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Unsurprisingly, the latest AI advancement in body camera technology comes no closer to increasing police accountability or officer transparency. As the public's push for body cameras has died down, tech companies are now making their own appeal for body cameras to the police departments that buy them: Offering sharper, smarter surveillance.

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It's been a rough few years for photographer David Slater, the disputed owner of those monkey selfies from 2011. Slater found himself in an interesting legal quandary after his ownership of the famous photos was disputed by the likes of PETA and even Wikipedia. Now, Slater is apparently struggling financially, the costs of the ongoing court battles all but draining his coffers.

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Nest, the ecosystem of connected home cameras and gadgets backed by Google and Alphabet, is launching into Australia. It's not talking about speeds and feeds, though, so much as it is peace of mind — about the security of knowing that your house is being monitored when you go on holiday, about the safety of knowing your smoke alarm is working when you switch off the light late at night. With the philosophy that its simple approach to two serious topics — home security and fire safety — are backed by some impressive user-friendly tech, it's set to shake things up.

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A smartphone can get toasty playing graphics-heavy games in warm weather. An overclocked CPU will complain if insufficiently cooled. But an overheating digital camera? Turns out that while unusual, it can happen, as was the case for Eric Strebel and his Lumix GF7. Rather than do something normal like replacing it, Strebel decided to stick a giant heatsink to it instead.

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In a time when your average smartphone can capture immersive 360-degree photos using a clever app, how can consumers justify spending $800 on a spherical camera that does the same thing? It turns out they can't, which is why the creators of the Panono have filed for bankruptcy, and are in the process of selling off the company's assets.

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Dear Giz, I'm interested in getting a camera that has a remote control to take self-portraits. What do you recommend? I don’t mind something easy to be used, it doesn’t need to be super high-tech, and I don’t like bulky cameras. Also is there some sort of mini tripod that goes with the camera? One I can put on a desk. Or do I need a regular tripod? I'm on a budget, I can spend maybe up to $2k all up? Eek, is that impossible?