TIME Gadgets

‘Glasshole’ Detector Blocks Google Glass Users’ Wi-Fi

Google

As a form of protest against Google Glass, a Berlin-based artist has come up with a way to boot users from local Wi-Fi networks.

The program, appropriately called Glasshole.sh, allows Wi-Fi hotspot owners to sniff out Glass users and kick them from the network. It involves connecting a USB network antenna to a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone mini-computer, which then runs the script. The program can also emit a beep when it detects a Glass wearer (not that the hardware is easy to miss).

Artist Julian Oliver came up with the program after reading an NYU student’s negative reaction to Glass wearers at a school exhibition. “[I]t was not possible to know whether they were recording, or even streaming what they were recording to a remote service over WiFi,” Oliver wrote.

Glasshole.sh isn’t a foolproof solution, given that Glass users can still connect to their phones via Bluetooth or personal Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s really just a way for owners of bars, restaurants, theaters and art galleries to make a statement.

Oliver did tell Wired that he’s working on a version of Glasshole.sh that could sever Glass’ phone connection or disconnect it from any network, but doing so would be legally questionable. Oliver said he’ll warn users that this solution should only be used in “extreme circumstances.”

[Wired]

TIME Innovation

So Long, Charging Cables: Wireless Power Is Coming

Wireless Charging
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A world where every room is a buzzing hotspot of invisible electrical charges is just around the corner, experts say. And it's going to change the way we live.

Late one night in 2002, Marin Soljačić was awakened by a beeping on his cell phone. A fellow at MIT’s Physics Department at the time, Soljačić’s primordial brick phone had the annoying habit of beeping loudly and incessantly when it needed to be plugged in to charge, and once it started, it couldn’t be turned off. He stumbled into his kitchen to plug it in.

That’s when he had his eureka moment. Why not get rid of wired charging altogether?

“Why can’t this thing take care of its own charging?” Soljačić thought. “The phone was always a few feet away from a source of electricity, but somehow that was just too far for it to bridge the gap.”

Soljačić got to work inventing a revolutionary new form of wireless power. After some fits and starts, he tells TIME, he’d developed a prototype, and in 2007, he co-founded a company called WiTricity that is now bringing an ambient electric charge to homes, cars, offices and devices. The technology is here, and already being used.

At its most basic, WiTricity’s technology consists of two copper coils coupled by magnetic waves. One of the coils is attached to a power source, creating a magnetic field, while the second coil is primed to convert that magnetic field into an electric current. The coils can transmit and receive magnetic waves as far apart as about eight feet, and go through solid objects like desks, barriers and human bodies.

The powered coil can transmit energy to multiple receiving coils, meaning that just one source can send a charge to multiple objects. And the technology can overcome its eight-foot range with what WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen calls a “daisy chain,” a series of repeaters that transmit energy along a series of coils. The idea is that your phone could charge when you simply enter a room.

WiTricity has entered the market at an auspicious time. The wireless power market is predicted to grow to $8.5 billion in 2018, according to analysts at IHS Technology, driven by wearable technology—think Jawbone Up and Google Glass, for instance—as well as mobile phones and tablet PCs.

“We will eventually live in a world where we’ll get access to charge whenever we want it in multiple environments in our everyday life,” says Ryan Sanderson, an analyst at IHS Technology. Now, “there’s a growing need for powering electronic devices.”

In practice, the uses of wireless power technology are wide. It’ll be normal for entire houses to be cordless within the next decade, experts say, each room a buzzing hotspot for invisible electrically charged objects. Wireless charges could emanate from floor mats, under desks, the ceiling and our beds. In the case of WiTricity’s technology, for instance, if a lamp is inlaid with a coil and placed within a few feet of a source coil, it can be powered wirelessly.

A smartphone case with a coil could begin charging your phone when you sit down at a table in a restaurant, for example, which would have a source coil under it. WiTricity has made multiple prototypes and is working with home furnishings companies to implement them.

Mainstream smartphones will eventually be factory-made to charge wirelessly at a distance. Samsung—the world’s largest smartphone maker by market share—is a member of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) industry group, which is seeking to standardize and implement longer-distance wireless electricity. WiTricity and Samsung both have executives on A4WP’s board of directors. Other major smartphone makers are already bringing wirelessly charged phones to market, including several of Google’s Nexus models, though because of their limited ranges, the phones still need to be snapped in place.

