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Boston police halt license plate scanning due to media leak

Boston police halt license plate scanning due to media leak

The Boston Police Department has suspended their use of license plate scanners for now. It seems the optical character recognition technology was working just fine, but the department wasn't following up on all of the hot crime fighting leads the technology was generating. The scanners collected about four million plate IDs a year, prompting onlookers to ask whether the inherent privacy issues were outweighed by the law enforcement benefits.

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Corning Thunderbolt cables released by Apple online in 10m lengths

Corning Thunderbolt cables released by Apple online in 10m lengths

The release of the 33-foot-long Thunderbolt Optical Cable by Corning is a long-awaited event. For those that want to move data along a wired connection - a long distance, at that - there's a lot to be said about the 10 Gbit/s bi-directional, dual channel technology, and as the first "all-optical" offering in the world - at this length, at least - Corning is bringing a rather unique product to the market.

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Sony teams with Panasonic for 300GB optical disks – the slot lives on!

Sony teams with Panasonic for 300GB optical disks – the slot lives on!

It's unknown why, at the moment, the teams at Sony and Panasonic have decided they'd like to keep the standard-sized optical disk (CD-sized, that is) alive, but they've announced just that this morning. In an effort to create next-generation professional-use disks with capacities of at least 300 GB, these teams will join forces here and now. Their aim is to create this new media by the end of 2015.

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IBM silicon nanophotonics speeds servers with 25Gbps light

IBM silicon nanophotonics speeds servers with 25Gbps light

IBM has developed a light-based data transfer system delivering more than 25Gbps per channel, opening the door to chip-dense slabs of processing power that could speed up server performance, the internet, and more. The company's research into silicon integrated nanophotonics addresses concerns that interconnects between increasingly powerful computers, such as mainframe servers, are unable to keep up with the speeds of the computers themselves. Instead of copper or even optical cables, IBM envisages on-chip optical routing, where light blasts data between dense, multi-layer computing hubs.

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Magic Carp Pet turns static rug into aquarium of printed fish

Magic Carp Pet turns static rug into aquarium of printed fish

What we've got here is a design by John Leung which exists as two separate pieces: first, the table which is a simple slate-bars top made in black, the other the carpet which shows fish in a strange array - together they swim before your eyes. What you're looking at is only the latest representation of one of the oldest optical illusions in the books, the slates tricking your eyes into believing that each line of the fish is a new frame in the living video you're seeing. The same thing happens when you watch a movie, only here it's done without moving parts.

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Scientists Have Developed The World’s First Anti-Laser

Scientists Have Developed The World’s First Anti-Laser

A team of physicists from Yale University has built the world's first anti-laser device capable of absorbing an incoming laser beam. The incoming laser beam is absorbed entirely such that it is canceled out. However, the device is not intended as a defense mechanism against high-power laser weapons but instead will prove useful in next-generation supercomputers built with components using light rather than electrons.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 15 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 15 2010

Today take a trip down fibber lane with Chris Davies as he informs the world about The Convergence Con. Next check out the $200 Pioneer BDR-206MBK BDXL burner that'll let you make your own Blu-ray disks (at $100 a pop, even if you mess em up!) See a Facebook intern Facebook Maps the World via social networking relationships. And don't forget! Take a peek at both of our SlashGear AND our Android Community giveaways of the Google Cr-48 Laptop! Free! So freaking free! All this and more on none other than your friendly neighborhood SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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