The NYPD is using a new pattern recognition system to help solve crimes

The NYPD is using a new pattern recognition system to help solve crimes

The New York City Police Department is using a new software system called Patternizer, which helps officers search through “hundreds of thousands” of case files, according to a report in The Washington Post. The report says that the software was developed in house, and allows analysts to search across a wide range of files to look for patterns or similar crimes. Previously, they would have had to have gone through physical files. In one example,…

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Apple is giving users a 10 percent when they add money to their account

Apple is giving users a 10 percent when they add money to their account

Apple is giving users some extra cash when they transfer money to their Apple ID account, as spotted byMacRumors. Through March 14th, users who transfer money from their debit or credit cart to their account will get a 10 percent bonus credit. Users can add money to their accounts if they dig into their phone’s settings: you first must go into settings, then to iTunes & App Store. From there, you click on your Apple…

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NCAA athletes could now receive more compensation, but with limits

NCAA athletes could now receive more compensation, but with limits

A federal court ruled on Friday that the association could not cap the education-related scholarship packages that schools offer students. On Friday, the system that prevents college athletes from being compensated for their labor (beyond the scholarships that some receive) cracked open, just a little bit. A federal judge in California ruled that the NCAA’s rules on compensation violate antitrust laws and must be slightly expanded. Per the Alston v. NCAA ruling, the association can…

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Palmer Luckey’s company earned a contract for the Pentagon’s Project Maven AI program

Palmer Luckey’s company earned a contract for the Pentagon’s Project Maven AI program

Palmer Luckey’s Anduril Industries has won a contract on the Pentagon’s controversial AI program, Project Maven, reports The Intercept. Since founding the company in 2017, Luckey has focused on the defense industry, building advanced systems that could be used for border surveillance. Project Maven is a controversial artificial intelligence program that uses machine learning to sort through millions of hours of drone footage to help systems distinguish people from their surroundings. The project would help…

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In season 2, American Gods has fallen on hard times

In season 2, American Gods has fallen on hard times

Spoiler warning: This review reveals major plot points from season 1 of American Gods, and lays out season 2 storylines. Neil Gaiman’s 2007 novel American Gods tells the story of awesome, magical beings brought low by the loss of faith and the cold realities of the modern age. Now the same tragic fate has struck Starz’s American Gods TV adaptation, which returned for season 2 on March 10th. Conflicts about the show’s budget and adherence…

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Trump will reportedly ask Congress for another $8.6 billion to build the wall

Trump will reportedly ask Congress for another $8.6 billion to build the wall

The president plans to submit a budget request on Monday that’s essentially dead on arrival. President Donald Trump won’t let up on the border wall, and is reportedly set to ask Congress for $8.6 billion to deliver on his signature campaign promise — even after his smaller border-security ask prompted the longest shutdown in American history. Despite continued congressional resistance, Trump plans to submit a budget request to Congress tomorrow that, in addition to cutting…

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Public Official A charts Rod Blagojevich’s spectacular fall from grace

Public Official A charts Rod Blagojevich’s spectacular fall from grace

Remember Rod Blagojevich? My memory of the former Illinois Governor is the coverage of his case from The Daily Show as Jon Stewart made a long-running gag of exaggerating his name. In 2008, Governor Blagojevich was arrested and charged with corruption after a long-running investigation, and was eventually impeached and removed from office. A new podcast from WBEZ Chicago, Public Official A, delves into the events that led to Blagojevich’s removal from office, and why…

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