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Last Update on May 06, 2015 07:10 GMT
IN THE NEWS: RULING ISSUED IN CELLPHONE TOWER CASE
MIAMI (AP) -- It's an important ruling in a big issue over how changing technology is used. A federal appeals court has ruled investigators don't need a search warrant to get cellphone tower location records in criminal prosecutions. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami has says authorities were in the clear when they got 67 days worth of records from MetroPCS for a robbery suspect. They got the records with a court order, which has a lower burden of proof than a search warrant. The records were used to convict the suspect of a string of armed robberies and he got a 162-year prison term. The judges note that these days, cellphone users know or should know that towers are used to monitor their whereabouts.
IN THE NEWS: GROWN KIDS KEEP TABS ON AGING PARENTS WITH TECHNOLOGY
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It wasn't long ago that tech-savvy parents used technology like baby monitors and nanny cams to keep tabs on their offspring. And now that some of those kids are grown -- they are using technology to keep an eye on what their aging parents are up to. Low-cost sensors and wireless networks are making it possible for Baby Boomers to sign up with companies that can alert them about a parent's movements at home. Some who use the services say using sensors is less intrusive than monitoring parents with cameras.