Secret NYPD Files: Officers Who Lie And Brutally Beat People Can Keep Their Jobs–Buzzfeed

Internal NYPD files show that hundreds of officers who committed the most serious offenses — from lying to grand juries to physically attacking innocent people — got to keep their jobs, their pensions, and their tremendous power over New Yorkers’ lives.


Review: Prizmo Go — get text from a piece of paper into your iPhone – iPhone J.D.

Jeff Richardson

In my increasingly paperless law practice, most of the documents that I need are already in PDF or some other electronic format, so when I need to get some text out of a document, I can typically just select that text using my computer or iOS device.  But sometimes I find myself working with a paper document — perhaps a single sheet of paper, perhaps a magazine, book, etc. — and I need to get some text out of that document so that I can work with it.  If it is short enough I can just retype it manually, but that is a pain for longer text.  Prizmo Go, an app which was released in 2017, has as its single focus the task of getting text from a paper document into your iPhone (or iPad) so that you can work with it.  Use the app to take a picture of the document, the app does an OCR to read the text, and then the app gives you the text.  The app itself is free, but there are some in-app purchases, discussed below.  The developer gave me a one-month Premium Plan account at no cost (which normally costs $0.99) so that I could see all of the features.  The app works well and I can recommend it.

$20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True – TidBITS

by Josh Centers


I didn’t know what to do until I saw a recommendation for the WyzeCam, a boxy little 1080p Wi-Fi video camera with limited free cloud storage, night vision, and a speaker and microphone for two-way communication — check out its video (which was not captured on a WyzeCam, alas). Those are all standard features for connected security cameras, but what seemed too good to be true was its price: $19.99. Add in $5.99 for shipping, so it’s really a bit closer to $30, but that’s still a fraction of the price of the competition.

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