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

By | 2017-05-01T05:31:37+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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. Analysis from the Intercept and a 2017 “Law Enforcement Technology Report” by Taser suggest

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

By | 2017-05-01T03:05:36+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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, the organizations and figures so often quietly waging a thankless war to protect

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Hack Harassment adds an interdisciplinary board to tackle online hate

By | 2017-05-01T02:02:20+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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 some things in between, the board will bring the collective experience of the multi-disciplinary

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

By | 2017-05-01T00:35:36+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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 in Oakland and Berkeley, California. Gig is similar to other temporary car share

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

By | 2017-04-30T21:21:37+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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 ourselves against the air around us, but the product clearly struck a nerve,

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs iPhone 7 Plus quick camera comparison

By | 2017-04-30T23:39:41+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: GSM|

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 in March but now that Sony is getting ready to release the phone,

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Algorithmic accountability | TechCrunch

By | 2017-04-30T18:14:16+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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 algorithmic issues. But researchers have proposed several potential methods to address algorithmic accountability.

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Reasons to be cheerful | TechCrunch

By | 2017-04-30T15:10:05+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” And yet. Quietly, stubbornly, defying

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Your next computer could be in a data center

By | 2017-04-30T14:02:37+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Android|

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. Most of the apps on your phone already rely on a server component

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Tempow turns your dumb Bluetooth speakers into a connected sound system

By | 2017-04-30T09:24:17+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Categories: Mobile|

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 headphones at once. Bluetooth speakers have become a common gift and a hit

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