10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — including who are the "enemies of the Internet," and can bulletproof glass protect an iPhone?


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  • 5. The NSA system can record an entire country's phone calls

    New documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden confirm what many thought would be nigh on impossible: the U.S. National Security Agency can vacuum up an entire country's phone calls and replay individual conversations on the fly over a 30-day period. Dubbed by the agency MYSTIC, the documents did not disclose which country has its entire telecoms network monitored. And if you thought the Snowden leaks might dry up any time soon, Snowden's "robot" told a TED gathering that, "Some of the most important reporting to be done is yet to come."

    Image via The Washington Post

  • 6. Bulletproof glass doesn't make an iPhone bulletproof

    Just because a case is made with bulletproof glass doesn't make it bulletproof, as Ars Technica found this week. In testing the new "Holy Grail" of screen protectors, the publication's Lee Hutchinson set out to bash, smash, drill, and nail his iPhone with the tempered glass protector. It cracked within seconds of testing it out — and they hadn't even broken out the firearm by this point. When he finally took it to the range, "No," he said definitively, the screen cannot protect against a bullet. Well, that's that then.

    Image: Ars Technica [video]

  • 7. The U.S., U.K. are now "enemies of the Internet"

    It's little surprise that Russia, China, and many Middle Eastern countries, which restrict the free flow of information within its borders are on a list of "enemies of the Internet." But thanks to the Edward Snowden revelations, the U.S. and U.K. are now part of that list.

    Reporters Without Borders came down particularly hard on the U.K., saying: "The U.S. edition of The Guardian is still able to publish information from Edward Snowden, while the British edition is not, but the country of the First Amendment has undermined confidence in the Internet and its own standards of security." 

    Image: Reporters Without Borders

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  • how is the windows app stire littered with malware?

    knocks.. maybe, but you find those on every platforms app store. including apple.

    the windows app store as far as I know has been very clean. At worse it is in par with apples app store for security.

    I can't say the same for google though.
  • YouTube

    Google lost a court case against the German equivalent of the MIAA, GEMA, last week.

    Google had been banning videos and claiming it was at the behest of GEMA. As GEMA hadn't asked for the videos to be removed, they were upset and sued Google. As a result, Google can no longer say that the videos have been removed at the behest of GEMA, but that Google has removed on its volition, because they have not spoken to GEMA to about licensing terms for the video.
  • Encryption keys...

    I'm pretty sure I've read about people in the U.S. who are languishing in jail because they refused to comply with a judge's order to decrypt their own computer Hard Drives. These cases tend to involve people suspected of child porn violations. So I'm not 100% convinced that the 5th amendment allows you to withhold an encryption key from prosecutors.
  • I Like This Column


    I didn't know many of these items. A cool little digest. Keep it up!

  • didn't we

    we didn’t know this a week ago?!? some maybe.