Amazon resists request for Echo info in Arkansas slaying–AP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Amazon is resisting an effort by Arkansas prosecutors to obtain potential recordings from a slaying suspect’s Amazon Echo smart speaker, saying authorities haven’t established that their investigation is more important than a customer’s privacy rights.

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Bought a couch? Need a truck? Try Truxx

Matt Steecker , ithacajournal.com | @MSteecker

Buying large merchandise at a store is never a pleasant experience, especially for those who don’t have a vehicle with plenty of cargo space.

Now a Syracuse man, partnered with two Broome County entrepreneurs, have fledgling company ready to solve the problem.

The story of Truxx, a truck-sharing delivery app  — think U-Haul meets Uber  — began when its now-CEO Carlos Suarez bought a 40-inch TV from a Target in Syracuse about two years ago.

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Data on man’s pacemaker led to his arrest on arson charges–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

Police charged a Middletown, Ohio, man with aggravated arson and insurance fraud after data on his pacemaker was inconsistent with his claims about his physical activity when his house burned down.

Police said they charged Ross Compton, 59, after obtaining a warrant to search the pacemaker, report WLWT and the Journal-News. Police Lt. Jimmy Cunningham told WLWT that one of the key pieces of information was the pacemaker evidence.

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North Carolina Law Students Must Disable MacBook Pro Touch Bar for 2017 Bar Exam [Updated] – Mac Rumors

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This is a notice for all applicants who will be using their laptop at the February 2017 North Carolina Bar Examination. If you are planning to use the newest version of the Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar, you will be required to disable the Touch Bar feature prior to entry into the Bar Examination Site. 

To disable the Touch Bar: 

From the Dock, open System Preferences, then double-click Keyboard, then open the drop-down menu for “Touch Bar Shows,” and select Expanded Control Strip. 

Please be advised that the Announcing Proctor will make an announcement at the start of the exam session asking anyone who is using a Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar to raise their hand so that a proctor or ExamSoft technician can come to their seat and ensure that the Touch Bar has been disabled.

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No reason is given…but read more, including an update that California has issued an even more restrictive rule…

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World’s Greatest Apple Watch Stand — MacSparky

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by David Sparks

Despite being an Apple Watch fan, I’d never purchased a dock for it. Laying it on its side always seemed good enough for me. That was until I saw this little beauty, which I immediately bought from Amazon for $15

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Ava for Professionals

 

Ava is a mobile application that provides real time captions to empower deaf and hard of hearing people to participate better in conversations. It connects people’s smartphones to each other, and captures the audio from a conversation, to translate all the speech into text. This way, a deaf or hard of hearing person can follow exactly who is saying what. 

Above is a video that shows you what this can look like:

In a group conversation, each smartphone with Ava is turned into a smart microphone for each person. Ava captions what people says in less than a second. Always looking at the best for your clients? Offer them the forefront of accessibility: many mobile ears and an artificial intelligence to complement hearing aids.

How does Ava works for group conversations.

Hearing aids, lip-reading or other assistive listening devices are not always enough for your deaf/hard-of-hearing clients to follow conversations. Restaurants, group conversations, spending time with friends, these are all situations that are challenging because. Not anymore – these situations are exactly what Ava has been designed for.

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Ava is a mobile app that everyone (coworkers, family members, friends) download on their smartphone. By connecting each other via the app, every smartphone becomes a microphone, and Ava captions what the group says on the deaf/hard-of-hearing person phone. They can then answer by either talking, or if they have a “Deaf” voice, typing. Ava can even voice the deaf person’s answer.

Ava is free, try and see for yourself: click here to download the app.

All NYC subway stations will have cell service by January 9th–engadget.com

Jon Fingas@jonfingas

01.06.17 in Transportation

When officials recently vowed that all New York City underground subway stations would have cellular coverage sometime in early 2017, they weren’t joking. Governor Cuomo has revealed that all active stations will have service from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon on January 9th. That’s on top of WiFi, which went live just before 2016 came to a close. The only exceptions are four stations that are either in mid-renovation or about to go through renovations, but they’ll have live service as soon as the makeovers are finished.

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