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Users claim the Apple Watch is burning their skin
USA Created: 25 Jul 2015
An eyebrow-raising report in Fusion relays that a growing number of Apple Watch users are complaining that Apple’s new wearable is so hot, it’s actually burning their skin.

In one particular example, a woman with an Apple Watch Sport removed her device mid-workout after feeling a burning sensation at the top of her wrist. Upon removal, she was startled to see blisters forming on her skin.

Subsequently, she posted the following photo to Twitter.

Wtf, my apple watch burnt me & apple is being an a**hole about it #iwatch #apple @tim_cook @AppleWatchNews @AppStore http://pic.twitter.com/jhpaeCNhSX

— Paula Cerutti (@PaulaCerutti) July 8, 2015

While this doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue by any means, Fusion highlights a few other photos from Apple Watch users who experienced something similar. For instance, one Apple Watch wearer posted the following photo just about two weeks ago.

Not worn my apple watch today, yet there seems to be some sort of burn. Anyone else got this too ?
— Dinalli (@Dinalli) June 28, 2015

Now to be fair, it’s essentially impossible to categorize a little skin discoloration as a burn based on photos alone. After all, it’s entirely possible that some users with similar complaints are simply experiencing rashes or irritations due to adverse skin reactions.

While Apple reportedly refused to comment officially on the matter, Fusion does note that Apple’s Apple Watch support does list a few skin problems that might result from wearing Apple’s wearable.

On its support website, Apple notes that the watch can cause skin irritation for a couple of reasons, among them allergies to materials in the watch or a poor fit. Apple says that a too-loose band, for example, can cause irritation from constant friction between the watch and skin.

As for the woman who felt a burning sensation coupled with blisters, Apple has offered to give her a brand new device.
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Source: BGR, Yoni Heisler, 09 Jul 2015

Brain-cancer spiked 30% between 2012 and 2013
Canada Created: 24 Jul 2015
We measure what we value - The Canadian federal government follows how many chicks hatch in Canada more closely than rates and types of cancer at the local level.

In July 2015, doctors reported that brain tumours in Calgary spiked by 30% between 2012 and 2013. Is this happening across Canada? Is this the beginning of a tsunami of tumours from cell phones, from another carcinogen, or a statistical anomaly? It would be good to know.

About half of cancers can be traced to factors such as tobacco, diet and lack of exercise. What about the other half, including the increasing number of young, fit, healthy-living Canadians getting cancer?
Cancer rates vary widely between and even within provinces. Piecing together fine-grained data on cancer occurrences (incidence) and community details lends clues to cancer causes and prevention, but only a few isolated Canadian studies illustrate these possibilities.

In Ontario, the Sarnia Aamjiwnaang First Nation lives in the polluted shadow of Canada’s largest “chemical valley,” with more than 110,000 tonnes of air pollution emitted annually. Cancer rates among men living in Sarnia are 34% higher than the provincial average, with 50% more lung-cancer and 500% more mesothelioma, from asbestos.

In Southern Ontario, exposures to hormone-disrupting plastics and pesticides in manufacturing and farming have also been linked to higher rates of breast cancer, particularly among women with a multiple-year history in both occupations.

In New Brunswick, air pollution rather than smoking was found to be a primary cause of lung cancer in St. John. In Sydney, the country’s highest cancer rates were addressed with stabilization of pollutants in the Tar Ponds.

In Alberta’s industrial heartland, cancers of the blood are more common among those exposed to petrochemical refining emissions. Downstream, where bitumen emissions pollute the water and fish have tumours, aboriginal populations are reported to have high incidence of liver and other cancers.

Arsenic residues from gold mining contribute to a cancer hotspot in Yellowknife.

In 2014, British Columbia continued to experience Canada’s lowest cancer rates, although historical fine-grained federal data indicated higher incidence pockets associated with remote mines. Newfoundland rocketed from lower incidence in 2001 to higher ranks in 2014, possibly due to petrochemical industries replacing fisheries as leading employers.

Cancer is Canada’s leading cause of death, with cases projected to increase 40% by 2030, over-burdening the health care system. To learn about and act on what causes cancer, we need to know about who gets it, where and why. In a few studies, extraordinary efforts have been made by researchers to mesh rates of cancer types, and other health indicators, with exposures.

With routinely collected data much more could be done, examining industries, jobs, pollution, food availability, walkability of communities, use of wireless devices, poverty, housing, activity levels and so on.

