Appeals court overturns earlier ruling against NSA surveillance

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has overturned an injunction against the US government’s phone surveillance program. Today, the court handed down a decision in Klayman v. Obama, a lawsuit arguing that the NSA’s mass collection of phone records is unconstitutional. It found that there was not enough evidence that the lawsuit’s subjects were actually under surveillance, reversing a decision made in late 2013.

The court didn’t address whether the surveillance program was legal or constitutional. Instead, it concluded that the case’s subjects lacked standing to bring a complaint at all, because they were unable to demonstrate that they’d suffered harm. The secrecy of US surveillance programs has made it almost impossible…

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Author: Adi Robertson

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Huawei Watch preorders suggest Android Wear will soon support iPhone

The Huawei Watch, another nice looking, round Android Wear smartwatch, is now up for preorder at Amazon. Pricing starts at $349 for a stainless steel model with black leather strap and goes all the way up to $799 for a gold-plated stainless steel watch with matching gold-plated steel band. That’s soundly Apple Watch territory, so it’ll be interesting to see what type of demand exists for an ultra-premium Android Wear device. Amazon says the Huawei Watch will begin shipping September 2nd.

The $799.99 gold-plated Huawei Watch

But perhaps more interestingly, the Huawei Watch’s item page says the watch is compatible with “iOS 8.2” or later (along with the regular Android requirements). The Verge has previously reported on G…

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Author: Chris Welch

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New trailers: Star Wars, The Martian, Ash vs Evil Dead, and more

Maybe it’s because we’re moving out of summer movie season, but this was actually a kind-of sort-of slowish week for trailers! That said, a few big upcoming titles made a lot of noise without showing very much — like, yes, Star Wars — and a number of films that are a bit more under the radar had room to do their thing the rest of the week. Also, there’s a fashion film with David Beckham. So that’s cool. Check all of this week’s best out below.

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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Boeing shows off its portable drone-killing laser

Boeing has been researching ways to disable drones with lasers for a while now, and this week, the defense contractor released new footage (below) of its Compact Laser Weapons System: a portable, tripod-mounted device that can burn a hole in a UAV or a quadcopter in seconds. The system is essentially a less-powerful version of Boeing’s High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), a truck-mounted laser that can destroy mortars in mid-flight. Although HEL MD might one day be deployed on the battlefield, its compact cousin is intended to keep drones away from sensitive areas, according to a report from Wired.

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Author: James Vincent

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