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'Avatar' Brings Lie Detector Tests to Airport Security Lines

Forget full-body scans and pat-downs at airports. Get ready for the automated lie detector test. Researchers at the University of Arizona are currently working on a machine known as the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-time, or 'Avatar.' Though it's only about the size of an ATM machine, Avatar can apparently pick up on the kind of physiological nuances and quirks that...

Burglar Busted After Leaving Cell Phone Charging at the Scene of Crime

Share A Maryland man accused of pulling off ten burglaries is sitting in jail right now, thanks to a single cell phone and a well-timed power outage. On Friday evening, 25-year-old Cody Wilkins broke into a home in Silver Spring, Maryland, in search of jewelry. His operation was interrupted, however, when the family's son walked into the house. Panicking, Wilkins jumped out of a window, and...

The Worst of 2010: A Horrible Year for Technology, the Internet and Humankind

December is the month that marks Christmas, Boxing Day and Emily Dickinson's birthday. It's also the time of year that we face endless Year In Review lists, posted across every form of media. Most of these lists focus on The Best, The Greatest, The Most Memorable. Well, isn't that cheery? But, you see, 2010 was a horrible year, and it doesn't deserve self-congratulatory pats on the back. Sure,...

Google Street View May Have Caught a Thief in Action

Google's Street View cameras have caught plenty of embarrassing images in the past, but one family thinks the service may have just identified the man who stole their camper. As Jalopnik explains, 11-year-old Reuben Soames first discovered the suspect while looking up his family's home in Derbyshire, England on Google Maps. The site's Street View images of the Soames' front yard showed their...

Unemployed Gamer Runs Girlfriend Off Road to Get His PlayStation Back

Share Darren Suchon, like many middle-aged unemployed people, used to spend his days playing video games. One day, though, his girlfriend, Colleen Frable, decided she'd had enough of Suchon's idle gaming, and took his beloved PlayStation to work with her. The 42-year-old gamer then did what most video game addicts would do. He drove her off the road. According to the Morning Call, Suchon...

GPS Sex Offender Tracking System Shut Down Because of Data Overload

A major data system used to keep track of sex offenders shut down Tuesday morning, after unexpectedly reaching its storage limit. The blackout, which lasted about 12 hours, prevented law enforcement authorities in 49 states from keeping track of some 16,000 sex offenders, parolees and other marked citizens. Although tracking devices continued to record movements of known offenders, authorities at...

U.K. Teen Jailed for Refusing to Give His Computer Password to Cops

A U.K. teenager most recently employed at a fast food restaurant has been sentenced to 4 months in jail for refusing to give authorities the password to his computer. According to The Daily Mail, Oliver Drage, 19, would not give up his 50-character password, which authorities had requested as part of a child sexual exploitation investigation that has involved the teen since starting back in 2009....

Man Arrested for Inciting Hugo Chavez Assassination Attempt on Twitter

In Hugo Chavez's mind, everyone wants to kill him -- even, apparently, on Twitter. According to the AP, police in Venezuela have arrested a man on charges that he used the microblogging site to incite an assassination attempt on President Chavez. Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores Trossel says that the 27-year-old suspect is an engineer at Venezuela's state-run power company, National Electrical...

Mexican City to Use Citywide Iris Scanners to Track Criminals, Terrify Everyone Else

Like something out of a futuristic Roberto Bolaño novel, city officials in Leon, Mexico are currently putting together a citywide database of its citizens' irises. They plan on using the system to keep track of known criminal offenders -- and, presumably, every other person in the city. Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers has already begun shipping iris scanners to the city of more...

CRUSH Software Helps Memphis Cops Predict Crime

Facing rising crime rates, the Memphis Police Department turned to a predictive crime analytics program developed by IBM back in 2006, thus making the threat of 'Minority Report' one step closer to reality. According to GovTech, the CRUSH (Criminal Reduction Utilizing Statistical History) software, which puts crime data on a digital map of the city, has helped the MPD reduce crime by 31-percent...

Facebook Page Pays Tribute to Raoul Moat, Fallen U.K. Murderer

Just a few days after being released from prison, 37-year-old Raoul Moat, of Newcastle, UK, shot his ex-girlfriend, killed her new boyfriend and blinded a police officer. The ensuing nationwide manhunt finally came to a close last Saturday, when Moat took his own life after a six-hour standoff with armed police. Now, a group of people have flocked to Facebook to pay tribute, not to Moat's victims,...

Utah Attorney General Tweets About Killer's Execution

After spending 25 years on death row, convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner was given the choice of how he would like to be killed. He could either take the more modern, less messy route, via lethal injection, or he could go out in front of a firing squad. Ultimately, Gardner chose the old school route, but Utah's attorney general took a decidedly more modern route in publicizing the man's...

FBI Investigates iPad Security Breach, Goatse Security Defends Itself

Just two days after a group of hackers successfully swiped personal information from over 114,000 of AT&T's iPad users, the New York Times is reporting that the FBI has stepped in to investigate. Jason Pack, a supervisory special agent from the Bureau's new media office, says, "The F.B.I. is aware of these possible computer intrusions and has opened an investigation to address the potential...

Feds Bust Social Network for Child Porn Collectors

Niche social networking sites are a dime a dozen these days. If you've got an interest, chances are you can find a social network dedicated to it. Apparently, that even extends to disturbing and illegal hobbies, like collecting child pornography. Working in conjunction with local police departments, federal prosecutors have broken up one such network, leading to the arrests of more than 50 people...

FBI Targeted Spam Suspects' Google Docs

Back on August 21st, federal investigators in New York issued a search warrant against Levi Beers and Chris di Diego, both of whom were accused of masterminding a spam operation called Pulse Marketing. Instead of just seizing the suspects' e-mails, though, police went one step further and snatched all files saved on their respective Google Docs, as well. Ten days after FBI officials issued the...