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  • Uber plans to start audio-recording rides in the U.S. for safety

    11/20/2019 7:53:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 20 Nov 2019 | Faiz Siddiqui
    Uber plans to record audio during rides in the United States as part of a new security feature, in its latest push to protect riders and drivers amid rising safety concerns. The feature, which is first to be piloted in some Latin American cities next month, allows users to opt in to activate an audio recording on any trip or all trips, according to internal communications viewed by The Washington Post and confirmed by Uber. In markets where it’s available, users would probably be given a blanket warning that trips are subject to recording — and that the feature will...
  • Police can keep Ring camera video forever and share with whomever they’d like, Amazon tells senator

    11/20/2019 7:01:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 Nov 2019 | Drew Harwell
    Police officers who download videos captured by homeowners’ Ring doorbell cameras can keep them forever and share them with whomever they’d like without providing evidence of a crime, the Amazon-owned firm told a lawmaker this month. More than 600 police forces across the country have entered into partnerships with the camera giant, allowing them to quickly request and download video recorded by Ring’s motion-detecting, Internet-connected cameras inside and around Americans’ homes. The company says that the videos can be a critical tool in helping law enforcement investigate crimes such as trespassing, burglary and package theft, and that homeowners are free...
  • ILLINOIS RED-LIGHT CAMERAS HAVE COLLECTED MORE THAN $1B FROM DRIVERS SINCE 2008

    10/15/2019 12:41:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | 10/15/2019 | Austin Berg, Ben Szalinski, Tivas Gupta
    Illinois local governments generated more than $1 billion in red-light camera revenue from 2008 to 2018.. Each red-light camera ticket in Illinois costs drivers up to $100.. Chicago has long been a poster child for red-light camera abuse. The city is home to the nation’s highest count of red-light cameras, a former high-ranking transportation official serving jail time for taking bribes from a red-light camera company, and a pricey settlement for drivers who a judge ruled did not receive proper notifications in the ticketing process. ... smaller local governments outside the city have installed almost as many red-light cameras as...
  • China's new 'super camera' can instantly pinpoint specific targets among tens of thousands of people

    09/27/2019 3:39:10 AM PDT · by cba123 · 27 replies
    Abc Australia ^ | Thursday at 2:33 | Tracey Shelton
    Scientists have unveiled a 500 megapixel cloud camera system in China that they say is capable of capturing the facial details of each individual in a crowd of tens of thousands of people, raising fears facial recognition monitoring could soon reach a new level. (Please see full article at the link)
  • Facebook Wants to Put a Camera in Your Living Room

    09/20/2019 7:30:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    KTLA ^ | 09/20/2019 | Rich Demuro
    Facebook has new devices to help you video chat from your couch! Smart speakers are popular these days but Facebook says they’re missing a key feature – the ability to video chat! The company’s new line of gadgets called Portal look like picture frames but let you make video calls, too! There’s even a model that sits on top of your TV so you can video chat from the couch. Portal TV. This device sits on top of your TV and lets you video chat from the most comfortable seat in the house: your couch. It’s much more relaxing than...
  • Google's Got A New Face-Tracking Camera For Your Home

    09/09/2019 1:46:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    CNET ^ | 09/09/19 | Ry Crist
    It's no longer just always-listening microphones -- Google's new Nest Hub Max smart display adds a camera that's always scanning for faces.Google Home and Nest Hub gadgets already feature microphones that are always listening for the words that wake up the Assistant ("OK, Google" or "Hey, Google"). Now, the search giant's newest gadget for your home, the Nest Hub Max smart display, adds in a camera that's always watching for a familiar face.Google calls the feature Face Match, and it uses facial recognition technology to remember what you look like. After that, you can tap on the screen to see...
  • The Camera That Went To The Moon And Changed How We See It

    07/13/2019 7:50:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | July 13, 2019 | Scott Neuman
    In the summer of 1962, Walter Schirra — who would soon become America's third man to orbit the Earth — walked into a Houston photo supply shop looking for a camera he could take into space. He came out with a Hasselblad 500C, a high-end Swedish import that had been recommended to him by photographers from Life and National Geographic. "He was sort of an amateur photographer," Jennifer Levasseur, a curator in charge of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum's astronaut cameras, says of Schirra. "Somewhere along the line, the decision was made that he could select what camera...
  • Photojournalist shot by deputy settles lawsuit with Clark County