Future electric cars and plug-in hybrids will be automatically powered when they’re parked over a charging surface. Toyota’s next-generation Prius will use WiTricity’s technology to automatically charge cars that are parked over a pad-like device in your garage. A number of other high-profile auto suppliers, including TDK and General Motors spinoff Delphi, have taken licenses with WiTricity as well.

Soljačić, who is now a full professor at MIT, says he’s most excited by the medical applications of wireless charging. Patients with heart pumps—famous heart pump users have included former Vice President Dick Cheney—have electric leads extending through their skin to an electricity source. Heart pump maker Thoratec is a licensee of WiTricity’s technology in order to create heart pumps that charge automatically, eliminating a major source of infection in the skin.

“This partnership should allow Thoratec to better serve the patient population treated with ventricular assist devices, by reducing adverse events and dramatically improving quality of life for patients with advanced heart failure,” Gary Burbach, president and chief executive officer of Thoratec said in a statement at the time of the project’s announcement.

Wireless power could also make operations less cumbersome for soldiers in the U.S. military, who carry heavy battery loads and an unwieldy power cord from vest to helmet.

WiTricity says the technology is ready for the mass market, but one of the major barriers to implementing wireless power is agreeing on an industry standard. Many companies are hesitant to settle on a single technology if it could be obsolete in a few years. The technology is there—the question is how to implement it.

It’s an important question, considering how long it’s taken the company to bring a large number of products to market. Much of the finished technology has existed for years, but it hasn’t caught on.

But WiTricity only joined the A4WP this year, and electronics giants in a variety of industries including Canon, Dell, Sony and others are working full steam on developing a global wireless charging standard that can be broadly used across industries.

“We’re right on the cusp of broader commercialization, with some of these customers having committed timelines and schedules to taking products to market, and we’re still inventing,” says Gruzen. “It’s still relatively early days, but it’s real.”

TIME Gadgets

The Best Entertainment Tech for Road Trip Bliss

Long drives can tax anyone’s patience. So before you hit the road for a vacation this year, stock up on entertainment options for your fellow passengers.

Your family’s favorite shows, movies and music can go a long way toward staving off boredom and bickering, making in-car entertainment options a must-have for any long road trip. Here are our favorite car entertainment accessories to help you get set up.

Arkon

Headrest-mounted entertainment

Even if your car doesn’t have a built-in entertainment system, you can still add high-end video entertainment to your vehicle. The easiest (and cheapest) option is to use your existing iPad or Android tablet and a tablet mount that attaches a tablet to the back of a front-seat headrest. This makes for easy hands-free watching, especially if kids are sharing the screen.

Our favorite is the Arkon Universal Tablet Headrest Mount, which is easily adjustable to fit different cars and different tablets. The mount will fit tablets between 7 inches and 10 inches, including the iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HDX, Samsung Galaxy Tab and many others. If you don’t take frequent road trips, the price is definitely right for this mount, which will only set you back about $35.

Pyle

The downside to using your tablet in the car is that it’s still a tablet; the touchscreen interface can be awkward to reach on the road, especially for smaller kids. If you want a more TV-like experience (or just more entertainment options), we recommend swapping out your car’s headrests for ones with built-in monitors, like these Pyle Headrests with Built-In LCD Monitors.

This pair of monitors costs $117 and gives you all the entertainment you need, including two screens that can play video from different sources, though it’s up to you to provide the source. You can use any video player with a composite output—a DVD player, older iOS devices with 30-pin connectors (with a Composite AV Cable for $17.99 on Amazon) or even an older video game console—to keep multiple kids entertained at the same time. And for ease of use, each monitor has its own remote. For those with news video components with HDMI outputs, try the 10.3-inch Power Acoustik PHDM-103 ($191.77 per headrest on Amazon).

Seagate

Endless entertainment streaming

There’s no easy or cheap way to stream Netflix on long road trips; even with access to 4G LTE networks, you’re likely to get choppy video. For movies and tv shows, you’ll need to pack your own videos.

Our favorite option for digital video is the Seagate Wireless Plus system, a portable hard drive with 500GB to 2TB of storage that can be used to stream music, movies and TV shows to tablets, smartphones and laptops.

