 27-year-old, started bragging about his heydays as a 007 spy, and his gun, to a group of people -- leading to a police manhunt for a gunman on the lamb. Read More >>

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This Is the US Navy’s New Spy Plane

The US Navy just got a new spy plane. Its name is MQ-4C Triton, and it has been created by Northrop Grumman for "Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance data collection and dissemination capability to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force." Read More >>

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Chinese Spies Friended NATO Officials With a Fake Facebook Account

Last year, a huge swath of senior British military officers and Defense Ministry officials became friends with who they thought was United States Navy admiral James Stavridis. While Stavridis is a real US Commander, sadly it now turns out that the man behind the Facebook profile wasn't him; it was actually a Chinese spy. Read More >>

security
iSpy: Yet Another Reason To Keep Your Mobile Messaging Tasteful

As if there wasn't already enough concern over losing your phone and giving a stranger complete access to your personal life, a team of researchers have developed a program called iSpy that can read what's being typed on a smartphone's screen from up to sixty metres away. So you may not even see the person who's secretly reading those sordid emails you're sending. Read More >>

science
Wi-Fi Signals May Be Used To Track Your Movement Inside Your House

Neal Patwari of the University of Utah discovered that breathing affects Wi-Fi signal strength. Chest expansion during a breath bends the wireless signals and they lose some power. This slight drop can be measured and used to calculate your breathing rate. Read More >>