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Manslaughter charge turns to murder after prosecutors examine suspect's tweets

A series of tweets have helped upgrade a California resident's vehicular manslaughter charge into a charge of murder because of their morbid tone. The <i>Oakland Tribune</i> reports that 18-year-old Cody Hall received the initial charge late last month for allegedly hitting and killing a bicyclist with a …

City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones. The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.”<p>Quartz was the first to report on the …

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The age of the connected car will bring new safety, comfort — and threats

How do you reduce the number of highway accidents? Just tell all the cars to look out for each other.<p>As far out as that may sound, that's exactly what the National Transportation Safety Board recommended this week, following a fatal bus crash, and it's part of a fundamental shift in the automotive …

Smart Streets Soon Will Know You're Walking On Them

Cities are using microradar to count bicyclists, and they may soon be detecting pedestrians, too, as America’s transportation agencies follow a public migration away from the automobile and toward alternate modes of transporation.<p>“We want to be able to measure bikes, pedestrians, transit users, …

If The Government Can Access Our Facebook Data, What Happens When We Have Computers On Our Faces?

Wearables will follow a similar path as the smartphone market, Forrester analysts predicted in April 2012. “Wearables will move mainstream,” they said.<p>But will they?<p>Do you believe this?<p>Do I?<p>Maybe?<p>From fitness trackers to smartwatches to computers you wear on your face, this emerging market, enabled …