CBS is bringing a new original series to its All Access streaming service. Well, sort of. The network’s popular and long-running reality show Big Brother will get an additional season that will be made available strictly through the subscription video on demand (SVOD) platform, reports Deadline.In Big Brother, a diverse group of individuals from across the U.S. enter a house and live together for three months without any access to the outside world. The entire house is outfitted with motion-detection cameras, and guests must wear mics at all times. As they participate in competitions and form strategic alliances, guests are evicted one-by-one until the half-million-dollar winner is crowned. Naturally, plenty of juicy details are revealed over the 13-14-week course of the show.And fans have been known to crave every little one of those details. Aside from the three hours of footage, including both filmed and live, that airs over three days each week, CBS also … [Read more...] about CBS All Access launches original series in Big Brother, sort of
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Forget the NSA – the real threat to your digital privacy may soon be the kid who lives across the street, or even your real big brother.This new breed of DIY mass surveillance comes courtesy of security researcher Brendan O’Connor, who plans to unveil his latest dastardly creation, the Creepy Distributed Object Locator, or CreepyDOL, at the DefCon hacker conference, which kicks off in Las Vegas on August 1.Compact and unassuming, the CreepyDOL box is capable of covertly scooping up various personal details from nearby cell phones, tablets, or laptops. That personal data, which can include name, email address, and sometimes even photos, is then sent back to a remote database controlled by the CreepyDOL owner. A user must simply plug in the CreepyDOL box into an outlet where it has access to public Wi-Fi. Any device that connects to the Wi-Fi is secretly intercepted by the CreepyDOL.CreepyDOL is only the latest spy computer from O’Connor, who runs security consultancy … [Read more...] about ‘Creepy’ spy computer turns your real big brother into the NSA
People do (and say … and tweet) the dumbest things, and professional athletes are no exception. To stymie any future fall out arising from very public statements from very public people, NFL teams are taking up the role of big brother to monitor what its players and potential recruits are saying on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.One of these teams is the Eagles, and its General Manager Howie Roseman wasn’t shy about its social media monitoring practices. “We have someone looking over Facebook pages, Twitter accounts – in front of us will come every single person on our draft board, their Twitter accounts and their Facebook accounts,” Roseman told reporters at the NovaCare meeting to discuss the NFL draft.What you might not know is that this monitoring serves a dual purpose: With the NFL draft coming up, the Eagles will look at the social media accounts of draftees to figure out if these individuals are a good fit for the organization. … [Read more...] about Athletes say the dumbest things online, so the NFL is playing big brother
Bond fans, take notice: 007’s license plate flipper from Goldfinger has finally been invented. Frankly, we’re a bit confused as to why it took so long. Goldfinger came out in 1964, and hell, I’m sure people were coming up with ways trick traffic cops long before that. Perhaps it’s not first flipper that’s ever been invented, but with a flip speed of 1.2 seconds, there’s a good chance that it’s the fastest.For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the day this thing arrived, we’re happy to say, yes, you can actually buy this thing. More cautious consumers, however, should probably take a minute to consider the possible legal issues associated with using such a device.The laws differ from state to state, but no matter where you are it’s a safe bet that concealing your license plate (or using a fake one) will get you some sort of penalty if you’re caught. But then again, the whole reason this thing exists is to make sure … [Read more...] about Confuse the cameras and baffle Big Brother with a license plate flipper
It turns out Big Brother is watching — and has been for years. Revelations from the UK’s The Guardian and The Washington Post have revealed long-standing intelligence programs that may have cataloged every phone call made by untold millions of Americans for years. More-recent intelligence-gathering operations apparently even enabled the government to monitor email, chats, documents, and other communications sent through major online services provided by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple and others.Congress, the intelligence community, and even the President of the United States aren’t denying that the programs exist, or even their scope: Instead, they’re describing the programs as vital tools for U.S. national security — and insist everything’s being done by the book.Is the government really tracking everything we do on our phones and online? Is that even legal? What’s being done with all that information — should we be … [Read more...] about Big Brother has always been watching, but how much can he see?
