Month: April 2017

With AI investments, Taser could use its body camera division for predictive policing

After announcing that it would shift some of its emphasis away from non-lethal weapons to police body cameras, for a fleeting moment it felt like the company synonymous with sticks that electrocute people was showing an interest in police accountability....

/ April 30, 2017

With the war far from over, privacy activists cautiously celebrate a battle won

After the NSA’s surprise announcement that it would pull back on a contentious surveillance tactic, privacy advocates found themselves in a strange place in 2017: They’d actually won a thing. With a mix of cautious optimism and rightfully cynical pragmatism,...

/ April 30, 2017

Hack Harassment adds an interdisciplinary board to tackle online hate

Hack Harassment, founded by Vox Media, Intel and Lady Gaga’s youth-focused Born This Way organization, will gear up to fight online harassment with the introduction of its first advisory board. Comprised of members from anti-bullying research groups, AAA game developers, and...

/ April 30, 2017

AAA officially launches its car sharing startup Gig with a giant, sober dance party in Oakland

Gig, a new car-sharing app created by the emergency roadside assistance service AAA rolled out to the Bay Area today. The startup comes out of A3 Ventures, AAA’s venture arm and the new one-way car sharing service is now active...

/ April 30, 2017

Wynd’s air purifier has broad ambitions and a short reach

The Wynd smart air purifier is designed to create “bubbles” of fresh air — small, one-person respites from pollution, allergens and other detrimental particles floating in the ether. It feels almost dystopian, a world in which we’re required to arm...

/ April 30, 2017

Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs iPhone 7 Plus quick camera comparison

Earlier this week Sony had us over at an event promoting the pending launch of the Xperia XZ Premium – their flagship phone. We had already had a few hands-on sessions with the XZ Premium around the MWC 2017 back...

/ April 30, 2017

Algorithmic accountability | TechCrunch

W hile there needs to be more diversity on the teams developing software in order to truly take into account the different number of scenarios an algorithm may have to deal with, there’s no straightforward, cut-and-dried solution to every company’s...

/ April 30, 2017

Reasons to be cheerful | TechCrunch

I know, I know, it’s been a rough year. Fury, discord, and hatred seem to be on the rise. The super-elite keep getting richer, while young workers keep getting poorer, and economic mobility has plummeted. “The best lack all conviction,...

/ April 30, 2017

Your next computer could be in a data center

Computers have become more powerful and more portable, letting you execute some compute-intensive tasks on your laptop. But internet connections have also become incredible faster, making it much easier to outsource some tasks to servers sitting in a data center....

/ April 30, 2017

Tempow turns your dumb Bluetooth speakers into a connected sound system

Meet Tempow, a French startup that can make your Bluetooth speakers more versatile. The company has been working on a new implementation of the Bluetooth protocol in order to let you play music from your phone on multiple speakers and...

/ April 30, 2017