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Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

postheadericon Yamaha VSP-1 ambient noise generator shields your voice, water cooler gossips

It isn’t hard to picture the scenarios — banks, hospitals, pharmacies, etc. — where you need to spill out some private (and probably embarrassing) details in public, but on the other hand, it’s no good whispering in a noisy environment. The solution? Yamaha thinks adding more noise is the way forward. Announced earlier this month is the VSP-1 noise generator, which is essentially just a speaker box that masks conversations in your desired direction. With its eight specially tuned ambient noise recordings from the seaside, forest, or river, the VSP-1 managed to mask between 47 percent and 89 percent of the conversations in four Japanese pharmacies, and the customers on the other side of the sound wall even enjoyed the soothing sounds. Alas, Yamaha’s little box doesn’t come cheap — you’ll have to cough up a hefty ¥105,000 ($1,267) for one when it comes out on April 20th.

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Yamaha VSP-1 ambient noise generator shields your voice, water cooler gossips originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Internet Explorer 9 RC now available to download, tracking protection in tow (update)

The Internet Explorer 9 beta pleasantly surprised us with Microsoft’s renewed competitiveness in the web browser wars, and the pinnable, hardware-accelerated experience is getting even better today — you can download the IE9 release candidate right now, which streamlines and beautifies the tabbed browsing layout considerably, adds those previously promised, fully customizable tracking protection lists for privacy and freely toggled ActiveX filters, as well as an updated Javascript engine, geolocation support via HTML5, the ability to pin web apps to the taskbar, and a host of assorted speed and functionality improvements. Find the files you need at our source link below, and let us know if the Beauty of the Web captivates you this time around.

Update: We spoke to Microsoft IE9 privacy guru Andy Ziegler, and learned to our dismay that tracking protection lists won’t actually be included in the browser per se; rather, the company’s created a feature where you can generate your own lists or download ready-made one from providers like TRUSTe. The thing is, IE9 won’t suggest one for you, or even curate a group of them when you install — you’ll need to put on your power user hat and do the legwork there yourself.

Internet Explorer 9 RC now available to download, tracking protection in tow (update) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Internet Explorer 9 RC now available to download, tracking protection in tow (update)

The Internet Explorer 9 beta pleasantly surprised us with Microsoft’s renewed competitiveness in the web browser wars, and the pinnable, hardware-accelerated experience is getting even better today — you can download the IE9 release candidate right now, which streamlines and beautifies the tabbed browsing layout considerably, adds those previously promised, fully customizable tracking protection lists for privacy and freely toggled ActiveX filters, as well as an updated Javascript engine, geolocation support via HTML5, the ability to pin web apps to the taskbar, and a host of assorted speed and functionality improvements. Find the files you need at our source link below, and let us know if the Beauty of the Web captivates you this time around.

Update: We spoke to Microsoft IE9 privacy guru Andy Ziegler, and learned to our dismay that tracking protection lists won’t actually be included in the browser per se; rather, the company’s created a feature where you can generate your own lists or download ready-made one from providers like TRUSTe. The thing is, IE9 won’t suggest one for you, or even curate a group of them when you install — you’ll need to put on your power user hat and do the legwork there yourself.

Internet Explorer 9 RC now available to download, tracking protection in tow (update) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon SoCal mall installs ‘Find Your Car’ kiosks in parking garage to help you find your car — and others find you?

Big Brother’s watching us on public streets and in our homes, and now he’s fixed his gaze on shopping malls — under the guise of helping us find our cars in a mall parking garage. Santa Monica Place has installed Park Assist’s M3 Camera Vision system with “Find Your Car” kiosks that allow wayward shoppers to punch in their license plate number to receive a picture of their auto and its whereabouts. It utilizes a network of cameras to capture each car’s location and read the plate, and has a central control system that can dole out firmware upgrades as more (nefarious?) needs arise. A similar system is used at Heathrow Airport, though the British version snaps a photo of your plates upon entry and and tracks cars with infrared cameras — as opposed to Park Assist’s use of hi-res cameras to capture an image of your plate once you’ve parked. While helping people find their cars is an admirable goal, the system seems rife with opportunities for abuse because the footage is privately owned — meaning the car location information could be sold to anyone, including that crazy ex-girlfriend of yours. As for us, we’d rather not exchange a walk-on part in the war to maintain our privacy for a lead role in another video cage. We’re just fine remembering things the old-fashioned way, thanks.

SoCal mall installs ‘Find Your Car’ kiosks in parking garage to help you find your car — and others find you? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon SoCal mall installs ‘Find Your Car’ kiosks in parking garage to help you find your car — and others find you?

Big Brother’s watching us on public streets and in our homes, and now he’s fixed his gaze on shopping malls — under the guise of helping us find our cars in a mall parking garage. Santa Monica Place has installed Park Assist’s M3 Camera Vision system with “Find Your Car” kiosks that allow wayward shoppers to punch in their license plate number to receive a picture of their auto and its whereabouts. It utilizes a network of cameras to capture each car’s location and read the plate, and has a central control system that can dole out firmware upgrades as more (nefarious?) needs arise. A similar system is used at Heathrow Airport, though the British version snaps a photo of your plates upon entry and and tracks cars with infrared cameras — as opposed to Park Assist’s use of hi-res cameras to capture an image of your plate once you’ve parked. While helping people find their cars is an admirable goal, the system seems rife with opportunities for abuse because the footage is privately owned — meaning the car location information could be sold to anyone, including that crazy ex-girlfriend of yours. As for us, we’d rather not exchange a walk-on part in the war to maintain our privacy for a lead role in another video cage. We’re just fine remembering things the old-fashioned way, thanks.

SoCal mall installs ‘Find Your Car’ kiosks in parking garage to help you find your car — and others find you? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink LA Times  |  sourcePark Assist  | Email this | Comments