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From LinkedIn and Yahoo to TVs and WiFi routers, these are default data privacy settings worth changing - The Washington Post

From LinkedIn and Yahoo to TVs and WiFi routers, these are default data privacy settings worth changing – The Washington Post privacy settings often aren’t very private. Our tech columnist is back with Round 2 of his clickable guide to improving your privacy on all sorts of devices and online services.

Best Vision of the Future (Smart City): Wi-Fiber Intelli-Platform Integrated Streetlights

Meanwhile, our 17-year-old Manila Metro Rail Transit System also known as the MRT Line 3, MRT-3 or Metrostar Express, which only has one line and 13 stations, is finding it hard to keep up with the rapid backwards acceleration towards the Middle Ages this country has recently been so adamant to pursue. Remember: murder bad, progress good. It shouldn’t take a historical piece of literature to state that basic, obvious, moral tenet incontrovertible to any civilized species. </donvy>

“During the construction of the first line of the Manila Light Rail Transit System in the early 1980s, Electrowatt Engineering Services of Zürich designed a comprehensive plan for metro service in Metro Manila. The plan—still used as the basis for planning new metro lines—consisted of a 150-kilometer (93 mi) network of rapid transit lines spanning all major corridors within 20 years, including a line on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, the region’s busiest road corridor.” –Wikipedia

Presenting the Best of CES 2018 winners!

Presenting the Best of CES 2018 winners! want our cities to be smart, but often the cost of accomplishing such a feat would be eye-watering even for the most-flush of folks. Consequently, companies are looking for ways to bolt on smart-city equipment to existing infrastructure. Wi-Fiber has built a lamppost head that contains security cameras, IoT and municipal WiFi equipment within its slender body. It even gives basic street lighting an upgrade, offering the ability to change color or flash to direct emergency services straight to where the crisis is. — Dan Cooper, Senior Editor

Google gives up on ‘Hands Free’ wireless mobile payments

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Google has ended its “Hands Free” payment scheme, which let you live the retail dream of paying wirelessly with no need to pull out a card or phone. The program, which ran only in San Francisco’s South Bay area, first detects if you’re in a participating store using your smartphone’s location services. If you say you’re “paying with Google,” it then completes the transaction over Bluetooth LE or WiFi, with the cashier verifying the purchase using your photo ID.

After trying it for a year, however, Google has stopped the program, telling users in a letter seen by 9 to 5 Google that it’ll wrap up on February 8th. However, it did say that “we’ve learned so much from you and our other early adopters,” and that “we’re now working to bring the best of the technology to even more people and stores.” That vague statement could mean that it’s planning to bring some kind of wireless option to Android Pay.

VGA Sharp Zaurus Linux-based PDA

Sharp plans to ship its Linux-based Zaurus SL-6000 PDA early in 2004. It will have 64MB of protected Flash memory along with 64MB of SDRAM, a high-powered Intel XScale 400MHz processor, and extra long battery life with a rechargeable, replaceable 1500 mAh Lithium polymer battery. The 4-inch 640×480 VGA display will be switchable from landscape to portrait mode at the touch of a button, and the high-end model will come with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Also in Brighthand and The Register.