The privacy behind Gmail has always been in question and now Google themselves have made the 'stunning admission' that users cannot expect their communications to be confidential. A recent lawsuit has highlighted that Google 'unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people's private email messages'. Likely to be infringing upon numerous privacy laws, Google have moved to dismiss the claims as it should be expected that emails are 'subject to automated processing'.
The image depicts a timelapse photograph of the recent Perseid Meteor Shower in all its glory. The image was shot in the Wyoming countryside by photographer Blaine McCartney and is one of the most impressive shots of the shower. Taken at the peak of the shower, it is thought that up to 60 meteors were visible every hour.
A new study has shown the manure from the mega-fauna (that's really large, really weird animals to you and me) that once roamed the Amazon rainforest made it an even greener, richer and more vibrant ecosystem than it is today and that the results of the mega-fauna being wiped out by man around 12,000 years are still being felt. That's because big animals means big piles of dung and that's a good thing for a rainforest in the same way it's a good thing for your allotment.
Twelve recycling bins found dotted around London have the ability to 'track unsuspecting passers-by through their smartphones or other devices'. The bins track devices over Wi-Fi and have been developed to further look into consumer habits. Within the first month of their use, the recycling bins picked up over a million unique devices. A project of the company Renew, the aim is to sell these tracking bins to retailers and bars to understand, and target, certain consumers.
In a move to support super efficient, greener transport, the Liberal Democrats plan to ban petrol and diesel vehicles from the road by 2040. Likely to become party policy if voted in, the Lib Dems have stated that 'only ultra-low carbon vehicles will be permitted on UK roads for non-freight purposes'. Appearing to be taking ground covered by the Green Party this move is certain to receive tough opposition from the voting public.
The app world is a fairly transient existence with only a few really standing the test of time. With some '700,000 apps available for download' there are bound to be a number of second-rate creations. It turns out that amongst these there have been a number banned by Apple. Richard Gray notes that the banned apps show Apple to have a 'squeamishness for nudity, bodily functions and upsetting important people'.
Footage of a Korean woman failing her driving test within ten seconds has gone viral since being posted recently on YouTube. A nerve-racking experience for many, this has to go down as one of, if not the, quickest test fail ever. Seeming to not know where the brake was (she shouts "what do I do?") it is a wonder as to how she ever thought she was ready.
A newly published study has highlighted the link between climate change and increasing levels of violence. Utilising some '60 studies from around the world, with data spanning hundreds of years', the research team noted that the link between changes in climate and the resulting conflict to be "substantial". Citing occurrences such as increases in domestic violence during times of drought in India and increased violent assaults during heatwaves in the US, the study makes for a convincing read.
Within a new batch of declassified documents lies a speech prepared for the Queen as Britain 'stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation'. Created in 1983, the speech was prepared during some of the 'most dangerous years of the Cold War'. Part of an exercise branded WINTEX-CIMEX 83, the document was penned as the threat of the Soviet Union launching a nuclear attack loomed ominously.
Within a decade it is highly likely that the tiny village of Kivalina will be the 'birthplace of America's first climate change refugees'. Rapidly rising sea levels and increasing temperatures have left the village, which houses some 400 Inuit people, extremely vulnerable. The protection offered by significant levels of sea ice is no longer there and the 'stop-gap' defensive wall cannot stop the eventual fate of the village.
The very futuristic Google Glass headset is being promoted among US film students to look into the filmmaking potential of the new devices. Only being used by around 10,000 people at the moment, three Glass devices are now set to be given to each of the 5 designated US colleges. The results of their work will begin to be shown this autumn once school resumes.