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AppleMagazine #318

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United States
Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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26 Issues


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use of database of driver’s license photos raises questions

Arizona routinely uses facial-recognition software to scan photos of driver’s license applicants to detect identity fraud. The technology is also for other law enforcement purposes, but that is not explicitly disclosed to applicants — a practice that raises eyebrows among some privacy advocates and experts.The state Department of Transportation scans photos of license applicants and compares them against photos in its database, and the department says it has taken more than 100 cases to court for fraud since it began using the technology in early 2015. “This high-tech tool has really enhanced our ability to catch identity thieves,”said Michael Lockhart, chief of the department’s Office of Inspector General. (Image: Sandy Huffaker) A broader use of the technology allows law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the state Department…

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old, meet new: drones, high-tech camera revamp archaeology

Scanning an empty field that once housed a Shaker village in New Hampshire, Jesse Casana had come in search of the foundations of stone buildings, long-forgotten roadways and other remnants of this community dating to the 1790s.But instead of a trowel and shovel, Casana and his Dartmouth College colleague Chad Hill are using a drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera and mapping instruments. The camera can identify remnants of buildings and other structures up to several feet below the surface, since the temperatures of that brick or stone material is often warmer than the soil around it. And by using the drone, the researchers can survey an area in minutes that might take months with traditional methods. “If you look, you see a flat field but below it…

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drones: state police cutting time on crash investigations

The value of Maine State Police drones came into sharp focus in the aftermath of a silo explosion that injured three people last month.State police operators used one of the newly acquired unmanned aerial vehicles to check for victims after an explosion and sulfur leak made it unsafe for emergency personnel to go inside the 86-foot structure, State Police Sgt. Darren Foster told reporters this week. “This is something we never would’ve anticipated when we started the program. But because of the technology, it was a no brainer for us,”he said. State police purchased three drones for $6,000 apiece this fall, two years after lawmakers crafted rules and regulations governing their use.Their greatest use so far has been at crash and crime scenes as opposed to search and…

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facebook turns to ai to help prevent suicides

Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide.Facebook already has mechanisms for flagging posts from people thinking about harming themselves. The new feature is intended to detect such posts before anyone reports them.The service will scan posts and live video with a technique called “pattern recognition.” For example, comments from friends such as “are you ok?” can indicate suicidal thoughts.Facebook has already been testing the feature in the U.S. and is making it available in most other countries. The European Union is excluded, though; Facebook won’t say why.The company is also using AI to prioritize the order that flagged posts are sent to its human moderators so they can quickly alert local authorities.…

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thanksgiving-black friday sales rose 11.9 percent

Despite holiday deals all month, shoppers still picked up their spending on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, one technology company says.Spending for Thursday and Friday together increased 11.9 percent compared with the same two-day period last year, says First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments across different forms of cards from 1.3 million merchants. Retail spending, which excludes grocery stores, restaurants, auto parts merchants and gas stations, rose 9.3 percent. The buying was helped by higher consumer confidence, low unemployment and cooler weather, the firm said. It said hurricane cleanup-related spending may also have had an effect. Texas, pummeled by Hurricane Harvey in August, had the second-highest percentage increase in sales, a rise of 13.4 percent that was fueled by electronics and furniture. Nationwide, both retail spending…

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integrated technology is the automotive future

Stand-alone technology like automation, connectivity and electrification won’t push the automotive industry forward by themselves. Rather, it’s a fusion of the three areas meshing together that will be game-changers, according to a report released this week by the Center for Automotive Research.The automotive research firm predicts that people will no longer make a distinction between these three areas of study in just a few decades.It’s clear some automakers are already subscribing to this theory. General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra told New York investors earlier this month that electric vehicles are the automaker’s preferred platform for developing autonomous technology. GM also recently outfitted 130 Chevrolet Bolts with automated technology for on-road testing. “Clearly in the last two years, GM has been very proactive — really both talking about and…