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Researchers track fishing fleets by putting radar sensors on birds

Enlarge (credit: Mayumi Arimitsu, USGS) Wildlife management has been revolutionized by the ability to track species in their natural habitats—to figure out what areas they actually occupy, where they feed, and so on. For years, that ability was limited to large mammals, which could easily handle the bulky batteries and electronics required to frequently broadcast …

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Apple reports a blowout Q1 2020, but names coronavirus as a worry for the next quarter

The introduction of Apple AirPods Pro played a key part in driving a strong quarter for Apple. [credit:Apple ] Based on the latest Apple quarterly earnings report, it seems that Apple’s newer iPhone models have been a hit, along with the fast-selling Apple Watch and AirPods Pro (pictured above) devices. Critically, the quarter included holiday …

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Amazon’s Ring app shares loads of your personal info, report finds

Enlarge / A Ring camera doorbell. (credit: Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images) Amazon’s Ring line of home surveillance products has come under intense scrutiny in recent months following a seemingly endless litany of worrying revelations about Ring’s police partnerships, account security, vulnerabilities, employee snooping, and sharing of extremely detailed location data. Now, we …

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London to deploy live facial recognition to find wanted faces in a crowd

Enlarge / Security cameras sit on a pole near the Houses of Parliament in the Westminster district of London, UK, on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The Metropolitan Police will be adding new “live facial recognition” systems to their sensor collection, aimed at spotting wanted persons walking through targeted areas. (credit: ason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images) …

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Amazon faces employee revolt over slow climate action

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, in May 2018. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Hundreds of Amazon employees on Monday issued statements blasting their own employer and calling for the company to do more to fight climate change. Some employees also praised Amazon’s decision last September to order 100,000 electric vans—part of …

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Here’s the latest on the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan

Enlarge / HONG KONG, CHINA – 2020/01/28: Pedestrians wear sanitary masks to prevent infections. (credit: Getty | SOPA images) An outbreak of a never-before-seen coronavirus that causes viral pneumonia has continued to surge in China, with over 4,500 confirmed cases and over 100 deaths. Nearly all of the cases and all of the deaths are …

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Dealmaster: Amazon’s whole Fire TV streamer lineup is on sale for the Super Bowl

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a suite of deals on Amazon’s Fire TV streamers. The offers include the 1080p Fire TV Stick for $25, the brawnier Fire TV Stick 4K for $35, the smart speaker-like Fire TV Cube for $100, and the Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR for $145. Those discounts …

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