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b>RIVERHEAD (New York)/b>: On New York's Long Island, it's used to prevent drownings. In Greece, it's a tool to help solve a financial crisis. Municipalities update property assessment rolls and other government data with it. Some in law enforcement use it to supplement reconnaissance of crime suspects.
b>HARTFORD (Connecticut)/b>: Hubert 'Hub' Schlafly, a key member of the team that invented the teleprompter and rescued decades' worth of soap opera actors, newscasters and politicians from the embarrassment of stumbling over their words on live television, has died. He was 91.
Shoppers in US department stores may be watched, and not because they might be shoplifters.
Stuck on a ledge halfway up a 3,000ft (1,000m) cliff in Oman, his climbing rope sliced in two by sharp rocks, Jimmy Chin did what anyone else would have done in his predicament. He took a selfie.
In the ever-expanding contest between artificial intelligence and the ordinary human mind, you can chalk up another one for the computer.
Ellen DeGeneres snapped "selfies" at the Oscars and President Barack Obama posed for one at Nelson Mandela's funeral, but some US colleges have asked students to keep their cellphones tucked away during graduation season this month when they walk on stage for their diplomas.
Nintendo Co Ltd chief executive Satoru Iwata died of cancer on July 11, months after he led the Japanese videogame maker's belated entry into mobile gaming following years of declining sales. He was 55.