Apple is warning people with stolen iPhones that they’re watching

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“Local authorities will be alerted,” cautions a message popping up on the device screens. The looting that took place in the United States and other areas around the world have led to a wave of stolen iPhones. This occurred last week during early protests after George Floyd was pronounced dead while in police custody. Apple has decided to take action against the theft of devices from its burglarized stores. The Apple Stores in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Portland were all burglarized. Among the property to have…

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Anaheim Police to employ facial recognition software in pursuit of criminals

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Following a year and a half of pilot testing, city officials are prepared to invest in the technology. Anaheim city officials are moving ahead with investments into facial recognition software for police use. The technology has undergone an 18-month pilot test phase, and the city wants to equip officers with its benefits. The software allows police to compare criminal suspects against databases of mugshots. A new report from Anaheim city staff detailed the cost, features and use for the facial recognition software. The city will be paying $35,000 per year…

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An artificial intelligence system cannot invent something, says US Patent Office ruling

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Patents are granted only to “natural persons” and will not be issued to AI-made creations. The US Patent Office has published a new ruling saying that its patents will not be granted to inventions from an artificial intelligence system. The ruling means that the power of AI will be limited and fears of “Westworld” may be assuaged. The US Patent Office published the ruling as it denied two patents filed on behalf of an artificial intelligence system called DABUS. The office stated that it will grant patents only to “natural…

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CDC may use mobile ad location data to track stay-at-home order compliance

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US government officials may use this technology to monitor the spread of COVID-19. US government officials are using mobile ad location data provided by the smartphone advertising industry to track the movements of Americans during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The data is not coming from the carriers themselves but is from mobile marketers instead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local governments have obtained mobile ad location data about people in regions of “geographic interest,” reported the Wall Street Journal. The purpose…

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5G smartphones comprised under 1 percent of American mobile phone buys last year

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Though the sale of these devices is on the rise, they made only a sliver of the total 2019 purchases. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that 5G smartphones are selling at an increasing rate. When it comes to purchasing a device that will align with the direction of technology’s evolution, these are the obvious choice, according to the most recent NPD Mobile Phone Tracking data. Even with that being the fact, they still made up under 1 percent of the total US sales for 2019. Despite the…

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