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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

JetSuite Brings Reliability and Low Prices to the World of Private Air Travel

JetSuite Brings Reliability and Low Prices to the World of Private Air Travel

Airfare can become very expensive, very quickly – especially if you fly a lot, or have to fly several members from an office or team to several places in quick succession. JetSuite has a more inexpensive offering that’s also more convenient … and far more luxurious. JetSuite aims to make private jet travel more ...

Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store

Amazon Launches 3D Printed Products Store

Amazon.com will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party sellers using a new personalization option on its website. Most of the more than 200 items available on the company's new 3D printed products store, which launched on Monday, can ...

Google Turns to Crowdsourcing to Improve Google Translate

Google Turns to Crowdsourcing to Improve Google Translate

Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations for most commonly used languages. It’s still far off from being perfect, though, and today Google announced a new initiative that aims to get more input from its users to improve its translations. The ...

Report: Amazon May Soon Launch a Competitor to Square’s Card Reader

Report: Amazon May Soon Launch a Competitor to Square’s Card Reader

Amazon could be preparing to launch its own mobile credit card reading hardware in the coming weeks, according to internal Staples documents hinting at such a launch that we’ve obtained. According to the documents, Staples stores will prepare next month to stock a new product called the “Amazon Card Reader” alongside ...

How to Make the Most Out of Your Gmail Addresses

How to Make the Most Out of Your Gmail Addresses

One trick you may or may not have picked up about Gmail is that you can add in periods anywhere in the front part of your address and it makes no difference whatsoever: john.smith@gmail.com works just the same as johnsmith@gmail.com. What's more, you can add a plus sign and any word before the @ sign (e.g. ...

The Internet of Things and Security: How to Do it Right

The Internet of Things and Security: How to Do it Right

The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast. We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT security, the dangers are already very real. Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted ...