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What does a Finger Print have to do with CCTV video evidence??

 

 A good customer of ours recently explained how they are using www.input-ace.com to immediately drive their investigations to save time and resources. By having immediate access to read proprietary CCTV video files “while at the scene”, investigators can track suspects locations where physical evidence may link their identities to crimes. In many circumstances, critical time is saved by knowing exact locations to dust for fingerprints, look for shoe-prints, check for DNA, bloodstain, look for bullet casings or other physical evidence that “may exist” at a large crime scene. This is especially critical at night time scenes or during inclimate weather conditions like rain/snow/extreme temperatures where physical evidence may be permanently lost if not collected timely. As time passes and more people enter the crime scene, there is a higher risk for evidence to be destroyed. Key evidence can lead an investigation quickly in the right direction, while lost or missing evidence can significantly impair chances to catch the criminal.

Equally important is the ability to immediately create and distribute a BOLO report (Be On Look Out) of a suspect photo at the scene and while the suspect is likely to still be in a specific area. This critical evidence shared within the police department and possibly the media can quickly result in hot leads on a suspect location, vehicle or direction of travel. In abduction cases this short window of time is critical and can be a life or death scenario. Even in less serious incidents like property crime and/or assault, tracking the perpetrator quickly will dramatically increase the chance of finding them with critical evidence in-hand to aid a conviction.

Call us Today to learn more about how www.input-ace.com can help your video investigations

Kelly Watt | Sales Director | Occam Video Solutions “iNPUT-ACE”

YOUTUBE WILL LINK DIRECTLY TO WIKIPEDIA TO FIGHT CONSPIRACY THEORIES

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.
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AFTER THE MASS shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February, the top trending video on YouTube wasn’t a news clip about the tragedy, but a conspiracy theory video suggesting survivor David Hogg was an actor. The video garnered 200,000 views before YouTube removed it from its platform. Until now, the company hasn’t said much about how it plans to handle the spread of that sort of misinformation moving forward. On Tuesday, however, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki detailed a potential solution. YouTube will now begin displaying links to fact-based content alongside conspiracy theory videos.Wojcicki announced the new feature, which she called “information cues,” during a talk with WIRED editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. Here’s how it will work: If you search and click on a conspiracy theory video about, say, chemtrails, YouTube will now link to a Wikipedia page that debunks the hoax alongside the video. A video calling into question whether humans have ever landed on the moon might be accompanied by the official Wikipedia page about the Apollo Moon landing in 1969. Wojcicki says the feature will only include conspiracy theories right now that have “significant debate” on the platform.

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“Our goal is to start with a list of internet conspiracies listed on the internet where there is a lot of active discussion on YouTube,” Wojcicki said at SXSW.

The decision to include links to other websites represents a dramatic shift for YouTube, which has historically existed as a mostly contained ecosystem. It’s also notable that YouTube chose to link out to text-based sites, rather than rearrange its own search algorithm to further favor content from truthful creators and video journalists. One reason for the decision might be that YouTube wants to avoid the perception that it’s rigging its platform to favor certain creators, a criticism it has faced in the past. It also prevents YouTube from having to censor content outright, serving as the ultimate arbiter of truth.

“People can still watch the videos, but then they have access to additional information,” said Wojcicki.

Merely placing links to factual information alongside videos won’t solve the company’s moderation problems wholesale. For one, as Zeynep Tufekci at The New York Times and others have pointed out, YouTube’s recommendation algorithm is often how users end up seeing conspiracy theories in the first place. Wikipedia in particular can also be edited by anyone, and has had its own reliability issues in the past.

Take, for example, what happens when you search conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ videos about the Parkland shooting. After watching one, YouTube recommends you then watch another of Jones’ videos, this time about how the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax. It doesn’t suggest that you watch a factual clip about Parkland or Sandy Hook at all. YouTube’s algorithm system serves to radicalize users, and until that’s fixed, the company will likely continue to suffer from scandals related to misinformation.

YouTube has also still yet to decide and implement clear rules for when uploading conspiracy theory content violates its Community Guidelines. Nothing in the rules explicitly prevents creators from publishing videos featuring conspiracy theories or misleading information, but lately YouTube has been cracking down on accounts that spread hoaxes anyway.

‘People can still watch the videos, but then they have access to additional information.’

SUSAN WOJCICKI, YOUTUBE

In the wake of the Parkland shooting for example, YouTube reportedly issued a “strike” against Jones for uploading a video accusing Hogg of being an actor (this video was separate from the one that trended on the platform). But Jones and his organization InfoWars have been uploading videos to YouTube prompting lies, hate speech, and false conspiracy theories for years, leaving YouTube’s users and creators to guess what’s actually permitted. Often it seems the platform reacts primarily in response to public outcry, which makes its moderation decisions inconsistent. Until YouTube has outlined a clear policy for how it wants to regulate misinformation, its new efforts to introduce text-based links won’t entirely be effective.

Merely serving up factual information has also not been a cure-all for other platforms that have suffered from scandals associated with misinformation, like YouTube’s parent company Alphabet and Facebook. Both Google News and Facebook’s trending bar have surfaced conspiracy theories during breaking news events in the past, despite having plenty of links to more reputable news sites on their platforms. It’s remarkable, too, that an enormous platform, equipped with a flow of advertising cash, has chosen to address its misinformation problem primarily using the work of a donation-funded volunteer encyclopedia.

