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Control your home from an app for £200 – NOT SUCH A SMART IDEA !

Control your home from an app for £200 – NOT SUCH A SMART IDEA !

Smartphone maker Samsung is getting ready to take over your living space, with the release of a new smart home system in the UK that promises to let you monitor, control and automate aspects of your home from wherever you are.

Samsung SmartThings

The system is based on technology developed by a startup called SmartThings that Samsung acquired in August 2014. It consists of a central hub that connects wirelessly to an array of sensors and appliances throughout the home, allowing the user to control them through a mobile app.

The hub contains its own power backup, so it will continue to function if the power goes out in the house. It also has its own processor, so interactions between the hub and the various things connected to it can be processed locally rather than in the cloud.

As well as the hub itself, Samsung has launched a variety of devices to help people get started creating their own smart home. These include a motion sensor, a multi sensor, a presence sensor, a power outlet and a moisture sensor.

The motion sensor can be used to trigger either an action or a notification when movement is detected within a given space. For example, you could set it up so that the nightlight turns on automatically when your child gets out of bed.

Read more http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/11831226/Samsung-to-bring-smart-home-technology-to-the-UK.html

Paedophiles could hack into BABY MONITORS and watch YOUR children, experts warn

Paedophiles could hack into BABY MONITORS and watch YOUR children, experts warn

PAEDOPHILES could be virtually creeping into young children’s bedrooms by remotely hacking into baby monitors, experts have warned.

The devices can be connected to the internet so parents can keep an eye on their kids from anywhere.

But some of the most popular monitors on the market lack even the most basic security and at risk of being hacked, security researchers have found.

It is also feared that a hacker would be able to access other devices on a WiFi network creating a risk of identity theft.

Serious security problems were found in all of the nine cameras tested by Rapid7.

Some had hidden passwords that could be exploited by hackers to view a live feed.

Security consultant and report author Mark Stanislav warned: “There’s a certain leap of faith you’re taking with your child when you use one of these.

Researchers graded each device between “A” and “F”. Of those tested, eight received the worst possible score while one received a “D”.

Read more http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/602646/baby-monitor-internet-hack-security-Phillips-research-Rapid7-alert

Boy, 14, added to police database after sexting female classmate naked image

Boy, 14, added to police database after sexting female classmate naked image

A 14-year-old boy has revealed that he was added to a police database after he sent a naked image of himself to a female classmate.

The boy, whose identity has not been made public, said he sent the image by Snapchat from his bedroom while flirting with a girl of the same age, who then shared it with others.

He was later told the incident was recorded on a police intelligence database as a crime of making and distributing an indecent image of a child, after the photograph came to the attention of an officer based at the school, which is in the north of England.

Although the boy was not arrested or charged with any crime, he has been told the file remains active for a minimum of 10 years, meaning the incident may be flagged to potential employers conducting an advanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, such as for those who work with children.

The boy’s mother said she received a call from the school-based police officer who informed her of what had happened. “I don’t really remember a lot of what was said, because her opening line was ‘Simon [name has been changed] has taken and distributed an indecent image of himself’,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday.

Read more http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/03/boy-14-added-to-police-database-after-sexting-female-classmate

Human teleportation IS possible and your great GRAND CHILDREN will do it, claims scientist

Human teleportation IS possible and your great GRAND CHILDREN will do it, claims scientist

Professor Michio Kaku of City University, New York, maintains the technology to teleport a living person to another part of the Earth or even space could be available within decades  – or at least by the next century.

Prof Kaku, known as Mr Parallel Universe for his futuristic claims, which also include the possibility of real time travel and invisibility, has studied various sci-fi technologies deemed impossible and concluded some will eventually happen.

He said: “A lot of things you see on Star Trek will in fact be possible – like the teleporter.

“You know the expression beam me up Scotty, we used to laugh at it. We physicists used to laugh when someone talked about teleportation and invisabilty, something like that, but we don’t laugh anymore we realised we were wrong on this one.

“Quantum teleportation already exists. In fact, we took a film crew and went to the University of Maryland and actually filmed an atom being teleported. It zapped across the room from one chamber to another.

“So at an atomic level we do it already. It’s called quantum entanglement.”

Read more  http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/602529/Human-teleportation-is-possible-and-your-great-GRANDCHILDREN-will-do-it-claims-scientist

The danger of Devil’s Breath: How women criminals are using new trick of blowing drug powder in victim’s faces, leaving them like zombie’s who’ll do ANYTHING

The danger of Devil’s Breath: How women criminals are using new trick of blowing drug powder in victim’s faces, leaving them like zombie’s who’ll do ANYTHING

Walking through the cosmopolitan streets of Paris’s 20th arrondissement, not far from rock star Jim Morrison’s tomb, a respectable, elderly lady is approached by a Chinese woman asking for directions.

As the pair bend over a map, the Chinese woman blows a tiny dust cloud of white powder into the face of the helpful Parisian. What happens next is like something from a horror film.

For, unbeknown to the victim, this white powder is Devil’s Breath, a substance so toxic and powerful that it turns everyone who ingests it into what investigators call ‘zombies’, devoid of their own free will.

Indeed, so suggestible does it make its victims that South American tribes used to administer the drug to the wives of dead chiefs, who, under tribal tradition, had to be buried alive with their husbands after they died.

Taken from the seeds of a plant which grows wild in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela — related to deadly nightshade — the drug meant these women could be persuaded to walk happily into the graves to their gruesome deaths.

Now, in a series of cases that have horrified police, the drug is being used by criminal gangs in Europe to drug unsuspecting victims who are then easily persuaded to hand over their most valuable possessions.

Blair asked Bill Clinton to write newspaper article backing his bid to be European Council president, Hillary’s released emails reveal

Blair asked Bill Clinton to write newspaper article backing his bid to be European Council president, Hillary’s released emails reveal

Tony Blair asked Bill Clinton to write a newspaper article supporting his ill-fated bid for the presidency of the European Council, newly-released emails show.

The former Prime Minister wanted the former President to write an endorsement of his ‘personal qualities’ that made him the best candidate.

But Mr Clinton’s advisers warned he would probably say no and that they did not want Mr Blair to have any ‘expectations’ of his friend.

The email was among 7,000 messages released by Hillary Clinton from her time as Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013 after a Freedom of Information request.

More than 50,000 emails are gradually being made public which she stored on her controversial private server rather than using her official email account.

The email about Mr Blair’s bid for the EU presidency was dated October 29 2009 was sent to Mrs Clinton by Sidney Blumenthal, one of her closest advisers.