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On average, each day the NSA was able to extract:

• More than 5 million missed-call alerts, for use in contact-chaining analysis (working out someone’s social network from who they contact and when)

• Details of 1.6 million border crossings a day, from network roaming alerts

• More than 110,000 names, from electronic business cards, which also included the ability to extract and save images.

• Over 800,000 financial transactions, either through text-to-text payments or linking credit cards to phone users

The agency was also able to extract geolocation data from more than 76,000 text messages a day, including from “requests by people for route info” and “setting up meetings”.

Other travel information was obtained from itinerary texts sent by travel companies, even including cancellations and delays to travel plans.

He’s known as the “World’s Best Gamer,” with at least eight gaming world records behind his belt and more than 700,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. He has turned gaming into a six-figure income. But Bachir Boumaaza, known by his brash gaming persona “Athene,” is also passionate about giving back — not something you expect in the gaming world, which is often criticized for desensitizing violence. He founded a website that combines gaming and charity, called GamingForGood.net, hoping to turn videogame players into real-life heroes. (via 'World's Best Gamer' (aka 'Athene'): Gamers can be real-life heroes—Commentary)

He’s known as the “World’s Best Gamer,” with at least eight gaming world records behind his belt and more than 700,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. He has turned gaming into a six-figure income. But Bachir Boumaaza, known by his brash gaming persona “Athene,” is also passionate about giving back — not something you expect in the gaming world, which is often criticized for desensitizing violence. He founded a website that combines gaming and charity, called GamingForGood.net, hoping to turn videogame players into real-life heroes. (via 'World's Best Gamer' (aka 'Athene'): Gamers can be real-life heroes—Commentary)

Amazon’s Silk browser and Opera have both made use of proxy servers to speed up web page delivery. Now Google has adopted the same idea and added it to Chrome on Android and iOS with estimated savings of 50%.
The new proxy service is opt in and the user has to go to the settings menu and select “Reduce Data Usage”. If they do this then all of the standard HTTP traffic will be routed through Google servers. HTTPS traffic is routed directly - presumably because there isn’t much that can be done to reduce the size of encrypted pages. (via Chrome Mobile Uses Proxy For Data Compression)

Amazon’s Silk browser and Opera have both made use of proxy servers to speed up web page delivery. Now Google has adopted the same idea and added it to Chrome on Android and iOS with estimated savings of 50%.
The new proxy service is opt in and the user has to go to the settings menu and select “Reduce Data Usage”. If they do this then all of the standard HTTP traffic will be routed through Google servers. HTTPS traffic is routed directly - presumably because there isn’t much that can be done to reduce the size of encrypted pages. (via Chrome Mobile Uses Proxy For Data Compression)

For many years, the BlackBerry smartphone was the de riguer for business with the Canadian handset maker renowned for its robust messaging software. But a new contender has announced itself on the scene, promising to take on BlackBerry’s BBM and be the world’s first smartphone “placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users”. (via Taking on BlackBerry: The mobile that promises privacy)

For many years, the BlackBerry smartphone was the de riguer for business with the Canadian handset maker renowned for its robust messaging software. But a new contender has announced itself on the scene, promising to take on BlackBerry’s BBM and be the world’s first smartphone “placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users”. (via Taking on BlackBerry: The mobile that promises privacy)

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Much of the apprehension that businesses are experiencing today is a direct result of a lack of focus on innovation. For many CIOs, too much of the past decade has been spent on industrializing IT to drive down its cost. That industrialization process, however, has stifled innovation. The focus on industrialization has led to a lot of stagnation. A lot of CIOs are now discovering that polishing the ERP system is no longer enough.

Dave Aron, a vice president and fellow with Gartner, says

To address the innovation issue, leading-edge IT organizations are starting to bifurcate their operations, Aron says. Traditional IT executives are continuing to focus on making systems of record more efficient, but a new class of entrepreneurially minded executives is being put in charge of what is collectively being referred to as “systems of engagement.” “One symptom of that is the emergence of the title of chief digital officer within a lot of organizations,” says Aron. It’s often not clear whether the chief digital officer is an IT or marketing person, but what is clear is that they usually trying to drive some form of business innovation.

