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Texas man arrested for allegedly flying drugs, phones into prison yard on drone

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A Texas man was arrested after allegedly flying a drone loaded with drugs, prepaid phones and mp3 players into a Fort Worth prison yard. Bryant LeRay Henderson, 42, was arrested at his home in Smithville, Texas and charged with one count of attempting to provide contraband in prison, one count of serving as an airman without an airman's certificate, and one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. "Contraband drone deliveries are quickly becoming the bane of prison officials' existence. Illicit goods pose a threat to guards and inmates alike – and when it comes to cell phones, the threat often extends outside prison walls. We are determined to stop this trend in its tracks," said U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham in a press release on Friday.

Hitting the Books: How much that insurance monitoring discount might really be costing you


Machine learning systems have for years now been besting their human counterparts at everything from Go and Jeopardy! to drug discovery and cancer detection. With all the advances that the field has made, it's not unheard of for people to be wary of robots replacing them in tomorrow's workforce. These concerns are misplaced, argues Gerd Gigerenzer argues in his new book How to Stay Smart in a Smart World, if for no other reason than uncertainty itself. AIs are phenomenally capable machines, but only if given sufficient data to act on. Introduce the acutely fickle precariousness of human nature into their algorithms and watch their predictive accuracy plummet -- otherwise, we'd never have need to swipe left. In the excerpt below, Gigerenzer discusses the hidden privacy costs of sharing your vehicle's telematics with the insurance company.

This Is How I Used Artificial Intelligence in My Life During the Last 24 Hours


What can we do in 24 hours? What happens in our lives between sunrise and sunset? What happens in 24 hours around the world? On average, in 24 hours, I will experience 104,000 heartbeats, I'll take a breath about 23,000 times, I'll walk about 8,000 steps on average, and in the shower, I'll spend about 12 minutes. My body will shed and create up to 50 trillion new cells, and I usually spend 20 minutes in the bathroom. There will be a 0.35 mm growth in my hair, and I will also lose somewhere between 40 and 100 hairs at the same time, and on average, I'll speak for roughly 48,000 words.

13 Great Deals on Smartphones, Laptops, and Smart Speakers


We're approaching the end of summer, which means it's time for back-to-school deals. This includes everything from laptops and phones to dorm furniture and desk accessories. These discounts are great for students of all ages, but they're also perfect for adults looking to upgrade their work-from-home setup. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to and our print magazine (if you'd like).

These are the Best Lap Timers for 2022


If you're looking to up your track game and go faster, a lap timer can be a big help. Most car lovers also love going fast, and while the casual exhilaration of speed on a perfectly twisting road or the accomplishment of tackling a tough trail are enough for many of us, the more driven feel the need to go faster. You can make a car faster with more power or better suspension, but the best (and cheapest) performance upgrade that you can make is to the component between the seat and the steering wheel: you, the driver. One of the best tools to help you become a faster driver is a precise lap timer. While that can be as simple as setting a stopwatch at the start of each session, most dedicated racing lap timers use GPS technology to automatically mark each lap's beginning and end, separating the time for each and allowing the user to see how changes to your racing line and braking points affect your overall speed and RPM. The best examples also log and save your sessions digitally -- often along with vehicle performance test data or video -- for review later.

Amazon's Echo drops to $60, plus the rest of the week's best tech deals


We saw a number of gadgets go on sale this week as July comes to a close. Both Amazon's Echo smart speaker and the Echo Show 5 have been discounted, with the Echo now down to the same price as it was on Prime Day earlier this month. The Apple TV 4K is nearly $50 off and down to $130, and you can save $300 on the 16-inch MacBook Pro as well. DJI's Action 2 combo pack remains on sale for $279, and if you're on the market for a new smartphone, Amazon will give you a free $50 gift card when you buy the new Google Pixel 6a. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.

AI is everywhere, and it's exhausting...


Why it matters: You cannot talk about technology today without tripping over artificial intelligence (AI). Literally every conversation, in every corner of tech, the topic pops up. We agree that AI is useful, and important, but we also think it worth periodically taking some time to decode what everyone is talking about. Editor's Note: Guest author Jonathan Goldberg is the founder of D2D Advisory, a multi-functional consulting firm. Jonathan has developed growth strategies and alliances for companies in the mobile, networking, gaming, and software industries.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stocks - What They Are & Why You Should Invest


There are few sectors of the stock market that are quite as exciting as the artificial intelligence sector. Eerily reminiscent of many works of science fiction, today's technological innovation has brought us smartphones, televisions, and even homes that talk to you, providing intelligent answers in seemingly no time flat! AI technology is quickly changing the way people do everything from order food to enjoy streaming entertainment, and as adoption of the technology continues, the opportunities in the space are only growing larger. It's no surprise to find intense investor interest in artificial intelligence stocks, but what exactly are the companies they represent doing, and should you be investing in them? Read on to learn more about this fast-evolving sector of the economy and how to go about investing in it.

If our datacentres cannot take the heat, the UK could really go off the rails John Naughton

The Guardian

One of the unexpected delights of the heatwave was the sound of a Conservative transport secretary talking sense. Grant Shapps was on the Today programme on Tuesday morning explaining a basic principle of good engineering design: get the specifications right. When you're creating a new piece of public infrastructure you need to be able to specify the constraints under which the design is expected to function. Shapps explained that the railway system over which he currently presides was designed to operate between temperatures of -10C and 35C. And, in an astute move to preempt a furious Daily Mail editorial about staunch British rail tracks surely being able to cope with temperatures a mere five degrees above their design limit, he pointed out that if the air temperature is 40C, the actual temperature of the rails might be twice that.

Ford trials robot charging station for electric vehicles

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Ford is trialling a robot charging station for electric vehicles, which could make it easier for mobility-impaired people to charge their cars. The Michigan-based car manufacturer has demonstrated a prototype system, developed by engineers at Dortmund University, Germany. It consists of a robotic arm that extends all the way into a electric car's charging port, operated by the driver via their smartphone from inside the vehicle. After charging, the arm retracts back into place and the driver can be on their way – without having to ever get out of the car. The robotic arm extends all the way into a electric car's charging port, operated by the driver via their smartphone from inside the vehicle A charging station, which could be situated in a car park or a roadside, features a sliding door that conceals the robotic arm.