Hong Kong ‘smart’ prisons test trackers, poo robots, and AI cameras

Hong Kong ‘smart’ prisons test trackers, poo robots, and AI cameras

Hong Kong's Correctional Services has revealed plans to test various surveillance technologies with the intention of creating 'smart prisons,' according to a local news report. The technologies are intended to monitor for unusual behavior among prisoners, Correctional Services Commissioner Danny Woo Ying-ming revealed this week. The systems will include AI cameras, robots, and real-time heart rate monitoring.

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Google Play Valentine’s Day code gives you a whole dollar

Google Play Valentine’s Day code gives you a whole dollar

Today Google's revealed a Google Play code that'll give users a whole dollar on the app and software store. The Google Play app store also has music and movies and magazines and such, but it would appear that this code only works with apps, and only for apps - not in-app purchases. It would appear that Google's Valentines Day code only works inside the United States right this minute.

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Vivo iQOO phone foldable display leaked: The future is folding

Vivo iQOO phone foldable display leaked: The future is folding

The near future is a race to the first real-deal functional and worthwhile foldable display smartphone, and iQOO seems to be right up front of the pack. We don't yet have evidence of a final, real smartphone just yet - but the renders look top-notch. If what we're seeing here translates into a real product in the near future, big-name brands bringing foldable devices to the market better watch their back - this might be a real contender.

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JPMorgan unveils new JPM ‘digital coin’ that uses blockchain tech

JPMorgan unveils new JPM ‘digital coin’ that uses blockchain tech

Major US bank JPMorgan has taken the wraps off 'JPM Coin,' a blockchain-based "digital coin" that customers can receive by depositing US currency into their bank accounts. The digital currency can be redeemed at JPMorgan banks for US dollars, as well, offering those customers an alternative to existing cryptocurrencies. JPM Coin differs from bitcoin, however, in multiple important ways.

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Studies link smartphone radiation with demotivation

Studies link smartphone radiation with demotivation

A pair of studies showed how extended exposure to smartphone radiation may be responsible for negative changes in the brain. The study has only been done on lab mice thus far, but the results have some shocking implications for what could also be true of us, the human users of radiation-emitting smartphones aplenty. Your smartphone might be the reason your depression meds just aren't doing the job anymore.

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Epic offers free Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass for completing Overtime challenges

Epic offers free Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass for completing Overtime challenges

Fortnite Season 7 will end later this month, ushering in the game's anticipated Season 8. As with past seasons, players will be able to either play the game for free or purchase a Battle Pass to unlock rewards. Ordinarily the Battle Pass comes with a small fee, but Epic is giving players the chance to score a free Battle Pass by finishing a series of newly launched challenges.

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Researchers describe dinosaur with heart-shaped tailbones

Researchers describe dinosaur with heart-shaped tailbones

A new unique dinosaur is helping scientists put together what they call a "a four-dimensional connect the dots." This is Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia (Mm-nya-ma-wah-mm-too-ka mm-oh-yo-wa-mm-key-ah), a dinosaur with a tail with a set of bones shaped like hearts. With skin, it's likely this dinosaur kept its heart shapes largely hidden - much like most people on this day, Valentine's Day 2019.

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The top 4 franchises the Nintendo Switch needs next

The top 4 franchises the Nintendo Switch needs next

The first Nintendo Direct of 2019 has come and gone, and now that it’s over, we have a better idea of the games that will be coming to the Switch in the first half of the year. Nintendo’s first-party release schedule doesn’t seem to be slowing down as we prepare to enter the console’s third year of availability, but even though Nintendo has been tapping most of its franchises for Switch releases, there are a few that it’s missed so far. With the Switch being the success that it is, there’s plenty of room for new games from franchises that have gone ignored for far too long, so here are just a few of the franchises that need to get a Switch release.

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This Honda Tomo is the mini pickup-EV we didn’t know we wanted

This Honda Tomo is the mini pickup-EV we didn’t know we wanted

Honda's compact electric vehicle prototype won't be the only adorable little urban EV at the Geneva Motor Show, it turns out, with an even more charming mini-truck set to debut alongside it. The Honda Tomo is a vision of the personable electric vehicle of the future, just as much at home in the tight confines of the city as it is venturing outside.

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Final Fantasy 9 and 7: The latest on Xbox One, Switch, release dates

Final Fantasy 9 and 7: The latest on Xbox One, Switch, release dates

The most recent Nintendo Direct was jammed full of new announcements, and during its 35 minute run time, we learned more about the various Final Fantasy ports that are en route to the Switch. As it turns out, Final Fantasy 9 is now available on the Switch and Xbox One, while Final Fantasy 7 will be heading to both platforms in just a few weeks.

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Amazon just canceled HQ2 in New York, and everywhere else too

Amazon just canceled HQ2 in New York, and everywhere else too

This morning Amazon made public their cancelled plans to create a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, New York. They appear to blame this cancelled move on "a number of state and local politicians" and their opposition to Amazon's NY-based presence. They suggested in a document released today that these politicians "will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City."

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GM’s ARIV smart electric eBikes are up for preorder

GM’s ARIV smart electric eBikes are up for preorder

GM has two new EVs in its line-up, though they're eBikes rather than electric cars or trucks. The first two models under General Motors' freshly-named ARIV eBike brand, the electrified bicycles are going up for preorder from today, though only for a select few.

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