ChromeDroid Convergence | Tech Talk Today 84

ChromeDroid Convergence | Tech Talk Today 84

Pre-crime becomes a reality in London, powered by technology. Andy Rubin, Creator Of Android, leaves Google & we speculate if we’ll see a merging of Chrome & Android.

Plus the first browser dedicated to developers is coming & more!

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BBC News – London police trial gang violence ‘predicting’ software

Police in London have tested software designed to identify which gang members are most likely to commit violent crimes.

The 20-week pilot study is thought to have been the first of its kind in the UK, although similar experiments have been carried out elsewhere.

It used five years worth of historic data, but the idea would be to analyse up-to-date details if it is deployed.

Civil liberty campaigners have voiced concerns.

But Accenture – the firm that developed the software – highlighted the potential benefit it offered.

“You’ve got limited police resources and you need to target them efficiently,” said Muz Janoowalla, head of public safety analytics at the company.

“What this does is tell you who are the highest risk individuals that you should target your limited resources against.”
Flagging threats

The software works by merging together data from existing systems already used by the Metropolitan Police and carrying out predictive calculations.

Types of information ranged from previous crimes to social media activity.

Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

A series of slips by the nation’s top cop followed by communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has made Australia’s data retention bill even more of a potential horror than it seemed when it was introduced last week.” Writes Richard Chirgwin in an article about Australia’s new legislation.. “lawyers are already gathering, telling the ABC’s PM program that metadata could be demanded in family law cases and insurance cases” it continues, with the inevitable result that your internet browsing history will be used against people trying to resist demands during divorce. “What’s depressing is that Australians probably won’t take to the streets about this issue.

Andy Rubin, Creator Of Android, Leaves Google

According to the WSJ, Andy Rubin left Google after almost a decade of working for the company. He has been working at Google since 2005, when his company at the time, Android Inc., was acquired by the search giant. Rubin was in charge of Android until last year, when he was replaced as Android chief by Sundar Pichai, then the SVP of Chrome.

The First Browser Dedicated to Developers is Coming

We’ve redesigned the browser by looking at it through a completely new filter to put developers’ interests first. It’s built by developers for developers so you can debug the whole Web, allowing you to more easily build awesome Web experiences. It also integrates some powerful new tools like WebIDE and the Firefox Tools Adapter.

Soon, we’re going to bring you more, a lot more, in a package that you deserve as a builder for an independent Web.

Get ready to spread the word (#Fx10 #ChooseIndependent) or sign up for our Hacks newsletter here to be emailed as soon as the browser is available.

We can’t wait to share it with you on November 10th.

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