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Driving license tests just got smarter in India with Microsoft’s AI project

Driving license tests just got smarter in India with Microsoft’s AI project

An American giant may have figured out a way to simplify the tedious procedure of issuing driver’s licenses. And an early sneak peek of this solution is now live in parts of India. Hundreds of people who have taken the driver’s license test in Dehradun, the capital of Indian state Uttarakhand near the Himalayan foothills,…
ARM will continue to license chip architecture to Huawei after all

ARM will continue to license chip architecture to Huawei after all

ARM will continue to license its chip architectures to Huawei. The company’s legal team has reached the decision that ARM’s v8 and v9 architectures are “UK-origin technologies” and therefore not subject to the United States’ trade ban, which limits US companies from working with Huawei, per a report from Reuters. The ban was put in…
Can License Plate Readers Really Reduce Crime?

Can License Plate Readers Really Reduce Crime?

In March, police in an Atlanta suburb embarked on a surveillance experiment they hoped would reduce crime in the area. Along public roads near the local Six Flags amusement park, officers from the Cobb County Police Department installed 13 solar-powered automatic license plate readers from Flock Safety, an Atlanta-based startup on a mission to “eliminate…
Axon adds license plate recognition to police dash cams, but heeds ethics board’s concerns

Axon adds license plate recognition to police dash cams, but heeds ethics board’s concerns

Law enforcement tech outfitter Axon has announced that it will include automated license plate recognition in its next generation of dash cams. But its independent ethics board has simultaneously released a report warning of the dire consequences should this technology be deployed irresponsibly. Axon makes body and dash cams for law enforcement, the platform on…
An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

China uses facial recognition technology to track Uyghur Muslims. The US military uses drones to kill suspected terrorists—any nearby civilians. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement—which has locked children in cages near the Mexican border—relies on software for communications and coordination, like all modern organizations.Someone had to write the code that makes all of that possible.…
Billions of license plate scans are part of a private surveillance database

Billions of license plate scans are part of a private surveillance database

It costs just $20 to look up a license plate in the data base, and $70 to receive a "live alert" that flags when a plate shows up.As you might have already suspected, this automatic data gathering creates many issues. For one, most of the vehicles in the database are of completely innocent people who…
Having ‘Null’ as a license plate is about as much of a nightmare as you’d expect

Having ‘Null’ as a license plate is about as much of a nightmare as...

I’m not a massive fan of personalized license plates, but even I feel a little bad for Joseph Tartaro, a security researcher who, at one point, had as much as $12,049 in traffic fines because of an ill-advised license plate choice. Wired reports that Tartaro registered the plate back in late 2016, and since paying…
How a ‘NULL’ License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell

How a ‘NULL’ License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell

Joseph Tartaro never meant to cause this much trouble. Especially for himself.In late 2016, Tartaro decided to get a vanity license plate. A security researcher by trade, he ticked down possibilities that related to his work: SEGFAULT, maybe, or something to do with vulnerabilities. Sifting through his options, he started typing “null pointer,” but caught…
Ola gets a taxi license in London and plans to launch services in September

Ola gets a taxi license in London and plans to launch services in September

London is one of the world’s biggest markets for consumers that travel using ride-hailing services. Is it now also becoming one of the most crowded when it comes to the companies offering the transportation, too? Today, India’s Ola confirmed that it is the latest of the wave of app-based ride-hailing providers to receive a license…

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First look at Dwarf Fortress Steam version gameplay – Eurogamer.net

Bay 12 Games has offered a first look at gameplay from the Steam version of Dwarf Fortress.In the video below, developer Tarn Adams runs through the complex simulation's visuals, world generation and of course, dwarves. Classic Dwarf Fortress uses ASCII-art, but this new version has graphics, and is set for a paid release on Steam…

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