Unfortunately the federal government is not collecting the necessary data to address environmentally-linked diseases. We monitor what we value. When will reducing cancer become as important as chicks?

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Related news:
Oct 2014, Sweden: Sharp increase in patients treated for brain tumors with "unclear diagnosis" in Sweden
Nov 2012, Denmark: Spike in “Aggressive” Brain Cancer in Denmark
May 2011, USA: WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk
Dec 2010, Israel: A Game Changer?
Dec 2011, USA: Brain Tumor Pandemic: DNA Impacts from Mobile Phones Implicated in New Analysis
Oct 2011, United Kingdom: Cancer cases projected to rise 45% in next two decades
Nov 2010, India: Cellphones DO cause brain tumors, says latest study
Jul 2009, Israel: Sharp increase in Parotid gland cancer: new report
Nov 2007, Germany: Genetic damage by microwave radiation
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Source: Prevent Cancer Now, Press Release, 21 Jul 2015

Sleep loss: Sound familiar to us? Cant sleep, could it possibly be courtesy of our "Friendly" Microwave-emitting Mobile mast?
Sweden Created: 23 Jul 2015
Sleep loss of one night can alter genes
Sleep deprivation can really mess you up in lots of ways.

Now a new study, by Scientists/researchers, by Dr. Jonathan Cedernæs, lead author and researcher from the Universities of Uppsala, with assistance of the Karolinska Institut in Sweden have submitted a study published by the National Academy of Sciences that suggests that the effects may run even deeper.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir, 24 Jul 2015

More about the remotely controlled "Smart-Car"! Start shivering if you own one of these!
United Kingdom Created: 23 Jul 2015
The 22 of July we brought this news by Wired Magazine:
Smart-Car is remote-controllable via the cellphone network - even the brakes
Jul 2015, USA: Smart-Car is remote-controllable via the cellphone network - even the brakes

Now the news have reached the UK and the Daily Mail brought an extensive investigating article to day.

So here goes:
Could your car be the next to come under attack? GUY WALTERS explains how computer hackers can hijack your vehicle - and make you crash
The triumphant shout of ‘You’re doomed!’ came in an iPhone call from the hacker who had remotely hijacked a Jeep Cherokee on a motorway, cutting the transmission and leaving its driver powerless.

The accelerator stopped working and the Jeep slowed to a crawl on a flyover where there was no hard shoulder to pull over and the traffic was moving at a steady 70 mph.

In the mirror, the driver could see a lorry bearing down on his paralysed Jeep. Holding his mobile with a clammy hand, he begged the hackers: ‘Make it stop.’

In one sense the driver, Andy Greenberg, was lucky. He managed to roll his Jeep down an exit ramp and got it going again by turning the ignition off and on. The hackers could have killed the engine altogether, slammed on the brakes or, worse, disabled them — as they did later.


Please take time to watch the video:

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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Retired Electronics Professor Wants To Create Wi-Fi Free Refuge
USA Created: 23 Jul 2015
Instant updates, video calls, movies in the palm of your hand - Wireless technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, but now some people say there’s a potential downside. Some people claim Wi-Fi and cellphone signals are making them sick.

Gary Johnson of Canon City doesn’t go far without his gigahertz solutions radio frequency detector. The retired electronics professor even takes the handheld contraption to church with him.

“I would be sick after going to church,” he said.

He said would get hit by a debilitating fatigue which would last 24 hours after attending Sunday service.

“You know something is wrong but it’s hard to point to one organ and say it hurts right here,” Johnson said.

By using his frequency meter, Johnson was able to determine his church was a hot spot because of a cellphone tower situated across the street.

“There are times when it reads well over 1000 (megahertz).”

So he decided to attend church services in the neighboring town of Florence. It is 15 minutes further away, but says he feels fine there and his meter shows fewer frequencies.

Johnson believes the signals affect him and some others who suffer from a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or EHS. He likens it to a peanut or a pollen allergy.

“We just got put together in a way that’s more sensitive than other folks.”

Inside Johnson’s Canon City home he has a landline telephone instead of a smartphone. He also gets the Internet from a hardwired computer. At one point he mistakenly switched his router to broadcast Wi-Fi and says it almost killed him.

“Do I need to write my will? Do I need to bring things up to date? This is bad.”

He turned it off and started feeling better the next day.

Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute of Health and Environment at the University of Albany, says there is strong evidence that EHS is a real syndrome which could harm up to five percent of the population.

“They walk around feeling ill and don’t know what to do about it,” he said.

