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Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

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Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant's reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they're involved in crimes or not. It's not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased the tool, called Rekognition, since its launch in late 2016 or since its update last fall, when Amazon added capabilities that allow it to identify people in videos and follow their movements almost instantly. The Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon has used it to quickly compare unidentified suspects in surveillance images to a database of more than 300,000 booking photos from the county jail — a common use of such te...
Apple Powerbeats headphones in 'sweat-proof' legal action

Apple Powerbeats headphones in 'sweat-proof' legal action

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A US judge has ruled legal action against Apple over its Powerbeats headphones can go ahead "in part".Seven customers, from various US cities, say the headphones do not hold their charge for as long as Apple advertises and they are not as water- or sweat-proof as claimed.The judge said the sweat-proof claims "require amendment" but the challenge regarding battery life could proceed.Apple had asked for all claims to be dismissed.District judge Richard Seeborg said the case could go ahead but some amendments were required to the allegations the headphone failed when in contact with sweat despite being marketed as activity wear.He wrote that while the customers had not explicitly specified whether they had sweated while wearing the ...
The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

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The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hawaii County civil defense officials are warning residents that lava may cross a highway in the coming hours. Officials say a flow is less than a mile (kilometer) away from Highway 137 in the Big Island's Puna district where lava has oozed out of fissures in the ground. At the flow's current speed Saturday afternoon, officials estimate it may cross the highway in the next several hours. Before Friday, lava was just spattering up and collecting at the edges of the fissures. On Friday afternoon, the flow ramped up. The flow crossed a road, isolating a handful of residents, including some who needed to be airlifted to safety. On Saturday morning, it was 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the ocean and advancin...
NASA spacecraft swings by moon, snaps 200,000 stars

NASA spacecraft swings by moon, snaps 200,000 stars

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NASA's new planet-hunting spacecraft has successfully completed a flyby around the moon - snapping a photograph revealing more than 200,000 stars along the way. The picture is the first taken since the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) lifted off from Cape Canaveral in April on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.TESS completed its lunar flyby on 17 May and the science team completed a two-second test exposure using one of the spacecraft's four cameras. Image: The new NASA image shows 200,000 stars It is centred on the southern hemisphere constellation Centaurus and reveals more than 200,000 stars.The picture is just the beginning for NASA, as TESS is expected to cover 400 times as much sky during its mission to search...
Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

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Two smart luggage firms have closed in May, with both blaming changes to airline policies regarding how lithium batteries can be taken on board planes.Raden and Bluesmart said the changes, by several major airlines in December 2017, had made business impossible.The new rules meant that luggage batteries had to be removable. The smart suitcases feature weight sensors, a built-in phone charger and location awareness - but all require battery power."...our intent was to add ease and simplicity to your travel experience and this unforeseen policy change has made this impossible," Raden said in a message on its website, spotted by The Verge.Bluesmart's products did not feature removable batteries at all.The firm described its news as "bittersweet" in an announ...