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ShotSpotter Uses the Internet of Things to Alert Police to Gunfire

ShotSpotter Uses the Internet of Things to Alert Police to Gunfire

There are amusing ideas for the Internet of Things -- Net-connected houseplants, for example. But lest you think hooking just about everything up to the Internet is silly or sci-fi, consider this more serious example: telling police exactly where in a city somebody has just started shooting. A company called SST has been ...

Snapchat is in Funding Talks With a Valuation Around $10 Billion

Snapchat is in Funding Talks With a Valuation Around $10 Billion

Snapchat is reportedly in talks with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba for a financing round that would value the company at a whopping $10 billion, according to a Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources. At this point, nothing should shock the public about messaging APP valuations. With WhatsApp going to Facebook for ...

The U.S. Army is Looking Into the Possibilities of 3D Printing

The U.S. Army is Looking Into the Possibilities of 3D Printing

As the number of materials 3D printers are compatible with grows, so do the applications. And the U.S. Army knows that: It is considering using the emerging technology for applications as diverse as feeding soldiers and building weapons. The most recent issue of the Army Technology magazine says the military branch is ...

Twitter Acquires Madbits to Boost Deep Image Learning

Twitter Acquires Madbits to Boost Deep Image Learning

Twitter has acquired a stealthy computer vision startup called Madbits, which was founded by former New York University researchers. Clément Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari. Farabet is a protégé of Facebook AI Lab director and New York University professor Yann LeCun, while Etezad-Heydari was advised by Larry ...

Stanford’s Med Students Are Using Google Glass to Learn Surgery

Stanford’s Med Students Are Using Google Glass to Learn Surgery

Like their fellow future doctors down the road in Irvine, medical students at Stanford University will learn surgical methods with a hand from Google Glass. Those studying cardiothoracic techniques are set use Mountain View's high-tech spectacles to stream their views in real-time to instructors with the help of CrowdOptic ...

Square’s New Card Reader Supports EMV Credit Cards

Square’s New Card Reader Supports EMV Credit Cards

Traditional swipe-and-sign credit cards are slowly being phased out, and Square is adapting to the times with new support for EMV credit cards. Commonly known as chip-and-PIN cards in the UK and Ireland, these are compliant with the EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) global standard and are reputedly harder to hack or ...

Netflix is Now Paying AT&T for a Better Stream Experience, Too

Netflix is Now Paying AT&T for a Better Stream Experience, Too

AT&T has become the latest company to sign a deal with Netflix to ensure that the company's streaming videos get to consumers without lagging or delay. Netflix said Tuesday that the two companies had reached an agreement on interconnection in May. "We're now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be ...

What Amazon Wants From Hachette: $9.99 E-Book Prices

What Amazon Wants From Hachette: $9.99 E-Book Prices

Amazon is finally providing some explanation for its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette, explaining that it's taken issue over Hachette's insistence on pricing ebooks above $9.99. In a note on Tuesday, Amazon explained that it's not actually looking for a particularly large share of the revenue on ebook sales: it's ...

Facebook is Shutting Down Gifts to Focus on its ‘Buy’ Button

Facebook is Shutting Down Gifts to Focus on its ‘Buy’ Button

Say goodbye to those messages on Facebook asking you to send your friends a gift on their birthdays. A year ago, Facebook killed off the part of its Gifts service that allowed users to order physical presents through the social network. Now, the company says it is shutting down the remainder of the Gifts business, which ...

FreedomPop Brings its Free Mobile Service to Tablets

FreedomPop Brings its Free Mobile Service to Tablets

Tablet owners in the US have cause for cheer as they can now get free mobile access from freemium mobile network FreedomPop, which announced that it is now supporting the iPad Mini and Samsung Tab 3. The iPad Mini will sell for $319 and the Samsung Tab 3 for $199. Other than providing free data, FreedomPop is also letting ...