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The U.S. is opening antitrust investigations into Microsoft and Nvidia over their dominance of the rapidly emerging field of artificial intelligence, according to people familiar with the matter.
Police in Woodhaven, Mich., learned that caller ID was displaying the chief's full name, and a resident was told to send $10,000 to an address in California or face criminal charges.
A 35-year-old man from Altamonte Springs, Fla., was arrested after dismantling 22 license plate readers in Seminole County, Fla., ultimately being caught by the same technology he sought to take down.
Owensboro, Ky., elected officials were largely in agreement with decisions by the city’s police and fire departments to stop broadcasting radio transmissions over publicly accessible radio channels.
A bill introduced in the New York City Council last week would change the New York City Correction Department’s longtime practice of recording and keeping jail telephone calls. A court-ordered warrant or consent would be required.
Police in the Pittsburgh area are investing in VirTra, a firearms simulator that creates real-world scenarios and allows officers to improve critical thinking, de-escalation and firearm skills.
A federal court jury in Seattle on Thursday ruled against Boeing in a lawsuit brought by failed electric airplane startup Zunum, awarding $81 million in damages — which the judge has the option to triple.
Police in Anchorage, Alaska, began using body-worn cameras this year. Now, body cam video of a fatal officer-involved shooting could test a state position on releasing footage that could be evidence.
Thanks to technological advances being tested in the upcoming hurricane season, scientists may be able to predict hurricanes with greater certainty, providing Gulf Coast communities with advance warning.
As Houston public safety leaders continue to decry staffing shortages, the police department has come to rely on license plate scanning technology more than any other city in the country, an official said.
The state will issue every sworn officer in its Department of Corrections a body-worn camera. This will make it just the second department in the country to equip state corrections officers with the devices.
The deal brings together a gov tech firm that focuses on local governments and an app that neighbors use to keep track of what’s going on. CivicPlus says the integration will boost civic engagement.
With the new federal money, the Allentown police will soon upgrade the city’s police cruisers, photo equipment and the software used to document crime scenes or test for illegal drugs.
The Effingham Police Department is looking to cut down on the time it takes to file reports by purchasing new crash report software from Quicket Solutions Inc. at an annual cost of $6,000.
Amid a shortage of human lifeguards, drones equipped with flotation devices will be helping New York City lifeguards rescue swimmers in distress this summer season, city officials said Saturday.