Other doctors say the evidence connecting Wi-Fi to illness is just not there. New York University neuropsychologist Dr. William Barr thinks the condition is all in your mind.

“They establish a belief that something has the potential to cause a symptom and when they come into contact with that cause they develop those symptoms,” said Barr.

Back in Canon City Johnson said he’s received about “50 emails from people all over the world looking for a safe place to live.” He thinks his 59-acre plot of land in the town of Rockvale would be the perfect place. He owns an undeveloped gulch with high walls that block just about every kind of frequency.

“This would be a good sanctuary,” he said. “People could come here and heal. Spend some time here for a week, a month, a year, and leave feeling better.”

Johnson says he feels better in his gulch, a place where his frequency meters go silent.

Keywords: EHS, Sanctuary, Wi-Fi, David Carpenter, Gary Johnson, Electronics Professor, Gigahertz-solutions
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Source: CBS Denver, Mark Ackerman, 09 Jul 2015

Yes the Children Are More Exposed to Radiofrequency Energy From Mobile Telephones Than Adults: report
USA Created: 23 Jul 2015
Excerpt: “it is very hard to understand why the FCC allows the use of a [model based on the] head size of the US military recruits for [peak spatial] SAR compliance testing against safety guidelines”.

Report by Gandhi, O.P. ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Read the report (open-access) via the source link below...

Keywords: Children, Exposure, FCC, SAR, Safety guidelines
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Source: IEEE Xplore, O.P Gandhi, 10 Jul 2015

Google knows where you went last summer
USA Created: 23 Jul 2015
Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been -- whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We’re gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a given day, month or year. Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time. And if you use Google Photos, we’ll show the photos you took when viewing a specific day, to help resurface your memories.

*SNIP* see the screenshots and read the entire press-release via the source link below...

Keywords: Surveillance, Tracking, Google, Maps, Creepy
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Source: Google, Lat-Long Timeline, 21 Jul 2015

Smart-Car is remote-controllable via the cellphone network - even the brakes
USA Created: 22 Jul 2015
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St Louis when the exploit began to take hold (MUST-WATCH VIDEO).

Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass.

As I tried to cope with all this, a picture of the two hackers performing these stunts appeared on the car’s digital display: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, wearing their trademark track suits. A nice touch, I thought.

The Jeep’s strange behavior wasn’t entirely unexpected. I’d come to St. Louis to be Miller and Valasek’s digital crash-test dummy, a willing subject on whom they could test the car-hacking research they’d been doing over the past year. The result of their work was a hacking technique—what the security industry calls a zero-day exploit—that can target Jeep Cherokees and give the attacker wireless control, via the Internet, to any of thousands of vehicles. Their code is an automaker’s nightmare: software that lets hackers send commands through the Jeep’s entertainment system to its dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission, all from a laptop that may be across the country.

*SNIP* watch the video and read the entire article via the source link below...

Keywords: Smart-car, Hacking, Remotely-exploitable, Security
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Source: WIRED, Andy Greenberg, 21 Jul 2015

"mobile" Orange mast on wheels in Krakow - new Telecom's idea to avoid law
Poland Created: 22 Jul 2015
Dear All,

It is unbelievable how Orange with T-Mobile are breaking the law and putting the mast on wheels in my neighborhood (Krakow) - today another article on the subject. We won another verdict in this case but still invalid and mast is working without permission and no one knows how to remove it because it stands on private land and on wheels! :-(

Please see pictures (text in Polish):

Good news, our local authorities voted on July to create map of EMF´s for my city - Krakow :-)

Best Regards from Poland.
Barbara Gałdzińska-Calik
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Source: Barbara Galdzinska-Calik/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

High court rules data retention and surveillance legislation unlawful
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jul 2015
Emergency surveillance legislation introduced by the coalition government last year is unlawful, the high court has ruled. A judicial challenge by the Labour MP Tom Watson and the Conservative MP David Davis has been upheld by judges, who found that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (Dripa) 2014 is “inconsistent with European Union law”. The act requires internet and phone companies to keep their communications data for a year and regulates how police and intelligence agencies gain access to it.

The government will now have to pass fresh legislation that must come into effect before the end of March. The two MPs said the judgment underlined the need for prior authorisation by a judge before officers are permitted to examine the retained information from the internet, social media or phone calls. The Home Office, however, said it would appeal against the ruling, which, it warned, may result in police and investigators losing data that could save lives.

