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Tesla's Sentry Mode Watched A Fistfight Go Down In DC | CleanTechnica

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Tesla's Sentry Mode watched a fistfight go down in DC a few days ago. In the video posted on YouTube by Adeel Chohan, two guys wearing DCG tee shirts come from around the corner at a fast pace and then break out into a bouncy fistfight that has them jumping back and forth.


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People seem to forget that there are cameras everywhere. Somewhere, someone is watching. In this case, it was a Tesla with Sentry Mode activated. One thing we can all learn from this is that Teslas make great eyewitnesses to all aspects of life.

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When your doorbell is Big Brother. The smart-doorbell company Ring, owned by Amazon, has partnered with more than 400 police departments nationwide -- far more than previously known -- to provide video from individual citizens' private web-enabled doorbells to aid police in their investigations. Police and company executives say their collaboration makes neighborhoods safer. But critics say it's an undemocratic surveillance dragnet being marketed as just another app. WASHINGTON POST

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...Documents released last Sunday revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials employed facial recognition technology to scan motorists' photos to identify undocumented immigrants. The F.B.I. also spent more than a decade using such systems to compare driver's license and visa photos against the faces of suspected criminals, according to a Government Accountability Office report last month. On Wednesday, a congressional hearing tackled the government's use of the technology...

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Use Express Transit with Apple Pay - Apple Support

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Use Express Transit with Apple Pay

Quickly pay for rides with Apple Pay on your iPhone and Apple Watch when you turn on Express Transit mode.

What you need to get started

Here's what you need to start using Express Transit mode with Apple Pay:

Before you start, set up a card in Wallet to use for Express Transit mode with Apple Pay. You can set up a new credit, debit, or prepaid card or a new transit card.

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Use with NYC subway...MTA...We've launched the pilot of our new fare payment system, OMNY. Right now, you can use your contactless credit, debit, or reloadable prepaid card, or the digital wallet on your mobile phone or wearable, to pay the fare on the 4 5 6 between Grand Central-42 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, and all MTA-operated Staten Island buses.


Tesla Sentry Mode leads to another arrest, says police - Electrek

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Building on its previously released dashcam feature, Tesla enabled the use of more cameras around the vehicle and activated a "stand-by" parking mode.

The feature became Sentry Mode, which also includes an alarm and notification system to deter thieves even more -- efficiently creating a system to watch over Tesla vehicles when their owners are not around.

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Last month, a woman was reportedly arrested for keying a Tesla after the incident was captured with Sentry mode.

Tesla Sentry mode caught another act of vandalism on a Tesla and the video become extremely popular -- forcing the two vandals to turn themselves in.

We also recently reported on Tesla Sentry Mode capturing crazier and crazier things.

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Cashless stores and events are just starting to crop up in the retail landscape with much hoopla -- consider the splashy launches of Amazon Go stores --  but they're already running into hurdles from legislators in cities and states around the countryThese governments are concerned that what some see as technological innovation could actually widen societal gaps between those who have access to financial services and those who don't.

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The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. [NYSE:FAF] leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, until notified this week by KrebsOnSecurity. The digitized records -- including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images -- were available without authentication to anyone with a Web browser.

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Many of the exposed files are records of wire transactions with bank account numbers and other information from home or property buyers and sellers. 

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5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos | WIRED

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IF YOU HAD a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That's the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos.

On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA's acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. "If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980," Jacobs told the House Subcommittee on the Environment.

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I am going to be retiring soon (shhhh... my boss doesn't know yet) [and] over the last 27 years I've built up quite an address book! And a few emails which currently reside within the Microsoft Outlook platform. I would like to transfer this to a personal system (address book, calendar, and email) and like many people I do have a Gmail account but not sure whether that is best and if so how to go about doing that. Thanks!

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Move to a paperless law firm with these scanning tools--ABA Journal

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For starters, you're going to need additional hardware. Specifically, one of the key tools needed is a reliable, affordable scanner. In The 2019 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide authors Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Michael C. Maschke help lawyers sift through their technology choices and address the many different hardware needs of law firms. When it comes to scanners, they recommend two different models for law firms.

The first is for firms in need of a low-volume scanner: the Fujitsu Scansnap iX500. This desktop scanner scans up to 25 color pages per minute.

The second, the Fujitsu fi-5530C2 scanner, is for firms in need of a higher-volume scanner. This scanner scans 50 color pages per minute. Depending on your small firm's specific needs, either would be a good choice.

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San Francisco is inching closer to becoming the first American city to banfacial recognition surveillance, a booming technology that's a fast-growing business in the United States and extends to the core of China's high-tech authoritarianism.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly rushing to installface recognition technology at airports across the U.S., where the surveillance tech is used at toll boothssporting events, and even Taylor Swift concerts. In China, the government is using the technology to trackMuslim minorities. Police around that country are using facial recognition to track targets and make thousands of arrests.