As we’ve known for some time, Big Brother is watching you, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get in on the voyeuristic action yourself. In the aftermath of last year’s dramatic week of riots in the United Kingdom, the London Metropolitan Police has released a mobile app that gives users the chance to identify rioters and help police track down suspects that they might otherwise have missed. Yes, now everyone can be a confidential informant – without even having to leave the comfort of their own home!The app, called Facewatch, is available for free download for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. Users are asked to enter a London postal code to begin, which will then allow the system to offer up images of unidentified rioters or persons of interest from last year’s riots that were sighted in or around the area included in the postal zone. If the user recognizes oneof the faces, they can tap the screen and enter their name or contact information, … [Read more...] about Now you can be Big Brother’s little helper with Facewatch app
Google just can’t stay out of the news these days. This week the search engine giant’s plans tocreate comprehensive databases on its users have brought serious questions from the Information Commissioner in Britain. In London, Google chief executiveEric Schmidt laid out the intent to take personalized search to the next level, stating the company’s goal “is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as ‘Whatshall I do tomorrow?’ and ‘What job shall I take?’.” Schmidt emphasized that this new personalized search will be an opt-in service, and that the company will only keepdata for a limited period. However, the moved has caused raised eyebrows and mutters of Big Brother from European privacy campaigners. In the U.K., the office of the Information Commissioneris the body responsible for data protection. As part of a group called the Article 29Working Group it has already written to Google, asking … [Read more...] about New Google Move Raises Big Brother Spectre
As the price of digital storage drops and the technology to tap electronic communication improves, authoritarian governments will soon be able to perform retroactive surveillance on anyone within their borders, according to a Brookings Institute report.These regimes will store every phone call, instant message, email, social media interaction, text message, movements of people and vehicles and public surveillance video and mine it at their leisure, according to "Recording Everything: Digital Storage as an Enabler of Authoritarian Government," written by John Villaseno, a senior fellow at Brookings and a professor of electrical engineering at UCLA.BACKGROUND: Surveillance tech companies should not sell to despots, says EUThat will enable shadowing people's movements and communications that took place before the individuals became suspects, he says."For example, if an anti-regime demonstrator previously unknown to security services is arrested, it will be possible to go back in time to … [Read more...] about Coming Soon: Ubiquitous Surveillance From Big Brother’s Wayback Machine
CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson considers our June 1 cover story on Equifax's new business strategy, which involves massive amounts of consumer and business data. Gen Y is at the edge of a brand new world devoid of privacy. Do they care?I was talking recently with the CIO of a midsize bank about the potential of mobile apps and social media to attract college kids as new customers. The bank had conducted a focus group of twentysomethings to explore what they really wanted. "They love free stuff. They'll do anything for a $5 Starbucks card," said this CIO, clearly a bit surprised by how easy it was to capture these customers. Ubiquitous surveillance from Big Brother's wayback machineHe then imagined a twentysomething customer sitting by the shore, eating cereal, watching the sun rise and tweeting about it. "We have the technology to know who that is, where they're at, and now they're telling us what they're doing," he continued. "But what do we do with that? Do we say: … [Read more...] about Big Brother’s Mining Our Data, Do We Care?
Spoiler warning: This post will be filled with Live Feed information that hasn't been shown by CBS yet. A lot of this information came from Big Brother After Dark on TVGN on Friday night. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock Friday night, Frankie J. Grande finally admitted to being Ariana Grande's older brother on Big Brother U.S. Frankie's game play blew up when he so heavily aligned with Christine Brecht and created a target on his back, so he was looking for damage control.In a bid to save himself from elimination and regain trust, Frankie gathered up some of his strongest allies (Zach Rance, Derrick Levasseur, Cody Calafiore and Caleb Reynolds) and admitted the truth. As a YouTube celebrity, he also noted that he only makes $1,000 a week, living paycheck-to-paycheck.He later told Brecht, Victoria Rafaeli, and Nicole Franzel after discussing if he should with the other men. As with most things this season, the women were last know.“I have been lying to … [Read more...] about The Big Brother House Secret’s Out: Frankie J. Grande’s Little Sister Is Ariana