The drive is capable of streaming to three different devices at a time via built-in WiFi with a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, making it an ideal companion for long road trips. Prices start at $149 for the 500GB version and go up to $199 for the 2TB version, an excellent investment for regular road-trippers.

iLuv

Easy listening with headphones for everyone

If you have a car full of people all trying to watch or listen to different things at the same time, expect family harmony to fade fast.

Solve this problem in advance by making sure everyone has their own headphones and headphone splitters so the entire car can share or listen alone whenever they like.

Let two people listen to music, movies or television on one tablet with a simple headphone jack splitter like the iLuv Splitter Adapter for $9. This adapter plugs into any standard 3.5mm audio jack and lets you connect and independently control the volume for two sets of headphones. The kids can watch their favorite cartoons, and you can drive on in blissful peace and quiet. Or if your child has a friend along and they want to be able to chat with other friends, there’s the giik PartyTalk headset splitter with dual mic and volume controls ($25).

For headphones for the kids, the Kidz Gear Volume Limit Headphones are a great choice, offering volume control that prevents the sound from getting too loud for young ears. They’re comfortable for long wear and come in a range of bright colors that are sure to please — and at $22, they won’t break the bank. And if you have a built-in system that supports wireless IR headphones, like the Pyle headrests, the Kidz Gear Wireless Car Headphones for Kids are a great option at $20.

Adults might want higher-end sound and noise cancellation capable of blocking out even the worst road trip annoyances.

Monster

Our favorite are the Monster Inspiration Active Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones, which use active noise blocking to make your trip as peaceful as possible. They’re an investment at $245, but serious audiophiles (especially those who travel a lot) will definitely appreciate them.

If you don’t like the over-ear style of the Monster headphones or don’t like their high price tag, we’re also fans of the Audio Technica QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones, which offer solid noise cancellation for only $39.

Karma

Stay connected with Wi-Fi on the go

Wi-Fi can be hard to come by when you’re on the road. Although most of us can turn our smartphones into wireless hotspots, that can gobble up your data plan in no time. Instead, try the $99 Karma Wi-Fi Hotspot. There’s no contract or monthly fees with the Karma; you pay for data as you need it, at $14 per GB.

We wouldn’t recommend using it to stream Netflix, but it’s a great way to check email or keep up with your social networks on the go. Just make sure your travel area is within Karma’s coverage area before you buy.

Scosche

Power your gadgets

Even the best gadgets will run out of battery life with heavy use, so be prepared to keep your collection of high-tech entertainment gadgets charged up. There’s no better or easier answer than a cigarette lighter USB charger. The Scosche USBC202M Dual USB Car Charger ($20) plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and charges two devices—tablets and smartphones—each at 2.1A at the same time.

With all of these tech-cessories, you can look forward to a fun and happy time on the road for everyone. Also, don’t forget to check out our Emergency Tech Products for Your Car Safety Kit for peace of mind on the road.

This article was written by Elizabeth Harper and originally appeared on Techlicious.

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TIME China

Here Are 6 Huge Websites China is Censoring Right Now

Google To Stop Redirecting Users In China To Hong Kong
A pedestrian walks past Google Inc.'s China headquarters in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Chinese government is tightening its grip on the Internet ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre

It’s widely known that the Chinese government has long exerted tight control over Internet access on the mainland, deploying an extensive apparatus to regulate what its citizens can read and publish on the web. The Chinese authorities employed more than 2 million people in 2013 to monitor web activity on blogs and social media sites like the wildly popular social media site Weibo, and blocks access to topics it deems sensitive, like the Free Tibet movement, for instance, and democratic activism.

But ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Chinese authorities are cracking down even further on news outlets and search engines, blocking access to websites including Google and the Wall Street Journal. Wednesday marks 25 years since the Chinese army killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of students and protestors in Beijing, and the tightening of media control that followed. It’s part of the Chinese government’s concerted effort to limit information about the incipient pro-democratic movement that ended in bloodshed.

Here are 6 websites the Chinese government is currently blocking or restricting.

Google

The activist blog GreatFire.org, which tracks web censorship in China, published a post Monday saying that Chinese authorities had blocked a variety of Google services in China. As of Monday, Google’s Chrome start page would not load, nor would many other Google sites like the Picasa photo program, Maps service and Calendar application, according to the New York Times. The GreatFire said that the block is far-reaching, and that Google simply isn’t working.