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Apple warns iPad Pro users of Apple Pencil key fob interference - 9to5Mac

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Apple has recently updated its Apple Pencil support document to note of a bizarre issue some users have experienced. According to the updated document, if you're charging your second-generation Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro, you might experience problems unlocking your car via a key fob.

This is a bizarre case of interference to say the least. Apple explains that signal interference between your Apple Pencil + iPad Pro and your car's keyless entry device might prevent you from unlocking your car with the fob (via iGeneration).

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Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police - The New York Times

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The warrants, which draw on an enormous Google database employees call Sensorvault, turn the business of tracking cellphone users' locations into a digital dragnet for law enforcement. In an era of ubiquitous data gathering by tech companies, it is just the latest example of how personal information -- where you go, who your friends are, what you read, eat and watch, and when you do it -- is being used for purposes many people never expected. As privacy concerns have mounted among consumers, policymakers and regulators, tech companies have come under intensifying scrutiny over their data collection practices.

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Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, web-based law practice management software. She's been blogging since 2005, has written a weekly column for the Daily Record since 2007, is the author of Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York. She's easily distracted by the potential of bright and shiny tech gadgets, along with good food and wine. You can follow her on Twitter @nikiblack and she can be reached at niki.black@mycase.com.

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Cloud computing is a concept that most lawyers are familiar with in 2019. But it wasn't always that way. I've been writing about cloud computing and encouraging lawyers to use it for more than a decade now, and when I first started writing and speaking about it my ideas where greeted with suspicion and skepticism. For many years, it was an uphill battle, although that's changed in recent years.

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BY NICOLE BLACK

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The good news is that just as times have changed since fax machines became commonplace in the 1980s, so, too, has the technology behind the transmission of faxes. With the rise of the internet and email, all aspects of communication have been affected, including faxes. The end result is that lawyers who find it necessary to fax documents in 2019 have much more affordable and flexible options than they did in 1995

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Phone calls of defendants held in state prison before their trial may be recorded and sent to prosecutors to use against them in court without a warrant, the Court of Appeals said in a decision Thursday.

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Conversations between defendants and their attorneys are not allowed to be recorded, for example. But phone calls between defendants and others are usually free game to be monitored, recorded and used by prosecutors if they help their case. 

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A few years after law enforcement officials claimed Google's Waze navigation app allowed cop killers to stalk cops, the NYPD is demanding Google alter one of its apps (Google Maps, which incorporates certain Waze features) so it works more like the NYPD wants it to work, rather than how drivers want it to work. Gersh Kuntzman of Streetsblog NYC was the first to obtain a copy of a cease-and-desist sent to Google by the NYPD.

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The other odd thing to note is that the NYPD seems to want its letter to Google memory-holed. Streetsblog was the first to obtain the letter, but its copy has already been removed from Scribd. CBS News also posted a copy of the letter, but that link now returns a 404 error. No updates have been published at either site explaining the disappearance of the letter, and neither site has expressed any doubt as to the letter's legitimacy. What's posted below is built from screenshots of Streetsblog's embed, which is (so far) still generating an image of the PDF Scribd no longer hosts. It seems odd the NYPD would want this letter scrubbed from the internet, but it seems completely unlikely StreetsBlog and CBS both decided to delete this document on their own.

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Prisons Are Building Databases of Inmates' Voice Prints--The Intercept

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In New York and other states across the country, authorities are acquiring technology to extract and digitize the voices of incarcerated people into unique biometric signatures, known as voice prints. Prison authorities have quietly enrolled hundreds of thousands of incarcerated people's voice prints into large-scale biometric databases. Computer algorithms then draw on these databases to identify the voices taking part in a call and to search for other calls in which the voices of interest are detected. Some programs, like New York's, even analyze the voices of call recipients outside prisons to track which outsiders speak to multiple prisoners regularly.

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Plaintiffs who claim Pacer fees are illegally excessive are getting lots of support in amicus briefs filed in their pending federal appeal.

Among the amici are seven retired federal judges who argue that Pacer should be free, report the New Republicand Law.com. The judges include former Circuit Judge Richard Posner of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judges' brief argues that docket-access fees reduce judicial transparency and the legitimacy of the courts. Other retired federal judges filing the brief include Shira Scheindlin, W. Royal Furgeson and Nancy Gertner.

Other amici supporting the plaintiffs include former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, the original sponsor of the law at issue in the suit; several legal research platforms; media organizations; the American Civil Liberties Union; and the Cato Institute.

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Pacer cost slightly more than $3 million to operate in 2016, but it brought in more than $146 million in fees, according to the New Republic article.

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Ding-dong, your doorbell is looking a bit creepy.

Ring video doorbells, Nest Hello and other connected security cameras are the fastest-growing home improvement gadgets since garage-door openers. These cameras, often built into buzzers, alert your phone when someone is at your door and save footage online. Mine has helped me get deliveries and catch porch pirates stealing packages. Earlier this month, one caught a man licking a family's doorbell for three hours.

What's not to love? Invading people's privacy -- and Big Brother at our doorstep. It's up to us to set the rules to avoid Big Doorbell.

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