Orlando police decide to keep testing controversial Amazon facial recognition program

SAN FRANCISCO — The Orlando Police Department in Florida is planning to continue its test of a facial recognition program from Amazon, despite outcry from civil rights and privacy groups that law enforcement and government agencies could abuse the technology. OPD announced last month that the trial proof of concept run of the software had expired, but OPD public information officer, Sgt. Eduardo Bernal, said in a release Monday that the department will continue its…

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T-Mobile-Sprint merger odds may rise on cable move to mobile

Cable companies have begun offering wireless phone service that uses networks built by big mobile carriers — a trend that could ease the way for Bellevue-based T-Mobile US and Sprint to merge. That’s because regulators are more likely to approve the deal if they conclude there will still be sufficient competition even if the third- and fourth-biggest mobile providers combine. They are examining the idea. One of the regulators deciding…

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Verizon’s severance offer goes to about 44,000 employees

Verizon Communications offered voluntary severance packages last month to roughly 44,000 employees.That comes to more than a quarter of the carrier’s workforce. Ticker Security Last Change %Chg VZ VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. 54.94 -0.08 -0.15% A spokesman for the company confirmed the scope of the offer, which was previously reported by The Wall Street Journal. The severance packages will give Verizon “an opportunity to find more efficiencies in the size and scope of our…

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Starbucks first ever U.S. “Signing Store” will allow customers to order in sign language

Starbucks announced Thursday that they will open its first American “Signing Store,” in Washington D.C. this fall, which will be designed with the deaf community in mind. The cafe plans to hire 20-25 employees, from across the United States, who will be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL), meaning deaf individuals will be able to step up to the counter knowing they can communicate easily and effectively. The concept was…

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MoviePass forcing users to choose between two movies a day at odd hours

After announcing a price increase and then immediately reversing it at the end of July, MoviePass spent yet another weekend making headlines for all the wrong reasons. According to a New York Post report, the service crashed once again on Friday, but before it went down, users discovered that they were only being offered two possible screenings: the poorly-reviewed Slender Man and Mission: Impossible – Fallout at inconvenient hours. The…

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Just Dunkin’: Dunkin’ Donuts to change its name

Dunkin’ is dropping the donuts — from its name, anyway. Doughnuts are still on the menu, but the company is renaming itself “Dunkin’” to reflect its increasing emphasis on coffee and other drinks. The change will officially take place in January, when the new name will start appearing on napkins, boxes, and signs at its U.S. stores. The name change will eventually be adopted by international stores. Dunkin’ has more…

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If You Have an iPhone, Do This Right Now—Just in Case You Get Pulled Over by Police

iPhone users have created shortcuts that allow Apple’s flagship product to automatically record video, text a location to an emergency contact, and even stop police from entering the phone—just in case the iPhone owner has an interaction with a law enforcement officer. Apple recently introduced “Shortcuts” to iOS 12, an app that allows iPhone owners to design their own automated commands for their phone. Although the concept isn’t new (this…

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How To Outsmart Amazon And Pay The Lowest Price Every Time

Think you’re already getting the best prices? You’ll be surprised. Amazon has an enormous selection and cheap prices, so its no wonder that it’s one of the most popular online shopping destinations. However, the Amazon system makes it nearly impossible for the average shopper to compare prices and get the best possible deal. Even a careful shopper can accidentally overpay—I definitely have, especially when I’m in a hurry! Luckily, there’s…

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Are companies putting your credit card data at risk?

Companies’ compliance with specified consumer card payment protection standards is slipping across the globe for the first time in six years, a new Verizon report showed. Verizon’s 2018 Payment Security Report showed “a concerning downtrend” in company compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, which was created to help businesses that accept card transactions secure their payment systems from breaches and consumer data theft. In 2017, Verizon found…

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1.6 million US workers rely on gig apps and websites for income

As part of its monthly labor review for September, the US Department of Labor released a report on workers in the “gig economy,” such as those who worked for Uber, GrubHub, or TaskRabbit. It revealed that this work now accounts for at least 1 percent of total employment in the country. The statistics are a little old, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics is using numbers from May 2017. But…

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The big four U.S. carriers are joining forces to get rid of app passwords

The big four U.S. carriers are waging a war against passwords and specifically the need for a different password for each app you use on your phone. To that end, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have joined forces to launch “Project Verify,” a new approach to password management that’s designed to make accessing apps easier while keeping your phone nice and secure. Project Verify was first spotted by The Verge,…

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Apple’s Using Your Call and Text Data to Figure Out Whether to ‘Trust’ Your Devices

VentureBeat noticed a new provision inside the updated iTunes Store terms and privacy disclosure that came with Monday’s release of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. Apple now says it will take into account certain information about how you use your iOS device or Apple TV to determine a rating for that device. The new language, which can be found online on Apple’s iTunes Store & Privacy page, reads:…

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