Police use Tile GPS tracker to find car stolen in Albuquerque

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In this case, it wasn’t just about locating the vehicle’s keys but tracked down the car itself! The Albuquerque Police Department recently tracked down a stolen car using a Tile GPS tracker gadget the owner had tucked away within the vehicle. This has caused many drivers who have heard the story to consider this use for the popular tech. The Albuquerque police have started encouraging the use of a GPS tracker within vehicles in order to help locate them if they should be stolen. Devices like Tile and the Apple…

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QR code verification of COVID-19 vaccination status launches in Virginia

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Residents of the state can use quick response codes to prove that they have received their shots. Residents of Virginia can now use QR code verification to prove that they have received their COVID-19 vaccination, requiring a simple barcode scan to confirm. The Virginia Department of Health announced the use of the barcodes for vaccination record access. The QR code verification option was rolled out to provide straight forward and quick access to vaccination records for COVID-19 shots. In this way, Virginians won’t need to carry around the paper documentation.…

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Facial recognition systems are on the rise by US government agencies

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Despite massive opposition and calls for a moratorium, feds are moving forward with this technology. Even as opposition rapidly rises, the US government is staying the course for increased use of facial recognition systems and related technologies. The US Government Accountability Office recently released a report with plans for the tech. The US Government Accountability Office report was called “Facial Recognition Technology Current and Planned Uses by Federal Agencies”. It outlined the existing and planned use of facial recognition systems and related technology by federal government agencies. It included a…

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Facial recognition technology is commonly used in US retail stores

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Many Americans have no idea that security cameras are tracking them as they shop in-person. Even as the opposition to using facial recognition technology in public spaces continues to grow, it is far more commonly used than many Americans realize. Security cameras in retail stores across the country are using this tech on a regular basis. Even as tech giants and police departments ban it, retailers are continuing to track consumers. New research from Piplsay as reported by TechRadar shows that just as facial recognition is commonly used in retail…

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IRS looks to augmented reality for digital user experience improvements

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The Internal Revenue Service wants to use AR to overlay relevant information on existing forms. The IRS has issued a draft request for proposals (RFP) with the intention of using augmented reality (AR) to help boost the digital user experience for Americans using mobile devices. The goal is to let Americans use technology they already have to make existing forms clearer. The IRS’s draft RFP suggests that the government agency is looking for augmented reality solutions it can apply to existing forms. In that way, contextual support information can be…

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