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At a tech conference last September, former NYPD commissioner Bill Simmons said that outfitting the department's entire patrol unit (roughly 24,000 officers) with body cameras would be almost impossibly expensive, costing up to "hundreds of millions of dollars". But on Tuesday, the City of New York announced just that: Every NYPD officer will have body cameras by the end of 2019. So what changed?

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In the 1930s, audio tech nerds were tinkering with everything. The most futuristic model homes of the day were wired for sound in every room, home audio recording was being introduced and the LP was invented to use as audiobooks for the blind. Even things we'd consider mundane today got the radio treatment in order to make them high-tech. One of those things was the police line-up, seen above wired for sound in 1931.

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The Fort Worth Police Department must have someone there who really, really likes Star Wars, or they just want to capitalise on Disney's new annual tradition. The department released its second recruitment video in two years where a villain or lackey from the Star Wars universe tries (and fails) to get a job as a police officer.

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Australian federal police officers and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade now have access to citizenship images held by the country's border force watchdogs. It's the first phase of our country's biometric Face Verification Service, which will grow over time and eventually become a digital panopticon with access to visa, passport and drivers licence photographs.