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Engineers discover a glaringly simple way to detect bombs and hidden weapons

August 22nd, 2018 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

How did we not know this already? You probably use Wi-Fi on the regular to connect your smartphone, computer, or other electronic device to the glory of the world wide web. But soon, that same technology could also keep you safe in real-life public areas. According to a peer-reviewed study led by researchers from Rutgers […]



Assassin drones are here. Now what?

August 10th, 2018 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

It was perhaps inevitable that would-be political assassins would turn to off-the-shelf drones. Security forces check a nearby building after an explosion was heard while Maduro attended a ceremony in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo: JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images A failed attack by explosives-laden drones on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro could be a harbinger of […]



IBM patenting watermark technology to protect ownership of AI models

August 6th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Digital properties such as photos and videos get stolen frequently, which is why many creators of such forms of content employ watermarking methodologies so that ownership is easier to claim in case of theft. Another less-known digital property that can get stolen are artificial intelligence (AI) models, that have been developed by researchers after months, […]



The future of surveillance: Watch this A.I. security camera spot a shoplifter

July 5th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Whether it is facial recognition tech that is (allegedly) able to pick a wanted criminal out of a crowd of thousands or aerial drones which use image recognition smarts to predict fights before they take place, there is no doubt that we are living through a major paradigm shift for automated surveillance technology. But this […]



A single police drone has seriously impacted crime in a Mexican city

June 15th, 2018 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

Drones are finding a place in so many industries lately that it’s not much of a surprise that police departments have also been testing the technology for crime-fighting operations. The city of Ensenada in Mexico, for example, has recently achieved positive results using just a single quadcopter, Wired reported this week. The flying machine has […]



Chinese cities wanting peace and quiet are using acoustic cameras to catch honking drivers

April 28th, 2018 at 9:32 am » Comments Off

The cameras, which have been rolled out in 40 cities, work by capturing a two-second film of a honking car. The police analyze the footage to determine whether drivers who honked had a fair reason to do so — if not, they could receive a $16 fine. This may be the first step to link […]



Chinese police foil drone-flying phone smugglers at Hong Kong border

April 1st, 2018 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

Dozens of high-tech phone smugglers have been apprehended by Chinese police, who twigged to the scheme to send refurbished iPhones into the country from Hong Kong via drone — but not the way you might think. China’s Legal Daily reported the news (and Reuters noted shortly after) following a police press conference; it’s apparently the […]



Tech giants like Google and Alibaba are working to save endangered species

March 21st, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

Black markets have been using popular social apps and platforms to ply their illicit trade. Google, eBay and other technology leaders are aiming to protect the world’s animals. Why? In a widely unregulated social-media world, many tech platforms have become a haven for the wildlife black market, a $20 billion industry.



The bold, tech-fueled plan to save Africa’s big beasts

October 9th, 2017 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Kenya’s rhinos, elephants, and zebras pull in millions of tourism dollars and supply jobs. Poachers threaten that – but an ambitious programme is combining the influence of local communities and innovative technology to keep them at bay.



Someone finally made an app to detect credit card skimmers at the gas pump

September 21st, 2017 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

In less than 30 seconds a hacker can install a $10 piece of pre-built hardware – easily purchased online – into a gas pump. This device is called a skimmer and it’s designed to get your credit card number when you use it at the pump.



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