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  • Amazon US Customers Given One Week To Opt Out Of Mass Wireless Sharing (Echo and Ring)

    06/01/2021 4:54:25 PM PDT · by dennisw · 57 replies
    businessnewsindex ^ | On Jun 1, 2021
    Amazon customers have one week to opt out of a plan that would turn every Echo speaker and Ring security camera in the US into a shared wireless network, as part of the company’s plan to fix connection problems for its smart home devices. The proposal, called Amazon Sidewalk, involves the company’s devices being used as a springboard to build city-wide “mesh networks” that help simplify the process of setting up new devices, keep them online even if they’re out of range of home wifi, and extend the range of tracking devices such as those made by Tile. But Sidewalk...
  • Police and Fire Departments in 48 U.S. States Are Reportedly Involved in Amazon’s Ring Program

    02/03/2021 4:51:40 AM PST · by ptsal · 49 replies
    The Defender ^ | 02/02/2021 | Children's Health Defense Team
    Gizmodo reported: If you have an Amazon Ring smart doorbell, there’s something you should know. A growing number of fire and police departments are interested in your doorbell — or to be frank, in its camera footage — especially if they feel it can help them in their investigations. In fact, there are now 2,014 departments in the program from every U.S. state except Montana and Wyoming.[snip]...The program allows law enforcement officials to contact Ring users in a certain area and ask them to provide footage from their cameras that might be relevant to local investigations.
  • Tom Cotton Warns Republicans: ‘Don’t Be Fooled’ by Joe Biden’s Amnesty Plan

    01/18/2021 1:26:48 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/18/2021 | John Binder
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) is warning House and Senate Republicans not to be “fooled” by President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming amnesty plan for the 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States, which he says will provide lip service to federal immigration enforcement. Last week, open borders activists suggested that Biden’s upcoming amnesty plan is the “most aggressive agenda” they have seen in years. The plan is expected to provide amnesty to nearly all illegal aliens living in the U.S. and potentially expand legal immigration, a staple of the corporate lobby’s outsourcing goals.
  • Amazon Sidewalk - "Sharing" your network bandwidth with the neighbors

    11/24/2020 9:38:43 AM PST · by rxsid · 66 replies ^ | 11.24.2020 | Amazon
    Frequently asked questionsWhat is Amazon Sidewalk? Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices work better. Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers, Sidewalk can help simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices, and help devices stay online even if they are outside the range of their home wifi. In the future, Sidewalk will support a range of experiences from using Sidewalk-enabled devices to help find pets or valuables, to smart security and lighting, to diagnostics for appliances and tools. "Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network, coming later this year, that helps devices like...
  • Police Are Tapping Into Ring Cameras to Expand Surveillance Network In Mississippi

    11/07/2020 5:49:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Vice ^ | by Edward Ongweso Jr
    On Tuesday, Jackson, Mississippi's city council signed off on a 45-day pilot program that would let police access Ring surveillance cameras in real time. In partnership with technology companies PILEUM and Fūsus, the pilot program will run through the police department’s surveillance hub, the Real Time Crime Center, from which Jackson’s police department can stream Ring surveillance camera footage. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told WLBT-TV the hope is to better “follow and trace” suspects at the site of a crime. "We'll be able to get a location, draw a circle around it, and pull up every camera within a certain...
  • Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house

    09/25/2020 12:31:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    The Verge ^ | Sep 24, 2020, | Dan Seifert
    The new Always Home Cam is an autonomous drone that can fly around inside your home to give you a perspective of any room you want when you’re not home. Once it’s done flying, the Always Home Cam returns to its dock to charge its battery. It is expected to cost $249.99 when it starts shipping next year. Jamie Siminoff, Ring’s founder and “chief inventor,” says the idea behind the Always Home Cam is to provide multiple viewpoints throughout the home without requiring the use of multiple cameras. In an interview ahead of the announcement, he said the company has...
  • Different kind of porch pirate…

    07/30/2020 10:07:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | Posted by Kane on July 30, 2020 10:05 am
    Amazon driver delivers, then steals the package… Amazing RING VIDEO of thief-ette, delivering the pkg, then taking a pic with her phone to prove she delivered it, then stealing it....................
  • Research team discovers path to razor-sharp black hole images [RINGS!]

    03/23/2020 7:19:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | March 18, 2020 | by Lee Sandberg, Institute for Advanced Study
    The image of a black hole has a bright ring of emission surrounding a "shadow" cast by the black hole. This ring is composed of a stack of increasingly sharp subrings that correspond to the number of orbits that photons took around the black hole before reaching the observer. Credit: George Wong (UIUC) and Michael Johnson (CfA) _________________________________________________________________________________ Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole. Today, a team of researchers have published new calculations that predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme...
  • Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance and turned us into a nation of voyeurs

    02/18/2020 9:05:10 AM PST · by ransomnote · 41 replies ^ | February 18, 2020 | Drew Harwell
    Margaret Cudia thought her Ring doorbell camera was "the best thing since sliced bread." She loved watching the world pass by through her suburban New Jersey neighborhood, guarding vigilantly for suspicious strangers and porch pirates from the comfort of her phone. She hadn't expected the camera also might capture awkward moments closer to home, like the time it caught her daughter grabbing a beer and talking about how controlling her mother was. "I never told her about that one," she said with a laugh. Amazon's Ring, Google's Nest and other Internet-connected cameras - some selling for as little as $59...
  • Ring doorbell 'gives Facebook and Google user data'

