The US government is no stranger to casting a large net in hopes of catching a few fish, so news of a new vehicle tracking database isn't entirely surprising. The Justice Department has a sophisticated database to track vehicle movements, and several other agencies are already using the data.
Several US law enforcement agencies already use automated license plate scanners mounted to police vehicles, and there also stationary systems that monitor highways and also take pictures of the vehicles. Some of these systems can actually be used to identify individuals inside of the vehicles.
The Justice Department has noted that there are already 343 million records in the database. This data includes the vehicle, time, and direction of travel. The primary intention is to find trafficking offenders for the DEA, but the Justice Department plans to expand the system to search for vehicles involved in rapes and murders. There is no word if the system will be expanded to encompass even more types of crime.
Google is announcing four new cities they are adding to the ultra-fast Google Fiber network. According to the Wall Street Journal the blazing-fast one gigabit connections will soon be added in Atlanta and Nashville. Lucky North Carolinians will get two cities added to the list, with Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte joining the ranks of those blessed with fast connections for as low as $80 per month.
The rollouts will not be offered to the entire city in each area, but instead will be deployed based upon customer interest. This expansion more than doubles the number of cities benefitting from Google Fiber connections, which are currently offered in Kansas City, MO, Austin, TX, and Provo, UT.
Google Fiber is challenging the status quo of normal ISP's, which charge prices well in excess of global averages for a fraction of the speed. The US lags woefully behind other developed countries in terms of speed and price, and much of that has to do with rules and regulations governing telecommunication firms. President Obama recently took to the airwaves to announce executive actions targeting these restrictive regulations, so there are some hopeful developments along that front.
Between PC gaming and console gaming, there is a lot that gamers have to be thankful for - but it could be a rather dull year, according to an industry analyst.
"My general thesis is that nothing is going to happen in 2015, it's going to be really, really dull," said Nicholas Lovell, founder of Gamesbrief and industry analyst, in a statement to the Guardian.
Don't worry, gamers, Lovell is speaking more towards an industry shakeup, not that new game titles won't be entertaining to play. There will be plenty of new game titles for PC, console, and mobile gamers, with studios excited to push the limits of recent hardware improvements.
Companies have struggled against cyberattacks and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, while mobile devices remain "the perfect target for attackers," said Thomas Tschersich, Deutsche Telekom's computer security chief.
Cybercriminals are able to easily compromise mobile devices, and with connection speeds via mobile topping many home broadband connections, can be exploited to launch attacks against targets. To counter this threat, Deutsche Telekom informs around 20,000 German subscribers per month about malware infection - and urges them to remove the malware.
Despite Deutsche Telekom's proactive efforts, attack bandwidth is estimated at several gigabytes per hour from these mobile devices. For just a couple hundred euros, criminals are able to launch attack and generate an impressive return on investment (ROI) for their efforts.
Coinbase has launched the first regulated bitcoin exchange in the United States, dubbing the new service Coinbase Exchange, available for residents in 24 states. The company has worked with federal regulators for more than one year, trying to create guidelines to promote safety for current clients.
The new service is designed "to bring increased stability to the bitcoin ecosystem," which has endured extreme volatility - and recent high-profile bitcoin heists. Coinbase serves as a storage facility so consumers and merchants are able to make transactions, and allows interested buyers to bid on and trade their cryptocurrency stash.
"A proper U.S. exchange that's trustworthy, that's insured, we were the first guys to get insurance on our bitcoin in some form, this will really help bring a dampening of volatility," said Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of Coinbase, while speaking on CNBC's Squawk on the Street. "I think the New York Stock Exchange sees this as an important trend."
With the ability to fly up to 61 mph, track emergency calls using a GPS for navigation and reach a patient within 12 square km in under 60 seconds - this drone is set to greatly increase cardiac-related survival rates for members of the public.
Once the drone arrives at the scene, an operator can observe, speak with and instruct any willing helper how to operate the devices located on-board. Still not impressive enough? As according to their official Facebook page, a 125 mph model is currently being worked on, achieved through more power and decreased drag.
Complete with the on-board camera, GPS capabilities and speaker system, this drone is set to carry a defibrillator, allowing passers-by to attempt a heart restart of any cardiac victim that may need this drones life-saving service.
Featuring a real-time traffic network that is community-curated, the Waze app by Google is making some US Sheriffs uneasy - they're claiming that it will aide cop stalking and allowing would-be cop killers to complete their tasks with ease.
Sergio Kopelev, a reserve deputy sheriff from California, and Sheriff Mike Brown from Virginia are two officers that have asked Google to abandon the police-tracker feature located within.
This feature has been located within Waze for some time now, however it's been brought to light though an Instagram conversation between 'dontrunup' and another user. 'dontrunup' is the Instagram username for the a well-known person responsible for the death of two police officers in NYPD last December, Ismaaiyl Brinsley - explained as a revenge act due to Eric Garner's death.
You've all seen the warnings, apparently everything in Australia is out to kill you - just not the friendly human population. First there's the snakes, then the drop bears, then the spiders, the weather, stingrays, sharks and a never ending list of sharp, ferocious or poisonous wildlife options.
In a some more lighthearted social media news, Aussies have taken to Twitter to share their #YouKnowYou'reInAustraliaWhen experiences, explaining their take on various Aussie-related things to do with sunburn, popular TV shows, local animals, online shopping and more.
Here's some of the best that we've picked out just for you - if you're not a native, you're unlike to understand all of them but there should be a couple that drag a chuckle out of you.
Not only has the popular North American-based Counter-Strike league ESEA thrown the ban-hammer at some professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players caught in a betting ring, but Valve themselves have spoken - barring these players from all future 'Valve majors'.
The betting ring saw players gather upwards of $10,000 worth of in-game items thanks to one singular match in which members created numerous betting accounts and purposefully altered the final score to suit their own benefit.
In an official release, ESEA stated that these bans were originally listed as one-year only on their platform, however "ESEA reserves the right to extend the bans indefinitely."
SAPPHIRE was the first in the world with a Radeon R9 290X with 8GB of VRAM, with its Vapor-X model but now it's back with another model, the Tri-X card. The new card features SAPPHIRE's great triple fan cooler, increased clocks, and dual BIOS.
We have 2816 stream processing units on the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X 8GB, with an engine clock of 1020MHz. 8GB of GDDR5 is spread across a 512-bit memory bus, clocked at 1375MHz (5.5GHz effective). SAPPHIRE has used its original PCB, with a 6-phase power design pushing upwards of 240W, with two 8-pin PCIe power connectors which provide up to 375W of total power.
SAPPHIRE is pushing this card out to its usual e-tailers and retailers, but we've reached out to the company and requested a sample already. So expected a review from us in the very near future.