Samsung ’Safety Truck’ Shows the Road Ahead On a Rear Screen

Have you ever risked overtaking a truck or articulated lorry, not knowing for sure if the lane ahead was clear? That hazardous maneuver may become a thing of the past, thanks to the ‘safety truck’.

Developed by Korean tech behemoth Samsung, the ‘Safety Truck’ uses wireless video cameras, attached to the front of the hulking road vehicle, that projects the road ahead, in real-time, on to large digital screens mounted on the rear of the trailer portion of the truck, allowing road-users following the vehicle to see exactly what the truck’s driver sees, and whether the road is clear for a potential overtaking. The cameras even include night vision functionality.

The technology was developed in the wake of Argentina’s appalling road safety record, with 80% of the country’s fatalities occurring on roads – one person every hour – with the majority related to overtaking. Argentinian tech group Ingematica contributed heavily to the design, in partnership with ad agency Leo Burnett and, of course, Samsung.

Though the ‘Safety Truck’ is little more than a technical demonstration at present, it is hoped that the development of the technology will make roads safer and save lives across the globe.

Thank you RT for providing us with this information.

Pirates Win Latest Virtual ‘War’, Music Website Redirects to The Pirate Bay

There has been a constant war between the record industry and the pirates, which doesn’t seem to come to an end anytime soon. It’s been going back and forth for some time now, having battles being won and lost by both sides almost equally. However, the latest ‘skirmish’ between the two apparently ended up with the pirates winning the ‘battle’ against the music industry.

The latest news points to Argentina and its ‘blockade’, more specifically its attempt to block all internet access to The Pirate Bay website. This comes as a result of the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers (CAPIF) complaining about music and video piracy through the latter torrent website. Following the complain, all access towards The Pirate Bay was blocked nation-wide. This apparently was not tolerated by the pirates, having the CAPIF website hacked in less than 24h after officials established the blockade.

The hacking attempt apparently was not to deface or take revenge by blocking the CAPIF website as well. The attack has been in a way quite ‘brilliant’, having to transform the CAPIF website into a fully function Pirate Bay proxy. The website then bypassed the nation-wide blockade and redirected users attempting to go onto the CAPIF website towards The Pirate Bay, which is really ironic, since potential customers were then redirected to a website full of multimedia files, having the able to download them completely ‘free’.

The CAPIF website has since then been restored after about 10 hours of ‘serving’ users a variety of torrents. While the hacking was hilarious to some extent, it does send a strong message to officials that pirate activists are not going to take such actions lightly and are able to fight back against the government actions to take down torrent websites.

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21 Countries And Rising Have Joined Anti-NSA UN Resolution Discussions

RT reports that 21 countries have joined in draft discussions at the UN for an anti-NSA resolution to be passed. In the discussions are the following nations: Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela. The resolution seeks to condemn indiscriminate and extra-territorial surveillance and rectify that with independent oversight of all electronic monitoring.

The resolution was proposed earlier this week by Germany and Brazil, two of the largest and most vocal critics of the USA’s global spying operations. While the document does not single out the USA or NSA specifically, the rhetoric is clearly a direct attack on the NSA’s exposed global surveillance practices.

The draft resolutions states that UN members are “deeply concerned at human rights violations and abuses that may result from the conduct of extra-territorial surveillance or interception of communications in foreign jurisdictions.” and that “illegal surveillance of private communications and the indiscriminate interception of personal data of citizens constitutes a highly intrusive act that violates the rights to freedom of expression and privacy and threatens the foundations of a democratic society.”

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Latin American Nations Withdraw Ambassadors From Europe After Jet Incident

Russia Today reports that the backlash against Europe after the Bolivian Jet incident is now growing in Latin America. After having a serious emergency meeting already four countries have now decided to withdraw their ambassadors from European nations involved in the incident.

Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay will all withdraw their ambassadors from France, Spain, Portugal and Italy in retaliation against their decision to block airspace for Bolivian president Evo Morales and his state jet – pictured above.

Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, stated that:

“We’ve taken a number of actions in order to compel public explanations and apologies from the European nations that assaulted our brother Evo Morales”

Both the UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) and trade-bloc Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur) have condemned the actions of Europe as imperialist and neo-colonialist. This entire diplomatic spat has emerged from the belief that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was onboard the Bolivian State Jet. Since then the situation has escalated with the majority of Latin America condemning Western Europe and the USA, and many Latin American nations offering Edward Snowden asylum in protest.

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Argentinian President Wants Explanations From The USA Over Spying Scandal

Argentinian president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, is well known for her rather vocal stance against big Western nations like the UK and the USA. On the back of recent revelations that the NSA actively spied on all Latin American nations the Argentinian president is demanding full clarification from the USA over the reports.

The reports stated that the USA was using telephone and internet espionage against Latin American countries, including Argentina. Brazilian authorities have recently made similar statements and are stepping up to find the root sources of NSA spying and shut them down. The Argentinian president called for other Latin American and South American partners to unite in their request for a full clarification from the USA.

Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and Mexico have already responded and stated that the NSA spying situation is unacceptable. At the Mercosur summit on July 12th the Argentinian president and other heads of states will join together to make a joint statement.

With much more information still to be published by Edward Snowden we are wondering just how much more political turmoil there still is left to run. The NSA has already single-handedly cheesed off just about every nation in the world as well as its own people.

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NSA Spied On Countries In Latin America

The NSA has been spying on the whole world, that’s not news to anyone. However, on the back of the USA trying to exert pressure on Latin America to not accept Edward Snowden’s asylum these latest revelations could deal a fatal blow to the USA. O Globo reports that the USA has been spying extensively on Latin America. Countries like Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador (and probably the rest of Latin America) have all been regular spying targets of the NSA.

Apparently the NSA hasn’t limited its spying operations to just military affairs and has also been stealing trade secrets from the Latin American oil industry, notably Venezuela. Latin America was targeted by “PRISM” and “Boundless Informant”. PRISM enables access to emails, chat logs and voice calls through American-based internet companies and Boundless Informant is capable of cataloguing phone calls and internet access.

The USA reportedly used PRISM to collect data regarding oil and military purchases fropm Venezuela and energy and narcotics from Mexico. Other victims of “lower level” spying were Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay, Chile, Peru and El Salvador. No doubt this latest revelation will spur more Latin American countries into offering Edward Snowden asylum. Investigations are already taking in Brazil over the reported intelligence breaches.

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