Monthly Archives: March 2014

Security firms tap into Twitter to get into mindset of crowds

As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/security-firms-watch-social-media-feisty-fans So the firm that provides security for the Vikings boosted the number of […]

Google Glass and Luxottica look to make spying stylish

Google is teaming up with the designer firm behind Ray-Ban and Oakley in an attempt to make its wearable technology desirable beyond the “geek” community. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26730791 The tie-up with Italian eyewear designer Luxottica will create “avant-garde” design according to the fashion firm. Google hopes it will put Glass at the forefront of the “smart eyewear […]

World Health Organization: Air pollution kills seven million a year

Seven million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012, the World Health Organization estimates. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26730178 Its findings suggest a link between air pollution and heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer. One in eight global deaths were linked with air pollution, making it “the world’s largest single environmental health risk”, the WHO said. […]

Facebook’s Deepface facial recognition reaches 97% accuracy

If you’re paging through a big set of photos, you probably don’t have much trouble spotting if the same person pops up multiple times. In fact most humans can match two faces 97.55% of the time. Now Facebook’s DeepFace technology has almost matched this, correctly recognizing the same features 97.25%—within spitting distance of human performance. http://www.popphoto.com/news/2014/03/facebooks-deepface-facial-matching-system-almost-perfect?src=SOC&dom=tw Keep […]

High-tech police state is born at 2014 Border Security Expo

Among the federal officials who gathered here this week for a conclave on border security, there was little talk of building a fence along the 2,000-mile Mexican border. Instead, the chatter was all about technology: Border Patrol agents equipped with late-model surveillance tools and using aerial drones. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/us/border-securitys-turn-toward-the-high-tech.html?ref=us&_r=0 The plan is to cover 900 miles, […]

Law allows police detectives to have sex with prostitutes

Police officials in the US state of Hawaii have asked the state’s legislature to keep a measure in the law allowing undercover investigators to have sex with prostitutes. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26687065 The authorities say it enables them to catch criminals in the act. Critics say it could hurt women who are already victims of sex trafficking. Local […]

Prosecutor clears FBI agent who executed Ibragim Todashev

A Florida prosecutor has cleared an FBI agent in the May shooting death of a Chechen immigrant linked to one of the men accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing, US media report.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26687067 State Attorney Jeff Ashton will not charge the agent in the death of Ibragim Todashev. The FBI has said Todashev, […]