Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Hidden Discrimination In Criminal Risk-Assessment Scores

Courtrooms across the country are increasingly using a defendant's "risk assessment score" to help make decisions about bond, parole and sentencing. The companies behind these scores say they help predict whether a defendant will commit more crimes in the future. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Julia Angwin of ProPublica about a new investigation into risk assessment scores.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Red Light Camera Use Declines After Public Outrage

Red light cameras increase safety at intersections at no cost to taxpayers, but over the last several years, the number of communities using red light cameras has fallen. Community outrage is one of the main reasons there are fewer cameras. Meanwhile, safety advocates are trying to increase the number of cameras by better educating local governments on how to use them.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Google's Got Better Ways to Protect Pedestrians Than Glue-Covered Cars

Google's Got Better Ways to Protect Pedestrians Than Glue-Covered Cars
Google engineers believe coating the front of a car with adhesive could improve road safety, but it's not the best way to tackle the problem. The post Google's Got Better Ways to Protect Pedestrians Than Glue-Covered Cars appeared first on WIRED.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Google's New Allo Messaging App Gets Its Edge From AI

Google's New Allo Messaging App Gets Its Edge From AI
Google's new messaging app, Allo, lets you chat with Google while you chat with your friends. It's the first step toward making Google truly conversational. The post Google's New Allo Messaging App Gets Its Edge From AI appeared first on WIRED.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Flash is dead (in Chrome), and we really mean it this time

Despite the somewhat ironic tone of the title, this is exactly what's happening. People have predicted the inevitable collapse of Flash ever since Apple kicked it off the iOS platform, but now Google is hammering the final nail into the coffin. That's right, Flash is being phased out of Chrome, apparently later this year, some time in the fourth quarter.


It won't be gone altogether, mind you. The plan, for now, is to continue to bundle Flash with Chrome, but it will not be enabled by default. That is to say, Chrome will not play Flash content automatically, and instead ask the user if they'd like to enable it. Attempts to detect Flash with JavaScript will, apparently, find nothing. Similarly, any attempt to redirect the user to Adobe's own download page will be blocked, again presenting the user with the opportunity to enable the plugin.


All roads have been leading to this point for years, but this may be the first time that anyone's made a solid step toward killing Flash on the desktop entirely. Mind you, there will be temporary reprieve for the top ten sites that still depend on Flash, including Youtube, Amazon, and Twitch. Those sites will still have Flash enabled automatically, but Google wants to remove those sites from the list as fast as they can.


So that's it, guys. Linux fans, rejoice! That's one less non-free package for you to worry about. Everyone else, revel in the increased speed, security, and laptop battery life. Ding, dong, Flash is dead, or it will be soon enough.


While that's undoubtedly great for us all as web users, it does mean that a number of developers and designers will have to get cracking. There are a large number of older websites and platforms that use Flash. However, it's mostly used for displaying media, so the conversion shouldn't take too long.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Darpa Wants an Underwater GPS System for Seafaring Robots

Darpa Wants an Underwater GPS System for Seafaring Robots
GPS doesn't penetrate the briny deep, so Darpa wants a system that will keep the its ocean-exploring robots on the map. The post Darpa Wants an Underwater GPS System for Seafaring Robots appeared first on WIRED.