The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn't see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn't hesitate. The police who keep watch over the town of 16,000 raffled off free cameras in a partnership with the camera manufacturer. So far, the devices have encountered more bears than criminals, but Chief Ed Stephens is still a fan. "Anything that helps keep the town safe, I'm going to do it," he said.But as more police agencies join with the company known as Ring, the partnerships are raising privacy concerns. Critics complain that the systems turn neighborhoods into places of constant surveillance and create suspicion that falls heavier on minorities. Police say the cameras can serve as a digital neighborhood watch. Critics also say Ring, a subsidiary of Amazon, appears to be marketing its cameras by stirring up fear of crime at a time when it's decreasing. Amazon's promotional videos show people … [Read more...] about Doorbell cams raise privacy fears and concerns about bias
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Dash cams remain the most effective proof for defending yourself in the case of a road traffic accident. These in-car camera systems record your journey and some insurance companies already accept the footage in the event of a claim, especially if it is unclear who was at fault. This can help settle claims more quickly and protect a driver's no-claims discount. Usage has increased dramatically, with AA research revealing 15% of drivers now use dash cams.The motoring organisation also considers dash cams can contribute to road safety, by making us more aware of our actions, as well as the actions of others. In addition, they can be a valuable tool for learner, new and returning drivers.The C570 sits on top of the Mio MiVue range. It certainly does not come from the 'cheap and cheerful' department.Unit measurements are 61x54x38mm, with a weight of 67.5g. The instructions are clear and straightforward, both for installation and use. Correct positioning is crucial to get the utmost … [Read more...] about TECH TALK: Mio MiVue C570 Dash Cam
Lifestyle / Entertainment by Press Association 09/05/2019, 2:03 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Sacked BBC broadcaster Danny Baker has been widely criticised by his peers over a tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby. The broadcaster tweeted a joke about Harry and Meghan’s new baby using a picture of a monkey, before apologising and removing the post following backlash and claims of racism. Baker was fired from his weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live with immediate effect by the corporation, although some have called the sacking a mistake. Broadcaster and actor Gyles Brandreth defended Baker, tweeting that “when it comes to trying to be funny, everyone makes mistakes”. He added: “All I know is that Danny Baker @prodnose is a great broadcaster, a fine writer and one of the most decent & delightful guys in the business. I’m honoured to know him.” In a now-deleted tweet, Talkradio host Iain … [Read more...] about Danny Baker widely criticised after BBC sacking
News by Press Association 20/04/2019, 8:03 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Anyone who thought 3D smartphones were dead and gone, think again, as Rokit has decided to launch two handsets. The relatively unknown brand has launched the IO 3D and IO Pro 3D in the UK, despite notable failures of the LG Optimus 3D in 2011 and the Amazon Fire Phone in 2014. But with an attractive price point, can it lure people to unfamiliar territory? Design The IO 3D Pro looks and feels like any other budget smartphone on the market, with an all-plastic body that looks like metal, and reasonable in thickness and weight, at 8.37mm and 172g respectively. There are no fancy notches, but there is a fingerprint scanner on the back to replace the traditional password entry. Display and sound Rokit has taken a risk opting for a 3D-enabled display that doesn’t require glasses, given that attempts by other companies have failed. If you like 3D, the effects look quite … [Read more...] about Should you buy… the Rokit IO Pro 3D?
Hardcore gaming requires hardcore tech. As you may already have learned from a screen falling short of your system, top-of-the-line CPUs and graphics cards can be rendered relatively useless without the monitor to match. Luckily, we’re here to help. We have searched high and low and poured over specs and small print to become a veritable auditor of monitors. Here are the five best gaming monitors on the market. But first, a quick guide on what you should be looking for... Gaming monitor buying guide: what to look for Resolution The first thing most buyers look for is a gaming monitor with good display resolution. Visual detail can be a necessity in modern games and a higher resolution allows for sharper details and better overall clarity. Good gaming monitors tend to be 1080p (Full HD), 1440p (QHD/2K) or 2160p (UHD/4K) and - though it may be natural to immediately search for UHD - it is important to consider your hardware limitations when choosing your … [Read more...] about Best gaming monitors 2019 (and all the jargon explained)