Beware! Google Is Reading Your Mails On Gmail

At a time when privacy concerns have become paramount on the back of scandals like Prism, in a shocking revelation, Google has admitted that it opens and reads user mails, to direct targeted advertisements based on the content in the mail.

What’s more, Google has also said that these actions include access to mails that are sent by third party mailing domains that haven’t even signed Google terms and conditions. Google justifies reading user mails on the back of a justification wherein Google says that it is part of the Terms and Conditions users sign when signing up for a Google account.

In a court filing earlier last week Google says, “All users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing. Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.”

In essence, Google is comparing itself with a postal service and using an old act which says that senders of mails give up their right to privacy once they hand the letter over to a third party.

Tech experts, however, have taken exception to this, saying that the analogy being used here is wrong, given the fact that one expects the Post Office to deliver the letter based on the address written on the envelope and not to open the letter and read it.

“Similarly, when I send an email, I expect it to be delivered to the intended recipient with a Gmail account based on the email address; why would I expect its content will be intercepted by Google and read? Google has finally admitted they don’t respect privacy. People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents’ privacy, don’t use Gmail,” says John Simpson, head of the privacy project at Consumer Watchdog

Soon You’ll Be Able To Click Pictures In Dark Without Flash

This new sensor is reportedly sensitive to both visible and infrared light.

Imagine you never have to again bother about the lighting when you want to capture moments! Well, this could actually be true if this latest research goes commercial (and find takers). A team of researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore created a new and cheap imaging camera sensor, which they claim to be 1,000 times more sensitive to light. This means you can click high quality pictures even in low lighting.

This new sensor is reportedly sensitive to both visible and infrared light. It will be suitable for cameras from family cameras to surveillance and even satellite cameras.

The reason that the sensor is able to capture 1,000 times more light than the existing imaging sensors is because it attains high photoresponse from its unique structure. “The sensor has been developed from graphene, which is a super strong carbon compound with a honeycomb structure that is as flexible as rubber, more conductive than silicon and which resists heat better than a diamond,” TechNewsDaily reported.

Wang Qijie, the inventor of the sensor said, “We have shown that it is now possible to create cheap, sensitive and flexible sensors from graphene alone. We expect our innovation will have great impact not only on the consumer imaging industry, but also in satellite imaging and communication industries, as well as the mid-infrared applications,” said Wang.

The nanostructures hold onto light-generated electron particles for much longer than conventional sensors. This results in a stronger than usual electric signal, which can be processed into an image, like a photograph captured by a digital camera, an ET report added.

SOURCE: EFY News Network

3D-printed Robohands are helping kids without fingers

People who have lost fingers can try to get robotic hands that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Or they can try to 3D-print their own hand.

That’s what Richard van As did after a woodworking accident in 2011 cost him four fingers. The South African carpenter decided to build his own fingers from hardware store parts but eventually turned to 3D printing.

Using a MakerBot Replicator 2 printer, he collaborated with Ivan Owen to create a prosthetic finger after much trial and error. They’ve since printed hands for four South African children who lack fingers.

The first was Liam, a 5-year-old boy withamniotic band syndrome, who was born without fingers on his right hand. At the request of his mother, Van As and Owen produced Robohand, a low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetic.

The Robohand works by a series of cables and bungee cords that are controlled by movements of the wrist and arm.

Check out this video of Liam using his Robohand, performing precise movements like picking up coins.

Aside from distributing the open-source files for Robohand on Thingiverse, the partners are now trying to raise $10,000 in an Indiegogo campaign so they can help more children for free.

The cash is needed to buy materials such as PLA plastic for the 3D printer and hardware to assemble the hands.

Source: CNET

 

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Open-source alternative for Coke!

Have you ever had a can of Coke and thought that it would taste better if it was open source? No? Well, some people have and they have created the world’s first “open source” cola. And it’s on version 1.1.3

Anybody can make the drink, modify and improve on it as they see fit, as long as the recipe is made public under the GNU General Public License. However, recipes are not copyrightable, so the legal basis for that premise is untested.

Originally released as a promotional tool to explain open source software, the drink became a success and the company that made it sold 150,000 cans, and the creators became better known for the cola than for the software they were trying to promote!

Source-Wikipedia

The Smallest Android Stick Out !

Over the years we’ve become accustomed to the trend of Android powered USB sticks that act as a plug-n-play device, which can be mounted on a TV, which converts a normal TV into Android running desktop. These USB sticks are generally larger is size than the original USB drives but today we have come across one of the smallest in the market.

It is a little hard to differentiate between a USB drive and mini-PC but with SmartCandy all that can be forgotten.

SmartCandy is the latest Android TV stick that looks like a USB drive in terms of size and weight but is a mini-PC in terms of functionality.

SmartCandy was spotted at a recent trade show. In terms of the hardware, the stick packs a 1.6 GHz ARM processor coupled with 1 GB RAM. It runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean version. The stick also has a microSD slot.

However, unlike other USB sticks, SmartCandy does not offer in-built Wi-Fi or USB port but the company is giving an external adapter for Wi-Fi and USB. The stick also comes with an option of dock with Ethernet and 3 USB ports. Pricing details have not been mentioned but we assume this will be priced under $100 like all the other sticks.

Other than the above mentioned device, the company also has a model that packs a Telechips processor with 512 MB RAM, and 4 GB storage. This is how the smallest mini-pc looks like.

Source-EFY News Network

Charge Your Phone Within 20 Seconds!

The 18-year-old Esha Khare Indian American girl developed this super-fast charging device and won $50,000 from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this week.

Indian origin California teen to devise a solution to keep her phone up and running always. She created a revolutionary charger that can charge up your phone in 20 seconds.

Dubbed supercapacitor, the 18-year-old Esha Khare developed this super-fast charging device and won $50,000 from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this week.

Now you no more have to wait for your device to charge fully. This new gadget “packs more energy into a smaller space than traditional phone batteries and holds the charge for longer,” Daily Mail reported.

Khare has so far just used the gizmo to power a light-emitting diode or LED – but she is hopeful that her invention will be used in powering not only smartphone but even cars or any gadget that requires charging.

In an exclusive with NBC News, Esha said, “My cellphone battery always dies,” and this is what inspired her to come out with this technology. Her specialisation in nanochemistry helped her considerably reduce the size of her invention. “Really working at the nanoscale to make significant advances in many different fields,” she said. It can even be reportedly used in flexible displays and clothing and fabric.”

Coming back to the supercapacitor, it is flexible, small in size and is capable of handling 10,000 recharge cycles, more than normal batteries by a factor of 10.

Source: EFY News Network