J.C. Penney’s troubles are reflected in satellite images of its parking lots

Orbital Insight, a venture capital-funded satellite intelligence startup based in Palo Alto, tracks 250,000 parking lots for 96 retail chains across the U.S.

Source: J.C. Penney’s troubles are reflected in satellite images of its parking lots | The Outline

Orbital Insight’s parking lot figures track pretty closely with J.C. Penney’s stock price.

Your Samsung SmartTV Is Spying on You, Basically

A single sentence buried in a dense “privacy policy” for Samsung’s Internet-connected SmartTV advises users that its nifty voice command feature might capture more than just your request to play the latest episode of Downton Abbey.

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party,” the policy reads.

via Your Samsung SmartTV Is Spying on You, Basically – The Daily Beast.

Slack now letting employers tap workers’ private chats

The data collection does not happen automatically. There is a several-step process for team owners to request access, which includes sending a signed letter on company letterhead to Slack stating that the company’s policies allow that kind of access. Each request is reviewed by Slack for approval, the company says.

Once granted, workers on the team are notified of the data access, which includes all messages from that point forward. The feature is not retroactive.

via Slack now letting employers tap workers’ private chats | ITworld.

From: Slack: Be less busy.

Slack is a platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go.

The oRouter Is A Tor-Powered Linux Box That Secures Your Internet Connection

As an end user, the process of using the oRouter is designed to be exceedingly simple. It’s zero configuration, meaning that you plug it in and then connect to the Wi-Fi network it provides. Unlike the Tor download, it requires no additional software in order to work. Once connected, as you browse the web and use online services, you’re actually using Tor (via Wi-Fi), thereby securing your communications from eavesdropping. In addition, for an extra layer of security, the oRouter’s MAC address (hardware address) changes every 10 minutes.

via The oRouter Is A Tor-Powered Linux Box That Secures Your Internet Connection | TechCrunch.

Dropbox’s Next Chapter: Corporate Customers, IPO, Condi Rice, and Eddie Vedder

Many corporations altogether forbid the use of Dropbox (including Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg Businessweek). Security software maker Symantec (SYMC) posts online instructions on how clients can block Dropbox, while Citrix (CTXS), which provides a competing product, found Dropbox to be one of the most blacklisted applications by companies in a 2012 report. Even businesses that use Dropbox often do so with caution. “It’s extremely convenient to share marketing materials,” says Markus Ament, chief product officer of Taulia, a five-year old cloud-computing startup. “We try to avoid using Dropbox for sensitive data. Right now, we’re not taking any chances.”

via Dropbox’s Next Chapter: Corporate Customers, IPO, Condi Rice, and Eddie Vedder – Businessweek.

Renault’s Off-Roader Concept Launches a Drone Out of Its Roof

Forget taco-copters or same-day shipping — drones are the perfect companion for off-roaders. They can scout locations, keep tabs on terrain, and when you’re back on paved roads, give you a heads up about that tool that flipped his pickup on your morning commute. And that’s exactly what the Renault Kwid concept is promising.

The French automaker is looking to get back into the Indian market, where high-riding compact crossovers are the norm, and the Kwid is Renault’s attempt at getting up-and-coming younger buyers into the fold.

via Renault’s Off-Roader Concept Launches a Drone Out of Its Roof | Autopia | Wired.com.

A Light Bulb with a Computer and Projector Inside from the MIT Media Lab Augments Reality

The LuminAR device, created by Linder and colleagues at the Media Lab, can project interactive images onto a surface, sensing when a person’s finger or hand points to an element within those images. Linder describes LuminAR as an augmented-reality system because the images and interfaces it projects can alter the function of a surface or object. While LuminAR might seem like a far-fetched concept, many large technology companies are experimenting with new kinds of computer interfaces in hopes of discovering new markets for their products (see “Google Game Could Be Augmented Reality’s First Killer App” and ”A New Chip to Bring 3-D Gesture Control to Smartphones”).

via A Light Bulb with a Computer and Projector Inside from the MIT Media Lab Augments Reality | MIT Technology Review.

Flaws allow 3G devices to be tracked

Two attacks were conducted using off-the-shelf kit and a rooted — or modified — femtocell unit which broadcasted a 3G signal. The attacks were made by intercepting, altering and injecting 3G Layer-3 messages into communication between the base station and mobile phones in both directions.

via Flaws allow 3G devices to be tracked – Networks – SC Magazine Australia – Secure Business Intelligence.

The researchers wrote that the attacks could be used to track staff movements within a building.

“[The employer] would first use the femtocell to sniff a valid authentication request. This could happen in a different area than the monitored one. Then the employer would position the device near the entrance of the building. Movements inside the building could be tracked as well by placing additional devices to cover different areas of the building,” they wrote.

Voxer

Turn your phone into a Walkie Talkie

Voxer.

Hmmmm. Again with the walkie talkies.

Voxer is a Walkie Talkie application for smartphones. Voxer lets you send instant audio, text and photo messages to your friends (one or more!). Messages stream live as you talk and your friends join you live or listen later.

Voxer is available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices.

Facebook Considers Adding The Hate Button

According to Facebook’s S-1 filing, users are now generating 2.7 billion Likes and Comments per day. With the Hate button, Facebook expects to at least double that. The S-1 noted “popular Pages on Facebook include Lady Gaga, Disney, and Manchester United, each of which has move than 20 million Likes.” Many inside the company think the Hates could easily top that.

via Facebook Considers Adding The Hate Button | TechCrunch.