    05/06/2019 3:27:27 PM PDT · by MeganC · 14 replies
    Springfield News-Sun (OHIO) ^ | May 3, 2019 | Parker Perry
    Andrew Grimm and the county have settled a lawsuit he and KBA News filed in late 2017 after Grimm was shot by a Clark County deputy. *** Grimm, a former photographer for the New Carlisle News, was shot by Shaw on Sept. 4 on Main Street in New Carlisle while preparing to take photos of the deputy at a traffic stop.
  • A new camera can photograph you from 45 kilometers away

    05/04/2019 12:20:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 65 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 5/3/19 | by Emerging Technology from the arXiv
    Developed in China, the lidar-based system can cut through city smog to resolve human-sized features at vast distances. Long-distance photography on Earth is a tricky challenge. Capturing enough light from a subject at great distances is not easy. And even then, the atmosphere introduces distortions that can ruin the image; so does pollution, which is a particular problem in cities. That makes it hard to get any kind of image beyond a distance of a few kilometers or so (assuming the camera is mounted high enough off the ground to cope with Earth’s curvature). But in recent years, researchers have...
  • Robert Kraft case reveals how police can secretly install cameras inside a private business

    03/21/2019 12:30:12 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | THU, MAR 14 2019 | Scott Zamost, Hannah Kliot Bianca Fortis
    Detectives monitored the video on flat-screen TVs inside a secure room in the sheriff’s office.
  • The 1960s American Car And Road Trip In Kodachrome

    02/26/2019 5:35:41 AM PST · by vannrox · 56 replies
    FlashBAK ^ | February 25, 2019 | By Paul Sorene
    These Kodachrome slides are from when go-ahead Americans believed a flying car was just around the corner Well I’m not braggin’ babe so don’t put me down But I’ve got the fastest set of wheels in town When something comes up to me he don’t even try ‘Cause if I had a set of wings man I know she could fly– Little Deuce Coupe, the Beach Boys 1965 Amphicar, Model 770 — 1965  You like our post ‘The 1950s American Car And Road Trip In Kodachrome‘ so much that we combined our wit and came with another: ‘The 1960s American Car...
  • Captivating Colorized Portraits of Russian Fighters In World War 1

    02/26/2019 5:26:12 AM PST · by vannrox · 36 replies
    FlashBAK ^ | 22FEB19 | By Karen Strike
    "The most thrilling part of the coloring process is when suddenly the person looks back at you as if he’s alive" - Olga Shirnina “My heart yearned to be there, in the boiling caldron of war, to be baptized in its fire and scorched in its lava” – Maria Bochkareva, commander of the Russian Women’s death battalion in her 1919 autobiography Yashka, My Life as Peasant, Officer and Exile.  Maria Bochkareva Color can bring the past to the present, giving black and white images a spritz of life. We’ve seen color photos of the Russian Empire in Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii’s...
  • Nolte: Looks Like Jussie Smollett Chose Wrong Surveillance Camera to Capture ‘Attack’

    02/18/2019 9:46:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-18-2019 | John Nolte
    Jussie Smollett appears to have picked the wrong location for his "hate crime" to be caught on video, if we compare his Good Morning America interview to the latest reports about the two Nigerian men who say the actor-singer paid them to stage an assault.************* The most important dot to connect to all of the above, though, comes from Smollett himself, who told Good Morning America (GMA) last week that he suspected a surveillance camera caught the whole incident.Speaking to GMA's Robin Roberts, Smollett said, "And I looked up and I saw there was a camera directly on the light...
  • YouTube Personality Shot While Filming Video Outside Los Angeles Synagogue; Security Guard Arrested

    02/14/2019 10:29:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    KTLA ^ | February 14, 2019 | Nouran Salahieh and Kacey Montoya,
    "This afternoon an individual was filming our girls at the school and the building perimeter extensively windows and exits," the school's principal said. "This caused anxiety to staff and students." Perez said she was filming the architecture of the building when the security guard started threatening her. The case was still under investigation. Perez was not accused of a crime.
  • Report: DEA, ICE Are Stocking Up on Hidden Streetlight Cams