The block is indiscriminate as all Google services in all countries, encrypted or not, are now blocked in China. This blockage includes Google search, images, translate, Gmail and almost all other products. In addition, the block covers Google Hong Kong (China’s version of Google), Google.com and all other country specific versions, e.g Google France…. It is the strictest censorship ever deployed.

Google published a transparency report that showed traffic in China slowed dramatically beginning Sunday, with users of Google’s products in China reduced to little more than half of the country’s usual overall share of worldwide users. Google told the Wall Street Journal that there were no technical problems with its website.

“We’ve checked extensively and there are no technical problems on our side,” a Google spokeswoman said.

Wikipedia

The Chinese government has long blocked Wikipedia pages it deems fishy, including “Dalai Lama,” and “Tibetan Independence Movement” as well as “List of Chinese Dissidents,” and “Chinese democracy movement.” Now is as good a time as any for the Chinese authorities to make sure no one searches “Tiananmen Mothers,” the democracy activist groups founded by the mother of a protestor killed 25 years ago.

The Wall Street Journal

The Journal, which has recently been ramping up its China coverage, is the latest news source to fall victim to the Chinese censors’ axe. Dow Jones, which publishes the Journal, said that the English language site had been blocked since Monday, and the Chinese language site had been blocked since Saturday.

RedTube.com

The government’s “stability maintenance” program has sucked pornographic websites into the mix as well, and RedTube.com is one of the websites that is inaccessible. According to GreatFire, the website is blocked 97% of the time its been tested in China. Pornography in every form has never been welcome in China, however, and the government has blocked magazines and video content for over sixty years.

LinkedIn

The professional networking site just experienced the imposition of local censorship requirements in China, according to the Journal, after setting up a localized version of LinkedIn in China earlier this year.

Facebook

Facebook has been blocked in China for years as it’s viewed suspiciously as a place to freely disseminate ideas. China earlier this year that it was blocking the wildly popular social media website for its “ability to spread rumors” and instead placates its social media-hungry masses with Weibo, a homegrown service it can more easily censor.

TIME Gadgets

Google Glass’ Next Killer App Lets You Shoot Guns Around Corners

TrackingPoint turns Glass into a remote sight for aiming around corners.

Google Glass has lots of potential in professional fields, and for better or worse, that includes military applications.

TrackingPoint, an Austin-based company that adds aim assistance technology to firearms, is showing off how Google Glass could be used as a remote rifle sight. In a video on YouTube, a shooter uses Glass to effortlessly aim from behind cover, with a view of the target appearing on the screen in front of his right eye.

TrackingPoint hasn’t actually made Glass integration available yet, though the company can already stream its scope views to a tablet directly over Wi-Fi. Glass integration is currently in the testing phase, and it seems like the next logical step now that anyone can buy a Glass prototype.

TIME Video Games

DirectX Creator Says Apple’s Metal Heralds the End of OpenGL

One of DirectX's three co-creators, Alex St. John, explains why Apple's Metal is such a blow to OpenGL, and what it means in the long run.

Back in the 1990s, I remember enjoying then-Microsoft-bigwig Alex St. John’s intelligent screeds (and occasional rants) back when DirectX was still this wild, unruly, nascent thing and assistive 3D cards in PCs from 3dfx and PowerVR and Rendition were wafting through the industry like ozone after a thunderstorm. He was bold and colorful and controversial and willing to get into public spats with rivals — perhaps most visibly Doom creator John Carmack, a longtime OpenGL evangelist — without apologies. Those were 3D’s halcyon days for early adopters like me.

I haven’t kept up with the guy in years, but he apparently maintains a blog, named after his old handle (“The Saint”), where he’s still doing his thing. Yesterday, he wrote a fascinating reaction piece to Apple’s surprise Metal reveal on Monday. Metal is to iOS as DirectX is to Windows, a way for Apple to get developers closer to the iPhone and iPad’s A7 processor, resulting (claims Apple) in dramatic performance increases. The tradeoff, of course, is that it’s proprietary.

