Pro-Tech Publication Asks If 5G Will Help Or Hinder Disaster Preparation. NASA, U.S. Navy, NOAA, and Meteorologists Say 5G Will Greatly Hinder It.

Pro-Tech Publication Asks If 5G Will Help Or Hinder Disaster Preparation. NASA, U.S. Navy, NOAA, and Meteorologists Say 5G Will Greatly Hinder It. By B.N. Frank 5G opposition is increasing in the U.S. and around the world for a variety of valid reasons – one  being that it could greatly reduce the accuracy of weather forecasting. From SmartCitiesDive.com: The human toll and property damage as the result of an inaccurate prediction could be devastating. The Congressional Budget Office predicts economic losses due to natural disasters at about $54 billion annually in the U.S.…

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Somebody’s Watching You: The Surveillance of Self-driving Cars

Somebody’s Watching You: The Surveillance of Self-driving Cars Picture the future, where driving is a thing of the past. You can hop in your car or one from a ride-share, buckle up and tell the car where you want to go. During your ride, you can check your email and look up a few things online through your dashboard. Meanwhile, your whereabouts and other details are being tracked remotely by companies. As self-driving cars develop further, autonomous vehicles will play a much larger role in the digital economy as car…

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Google Nest Users Couldn’t Unlock Doors, Use A/C, or Operate Baby Monitors During Platform Outage

Google Nest Users Couldn’t Unlock Doors, Use A/C, or Operate Baby Monitors During Platform Outage By B.N. Frank Is a “Smart” home really a happy home?  Besides the increasing reports of privacy and cybersecurity risks and violations, when platform outages happen, everything connected to it stops working. From FastCompany.com Last night, Google reported several issues with its Cloud Platform, which made several Google sites slow or inoperable. Because of this, many of Google’s sites and services–including Gmail, G Suite, and YouTube–were slow or completely down for users in the U.S.…

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Amazon Installing Alexa in Apartments and Hotel Rooms. They Say 24/7 Data Collection Will Help Property Managers Better Manage and Serve Tenants.

Amazon Installing Alexa in Apartments and Hotel Rooms. They Say 24/7 Data Collection Will Help Property Managers Better Manage and Serve Tenants. By B.N. Frank More creepy “Surveillance Capitalism” courtesy of Amazon who isn’t hiding that it is putting millions of smart speakers in homes and hotels by “offering discounted hardware, customized software and new ways for property managers to harvest and use data.” Are there actually people willing to pay for this type of arrangement? From the Wall Street Journal, “Amazon’s Plan to Move In to Your Next Apartment…

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Exploding Smartphone Causes Injury Inside Moving Car with Pro Basketball Player and Friends

Exploding Smartphone Causes Injury Inside Moving Car with Pro Basketball Player and Friends By B.N. Frank Activist Post and many other media sources have reported about smartphones and other “Smart” devices (see 1, 2) catching fire and/or exploding.  This includes utility “Smart” Meters (see 1, 2) that utility customers are being forced to accept on their homes and on buildings throughout their communities. The most recently reported smartphone explosion involved a pro basketball player and his friends while they were inside a moving car: PLANO, Texas – A professional basketball…

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Lots of Data Collected on People – Including You – Using “Smart” Roads and Public Transportation Systems

Lots of Data Collected on People – Including You – Using “Smart” Roads and Public Transportation Systems By B.N. Frank Activist Post has reported already about the many and increasing ways that data is being collected on all of us without our knowledge and/or consent.  This data is often being sold to 3rd parties to analyze so they can try to sell us more products.  This is sometimes referred to as “Surveillance Capitalism.” Utility companies have bragged about being able to collect customer data with their “Smart” Meters.  These meters…

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Comcast Plans In-Home Health Surveillance and Medical Tracking Device

Comcast Plans In-Home Health Surveillance and Medical Tracking Device By Nicholas West “Comcast is already in talks with hospitals about taking on shared savings — if it can keep people from expensive emergency room visits.” — CNBC Note: portions of the following article appeared in our premium monthly newsletter Counter Markets. It is becoming clearer each day that new technologies are further highlighting the great expanse between intention and application. As with all technologies of value, medicine has pitted the powerful desire of human liberation from suffering and the pursuit…

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Smart City Designed App Will Let Everyone Know If You Are Speeding

Smart City Designed App Will Let Everyone Know If You Are Speeding By MassPrivateI A misleading article in WSAZ3 News titled, “New app targets distracted drivers with traffic alerts” would lead you to believe that the makers of the app are actually concerned with everyone’s safety, but of course that is not the case. Have you ever wanted an app that lets Big Brother know when you are speeding and where you are going in real-time? If you have, then your wait is over. A new app called TravelSafely, sends warning signs…

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Where Technocrats Play: U.S. Department Of Energy

Where Technocrats Play: U.S. Department Of Energy By Patrick Wood Ex-Governor of Texas Rick Perry was appointed Secretary of Energy by President Donald Trump on March 2, 2017. Even though President Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord on global warming, apparently Secretary Perry has not gotten word, for the Department of Energy’s web page on Climate Change is still present on the Energy.gov website, which prominently states, Addressing the effects of climate change is a top priority of the Energy Department. As global temperatures rise, wildfires, drought, and…

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“Smart, but Not Always Secure” Free Webcast For Utility Companies Regarding Their Expensive, Vulnerable and Dangerous Smart Grids and Meters

“Smart, but Not Always Secure” Free Webcast For Utility Companies Regarding Their Expensive, Vulnerable and Dangerous Smart Grids and Meters By B.N. Frank Smart Grids and Smart Meters are relatively new technology.  They also aren’t necessary at all.  Think about it:  before this technology was introduced, most of us enjoyed electric, gas, and water utilities right? Smart Grids and Meters are vulnerable to security issues because everything is connected together often using Internet of Things (IoT) technology which in itself is very vulnerable.  Utility companies force this technology on customers…

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