    01/28/2020 1:03:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 28, 2020
    Ring doorbells are providing customer data to companies such as Facebook and Google, an investigation suggests. The Electronic Frontier Foundation found the Ring app was "packed" with third-party tracking, sending out customers' personally identifiable information. Five companies were receiving a range of information, including names, IP addresses and mobile networks, it said. Ring said it limited the amount of data it shared. The company told Gizmodo: "Like many companies, Ring uses third-party service providers to evaluate the use of our mobile app, which helps us improve features, optimise the customer experience and evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing." But the...
  • Ring fires creepy employees for looking in on customers’ videos

    01/09/2020 8:50:58 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    NYP ^ | 01 08 2020 | Vincent Barone
    Home security company Ring has fired employees for watching in on customers’ videos, according to a new letter from parent company Amazon. “Over the last four years, Ring has received four complaints or inquiries regarding a team member’s access to Ring video data,” wrote Brian Huseman, a vice president for public policy at Amazon, in the letter penned earlier this week to five U.S. senators. “Although each of the individuals involved in these incidents was authorized to view video data, the attempted access to that data exceeded what was necessary for their job functions,” Huseman went on. “In each instance,...
  • Killing Soleimani Was the Moral Response to Genocide

    01/06/2020 1:36:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | 01/06/2020 | Shmuley Boteach
    While many Iranian officials have threatened genocide, Qassem Soleimani was actually tasked with it. As an architect of Bashar Assad’s genocidal war against the Syrian people, he was one of the most guilty men on earth. As the Godfather of Iran’s global terror network, he was also one of the most dangerous. His terror world tour was finally cut short last Friday by a precision airstrike, in what was arguably President Trump’s boldest and most presidential move thus far. Soleimani was identified only by his hand, itself identified by a red-stone ring he was known to wear. Soleimani was the...
  • NYC jewelers not impressed by ring that identified Soleimani’s corpse

    01/05/2020 8:18:31 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 64 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 4, 2020 | By Israel Salas-Rodriguez and Vincent Barone
    The gaudy red ring that helped initially identify the corpse of Iran’s Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani is no Hope Diamond, according to local jewelers. Dealers believe the distinctive ring worn by Soleimani is either a red carnelian stone — believed by some Middle East Muslims as able to bestow “blessings”– or possibly an inexpensive ruby that would cost a few hundred bucks. “From the photo, it looks like it’s a carnelian stone — it’s not a ruby; it comes from Africa,” said Maykel Rieth, a professional cutter for R Gems Inc on West 48th Street. “The ring is made out...
  • Great ad for Chevy: No load too large or small, Chevy Trucks!

    01/04/2020 5:50:48 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 39 replies
    News | 4 January 2019 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    I'm sure some can come up with better ad lines for Chevy trucks carrying a ring and finger for a funeral.
  • Doorbell Camera Footage of Las Vegas Kidnapping Posted to YouTube

    01/02/2020 8:51:20 AM PST · by Drew68 · 51 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01/02/2020 | Tom Sykes
    Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve, as America’s party city was celebrating the arrival of 2020, a desperate woman on a suburban Las Vegas street leapt out of the back door of a white Hyundai Sonata with a sunroof, and ran toward a front door, chased by the driver of the car. As she charged up the sidewalk, she must have known the chances of anyone being at home at this time, on this night, were vanishingly small. The woman must have felt utterly abandoned as she banged on that door, screaming for help, but no one came to...
  • 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...
  • Amazon Is Coaching Cops on How to Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant

    08/06/2019 4:22:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | August 5, 2019 | Caroline Haskins
    Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance company, is teaching police how to convince residents to share camera footage with them. When police partner with Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance camera company, they get access to the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. Police don’t need a warrant to request this footage, but they do need permission from camera owners.Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that people aren’t always willing to provide police with their Ring camera footage. However, Ring works with law enforcement and gives them advice on how to persuade people to...
  • Deal with Amazon requires local police to encourage people to buy Ring products

    07/27/2019 3:46:19 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 7/26/2019 | Ayyison Matyrus
    Amazon has struck up deals with local police departments to encourage people to buy its Ring security products in exchange for free Ring video doorbells and access to a special police-focused Ring portal. According to Motherboard, which saw a copy of the agreement between Amazon-owned Ring and the Lakehead, Florida police department, Ring requires police to advertise its products within their communities. In addition to free Ring tech, police departments get access to a portal that allows them to request Ring-recorded footage directly from community members. Motherboard obtained details of a memorandum of understanding and emails between Ring and the...
  • Man ran prostitution ring out of parents' basement, prosecutors say

    04/26/2019 7:01:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    nbc ^ | 04/25/2019 | ap
    A Long Island man ran a prostitution ring out of his parents' sprawling suburban home, enticing women with drugs and locking them in the basement where they were forced to use a bucket instead of a bathroom, prosecutors said Thursday. Raymond Rodio III, 47, used social media to recruit women, got them hooked on heroin and crack cocaine, and forced them to have sex with men in the basement of the Sound Beach home or at nearby motels, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said. Police uncovered the alleged prostitution ring after a routine traffic stop last August. Officers recognized...
  • Pope explains reluctant ring kiss: Fear of spreading germs

    03/28/2019 2:37:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2019 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis has set the record straight about why he pulled his hand away when throngs of people lined up this week to kiss his ring: for fear of spreading germs. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Thursday that Francis was concerned about hygiene when, after greeting dozens of well-wishers in a lengthy receiving line Monday in Loreto, he began pulling his hand away to discourage people from kissing his ring. Video of the incident went viral, with conservative critics blasting what they said was Francis’ “graceless” disrespect for the tradition and the faithful who wanted to honor it. Gisotti said...