Lord Justice Bean and Mr Justice Collins declared that section 1 of the act “does not lay down clear and precise rules providing for access to and use of communications data” and should be “disapplied”. The judges said the order should be suspended until after 31 March 2016 “to give parliament the opportunity to put matters right”.

The judges identified two key problems with the law: that it does not provide for independent court or judicial scrutiny to ensure that only data deemed “strictly necessary” is examined; and that there is no definition of what constitutes “serious offences” in relation to which material can be investigated. For legal authority, the judges relied on an earlier decision, known as Digital Rights Ireland, by the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, which is binding on UK courts.

In their challenge, Davis and Watson argued that the law allowed the police and security services to spy on citizens without sufficient privacy safeguards.They said the legislation was incompatible with article eight of the European convention on human rights, the right to respect for private and family life, and articles seven and eight of the EU charter of fundamental rights, respect for private and family life and protection of personal data.

The MPs complained that use of communications data was not limited to cases involving serious crime, that individual notices of data retention were kept secret, and that no provision was made for those under obligation of professional confidentiality, in particular lawyers and journalists. Nor, they argued, were there adequate safeguards against communications data leaving the EU.

Watson, a former defence minister, said after the ruling: “It’s a year to the day since Dripa received royal assent. Good governance is about allowing the legislature the room to make law. In this case, it didn’t happen. Good opposition is about holding governments to account, and that didn’t happen either.

“So we find ourselves in a position where the courts have had to say to parliament, ‘Go back and start again.’ In his final speech in parliament on this bill last year, David Davis warned that this legislation would be junk in a year, and it is.”

Davis, a former Foreign Office security minister, said: “What this means is that access by the police and other agencies to everyone’s data is too easy. It can range from a politician giving permission [to intercept communications] to anyone in the next office. That’s against the law, and it’s not either in the interests of privacy or security.

“The government gave parliament one day to pass this legislation. This court has given the government nine months to sort it out. It’s the right judgment. It’s a measured judgment. It gives no risk to security because the government has plenty of time to sort it out. What this reflects is the emerging consensus in the last few weeks that prior judicial approval [of intercepting communications] is needed.”

But the Home Office security minister, John Hayes, said: “We disagree absolutely with this judgment and will seek an appeal. Communications data is not just crucial in the investigation of serious crime. It is also a fundamental part of investigating other crimes which still have a severe impact, such as stalking and harassment, as well as locating missing people, including vulnerable people who have threatened to commit suicide.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One, Hayes added: “The effect of this judgment would be that in certain cases, communications data that could potentially save lives would only be available to the police and other law enforcement if a communications company had decided to retain it for commercial reasons. We believe that is wrong. I do think there is a risk here of giving succour to the paranoid liberal bourgeoisie whose peculiar fears are placed ahead of the interests of the people.”

The Home Office is particularly worried by a section of the judgment that says access to retained data should only be permitted in “precisely defined serious offences”, a definition it believes will prove too restrictive.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry, lead on communications data for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, also expressed concern: “Policing has become increasingly reliant on the availability of communications data, not only in relation to the investigation of criminality, but also in meeting our obligations under the Human Rights Act to safeguard lives. A significant proportion of our acquisition of data relates to situations where life is at immediate risk and a significant proportion of those requests relate to non-crime inquiries, for example tracing vulnerable and suicidal missing persons.”

Human rights groups welcomed the ruling. James Welch, legal director for Liberty, said: “[We have] long called for fundamental reform of our surveillance laws to ensure the public’s rights are properly respected by our government – the chorus of voices demanding change is now growing. The high court has now added its voice, ruling key provisions of Dripa unlawful. Now is the time for the home secretary to commit publicly to surveillance conducted with proper respect for privacy, democracy and the rule of law – not plough on with more of the same.”

Jim Killock, director of the Open Rights Group, which intervened in the case, said: “In autumn, the government will present the investigatory powers bill to parliament. This should not be, as rumoured, an attempt by the home secretary to reintroduce the snoopers’ charter, but an opportunity to introduce an effective surveillance law that is compatible with human rights.”

Rachel Logan, Amnesty UK’s legal programme director, said: “It shouldn’t be left to concerned MPs and campaign organisations to show that it’s totally unacceptable to rush through draconian powers which allow government agents to spy on citizens without proper safeguards.”

Carly Nyst, legal director of Privacy International, said: “Currently, under British law, access to retained data by the police and local authorities is subject to no independent review or authorisation. Police and other authorities simply self-authorise their own access to individuals’ personal information.”
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Source: Guardian, Owen Bowcott, 17 Jul 2015

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