Enter St. John, who delves into the political side of Metal’s raison d’être and what it says about the industry’s trajectory. I’ve tried to sum up his key points:

  • OpenGL drivers are just “a grab bag of broken inconsistent functionality” without standard hardware definitions.
  • Apple’s pretty much responsible for defining OpenGL as it exists in the mobile space today, thanks to the iPhone (and in part because Apple never developed its own DirectX-like API).
  • But by supporting OpenGL, Apple’s made it easier for game developers to switch between iOS and Android, thus a proprietary API like Metal is as much about insulating Apple as it is getting developers closer to the hardware.
  • Today’s GPUs are so fast they’re held back by lagging CPU technology, and “bloated” legacy 3D APIs aren’t helping matters.
  • Most of what we’ve seen to date in the history of 3D gaming involves abstraction, not real-world physics modeling. That abstraction is hurting 3D development, where you have to decouple, then knit back together your trick-physics and “real” physics aspects. Here’s St. John: “The intimate link between light physics and other physics is largely broken in modern games because the graphics pipeline largely abstracts the visual elements of physics simulation from other aspects of physics forcing developers to awkwardly attempt to recouple them in the game by manually stitching them together.”
  • Cloud-based parallelism employed to render virtual worlds may be the future, allowing processing leaps and bounds that won’t occur as rapidly on the client side (indeed, we’ve already seen demonstrations of games in which some of the visual assets are rendered on distant servers, then laid into the client application in real time).
  • The future looks increasingly CUDA-like (giving developers direct access to a GPU’s parallelism). Here’s St. John again: “While the rest of the game community is trying to adopt Mantle, DirectX 12 or Metal, I’ll be re-learning my ray-tracing and quantum physics because I believe those roads all ultimately lead to a more CUDA like API for cloud based game design. It will just take the market a while to realize that.”

So is OpenGL really doomed? Even St. John backpedals on that one halfway in, admitting that DirectX and OpenGL could be “overhauled with time to look much more like Nvidia’s CUDA.” We’ll see.

(If you want a deeper primer on what Metal is and how low-level APIs work, Anandtech’s explainer is the best and most accessible I’ve seen.)

TIME China

U.S. Tech Firms Must Be ‘Punished’, Chinese State Media Says

Companies like Apple, Google and Yahoo are government "pawns" that deserve punitive measures, said China's state-run newspapers

Chinese state media had some harsh worlds for U.S. tech firms such as Google, Apple and Yahoo on Wednesday, calling them government “pawns” that must be punished.

The message, which condemned tech firms for spying on China and stealing secrets, first appeared on a microblog of People’s Daily, the Chinese government’s official newspaper, according to Reuters. Similar comments appeared on the front page of China Daily, an English-language paper.

It’s unclear whether the message is referring to a specific incident, or is just another case of China lashing out over U.S. surveillance policies, as revealed by Edward Snowden over the last year. In any case, analysts estimate that U.S. tech companies have lost billions of dollars from China, as state-run companies have turned to domestic firms instead.

[Reuters]

TIME technology

Google Gets 10,000 Requests A Day To Be ‘Forgotten’ in Europe

Individuals in Europe hoping to have search results deleted have sent Google an average of 10,000 requests per day, or one every 7 seconds

Google is receiving a deluge of requests from people hoping to delete individual search results, as Europeans exercise their newly-won “right to be forgotten.”

Google said Tuesday it had received 41,000 requests from people in the first four days after posting a request page late last week, the Wall Street Journal reports, amounting to more than 10,000 requests per day, or roughly 7 each minute.

The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice ruled last month that search engines must accept requests to remove links from individual name searches. Critics of the court’s ruling say it could limit free speech and allow for a whitewashing of the internet.

The sheer volume of requests has led Google to consider hire new staffers or re-dedicating staffers to deal with submissions.

[WSJ]

TIME technology

Burnt Out? 7 Mindfulness Apps To Help You Refocus

Your smartphone doesn't always have to be a distraction

I kind of want to marry my iPhone, day planner, and computer. But, as with any relationship, sometimes I need a break. The other night I decided to leave my to-do list and phone upstairs for the night, and I had trouble sleeping. I worried about the incoming emails and Tweets that would go unanswered until morning. And, I fondly thought about a time when my phone was anchored to the wall with a cord and my sleep was uninterrupted by thoughts of hashtags, @ symbols, and perfectly crafted subject lines. Yes, life was simple then. My nights were spent reading a good book, or with my mom doing a guided meditation to help me snooze. As I thought about her telling me to inhale the spirit of the universe and to exhale stress, my mind flashed to my app store: I bet there was an app that could do that! I quickly jumped out of bed and began searching for relaxation apps and videos. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the thing that usually makes me super-productive and connected with the world could also help me meditate and block out the business (that could wait) around me. So here you go — my top 10 apps, videos, and tools for you to just be you.