    11/11/2018 10:53:40 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | November 10, 2018 | Tom McKay
    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have put an "undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras inside streetlights" across the country, according to federal procurement documents obtained by Quartz. It's unclear how many cameras the agencies purchased or where, exactly, the "video recording and reproducing equipment" has been placed. But the documents obtained by Quartz show the DEA paid a company called Cowboy Streetlight Concealments LLC about $22,000 since June 2018, while ICE made payments of $28,000 over the same time period. ICE offices in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio provided funding for the cameras, while...
  • World's fastest camera freezes time at 10 trillion frames per second

    10/15/2018 8:38:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Phys.org ^ | October 12, 2018 | October 12, 2018, Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS
    What happens when a new technology is so precise that it operates on a scale beyond our characterization capabilities? For example, the lasers used at INRS produce ultrashort pulses in the femtosecond range (10-15 s), which is far too short to visualize. Although some measurements are possible, nothing beats a clear image, says INRS professor and ultrafast imaging specialist Jinyang Liang. He and his colleagues, led by Caltech's Lihong Wang, have developed what they call T-CUP: the world's fastest camera, capable of capturing 10 trillion (1013) frames per second (Fig. 1). This new camera literally makes it possible to freeze...
  • World's fastest camera freezes time at 10 trillion frames per second

    10/13/2018 10:59:28 AM PDT · by ETL · 32 replies
    What happens when a new technology is so precise that it operates on a scale beyond our characterization capabilities? For example, the lasers used at INRS produce ultrashort pulses in the femtosecond range (10-15 s), which is far too short to visualize. Although some measurements are possible, nothing beats a clear image, says INRS professor and ultrafast imaging specialist Jinyang Liang. He and his colleagues, led by Caltech's Lihong Wang, have developed what they call T-CUP: the world's fastest camera, capable of capturing 10 trillion (1013) frames per second (Fig. 1). This new camera literally makes it possible to freeze...
  • Creepy or convenient? Facebook’s new Portal smart display follows you around the room

    10/08/2018 8:48:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The social media giant today introduced two devices, which are both Amazon Alexa smart speakers with video displays. The Portal and Portal+ are hands-free devices with cameras and microphones for video calls to Facebook friends. As you might have guessed, a Facebook account is required. If another person joins you on the call, everyone will always be in the frame. “Both models are designed to make you feel closer to the important people in your life, and make video chats seem less like a call and more like you’re actually in the same room,” according to a Facebook press release....
  • looking for a FR astronomy/astophotograghy hobbyiest.

    09/28/2018 11:07:24 AM PDT · by Fhios · 27 replies
    9/28/18 | Vanity
    Hey, I'm looking for some amature astronomy / astrophotography hobbyists that can give me hints, links and recommendations to get started.and even used eqipment that may fit in with what I'm going to do. 1. I'm handicapped so my mobility is restricted I'll startiing in my driveway with pretty high light polutiing focusing on objects off in our solor system. Sun, moon, Jup, mar, saturn, uran, Merc venusm pluto, Moons of Jupiter, planets transiting the Sun and if they are resolvable, some of the bigger asteroids. 2. I would like take some time delayed photographs just for practice for upgrades...
  • Stealing From a Cashierless Store (Without You, or the Cameras, Knowing It)

    09/16/2018 7:21:21 PM PDT · by Theoria · 74 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 September 2018 | Nellie Bowles
    A start-up uses visual tracking and behavioral data to operate a new San Francisco market, which lets shoppers walk out unimpeded. And sometimes mischarged. One recent afternoon, the city’s newest grocery market was trying to figure out whether I would buy, steal or leave behind a bag of white Cheddar popcorn — and so was I. On its side: 27 cameras along the ceiling and a wealth of behavioral data. On my side: crippling indecision. Last week, San Francisco got its first completely automated cashierless store, Standard Market. Shoppers who have downloaded the store’s app can go into the 1,900-square-foot...