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London police are rolling out a controversial facial recognition system

London police are rolling out a controversial facial recognition system

Police forces in London, UK, have confirmed they will be switching on controversial Live Facial Recognition (LFR) systems, aiming to spot known criminals or suspects in crime hotspots around the city. The system will be able to flag individuals on a watch-list, picking known faces out of the crowd.

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Opera resorts to questionable loan apps as browser market share tanks

Opera resorts to questionable loan apps as browser market share tanks

Back in the days when phones weren't exactly smart, the only way people could browse the Web was often through Opera. In the age of smartphones and Google Chrome, however, Opera has become almost a legacy, a legacy that might soon be tarnished by the company's own actions. It turns out that Opera is using what can only be described as predatory loan apps on Android to make a profit but could, in turn, get it banned from Google Play Store for good.

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Europe’s war on chargers could give Apple an iPhone problem – or an opportunity

Europe’s war on chargers could give Apple an iPhone problem – or an opportunity

European rules demanding a universal charger could force Apple to ditch its Lightning cable - or hasten its transition to an entirely wireless world for the iPhone that many believe has been the Cupertino firm's goal all along. Proposed laws being considered by the European Union would compel all electronics-makers to standardize on a single connector, in the name of avoiding unnecessary waste.

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New EV-Ready building codes could be tipping point for electric cars in US

New EV-Ready building codes could be tipping point for electric cars in US

Electric car charging regulations that could eventually see all new-build homes in the US be made "EV-ready" have been approved, with updated standards adding provisions for faster chargers to be installed. Currently, though California has mandated electrical wiring for EV chargers be included in its building codes since 2015, the rest of the US has no such requirements.

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Apple sued again over Apple Watch for trade secrets theft

Apple sued again over Apple Watch for trade secrets theft

Given how the Apple Watch has been making headlines for saving lives, it's no surprise that it is, pardon the pun, apple picking for those who want to capitalize on its fame or, in this case, have gotten hurt by it. Just before the year ended, Apple was hit by a lawsuit over its unlicensed use of a patent for its atrial fibrillation detection. Now it is getting slapped by an even bigger complaint for stealing trade secrets related to health monitoring on its Apple Watch.

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Microsoft Project Artemis will scan chats for signs of child exploitation

Microsoft Project Artemis will scan chats for signs of child exploitation

Just as the Internet empowered people by connecting them to knowledge and to one another, it has sadly also empowered less conscientious individuals in carrying out illegal activities in anonymity. Sexual exploitation, especially those of minors, is one of the long-standing problems for both authorities and Internet companies and its complexity defies conventional solutions. Microsoft is rising to the challenge with a new tool called Project Artemis will try to look for signs of online grooming that could lead to child exploitation.

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Sonos sues Google over accusations of copied speaker tech

Sonos sues Google over accusations of copied speaker tech

Sonos is suing Google, alleging that the search giant stole its multi-room speaker tech and then used its market heft to undercut it with cheap Echo models. Sonos also accused Amazon of similar abuses, but has apparently opted to only take one such case to court. The allegations - which Google and Amazon deny - come as Sonos admits it was "naive" in how it worked with the industry heavyweights.

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FDA vaping ban slaps 30 day warning on unauthorized flavors

FDA vaping ban slaps 30 day warning on unauthorized flavors

The US Food and Drug Administration has banned unauthorized flavored vaping cartridges, cracking down on e-cigarette products as it tries to cut use among children. The announcement - which affects "unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids" the FDA warns - comes only days after the agency raised the tobacco sale age from 18 to 21.

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IRS updates Free File agreement, putting TurboTax on notice

IRS updates Free File agreement, putting TurboTax on notice

It's almost tax season again which, especially for those in the US, is one of the most grueling tasks of their lives. It doesn't help that the process can also be an expensive one since the software that promises to ease the burden actually puts a load on your wallet. That, however, should not have been the case and the IRS is announcing an addendum to its Free File program that promises to make filing tax returns online easier and cheaper, despite TurboTax's attempt to make it otherwise.

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US Army joins Navy in banning TikTok on government-issued phones

US Army joins Navy in banning TikTok on government-issued phones

Only weeks after the US Navy passed a similar rule, the United States Army has banned its members from using China-owned TikTok on their government-issued smartphones. The reason, according to an Army spokesperson, is that officials consider TikTok a 'cyber threat,' mirroring concerns expressed by government officials who called for a national security review of the app.

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FAA proposes new rule to easily ID rogue drones – and track the rest

FAA proposes new rule to easily ID rogue drones – and track the rest

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published its Remote ID rule proposal, detailing the system it envisions for identifying and locating the vast majority of drones operated in the United States. Under the proposed rule, drones that weigh more than 0.55lbs, including ones used exclusively for recreation, would be required to broadcast identifying information using one or two different acceptable methods.

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iPhone exemption in San Francisco face recognition ban opens can of worms

iPhone exemption in San Francisco face recognition ban opens can of worms

Governments and legal systems are often criticized for being slow to adapt to the times especially when fast-changing technology is concerned. Some do try to catch up, sometimes in haste and often with rather disastrous results. One example is the battle to protect privacy and security against face recognition. A new San Francisco law that banned such technologies from government use amusingly included even the use of Apple iPhones. Now a silent amendment that undoes that error may have also created a precedent for surveillance equipment to be exempted as well.

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