Archive for March, 2016

AnonymousDonaldTrumpMany witnesses of this year’s presidential election season may have noticed the direction that events seem to be moving; the Republican party seems likely to split based on its own candidate (which seems more than likely to be Trump), practically ensuring that the Democratic Party’s candidate surges to victory.

This all seems to occur despite the outstanding statistics suggesting that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic party’s front-running presidential hopeful, is actually an extremely weak and scandal-ridden candidate.

Then yet another factor entered a race where the unprecedented nature of the ages seemed to ensure that unprecedented factors surface to create mahem: Anonymous, the group of computer hacker vigilantes, set its cross-hairs on Donald Trump.

The anti-Trump initiative, called the “White Rose Revolt” and carried out by the “White Rose Society,” was launched in response to what Anonymous describes as fascist leanings by Trump and his supporters. These descriptions are by no means unique to Anonymous; scholars and pundits alike have disputed the overt xenophobia, racism and sexism of Trump’s comments and that in general Trump seems to stand for. Thus, Anonymous launched #OpWhiteRose.

anonymous2Without delay, Anonymous announced its release of Trump’s personal information online, including his cell phone number and his Social Security number. The Trump front immediately responded with vehement words and the announcement from the NSA and FBI that an investigation had begun.

Of course, and as planned, it then became clear that Anonymous had found and posted Trump’s information after finding it posted online, where anyone could see it, where it had been already posted for year.

Anonymous RedCult then released as second video explaining its ruse. The narrator of the video explained that the information “was online since 2013,” and that “The government and law enforcement authorities are seeking the arrest of the people responsible for attempting to illegally hack Mr. Trump’s accounts and telephone information.”

Anonymous’ intention all along was allegedly to demonstrate the fascist tendencies of the government and the Trump campaign, which was eager and willing to seek out the “assailants” of a non-crime, but not nearly as interested in whether or not a crime had occurred.

anony trump“Trump want[s] to turn America into a fascist dictatorship where anyone can be arrested just for posting old information online,” continued the narrator, citing a snippet of ABC News coverage in which the non-hack was reported as a serious crime.

“Thank you Trump and Trump campaign. Thank you police, FBI, and the Secret Service for being a part of our little experiment on how we should expect the so-called New America will be,” continued the narrator.

That said, if major news stations and the currently standing government was so quick to react in defense of Trump and without any real consideration of whether a law was broken, that “New America” may be closer to us than we think. Perhaps it’s not turning into fascists that we as a country need to worry about, but how exactly we will turn into something else, that lies in our future and at stake during this year’s political debate.

This Thursday Amazon declared that two of their existing products: Echo Dot and Amazon Tap, would enable the Alexa voice recognition software to manage the day to day tasks of their platform. The leap can be understood in a similar vein being Amazons answer to the Suri platform for Apple. However, Amazons doing so in a bit of a more ambitious way through offering the means for Alexa to be a more omnipresent feature of the users life and interface between several products. From the home to the Office Alexa will be seen as a kind of personal assistant to help streamline our navigation of the mundane to the extraordinary, this is going to be an extraordinary step forward for voice recognition software and computing in general.echoooo

What this means for the Echo Dot, Amazon’s mini, hands-free device is that it will use the same far-field voice-recognition capabilities as as the Amazon Echo. Essentially, this will enable it to connect to one’s in home speaker system via their Bluetooth capabilities, or alternatively this can be achieved via their voice commands. If this wasn’t impressive enough in itself, this also has the potential use the device to sync with other smart home devices, including the lights, door locks, bedroom alarm clock, smart dog collars, pool filters and heaters, bidet, stove, coffee maker, salad spinner, jewelry box, hot plate, patio retractable shade structures, car ignition and heater, to name just a few of the almost endless potential this will have in the future tomorrow, today.

If you are a Amazon Prime member the deals are only going to get sweeter. This is due to their promise that members will be able to order the device for the rock bottom no holds barred price of $89.00 United States of America Dollars. Not only can they buy it for this price, buy they will be able to do so within the confides of the Alexa system if they already have a device which enables them to do so. This said their is expected to be an  extremely high demand for this product, given that nature of new tech products where its not so much that you get it, but that you get it first Amazon expects these beauties to sell out quickly at this price. However, one should not fret, Amazon will make more because people will give them money to do so, and if you don’t get your hands on this round of product you can rest assured that they will unveil something that is almost qualitatively identical to it in a few months with minor and even negligible performance increases for an increased price. 200001_504

Amazon hopes that this will help them leap into 21st century technology bounds in front of the competition and stays there. it can be said that Amazon is not ready considering this be so far from their existing business model, primarily online com-meres. But even if this idea totally flops the stakes don’t seem very high. At the end of the day they are Amazon and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.