New wave of ‘silent camera’ apps blamed for huge rise in illicit photography in Japan

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An upskirt warning poster in a subway station outside Tokyo.

Almost all smartphone cameras have a built-in shutter noise to prevent the camera being used to take pictures without people’s consent.  But a new wave of ‘silent’ apps – some specifically designed for voyeurism – have been blamed for a huge rise in illicit photography in Japan.

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AstroCantus – iPhone app creates music from stars and galaxies

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There are many apps that create music based on nature sounds from here on earth, but not many that can create music based on the stars in our galaxy. But that’s just what AstroCantus accomplishes.

 

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Evoz turns your iPhone into a baby monitor

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The modern baby monitoring system that works over iOS will finally start shipping on October 4th. Evoz is unlike the traditional walkie-talkie-like baby monitors, you don’t need a separate receiver to use the system – you can just use your own iOS devices, like your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, to function as both the monitor and receiver.

 

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Free “Pocket Penguins” app offers live views of endangered penguins 24/7

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Pocket Penguins app will keep you up to date on penguins any time.

If you love penguins, this app is perfect for you. California Academy of Sciences has a highly popular African penguin exhibit, and now they’ve added cameras to it so that even if you can’t visit CAS, you can watch the penguins all day, any day, even from an underwater vantage point which I’m sure is amazing during feeding time.

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TagSense – new app automatically tags smartphone photos

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TagSense not only can pick out people but the context of the picture, including emotions, weather conditions and type of activity.

A new app can automatically tag your smartphone photos with a wide range of attributes, picking out not only the people but the context of the picture, including emotions, weather conditions and type of activity.

 

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Education as an App

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  In March of 2007 I posted my original paper on the Future of Education where I talked about a system based on an iTunes-like approach where experts around the world could use a “rapid courseware-builder” to produce bite-sized courses, send them to a global distribution center, and students from around world could plug-in and learn whatever class matched their interests.

 

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