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Police: Denver Uber driver told witness he was attacked before fatally shooting passenger

Police: Denver Uber driver told witness he was attacked before fatally shooting passenger

DENVER – Police say a driver for the ridesharing service Uber shot and killed a passenger in their car in Denver early Friday. The shooting occurred a little before 3 a.m. on Interstate 25 near University Boulevard.The Uber driver has been identified as Michael Hancock, 29.
South Carolina plans to use drones to remotely watch inmates

South Carolina plans to use drones to remotely watch inmates

After spending years fighting to keep drones from flying over prisons, South Carolinacorrections officials unveiled plans on Thursday to use the small unmanned aircraft to keep a remote eye on inmates, an effort they said is the first of its kind in the country.
Apple will likely debut Digital Health and ARKit 2.0 at WWDC, but no hardware

Apple will likely debut Digital Health and ARKit 2.0 at WWDC, but no hardware

Apple’s plans for the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote next week include a new “Digital Health” initiative and a major update to its ARKit augmented reality software, but no new hardware, Bloomberg reports today. As noted in January, the company decided to hold back on larger updates to its operating systems this year to focus on bug fixes and performance improvements, resulting in a fairly tame-sounding slate of WWDC announcements.
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon XR1 reference design for standalone AR and VR headsets

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon XR1 reference design for standalone AR and VR headsets

The augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets have seen their ups and downs, but Qualcomm remains unabashedly convinced that they’re an untapped goldmine. Citing research from IDC, the company expects the install base for standalone headsets like the HTC Vive Focus and Oculus Go to top 186 million by 2023.
Korea’s Supreme Court Orders Seizure of $1.4 Million in Bitcoin in Criminal Case

Korea’s Supreme Court Orders Seizure of $1.4 Million in Bitcoin in Criminal Case

South Korean authorities are cleared to confiscate 191 bitcoins, about $1.43 million, from the operator of a child pornography website in addition to a prison sentence and a penalty. In a ruling on Wednesday, South Korea’s Supreme Court said that cryptocurrency can be deemed a forfeitable asset in a criminal prosecution, Yonhap News reports.
New crypto-mining malware uses Amazon’s cloud to hijack computers

New crypto-mining malware uses Amazon’s cloud to hijack computers

Hackers are increasingly hijacking computers to secretly mine crypto assets. Such exploits surged last year, according a survey by IBM Managed Security Services. One recently discovered malware program is hiding itself on Amazon’s cloud to steal processing power from a fleet of ordinary computers.
Lawmakers sound alarm over Amazon face recognition software

Lawmakers sound alarm over Amazon face recognition software

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers and civil libertarians are voicing concerns about Amazon's facial recognition software, worrying that it could be misused. They fear that without proper oversight the technology could hurt minority or poor communities and allow police to ramp up surveillance.
Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin space venture go all in on moon settlements

Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin space venture go all in on moon settlements

And even if Blue Origin can’t strike public-private partnerships, Bezos will do what needs to be done to make it so, he said here at the International Space Development Conference on Friday night.
Snap’s second-generation Spectacles are more grown up — and more expensive

Snap’s second-generation Spectacles are more grown up — and more expensive

Snap today released the next generation of Spectacles, its wearable camera, with new features for taking photos and water resistance. The sunglasses, which have the same striking form as the first-generation model, have been slimmed down and now come in three jewel tones: onyx (black), ruby (red), and sapphire (blue).
Samsung wants to improve video calls by replacing you with an AR emoji

Samsung wants to improve video calls by replacing you with an AR emoji

When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S9, we got tired of its augmented reality emoji pretty quickly. It was an obvious reaction to Apple's Animoji, but not as well implemented and with little practical use.


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