Singapore is looking to expand its use of cameras and technology to better support law enforcers and first responders. These include plans to tap sensors, video analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and drones to ease manpower shortages and improve service efficiencies. As it is, the police have deployed almost 90,000 cameras in public locations, such as car parks and residential estates, across the island. And "many more" will be rolled out in the coming years, according to Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam, who spoke at Parliament on Monday. Describing these cameras as "a game-changer" in deterring and investigating crimes, he said the devices had helped the police solve 4,900 cases as of December 2020. Singapore puts budget focus on transformation, innovation After tilting last year's budget towards 'emergency support' in light of the global pandemic, Singapore's government will spend SG$24 billion ($18.1 billion) over … [Read more...] about Singapore eyes more cameras, technology to boost law enforcement
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The NSA is not the only government agency asking tech companies for help in cracking technology to access user data. Sources say the FBI has a history of requesting digital backdoors, which are generally understood as a hidden vulnerability in a program that would, in theory, let the agency peek into suspects' computers and communications. In 2005, when Microsoft was about to launch BitLocker , its Windows software to encrypt and lock hard drives, the company approached the NSA, its British counterpart the GCHQ and the FBI, among other government and law-enforcement agencies. Microsoft's goal was twofold: get feedback from the agencies, and sell BitLocker to them. See also: Is It the Dawn of the Encryption App? But the FBI, concerned about its ability to fight crime — specifically, child pornography — apparently repeatedly asked Microsoft to put a backdoor in the software. A backdoor — or trapdoor — is a secret vulnerability that can be exploited to break or … [Read more...] about Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software?
It's early in the year, but iPhone 13 rumors keep dropping. And it looks like some significant changes could be on the way, especially for those willing to drop the big bucks. Some things are a given -- more powerful CPU and GPU, better camera tech and such. But the rumors and supply chain chatter also point to some other things that could be landing, and these could make quite a big splash. Must read: I bought a 9,000,000mAh power bank from eBay, and I got what I deserved ZDNet Recommends The best iPhone models Here are the top iPhone models (new and old) available to buy right now Read More First up is the continued speculation that the iPhone 13 will not feature a Lightning port . Apple's desire to reduce on ports is well-known, and dropping the Lightning port has been rumored for some time. But this time around it seems more real, especially with the release of Apple's own wireless MagSafe charging system . Dropping the Lightning port … [Read more...] about iPhone 13 features that might be worth waiting for