Digital Fear and Loathing in the CIO Ranks

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During the summer of 1992, between my first and second years at university, I was working at a video game studio in Leamington Spa. We were supposed to be coding a game called Tank Commander for the PC, a long forgotten battle simulation – but one day someone brought in a Game Link cable, which allowed the connection of two Nintendo Game Boy consoles together. Of course, we immediately loaded up the Tetris competitive mode, in which any lines you cleared on your own screen would be cruelly transferred on to the bottom of your opponent’s stack. Work ground to a halt and didn’t really start up again for several days. Most gamers have Tetris addiction stories. Since Russian programmer Alexey Pajitnov first developed the falling shape puzzler while working at the Moscow Academy of Sciences, it has sold hundreds of millions of copies on more than 50 different hardware platforms. Scientists and designers have pondered over its incredible appeal, the extraordinary compulsion people have to fit variously shaped tetriminos into a bucket. The beauty of Tetris is its simplicity – you need to understand no archaic conventions or rules of gaming. It is also essentially about something that we all find intrinsically satisfying: tidying up. Tetris is about imposing order, even if the task is Sisyphean, because the shapes don’t stop falling until your stack reaches the top of the screen. And then it’s all over. (via Tetris is back - for the PS4 and Xbox One | Technology | theguardian.com)

During the summer of 1992, between my first and second years at university, I was working at a video game studio in Leamington Spa. We were supposed to be coding a game called Tank Commander for the PC, a long forgotten battle simulation – but one day someone brought in a Game Link cable, which allowed the connection of two Nintendo Game Boy consoles together. Of course, we immediately loaded up the Tetris competitive mode, in which any lines you cleared on your own screen would be cruelly transferred on to the bottom of your opponent’s stack. Work ground to a halt and didn’t really start up again for several days. Most gamers have Tetris addiction stories. Since Russian programmer Alexey Pajitnov first developed the falling shape puzzler while working at the Moscow Academy of Sciences, it has sold hundreds of millions of copies on more than 50 different hardware platforms. Scientists and designers have pondered over its incredible appeal, the extraordinary compulsion people have to fit variously shaped tetriminos into a bucket. The beauty of Tetris is its simplicity – you need to understand no archaic conventions or rules of gaming. It is also essentially about something that we all find intrinsically satisfying: tidying up. Tetris is about imposing order, even if the task is Sisyphean, because the shapes don’t stop falling until your stack reaches the top of the screen. And then it’s all over. (via Tetris is back - for the PS4 and Xbox One | Technology | theguardian.com)

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When you treat people like criminals for doing a victimless act, and give the police nearly unlimited power to enforce laws against that victimless act, you end up with situations like this, where people are attacked by police officers when they’re not even guilty of that victimless act.

Goodness gracious, a great ball of lightning seen in China offers the first evidence in nature that the elusive glowing orbs form thanks to vaporised dirt. Anecdotes about ball lightning stretch back for centuries, but the phenomenon has been hard to study as the balls are unpredictable – and when they do materialise, they last for mere seconds. Lacking detailed observations, explanations have ranged from electrically charged meteorites to hallucinations induced by magnetism during storms. In 2012, Jianyong Cen and his colleagues at Northwestern Normal University in Lanzhou, China, were observing a thunderstorm in Qinghai, China with video cameras and spectrographs. Purely by chance, they recorded a ball lightning event. When a bolt struck the ground, a glowing ball about 5 metres wide rose up and travelled about 15 metres, disappearing after 1.6 seconds. The spectrograph revealed that the main elements in the ball were the same as those found in the soil: silicon, iron and calcium. The observations support a theory for making ball lightning put forth in 2000 by John Abrahamson at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.