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Edward Snowden’s New App Transforms Your Smartphone Into Powerful Surveillance Device

This app can help keep your laptops and other devices safe when they are left behind your home, office, or hotel room.

Edward Snowden is perhaps best remembered by many as the NSA whistleblower. Recently, he’s been making headlines once again upon introducing an interesting new app for smartphones.

According to Snowden, Haven can turn your standard Android smartphone into a tiny security system aimed at physically protecting your valuable data. The said app can detect environment changes around a device via a motion tracker feature which will then send alerts to the user.

Haven is an app that can help ensure the safety of your data from both hacking and stealing.

Source: Haven

In the YouTube video below, Snowden shared:

“We designed Haven as a tool for investigative journalists, human rights defenders and people at risk.

“Haven makes it harder [for parties] to silence citizens through raids, searches, arrests, without getting caught in the act themselves. This creates a kind of herd immunity where before people launch a crackdown they have to think, ‘will I be witnessed in a way that I can’t stop.’”

How exactly does the Haven app work? One of the developers gives us an idea!

Source: Haven

Journalist Micah Lee, who helped Snowden develop the app, explained:

“Here’s how Haven might work. You lock your laptop in a hotel safe — not a secure move on its own — and place your Haven phone on top of it. If someone opens the safe while you’re away, the phone’s light meter might detect a change in lighting, its microphone might hear the safe open, its accelerometer might detect motion if the attacker moves the laptop, and its camera might capture a snapshot of the attacker’s face.”

Meanwhile, Snowden further said in a Wired interview:

“Imagine if you had a guard dog you could take with you to any hotel room and leave it in your room when you’re not there. The real idea is to establish that the physical spaces around you can be trusted.”

Watch the video here and see for yourself:

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Scientists Have Created Programmable Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal

Just like in the Terminator movies!

Modern science has definitely advanced so much that it’s now starting to imitate fiction. Remember the news bit we shared with you about scientists from Harvard and Yale aiming to recreate real dinosaurs? That’s so Jurassic Park, right?

Well now we’ve got something that will remind you about the Terminator movies! According to recent reports, researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have learned how to manipulate liquid metal – by applying electrical charges to it. With that, they can create two-dimensional shapes such as letters and a heart.

Scientists have finally developed programmable shape-shifting liquid metal – just like in the movies!

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Woman Gets Refund Because The iPhone X Thinks All Asians Look The Same

Her friend was able to unlock the first phone. And the new replacement phone can’t tell them apart either.

Whether you're an Apple fan or not, you can't deny the excitement that the latest Apple phone has generated. It doesn't matter that the iPhone X comes at a price tag that can make you wince - those who are loyal to all things Apple and those who just wants to have the latest hot item will still hand over their cash for it!

It's undeniably a gorgeous phone with lots of innovative features (this one is debatable, especially if you're talking to an Android fan), which include facial recognition. Ideally, only you can unlock your phone since facial recognition depends on the uniqueness of an individual's features.

But it looks like this is also subject to debate, when a Chinese woman's iPhone X was unlocked by another person, a colleague who somehow looks kinda like her....

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Bitcoin Expert Warns Investors About The Cryptocurrency’s Future

Bitcoin investors might lose a huge amount of money says Bitcoin experts.

We often hear about Bitcoin being a bubble that’s about to burst. As it reached its highest value of over $18,000 just this month, a lot of issues have been popping up on the Internet, claiming the coin will once again crash, and it seems like it’s a real deal this time. In fact, a Bitcoin expert has already spoken, warning people to keep investing but not on the said cryptocurrency.

There are numerous cryptocurrencies coming out these days. This proves that more and more people are discovering the benefits of using digital money that work on codes. Bitcoin, which is the leading cryptocurrency, though, is expected to already reach its limit and experts who invested on the coin say it’s not a good idea to keep buying coins or start putting money on it.

A bitcoin expert has already spoken, giving a warning about the dreadful future of the cryptocurrency.

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