23 April 2013

Boston police chief says facial recognition tech did not help find bombing suspects

Facial recognition technology failed to perform in the Boston bombing case--

Boston police chief: facial recognition tech didn’t help find bombing suspects | Ars Technica: "While the whole country is relieved that this past week’s Boston Marathon bombing ordeal and subsequent lockdown of the city is finally over, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told the Washington Post that the department’s facial recognition system “did not identify” the two bombing suspects. “The technology came up empty even though both Tsarnaevs’ images exist in official databases: Dzhokhar had a Massachusetts driver’s license; the brothers had legally immigrated; and Tamerlan had been the subject of some FBI investigation,” the Post reported on Saturday."

Google Play revenue surges, but still far short of Apple: data
Reuters
SEOUL (Reuters) - Google's app store revenues are growing much faster than those of Apple Inc, but Apple still dominates overall sales, market research data taken from the first three months of the year shows. The app stores collectively raked in $2.2 ...

Google's former CEO explores opportunities, challenges of technological ...
Washington Post
SAN FRANCISCO — Some illuminating books already have been written about Google's catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop and communicate. Until now, though, there hasn't been a book ...

Google Celebrates Earth Day
Indiatimes.com
Open up Google today and a beautiful green landscape complete with streams, a bright sun, birds and trees greets you. It's time for a doodle again and today folks atGoogle are celebrating Earth Day with this interactive, animated doodle. GoogleDoodle ...

Indiatimes.com

Apple Profit Probably Fell First Time Since 2003 on IPhone Slump
Bloomberg
Apple's projected quarterly profit is more than what Google Inc. (GOOG) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) reported last week combined. In the smartphone market, Apple accounted for about 70 percent of all profits in 2012, according to Canaccord Genuity.

Amazon Originals the Most Watched TV Shows on Amazon Instant Video Since ...
Wall Street Journal
(NASDAQ: AMZN)--Following their Friday debut, the new Amazon Originals TV pilots from AmazonStudios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com, were the most watched TV shows across Amazon Instant Video over the weekend, making ...

Microsoft asks: What's your online privacy type?
Washington Post
Microsoft launched the quiz as part of a larger Web site dedicated to “Your Privacy” on Monday. The campaign is first focusing on the Washington, D.C. area — which included an ad in Monday's print edition of The Washington Post — but will roll out ...

Washington Post

Google Stays Fit With Fiber
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The search giant said last Wednesday that Provo, Utah would be the third city to receive GoogleFiber, its ultrafast broadband Internet and pay-TV service. The announcement came only a week afterGoogle named Austin, Texas its second Google Fiber city, ...

Apple confronts the near mother of all earnings
MSN Money
He believes Apple is likely to miss fiscal second-quarter numbers when the Cupertino, Calif. technology giant reports earnings Tuesday after the close of trading. Wu is expecting Apple to earn $10 per share on $41.3 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson ...

Is Apple Looking For Tim Cook Replacement?
InformationWeek
Apple's board of directors may secretly be looking for an executive to replace current CEO Tim Cook, reports Forbes. Citing Wall Street sources, Forbes says the search cannot be confirmed, but it is a distinct possibility given the massive drop in ...

For Developers, Google Glass Looks To Be A Fascinating But ...
By Frederic Lardinois
Last week, Google finally released the developer guides and other necessary documents that will allow developers to write apps for Glass. In some respects, the so-called Mirror API may have been a disappointment to developers who were ...
TechCrunch


Google fined $190,000 in Germany for illegal WiFi snooping with ...
By Jamie Rigg
Google's been taking heat for a number of years since its Street View cars were found to be pulling WiFi data, and the Hamburg Commissioner for Data.
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Dishonored shaves off 50% for Amazon's weekly deal | Joystiq
By Jessica Conditt
Dishonored slices off half of its price on Amazon this week, available for $30 for Xbox 360, PS3 or PC. Meanwhile, NBA 2K13 and ... Source: Amazon · Share. Tags: amazon, dishonored, microsoft, nintendo, pc, playstation, ps3, wii, wii-u, xbox ...
Joystiq

Apple's Fading Allure Worries Investors, Suppliers - Huffington Post
By The Huffington Post News Editors
That quip, uttered in front of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's trial lawyers and the media, no longer rings true as Apple appears to be losing a once vice-like grip on its supply chain and Wall Street. ...speculation has centered on whether demand for the iPhone is waning as an increasing number of consumers choose alternatives, including phones from Samsung - now the world's biggest seller of cell phones - and those produced by other adopters of Google Inc's Android software.
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Facebook Home Passes 500,000 Installations on Google Play
By Josh Ong
Facebook's new Home Android launcher has passed the 500000 download mark on the Google Play store after a little over a week in the wild. ... Facebook Home passes 500,000 installations on GooglePlay one week after launch. 254 ...
The Next Web

Germany Fines Google Over Data Collection
New York Times
BERLIN — A German privacy regulator fined Google €145,000 on Monday for the systematic, illegal collection of personal data while it was creating the Street View mapping service, and called on European lawmakers to significantly raise fines for violations ...

New York Times

Hedge Fund Takes $2 Billion Stake In Microsoft
Wall Street Journal
A hedge-fund executive disclosed that he owns about $2 billion in Microsoft Corp. stock, stating that the value of the software giant's businesses wasn't appreciated by other investors. Jeffrey W. Ubben, founder ValueAct Capital Management L.P., discussed ...

NYC Adds 6 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars to Taxi Fleet
PC Magazine
New York City on Monday added six Nissan Leaf electric cars to its official taxi fleet for a year-long pilot program that will determine whether an all-electric cab makes sense in the Big Apple. Nissan donated a half dozen of the zero emission cars to the NYC ...

Photojojo introduces iPad telephoto lens
CNET
For a reasonable $25, you can add a 10X or 12X optical zoom to your iPad or iPad Mini. Get ready for your close-up. Rick Broida. by Rick Broida. April 22, 2013 12:03 PM PDT Follow @cheapskateblog. The Photojojo iPad Telephoto Lens adds some serious ...

Google Now could be Google's new home page
CNET
iGoogle isn't long for this world, but that doesn't mean that Google won't have a personalized home page for you. Seth Rosenblatt. by Seth Rosenblatt. April 22, 2013 12:52 PM PDT Follow @b1g1nj4p4n. A Google-made extension appears to port Google...

Tumblr Rolls Out Ads on Mobile Apps
PC Magazine
Tumblr today introduced ads into its mobile feed, adding another revenue source for the popular blogging service. Advertisers can now pay to promote their posts to those using Tumblr's iOS and Android applications. "It works very simply," Lee Brown, ...

Huawei debuts 5-inch A199 for China
CNET
The Jelly Bean has room for two SIM cards, which means that it won't land at a U.S. carrier. Scott Webster. by Scott Webster. April 22, 2013 1:33 PM PDT Follow @swebster77. Huawei's latest Android, the dual-sim A199, features a 5-inch display.

CA piles into API management with Layer 7 acquisition
Register
CA Technologies has hopped into API management via the acquisition of Layer 7 technologies as the company continues to reinvent itself for the software-as-a-service era. The acquisition follows a similar move by Intel to acquire Mashery last week, and API ...

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