Police Reform Bill Proposes Mandatory Body Cameras for Federal Officers

They can’t use facial recognition tech without a court order. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 9, 2020 5 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Congressional Democrats have unveiled a sweeping police reform bill with the aim of overhauling law enforcement in the US. They announced the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 following the alleged police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis two weeks ago. His death sparked widespread protests against police brutality and racism. Among the measures the authors propose are mandatory body cameras for all uniformed federal officers and dashboard cameras for marked federal police vehicles. However, the bill won’t require state and local police officers to wear them. Officers will have to switch on their cameras whenever they’re responding to a service call or interacting with a member of the public in “any other law enforcement or investigative encounter.” […]

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Spotify Snags Joe Rogan’s Podcast as Its Latest Exclusive

The video version of the show will also move to Spotify later this year. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 20, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Spotify has added another major podcast to its audio war chest: The Joe Rogan Experience. On September 1st, the show will arrive on Spotify for the first time, with all users (including those on the free tier) having access to the full JRE archive. At some point before the end of the year, the podcast will become a Spotify exclusive.  The video version of the podcast is also moving to Spotify (which started testing video podcasts this month) as part of the multi-year deal. The show’s YouTube channel will remain active, but Rogan said it’ll only host clips rather than full episodes. He’ll also retain full creative control and ownership of JRE.     With around 190 million downloads per month as of last […]

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Tesla Will Reveal Its ‘Cyberpunk’ Electric Pickup on November 21st

Elon Musk announced when you’ll get to see the Cybertruck for the first time. November 7, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget If you’ve been eager to cast your eyes on Tesla’s pickup truck, you won’t have to wait too much longer. CEO Elon Musk says the automaker will reveal its Cybertruck at a Los Angeles event on November 21st. Cybertruck unveil on Nov 21 in LA near SpaceX rocket factory — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2019 Musk talked up the truck at Tesla’s annual shareholders’ meeting in June. He suggested that Ford’s F-150, which Musk called a “great truck,” is a bit of a benchmark for Tesla’s own vehicle (Ford’s working on an electric version of that, too). The Cybertruck has been crafted to “meet or exceed an F-150. If the F-150 can do it then a Tesla truck should be able to do it.” Musk suggested it […]

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‘Uber Pet’ Will Let Drivers Know Your Furry Friend Is Coming Too

Now, you can give your driver a heads up you will be bringing a pet along. October 9, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Uber is testing a new ride option called Uber Pet, through which you can give drivers a heads up that you’re bringing your pet along. Starting November 16th, riders in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa Bay will see the option in the Uber app. Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile App You’ll pay a “small surcharge” to ride with your furry friend, though. You’ll see the fee on your receipt and Uber’ll add it to the upfront price if you choose that option. It could help both riders and drivers avoid any unwanted surprises. It might give you peace of mind that a driver is happy to have a pet in their car and won’t cancel as […]

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Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat — Source of Multimillion-Dollar Empire — Dies at Age 7

Grumpy Cat, real name Tarder Sauce, gained global fame in 2012 when photos of her went viral. May 17, 2019 1 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Grumpy Cat, the adorably grouchy-looking meme machine kitty, has passed away. The family of the dearly departed cat said she suffered complications from a urinary tract infection. She died on Tuesday at the age of seven. Some days are grumpier than others… pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97 — Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019 Her world-famous expression was the result of a birth defect, and Grumpy’s owners parlayed her popularity into a multimillion-dollar empire, with merchandise, books and a Lifetime movie. As you might expect, tributes flooded in following the news of her passing. goodbye grumpy cat pic.twitter.com/2LmoYXM1Rr — shitty watercolour (@SWatercolour) May 17, 2019 Hope they meet in heaven #RIPGrumpyCat pic.twitter.com/qdPlt7poGb — Greeshma Megha M.S (@GreeshmaMegha) May 17, 2019 Thank you, Grumpy Cat, for understanding @OscarTheGrouch like no […]

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Ubisoft Is Donating $564,000 to Help Rebuild Notre-Dame

‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ features the cathedral and will be free to download for a week. April 18, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Following the fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris this week, Ubisoft has pledged €500,000 ($564,000) to help restore the iconic church. The studio, which faithfully recreated Notre-Dame in Assassin’s Creed Unity, is also offering that game for free until April 25th on PC to honor the landmark. “We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how,” Ubisoft, which is headquartered in France and has studios in Paris, said. In solidarity with everyone moved by Monday’s events we’re donating to the restoration of Notre-Dame & giving you the chance to play @AssassinsCreed Unity on Uplay for free. Details below: — Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 17, 2019 Such is the level of accuracy and detail that Ubisoft put into its version of […]

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Endgame’ Pre-Sales Are Crashing Movie Ticket Sites

Some Marvel fans had to wait more than an hour to secure their tickets. April 2, 2019 1 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget If you were hoping to snag Avengers: Endgame tickets in a snap when pre-sales opened this morning, you might have been dismayed to see error messages or long wait times on ticket sites. Many of those trying to make sure they can see the Marvel blockbuster as soon as possible were greeted with error codes on several ticket sites in the U.S., U.K. and Canada (including AMC and Cineplex), while others were faced with virtual lines of more than an hour and other problems. The most lucrative ad space in America right now is the Avengers Endgame ticket waiting page pic.twitter.com/cvaciOE6wO — Andrew Watts (@thatswattsup) April 2, 2019 Atom told Deadline it sold three times as many tickets in the first hour of pre-sales as it did for Avengers: Infinity War over the […]

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Google Says It Was Paying Men Less Than Women in Some Jobs

It shelled out $9.7 million to narrow pay gaps for 10,677 employees. March 5, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget In a surprising contrast with typical pay disparity situations, Google found it was paying men less than women working in similar roles in 2018. In particular, Level 4 Software Engineers who identified as men “received less discretionary funds than women,” Google said. Following the results of its annual pay equity study, Google has given 10,677 employees $9.7 million in additional compensation. It’s not clear how many men received pay increases. The figures increased massively from last year, when Google paid $270,000 to narrow the wage gap for 228 workers. As part of the study, Google looked for pay discrepancies in offers to new hires. This accounted for 49 percent of the total spent on pay adjustment. Google also acknowledged adjusting pay directly is only part of the issue. “Because leveling, performance ratings, and […]

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Postmates Unveils Its Adorable Autonomous Delivery Robot

Serve looks a bit like Wall-E, but for bringing your lunch to the office. December 13, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Postmates has revealed a cute autonomous delivery robot called Serve, which seems to take a design cue or two from Wall-E, with its big eyes and yellow finish. While the company has tested third-party autonomous delivery options in the past, it decided to build Serve from the ground up. When Serve shows up at your front door or office, you’ll use your phone or a code to unlock the compartment and retrieve your items. The robot can carry up to 50 pounds of goods and can travel up to 30 miles on a single charge. Postmates also plans to collect items with Serve (especially in busy areas) and return them to its delivery hubs so delivery drivers can bring them to you. Related: MIT Researchers Create a Robot Houseplant That Moves […]

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