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Police used facial recognition to identify a Lafayette Square protester

In the aftermath of the Lafayette Square protests in June, police in Washington DC used facial recognition technology to identify a protestor who had allegedly punched an officer in the face. They found the man after feeding an image of him they found on Twitter through a previously undisclosed database called the National Capital Region…

Police brutality and unfavorable policies could slow the rapid growth of Nigeria’s technology industry

“It’s high time,” African Investment Advisor, Aubrey Hruby tweeted supporting calls for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. “I brought VC investors to Nigeria from Egypt last year and they were completely shaken down and robbed by the police as they were leaving the country after an amazing week of meeting with stellar Nigerian…

AI Technologies, Like Police Facial Recognition, Discriminate Against People of Colour

Facial recognition algorithms are usually tested using white faces, which results in the technology being unable to differentiate between racialised individuals. (Shutterstock) Detroit police wrongfully arrested Robert Julian-Borchak Williams in January 2020 for a shoplifting incident that had taken place two years earlier. Even though Williams had nothing to do with the incident, facial recognition…
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Australian EV Tax is counterintuitive and counterproductive to our goal of a sustainable future

Less than 1% of new car sales in Australia are EVs. Compared to other similarly developed economies, we don’t even find ourselves in the top 20 list. I love this country, but for a place that is well recognised as being home to early adopters and lovers of technology, we’re not just falling behind, we’re…
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Review: iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini final thoughts [Video]

In my recent Top Features video walkthrough showcasing the iPhone 12, I didn’t yet have the iPhone 12 mini in hand, so I was only able to provide commentary on Apple’s large 6.1-inch baseline smartphone. Now that the iPhone 12 mini has arrived, I’ve been able to examine both smartphones in light of Apple’s entire…

HEY iOS email app gets multi-window support on iPad

The HEY email client had its iOS app updated today with a long-awaited feature for iPad users. Version 1.1.3 of the HEY app for iOS now has multi-window support on iPadOS, allowing users to view two different screens of the app at the same time. Back in October, the HEY app was updated with support…

Google details revamped Fit workout UI coming to Wear OS, adds custom metrics & goals

Last week, a significant Google Fit update for Android, iOS, and wearables was announced. Google is now detailing some of the improvements made to the Fit workout experience on Wear OS.  Workout tracking in Google Fit for Wear OS is getting a “simpler user experience and fresh new design.” It starts on the screen before…

Some prominent exposure apps are slowly rolling back freedoms

Many countries launched contact tracing and exposure notification apps early in the pandemic to help slow the spread of covid-19. Now some of the most prominent are beginning to change their approach to privacy and transparency, according to MIT Technology Review’s covid tracing tracker. The tracker, which launched in May, looks at the policies and…