Another obvious question here is whether Wikipedia and YouTube will be able to keep up with with breaking news events that quickly fall prey to conspiracy theories. For example, the Parkland shooting survivors were accused of being actors within hours of the tragedy. It’s unclear how quickly YouTube will be able to add links to the thousands of misinformation videos that are uploaded every time a major news event occurs.

Still though, YouTube should be applauded for doing something to try to fight conspiracy theories, especially since adding links elsewhere will do nothing to immediately aid its bottom line.

YouTube Blues

SOURCE: https://www.wired.com/story/youtube-will-link-directly-to-wikipedia-to-fight-conspiracies/?mc_cid=e92eca172c&mc_eid=5654201032

Our Largest Release Yet: iNPUT-ACE Version 2.0

Today, the team at iNPUT-ACE is proud to announce the release of iNPUT-ACE Version 2.0, our largest release yet.

The new version comes packed with an abundance of significant new features, comprehensive improvements and upgrades, new licensing options, and more.

 

Read on to learn more about some of the notable new features in the latest version of iNPUT-ACE!

New Narrative Report Tool
We revamped the old Narrative Report tool in iNPUT-ACE from the ground up—and our new design provides the most exciting new feature we have ever added to iNPUT-ACE. The new Narrative Report is a dynamic, intuitive, and powerful word processor that allows investigators to write comprehensive reports with embedded video and image content.

The screenshot below highlights one of the many ways the Narrative Report tool can be used to expedite your video evidence casework, and help get your evidence into the court room.

By simply dragging in video and image evidence into the iNPUT-ACE Narrative Report, users can quickly build dynamic PDF reports that help get complicated visual evidence to the courtroom. The resulting PDF can be shared with prosecutors, investigators, video analysts, or anyone else who has a standard PDF reader.

New Lite Version
The standard full version of iNPUT-ACE comes packed with features to expedite the review, analysis, enhancement, and processing of digital video evidence.

But some users simply want to play and convert proprietary DVR files, without all the other bells and whistles. With this latest update, at significantly reduced cost, the brand new iNPUT-ACE | Lite version is here to meet those needs.

iNPUT-ACE | Lite has the same look and feel as the full version, with features that cover this scope:

Drag/Drop/Play almost any video format (including challenging proprietary DVR files like .IRF, .EXE, .SEC – and hundreds more)
Extract images and clips
Batch convert video files into standard formats
We know budgets are often tight. Licenses of iNPUT-ACE | Lite are a significantly reduced cost from the full version, and bulk license discounts are available so that agencies can outfit their entire investigation units with this powerful software without breaking the bank.

 

New Dongle Licenses
One of the most commonly requested features from iNPUT-ACE users was the ability to move licenses from one machine to another with ease.

We heard your feedback: now you can. If you’ve ever wanted to take the software with you on a laptop while visiting a crime scene, and then seamlessly move your iNPUT-ACE project to another workstation, the new iNPUT-ACE Dongle license is here to help. The USB Dongle license allows you to use iNPUT-ACE on any computer by simply plugging in the USB device.

What Else is New in 2.0
With the release of 2.0, iNPUT-ACE is now more powerful than ever, and continues to raise the bar with world-class tools for the examination, processing, and presentation of video in criminal investigations. And we couldn’t have done it without our dedicated users, who work tirelessly in the field and provide us with feedback and insights that help make iNPUT-ACE better.

In addition to the enhanced features and new licensing options described here, the new version also comes with a significant number of fixes, improvements, and other exciting new features. Stay subscribed to our newsletter to receive the full release notes.

If you have any questions about the new Narrative Report tool, iNPUT-ACE | Lite, Dongle licensing, or anything else about iNPUT-ACE 2.0, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

MEDIACLONE – M.2 COMPLETE KIT DISTRIBUTORS

The M.2 complete kit is a very important and useful kit for field operation. it is light weight and very compact. The kit contains many different kinds of M.2 (NGFF) adapters, with SATA and USB3.0 interfaces, supporting SATA and PCIE protocols, that are been used in Laptops, Tablets, Smartphone, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro laptops.

In addition, the kit includes some special adapters supporting custom form factor and special interfaces SSD.
The kit also includes mSATA, Micro SATA, and Slim SATA adapters. Supplied with the kit is a list of the known SSD sorted by MFG part # which direct the user to the right adapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features

  • Mac Adapters: 
    2 SATA adapters
    3 USB 3.0 adapters
    Special Adapters:
    3 kinds of adapters (SATA base)
    PCIE X2 adapters:
    1 USB3.0 adapters
    M.2 NGFF Adapters:
    1 USB3.0 adapter
    1 SATA adapter
    Others Adapters:
    MSATA
    Micro SATA
    Slim SATA
    ULTRA SATA
    Flex metal mm ruler
    Magnified glass
    Remark: The adapters do not support NVMe PCIE x4 SSD

BLUESTAR FORENSIC DISTRIBUTORS

BLUESTAR® FORENSIC is a new reagent whose purpose is to reveal blood stains that have been washed out, wiped off or which are invisible to the naked eye. This product is intended for crime investigators.

Based upon chemiluminescence, its unique formula qualifies it as the most effective blood revealeravailable on the market, for crime scene as well as forensic lab use.

BLUESTAR® FORENSIC does not alter the DNA of the revealed blood which allows for its subsequent DNA typing. It is also compatible with ABO typing. Furthermore, it is safer and easier to prepare and use.

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