This article originally appeared on Refinery29.com.

  • Calm.com

    Courtesy of Calm.com

    Calm.com boasts a seven-step meditation process that can help you reduce anxiety, feel better, and create great ideas. The website and app are both really minimal and have beautiful imagery, music, and narration for you to find your happy place. You can choose different backgrounds to suit your mood, as well as different meditation lengths. By focusing on your breath and posture, Calm.com can help you escape the chaos around you and focus on your well-being. The yearly pro-access is available for $9.99, but the beginners edition is free.

  • Omvana

    Courtesy of Omvana

    Omvana is the life coach of meditation websites and apps. Not only will you learn how to relax and meditate, you’ll sharpen your ability to focus on your work, develop a goal-oriented mindset, and feel inspired to live in the moment. It has downloadable tracks for hypnosis, guided meditation, and sleep. There is also a huge library of inspirational speaking, poetry, and music tracks to choose from. Although the app is free, the tracks are not, so your mindfulness may cost you.

  • MINDBODY Connect

    Courtesy of MINDBODY

    MINDBODY Connect is the best app to help you find a physical place to block out the world around you. This app locates yoga classes, day spas, and meditation centers in your vicinity, and lets you book and pay for it right there on your phone. To boot, it has a user-friendly design and incorporates Google maps functionality to help you find your way to nirvana.

  • YouTube — RainBirdHD

    Courtesy of RainBirdHD

    Whether you’re trying to fall asleep or need to drown out the audible chaos of your office, the RainBirdHD YouTube channel has a ton of sounds for you to choose from. You can get up to 10 hours of thunder and heavy rain fall, airplane cabin white noise, arctic wind, winter snow, classical music, and more. But, don’t forget to pack your headphones if you’re going to listen to this at work. (I’m sure your boss doesn’t want to hear “rain on a metal roof” while conducting a budget meeting.)

  • Mindfulness Daily

    The Mindfulness Daily app allows you to set specific times that you’d like to practice your meditation: once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once at night. The app sends you a notification message at your specified time to start your meditation. It features a “lifelog” that will track your daily patterns, which allows you to reflect and make changes to make you more productive and less stressed. And of course, like most of the other meditation apps, Mindfulness Daily has relaxing sounds, breathing guides and imagery to help you block out the world around you.

TIME Turkey

Turkey Lifts Two-Month Block on YouTube

A man tries to get connected to the youtube web site with his tablet at a cafe in Istanbul
A man tries to connect to YouTube with his tablet at a café in Istanbul on March 27, 2014. Osman Orsal—Reuters

A Turkish court declared the ban unconstitutional, in another blow to Prime Minister Erdogan's Internet-censorship efforts

YouTube is back online in Turkey after more than two months in the dark, authorities said on Tuesday.

CNET reports that the video-sharing website is once again accessible after the Constitutional Court of Turkey, the country’s uppermost legal body, ended the government’s ban five days ago. The court cited the Turkish constitution’s freedom-of-expression clause, which guarantees that “everyone has the right to express and disseminate his/her thoughts and opinions by speech, in writing or in pictures or through other media.”

The administration of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan — whose allegedly authoritarian tactics have prompted an ongoing series of protests since May of last year — first went after the site on March 27, after it was used to host a leaked audio recording of Turkish officials discussing security matters in Syria.

Free speech online has been a tricky issue in Turkey amid the recent domestic uprisings, which have relied heavily on social media. It’s still difficult to see who has the upper hand. Erdogan’s ban on Twitter fell flat just two weeks after he imposed it on March 20, and while YouTube is once again accessible, Turkey’s Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) has a recent history of stubbornness in actually lifting web restrictions.

A lower court’s ruling against the YouTube ban in early April fell largely on deaf ears, and the fate of the Constitutional Court’s appellate decision five days ago was at first uncertain: just last week, the TIB insisted that it had no plans to unblock the site for as long as it contains “criminal content.”

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