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Apple users might feel insulated from the exploding batteries currently fueling Samsung’s Note 7 nightmare, but a new story of out of south Australia serves as a helpful reminder that true safety is just an illusion. On Thursday, surf instructor Mat Jones told Australia’s 7 News that an iPhone 7 he left in his car wrapped in a pair of pants caught on fire, taking both the pants and the car with it.
http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/NkE7miQ4v0Q/australian-man-claims-flaming-iphone-7-killed-his-car-1788049799

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/e2ee-yahoo-mail-hack-spying,32857.html#xtor=RSS-181

via Tech News ( http://goo.gl/W4D7n )

Germany’s Interior Minister wants to introduce facial recognition software at train stations and airports to help identify terror suspectsfollowing two Islamist attacks in the country last month… “Then, if a suspect appears and is recognised, it will show up in the system,” he told the paper. He said a similar system was already being tested for unattended luggage, which the camera reports after a certain number of minutes.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/MdzYQf3it-E/german-minister-wants-facial-recognition-software-at-airports-and-train-stations

Automatic is back with a new version of its connected car adapter, and this time it doesn’t need to be connected to your phone over Bluetooth to work. The Automatic Pro comes with free 3G connectivity for five years, and can track your vehicles location and status anywhere you go. It can send you alerts when your car starts or parks (no more wandering around the parking lot) track your fill-ups, tell you why your check engine light is on, and even features IFTTT support.
http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/8/19/12553702/automatic-pro-track-your-car-3g-no-fees

The smart home revolution definitely isn’t happening overnight. Even with a flood ofnew devices and platforms available, most of us are still only inching toward fully automated homes. Still, you can take matters into your own hands and speed up the rate of progress with these DIY smart home systems. 

Using the app, customers can manually turn home or office devices on and off, or create on/off schedules. There’s also a built-in thermal sensor that will automatically shut down the connected device if it becomes overheated. The Wi-Fi Smart Plug will monitor energy consumption and provide statistics via the mobile app as well.

The US government secretly masterminded the creation of a Twitter-like communications network in Cuba aimed at fueling political dissidence by sidestepping the strict Internet filtering systems in the communist nation.

New documents from Snowden indicate that the NSA hacked into and stole documents, including source code, from the Chinese networking firm Huawei. Ironically, this is the same firm that the U.S. government has argued in the past was a threat due to China’s possible use of the same sort of attacks.

Just days after NSA leaker Edward Snowden sat for a rare remote interview broadcast at SXSW, new information linked to his original trove of data indicates that the NSA implemented some of its surveillance activities by masquerading as Facebook servers.

The NSA doesn’t just hack foreign computers. It also piggybacks on the work of professional for-profit hackers, taking over entire networks of already-hacked machines and using them for their own purposes.That’s one of the surprising details to emerge from the latest Edward Snowden leaks.