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FedEx text message scam alert: Police issue release, FedEx responds

FedEx text message scam alert: Police issue release, FedEx responds

This week a new text message scam became enough of an issue that FedEx itself needed to send an alert to news stations. As police warnings began to appear on social networks like Twitter, early reports sparked interest from the team at FedEx that monitors shipping service abuse. This system resulted in the following warning.

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Axon says it won’t make police body cams with facial recognition tech

Axon says it won’t make police body cams with facial recognition tech

Axon, the company formerly known as Taser International, said in a statement this week that it will not produce police body cameras that feature facial recognition technology. The company, which refers to this technology as 'face matching,' made its decision based on a recommendation from its Axon AI and Policing Technology Ethics Board.

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Ford reveals 2020 Police Interceptor Utility, a tech-loaded hybrid Explorer

Ford reveals 2020 Police Interceptor Utility, a tech-loaded hybrid Explorer

Fans of the good old American SUV will getting their first look at Ford's 2020 Explorer next week when the truck makes its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. However, the car maker has given us an early look by revealing the new law-enforcement model, the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility. But not only does the police vehicle show off the visual design we expect to see on the next Explorer, it promises to be more fuel efficient with a hybrid model.

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NYPD adds 14 DJI drones to its force under new UAS program

NYPD adds 14 DJI drones to its force under new UAS program

The New York Police Department will begin using drones in certain situations where it believes the technology would be beneficial. These law enforcement scenarios include hostage situations, large gatherings where security is difficult, crime scenes where aerial documentation is needed, and more. This is the first time the NYPD has turned to drones since shuttering its previous UAV program in 2011.

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iPhone Face ID: police warned not to look at screens to protect login attempts

iPhone Face ID: police warned not to look at screens to protect login attempts

The issue of law enforcement and their need to unlock someone's smartphone is a complicated one, both technically and ethically. It turns out Apple's Face ID devices, like the iPhone X and iPhone XS, are only making this more difficult. A new leak has revealed that a forensics company is teaching police to not look at the screens of suspects' iPhones with Face ID, in turn ensuring they get as many chances as possible to unlock the device.

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Police face recognition mistakes 2,000 as potential criminals

Police face recognition mistakes 2,000 as potential criminals

If you thought police surveillance using face scanning glasses was a nightmare that could only happen in China, better start reaching for your security blanket. Last year in South Wales, the police tested its fancy new face recognition technology on spectators at the 2017 Champions League march between Real Madrid and Juventus. But unlike how the Chinese government may be singing praises about its success, the Welsh police is a bit more forthcoming with the over 2,000 false positives its system made.

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GrayKey: The best iPhone unlocker is now in the hands of police

GrayKey: The best iPhone unlocker is now in the hands of police

It would appear that there's a new best way to break into a locked iPhone as of this February. Back in February of this year, the startup known as Grayshift sent out an announcement of a new sort of device they'd whipped up. They had a device that apparently unlocked an iPhone - any iPhone - so that said iPhone could be rummaged through and utilized by law enforcement. Or, say, less-than-reputable persons. Of course, they'd never say they were all about such things at Grayshift.

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YouTube shooter “upset with policies” of video site say police

YouTube shooter “upset with policies” of video site say police

Police have named the YouTube shooting suspect who opened fire at the company's California headquarters yesterday, revealing that she was a frustrated user of the video sharing site. Nasim Aghdam, 39, was a resident of San Diego, and gained access to the YouTube campus through a parking garage, San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini said today.

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iPhone SOS feature blamed for hundreds of false 911 calls

iPhone SOS feature blamed for hundreds of false 911 calls

A single facility seems to be at fault for hundreds of false alarm 911 calls from Apple devices over the past few months. A report from Elk Grove, California suggests that 911 dispatch in the area took approximately 20 accidental 911 calls a day from Apple since October of 2017. Police reportedly said that calls are all coming from a single Apple repair and refurbishing center off Laguna Boulevard.

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Ford made a super-stealthy plug-in hybrid cop car

Ford made a super-stealthy plug-in hybrid cop car

The boys in blue are going green, with Ford's latest police vehicle promising a zero-emissions model that it claims could save plenty on fuel costs. The Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid looks like a regular sedan, but it has a 7.6 kilowatt hour li-ion battery which can go for up to 21 miles on a charge.

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Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian government-linked internet troll accounts aimed to use Pokemon GO to stir several political bees nests over the past year. Using the then mega-popular game to lure users to participate, Russian-linked operatives attempted to draw foot traffic to physical locations where events involving police brutality had occurred. Operatives promised that once Pokemon gamers had arrived at these locations, they were to snap a photo and send it in to win prizes.

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Ford F-150 Police Responder gives pickup a pursuit makeover

Ford F-150 Police Responder gives pickup a pursuit makeover

Ford's F-150 may be the US' best selling vehicle, but now the pickup has been drafted into police service. The 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the first pickup to be pursuit-rated, good for chases at sustained speeds of 100 mph. Meanwhile, Ford has sent the truck back to the engineering lab to get a full makeover for active duty.

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