US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

James Clapper did not name specific agency as being involved in surveillance via smart-home devices but said in congressional testimony it is a distinct possibility

The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.

As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind.

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Tim Cook deletes blurry Super Bowl picture after Twitter ridicule

Apple chief executive turns crummy smartphone snap into Twitter sensation after trying to hide his iPhone’s less-than-perfect photo

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has deleted a tweet containing a blurry on-the-field photo from the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The photo was shot from the 30-foot line in San Francisco’s Levi’s stadium as the gold confetti rained down on the celebrating team, supporters and Broncos staff.

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West’s military advantage is being eroded, survey warns

The west is losing its advantage in weapons technology as defence spending in Asia and other regions soars, survey says

The west’s decades-long advantage in military technology is being eroded as defence spending in the rest of the world, notably Asia, soars, an authoritative survey has warned.

The latest annual Military Balance by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) shows advances in weapons-related technology, once the preserve of the west – including cruise missiles, unmanned drones and electronic warfare – are becoming increasingly accessible to more and more countries.

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London black-cab drivers reject Uber olive branch

Move by taxi-hailing firm to let rivals use its app for nothing for 12 months dismissed as publicity stunt

London black-cab drivers have rejected an apparent olive branch from Uber as a “PR stunt” after the taxi-hailing app company said it would extend its service free to the traditional trade.

Uber has modified its app to allow black-cab drivers in London to be available as a choice for its customers, with zero commission, for the next 12 months.

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Draft snooper’s charter ‘fails on spying powers and privacy protections’

Proposed bill sharply criticised by MPs on intelligence and security committee appointed by prime minister

Theresa May’s draft “snooper’s charter” bill fails to cover all the intrusive spying powers of the security agencies and lacks clarity in its privacy protections, a parliamentary committee has said.

The intelligence and security committee said the draft legislation published by the home secretary suffered from a lack of sufficient time and preparation. It was evident that even those working on the legislation had not always been clear about what it was intended to achieve, it said.

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