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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Two years after disclosing that the National Security Agency was spying on their innocent citizens, Edward Snowden, in an New York Times opinion piece published on Thursday, made a striking remark that the “balance of power is beginning to shift.”

The former intelligence analyst claims that a “post-terror generation” is arising that refuses to justify the practice of mass surveillance out of fear.

Alluding to the present week’s ending of the bulk data collection program under the USA Patriot Act, Snowden said, “Ending the mass surveillance of private phone calls under the Patriot Act is a historic victory for the rights of every citizen, but it is only the latest product of a change in global awareness.”

Snowden said the goal was accomplished by “the power of an informed public.” He stated that the end of the mass surveillance of private telephone calls under the US Patriot Act was a “landmark victory for the rights of each citizen”.

“Since 2013, institutions across Europe have declared laws and similar operations illegal and imposed new restrictions on such activities in the future. The UN has said that mass surveillance was clearly a violation of human rights.”

“In Latin America, Brazilian citizens’ efforts have led to the adoption of the Marco Civil, the first declaration of the rights of the internet in the world. Recognising the essential role of an informed public in correcting excesses of government, the Council of Europe called for the adoption of new laws to prevent the persecution of whistleblowers.”

The former National Security Agency worker said, “Basic technical protection safeguards such as encryption … are now enabled by default in the products of pioneering companies such as Apple, which ensures that even if your phone is stolen, your private life remains private.”

However, he also warned that the right to privacy is still under threat.

“As you read this online, the United States government makes a note,” he added.

The computer analyst remains wanted by the United States for espionage following his sensational leaks that fetched him a title of a traitor in some political sectors. However, he was majorly regarded as a hero.

Snowden has been given temporary residency in Russia.

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Apple Unveils New AirPods Designed to Deliver More Talk Time

With this feature one would be able to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while keeping their hands in pockets

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Introducing its second generation of wireless headphones, Apple on Wednesday launched new AirPods designed to deliver more talk time.

The new AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case.

Apple said the AirPods with standard charging case will be available for Rs 14,900 and those with wireless charging case for Rs 18,900.

They will be available to order through Apple authorised resellers later this spring, the company said.

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Powered by Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, the new AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” – meaning users could invoke the assistant without touching the earbud.

With this feature one would be able to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while keeping their hands in pockets.

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“The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. (IANS)