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NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed on Friday that all 35,000 of the city's police officers were going to be issued smartphones as part of a $160 million technology initiative. While it wasn't officially stated, a glimpse at some of the devices, which also includes 6,000 tablets to be installed in police vehicles, seems to indicate that Windows will be operating system flavor.

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Netflix reveals “F is for Family” animated series inbound

Netflix reveals “F is for Family” animated series inbound

Did you expect anything less? Netflix has announced yet another upcoming show, this one being Bill Burr's animated series "F is for Family." The show is said to revolve around Burr's comedy, taking place in the 70s when all sorts of things banned today were commonplace ("a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport," Netflix points out). Each episode will be 30 minutes long, and The Simpsons writer Michael Price is on-board.

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Google nabs six office buildings in California

Google nabs six office buildings in California

Google has grabbed a bunch of new real estate in Redwood City, California, according to Bloomberg, which spoke to a couple of people "with knowledge of the matter". According to the two sources, the Internet giant nabbed half a dozen office buildings for a total of $585 million, all of them located about 11 miles from the company's Mountain View office. This information falls in line with Google's newly filed quarterly report, which included a brief mention of purchasing property for the aforementioned amount.

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Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet arrives at MetroPCS

Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet arrives at MetroPCS

MetroPCS users have gotten a new prepaid tablet option, with T-Mobile announcing that the budget-range Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 slate has arrived at its prepaid stores. This brings a prepaid option for those who want a tablet with a data plan sans contract, and is a direct jab at competing services, with T-Mobile's John Legere saying, "We are blazing trails again – this time with tablets for the prepaid market through MetroPCS. Want a tablet from Boost or Cricket? They've got nothing."

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Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Connected technology largely focuses on the average consumer, being used with devices that monitor homes, keep track of kids, locate lost pets, wake us up and lull us to sleep. Some companies are looking outside of those typical realms into other areas that can benefit from the technology, however, and among them is law enforcement and its related entities. One startup in particular called Yardarm has developed a sensor that will bring real-time monitoring to police firearms, offering up information on things like when a gun was drawn and which way it was pointing.

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