Man faces felony for using a drone to film outside a hospital window

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In the domestic drone debate, critics have argued that personal drones will usher in an era of rampant DIY surveillance, with cameras in the sky everywhere you turn. Proponents of that view have more ammunition this week, as an upstate New York man was arrested and faces felony charges for allegedly using a drone to film outside a medical exam room.

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Microsoft Details Coming Hardware Shakeup Including Changes To Its Design And Manufacturing Assets

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Microsoft Nadella Elop In the wake of Microsoft’s announcement that it will lay off up to 18,000 employees over the next year, and that the Nokia X Android handset will eventually run Windows Phone, Microsoft’s hardware head Stephen Elop announced a number of operational changes in a public memo. The alterations include changes in manufacturing and design efforts, and, of course, job cuts. Noting… Read More

Google Analytics Gets Its Own Dedicated iPhone App

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Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 9.18.21 AM Google has launched an official Google Analytics app for iPhone, providing the same data you’re used to from your web dashboard on your mobile device, including visits, sources, page views and user behavior insights. The app also offers Real Time reports, which provides monitoring of site activity as it unfolds. The Real Time analytics may be a killer feature for this mobile app, as it… Read More

Singular, Founded By Ex-Onavo Execs, Raises $5M For Its Cross-Platform Mobile Marketing Dashboard

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2121472112_8ac5d673ff_b The rapid growth in the world of apps — Google Play and Apple’s App Store have over one million apps each – has given rise to a vast number of ways that developers are trying to get their own apps to stand apart from the crowd. Now a new startup wants to help developers manage and analyse the success of those disparate marketing channels.
Singular, a cross-channel… Read More

Microsoft announces biggest-ever job cuts: 18,000 in the next year

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Microsoft is announcing its biggest ever job cuts today, affecting 18,000 employees. In a memo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company will cut 18,000 positions in the next year, with former Nokia employees expected to account for around 12,500 jobs. “We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months,” says Nadella.

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Nokia X Android Devices Will Run Windows Phone

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Nokia X2 Nokia, (you know, Microsoft’s mobile division), launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset last month. Yes, Android. This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that. Because Android. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a change in direction that will bring the Nokia X line more in line with Microsoft’s strategic direction meaning… Read More

Second J.R.R. Tolkien biopic explores his friendship with the creator of ‘Narnia’

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Film company Attractive Films is hoping to have its J.R.R. Tolkien biopic in theaters before Chernin Entertainment can do the same. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the $18 million feature will pivot around the author’s relationship with C.S. Lewis, who was integral to Tolkien’s eventual conversion to Christianity. Set largely in the beginning of World War II, Tolkien and Lewis will also touch on the darker aspects of the writers’ complex and turbulent friendship.

Its theological undercurrents make Tolkien and Lewis a stark contrast to Chernin Entertainment’s Tolkien, which looks at a vastly different period in the author’s life. The latter explores the World War I veteran’s time in Oxford University’s Pembroke College, his military…

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Apple Rolls Out iTunes Pass For In-Store iTunes Account Top-Ups

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giftcards_pass Apple has a new way to load up your iTunes account with funds, and it makes use of Passbook – just hit the “Redeem” button in the iTunes Store and when you’re in an Apple Retail location, you can call up your iTunes Pass in Passbook and an Apple sales associate can scan it, take a payment via card or cash, and your iTunes balance will be updated right away. The… Read More

Apple Patents A Way For Your iPhone To Lock Out Users Whose Behavior It Doesn’t Recognize

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iPhone-5s-front-locked Apple has a new patent out (via AppleInsider) that describes a method for locking a device or asking a user for proof of their identity if the device detects a pattern of unusual behavior. It’s a security method that goes beyond the standard pins and passwords, letting your phone pick up on cues like your specific grammar habits, vocabulary, motion sensor information and particular… Read More

See what ‘Futurama’ would look like in glorious 3D

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None of us will live to see the year 3000, but Alexy Zakharov’s 30-second video provides a glimpse of what we’ll be missing. Using a full suite of computer graphics software, the artist has created a gorgeously detailed rendition of Futurama’s New New York, which looks far more impressive in 3D than it does in its two-dimensional form. The details are amazing. We’re especially impressed with the holographic MomCorp ad and the Planet Express delivery spaceship’s battered hull. Be sure to check out Zakharov’s Behance page for more Futurama related media.

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UK police start using face recognition software to catch criminals

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British police officers have this week started using facial recognition software designed to automatically identify criminals from digital images. Police in Leicestershire become the first in the UK to test NEC’s NeoFace software, which the force says is capable of comparing any digital image of a suspect with photos held on its database, by comparing “dozens of measurements” against key facial features.

The force says the new software, which it has been evaluating for several months, cuts down on the amount of time officers need to spend sifting its database of more than 90,000 photos for possible matches. The method will soon be copied across the Atlantic ocean — the FBI is set to deploy its own facial recognition system, called Next…

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Beat by LG: new mid-range smartphone drops the G3’s size and specs

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LG has announced the G3 Beat, its mid-tier alternative to the power-packed LG G3. “Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price,” says LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park in a statement. The new smartphone features a 5-inch HD IPS display, with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent but a significantly lower resolution of 1,280 x 720. Similarly, its rear camera resolution has been reduced from 13 megapixels to eight megapixels, although it retains the G3’s unique laser focusing mechanism.

Nonetheless, the LG G3 Beat’s comparatively modest specifications are not necessarily synonymous…

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Blogging History: DHS not allowed to look at Snowden leaks; Starbucks garbage Tie Fighter; Worldcon v DNC

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One year ago today

DHS to employees: reading newspaper coverage of Snowden’s NSA leaks is “classified data spillage”: The US Department of Homeland Security is warning its employees that they can be punished for opening up this Washington Post article, which includes a classified slide (above) illustrating how the National Security Agency spies on communications.

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