NYPD will use rooftop sensors to pinpoint gunfire and reduce violent shootings

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Shootings are on the rise in New York City, and the NYPD is turning to microphones to help reverse the trend. It’s announced plans to install ShotSpotter’s gunshot detection systems on rooftops across the city as part of a two-year, $1.5 million pilot program. Up to 15 square miles of the city will be covered by the system, which uses strategically placed acoustic sensors to pinpoint any source of gunfire within just seconds.

“The purpose of the system is to both detect and to deter gunfire activity, including drug-related and ‘celebratory’ gunfire that may terrorize communities or end in tragic deaths,” read a notice about the ShotSpotter initiative printed in a local paper last week. It will also help the NYPD identify areas where…

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‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ game could make $200 million a year

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The hit mobile game of the summer has a familiar face behind it. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is an adventure game for iOS and Android that lets players create their own celebrity and interact with the titular reality show star, her friends, and her frenemies. Following its release on June 25th, the game has quickly risen to become the third most popular free app in Apple’s App Store and is in the top 10 free games on Google Play. It’s also received a nearly perfect overall rating in both stores.

And although the game is free to download, the company that created it, Glu Mobile Inc., stands to make a pretty penny thanks to all of the in-app purchases that players are making (one player reported spending nearly $500 within the app in just a…

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Weird Al releasing eight parody videos in eight days

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For his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, Weird Al is releasing a music video every day for eight straight days. Not surprisingly, Al’s jokes are all up to date for the year of their release, mocking everything from how people use Instagram to the bad grammar of doge. We’ll be keeping up with the videos, so you can follow along here to find them all.

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Box Plans Deep Office 365 Integration As It Removes Storage Caps For Business Customers

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Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 8.18.40 AM This morning Box announced that it will integrate its cloud storage solution into Microsoft’s popular Office 365 productivity suite. The company also indicated that its ‘Business’ SKU will no longer have a file storage cap, joining its ‘Enterprise’ SKU in having unlimited storage attached to each user’s account. The storage play is simple: As the amount… Read More

FundersClub’s New “Partnerships” Let You Start A Venture Capital Fund Or Invest In One

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fundersclub-logo-square-light-background FundersClub democratized angel investing with its equity crowdfunding marketplace. Two years later, it wants to do the same for launching a fund or being a limited partner by licensing out its backend system for legally doing venture deals and transferring cash. Its new feature, called Partnerships, competes in some ways with AngelList’s Syndicates. Essentially it’s… Read More

Facebook Pilots Free WiFi For Students’ Homes In The Backyard Of Its NC Data Center

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4321178958_62abf034ca_b Just as the FCC has approved a plan to invest $2 billion into U.S. schools to improve WiFi, Facebook is taking a step to improve WiFi for students in their homes. Today the company is announcing a pilot in North Carolina to provide free WiFi-based internet access to students’ homes. The project, focused around Forest City,  is being rolled out in cooperation with Rutherford County… Read More

cPulse Is An Android Smartphone Case That Packs 128 Multicoloured And Programable LED Lights

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cpulse_carousel-buttons As smartphone makers look to bring innovation even to the backside of our phones, adding all sorts of extra functionality to otherwise dormant real-estate, it’s perhaps no surprise to see third-party case-makers think along similar lines. But Codlight’s cPulse, which kicks off its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today, has to be one of the more ambitious and garish efforts to date. Read More

The Viking Facebook

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An unusual article recently appeared in the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and American Statistical Association.

It featured web-like diagrams of lines connecting nodes, a hallmark of research that analyzes networks. But each node, rather than being a plain dot, was the head of a burly, red-bearded Viking sporting a horned hat, his tresses blowing in the wind.

This whimsical-seeming piece of scholarship went on to describe the social network of more than 1,500 characters in the…

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Old Compose Brings Back Gmail’s Old Editor

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hantgatgmy92ztyj2zvp About a year ago, Google switched all of its Gmail users over to the new compose window it had announced in 2012. Instead of getting what was essentially a full-screen text editor for your emails, Gmail now opened a smaller window in the bottom-left corner of the screen and hid all of its advanced editing features. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Google is never going to bring… Read More

Mozilla Launches Improved JPEG Encoder

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mozilla_wordmark_300dpi (1) Mozilla today announced the launch of the latest version of its mozjpeg image encoder for JPEG files. The new version is already being tested on facebook.com, and Facebook donated $60,000 to Mozilla to continue its work on this project. When it comes to image formats on the web, PNG and JPEG are pretty much the only game in town. Over the years, firms like Microsoft and Google have… Read More

Airfy’s Beacon Wants To Make The Smarthome Actually Smart

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56031e2ab76bacceee1a911261e59ed3_large Berlin-based Airfy, maker of the Airfy WiFi router that our very own John Biggs called one of the sexiest Wi-Fi routers he’d ever seen (and the man has doubtless seen a lot of WiFi routers), is launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new product today. Rather than tackling the ugliness and (often) stupidity of WiFi routers, the Airfy Beacon is an attempt at making the smarthome, well… Read More

You can shop for your next yacht on the Craigslist for rich people

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The Bloomberg terminal’s fast-paced delivery of news and financial data makes it an invaluable tool to many in the finance fields. But there’s a curious thing about the terminals’ general user: because of their business, they often enough have a lot of disposable income to spare. As BuzzFeed noticed, the Bloomberg terminal actually has a built in classifieds section — or what it’s calling a Craigslist just for the rich — to help them take advantage of that. (Somehow, the service is even called POSH.) Looking through the listings, BuzzFeed found boats, planes, lightly used sports cars, Rolex watches, diamond rings, and even a castle going for €20 million ($27.2 million). Head over to BuzzFeed to see more of the strange and opulent…

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Tok Tok Tok Hires Former Carrefour CFO Eric Reiss To Head The European Delivery Startup

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Tok Tok Tok Conventional wisdom has it that Tok Tok Tok is an idea that can’t work. In a few taps, you can order anything you want in Paris, but it will cost you between €5 or €10 depending on where you are. So why would you order a fine burger from Big Fernand if there is a 30 percent premium on the final price? Some users already order dozens of times per month, but the startup has bigger… Read More

Snapchat Adds Geofilters For Quick Image Location Tags, And A New Revenue Possibility

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Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.20.02 AM Snapchat has added a new feature to its app starting today that will offer special image filters depending on your location. All you need to do to activate them is swipe right from the preview screen after you take a photo, and you’ll receive a text or graphic sticker overlaid on your pic. The location-based filters were drawn up specifically for locations in LA and NYC to begin with,… Read More

Minuum Demos Non-Annoying Text Entry On An Android Wear Watch

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Minuum-Android-Wear The Android Wear devices currently available let you respond to texts as well as read them – but they employ either voice-based input or canned responses to do so, and neither is entirely ideal. A whole host of alternative keyboard makers will likely try to deliver alternate solutions, but Minuum is among the first to offer a working solution. In the video above, you can see how it… Read More

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