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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We might live in an age of persistent and pervasive surveillance. The recent revelations about the secret National Security Agency programs aimed at collecting vast amounts of data on Americans and foreigners seemingly confirm what tinfoil-wearing netizens have feared for years: They're watching us; technology has turned against its users. Amidst prying eyes, a small but growing group of hackers and programmers is working on applications that use cryptography — the science of creating techniques to hide data and render it readable only to intended recipients — to fight surveillance and give regular citizens access to what was once only reserved to computer experts. It's a battle of geek-made encryption apps against their uniformed snooping foes. SEE ALSO: 10 Better Alternatives to Your iPhone’s Native Apps And the spying agencies of the world are getting more adversaries every day. In fact, there are so many apps it's almost impossible to list them all: Silent Circle … [Read more...] about Is It the Dawn of the Encryption App?
In August, Ladar Levison, the founder of Lavabit — the email service provider allegedly used by Edward Snowden — decided to shut down the entire company rather than comply with a broad surveillance request . A few hours later, spooked by Levison's extreme move, private communications startup Silent Circle abruptly and preemptively shut down its own email service, too. See also: Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software? Now, almost three months later, Lavabit and Silent Circle will announce their plans to join forces and launch Dark Mail, a new secure, encrypted and peer-to-peer email system more resistant to government surveillance. They're calling it the "Dark Mail Alliance." "It's time to build a new email protocol that is secure by default, because we can't trust the Internet anymore, we can't trust governments anymore ," said Levison in an interview with Mashable . "So we need to build a new system that is resilient to that kind of … [Read more...] about Email Providers Build Service to Protect Your Inbox From the NSA
A do-it-yourself market in technology always establishes not just inventions, but also a culture. That's certainly the case for the drone racing culture that has sprung up in the last five years, where enthusiasts cobble together drones from parts , complete with virtual reality glasses and audio-video systems to send the live feed from their drones to the goggles, to give one the feeling of racing at two hundred miles an hour through backyards and living rooms. There's tons of footage of competitive races at blogs such as The Tiny Whoop . Hence, stepping into that marketplace, for any consumer vendor, is a challenge, because it means taking on a culture. That's the challenge that DJI, one of the world's most prominent drone makers, has set for itself with its first entrée into what is called FPV drones, for "first person view." With a shape more bug-like than any of those, DJI's FPV went on sale Tuesday for $1,299 , sporting a set of virtual reality goggles. The company is … [Read more...] about Virtually flying there: DJI unveils its first FPV drone
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