Surveillance Video Shows Chaos Inside Apple Store During Last Year's Crossgates Mall Shooting

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So right off the bat let’s acknowledge that this isn’t cool stuff (darn predefined content categories), but it’s certainly interesting. Last November, a man opened fire inside the Crossgates Mall in Albany, NY. Now that the suspect has been convicted, police this week released surveillance footage from inside the Apple Store located near where the incident took place. The silent surveillance video shows the panic of holiday shoppers and Apple employees as they run for cover, something of which modern Apple Store designs unfortunately provide very little. Still, if you’re ever in a situation like this, try not to trample each other, especially those with strollers, OK? Check out the video and story over at ABC News.

Surveillance Video Shows Chaos Inside Apple Store During Last Year’s Crossgates Mall Shooting

XKCD's Snarky Look at Home Surveillance Virtual Assistants

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Home virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, and to a lesser extent, Apple’s Siri, are loved by some and feared by others. Here at TMO, our staff falls on both sides of that line. Most of us love Amazon’s Echo/Dot/Alexa, while I personally hold my nose at the underlying technology and fear its potential for home surveillance. I should add that most of our staff also think I’m flat out wrong. Note that I’m OK with that. Of all the virtual assistant companies, only Apple has a stated position of protecting our privacy, but the company also hasn’t released hardware like Amazon Echo or Dot. Online comic strip XKCD took a snarky, succinct— and yet oblique—look at the subject. I’d love to know what our readers think.

XKCD’s Snarky Look at Home Surveillance Virtual Assistants