This year at DEFCON and on Twitter, I was asking people for their luggage tags for some research that I’m planning on doing. So I guess it’s time to explain what exactly I am looking into, what aspects of privacy I plan to maintain during my work, and the goals.
So, another day, another App or Startup.
This time it’s Peeple, a service like Yelp, but for reviewing actual people! So, it’s like a site that manages a database of information of different people and their reputations. All comments are NOT anonymous, and if any negative comment violates the rules, it might be removed. All relatively nice and interesting, but there’s a catch. And it’s a big one.
Or, you don’t even have to sign up for it to be on it. And no, the text message is to confirm that your profile has been added to the site, and NOT to ask your permission to BE added.
Recently Turing Robotic Industries announced the Turing smart phone, a presumably “unhackable” phone which is made out of a material called “Liquidmorphium”, or an amorphous metal that can easily be formed into what ever shape that’s needed, with minimal waste and with it being stronger than steel.
Sounds familiar right? Liquidmetal makes the same stuff and is currently in an exclusive partnership with Apple for it’s use in consumer electronic devices, such as smart phones (but not watches, as Swatch currently has an exclusivity deal with Liquidmetal for that). While the licensing agreement with Apple remains secret as to what patents are licensed, one can pretty much surmise that it’s ALL of Liquidmetals’ patents up to 2012, including a number of more recent joint patents filed with Apple. Continue reading