CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Police have released dashcam video of an April traffic stop that led to driving-under-the-influence charges against the Chattanooga man who later went on a shooting rampage that left five servicemen dead.
The video shows Mohamad Youssef Abdulazeez being pulled over on April 20 and undergoing roadside sobriety checks. In the video, Abdulazeez tells officers that white powder on his nose was from snorting powdered caffeine.
On July 16, Abdulazeez opened fire on a recruiting office and then headed across town and blasted his way through a Navy-Marine reserve center. Four Marines and one sailor lost their lives in the shootings. Abdulazeez was killed in a shootout with police.
A family spokesman called the DUI arrest “important” because Abdulazeez was embarrassed and seemed to sink deeper into depression following that episode.
NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine making a video call without other people being able to listen in.
Yahoo is trying to make that happen with Livetext, a new app that seeks to make video calling as private as texting.
Yahoo says video calls can be better than texts for expressing emotions, but their audio component makes private conversations public. With Livetext, you message friends by typing, just like texting, but you see video of friends without the audio.
It’s the latest example of Yahoo trying to catch up in mobile services since Marissa Mayer became the company’s CEO three years ago. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype and other services already deliver video calls. Yahoo’s twist is silencing audio.
It’s not clear how much traction this app will get. Friends will also need to be using Livetext, and for now, the pool of users is much smaller than those with established rivals. Yahoo says it didn’t want to tap its existing network of millions of users, in order to keep the experience intimate. To use Livetext, users create a separate ID and make friend requests using their phone’s address book.
Following tests in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Ireland, as well as some U.S. college campuses, the app will be released Thursday in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France and the U.K. Versions for Apple and Android devices will be available.
HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia says it’s launching a virtual reality camera that will be able to capture three-dimensional video designed for professional content creators.
The ball-shaped Nokia OZO VR camera includes eight synchronized shutter sensors and eight integrated microphones for spatial audio.
The Finnish company says that specially designed software enables real-time 3D viewing on hardware such as headsets with full 360-degree imaging and spatially accurate original sound, “capturing true presence.”
Nokia, which developed the product at its R&D center in Finland, presented the camera to major studios, production houses, media and technology companies in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and said it will conduct further tests with “industry professionals” before the camera’s commercial release.
Pricing and technical details will be released later with shipments expected to begin in the fourth-quarter.
BEIJING (AP) — China is lifting its ban on sales of video game consoles to promote the industry and a new manufacturing zone in Shanghai.
Consoles produced in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone will automatically be approved for sale in the rest of China, according to a Ministry of Culture notice dated Friday.
The announcement eases a sales ban imposed in 2000 due to concern Chinese children would waste time playing video games.
Communist leaders are promoting entertainment and technology development as part of a marathon effort to shift the world’s second-largest economy to more sustainable growth supported by domestic consumption and cleaner industries.
The Shanghai trade zone was created in 2013 and gives foreign companies wider access to a range of industries, allowing bigger ownership stakes and activities that are prohibited elsewhere in China.
Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. both have announced plans to manufacture game consoles in the Shanghai zone with Chinese partners.
“We welcome the move,” said a Sony spokesman, Sousuke Kamei, in an email. “We remain committed to deliver fun and exciting console gaming experiences to as many Chinese users as possible.”
Nintendo Co., another video game maker, declined comment.
The latest rules are intended to promote technology development and a “healthy and progressive” entertainment environment, the ministry notice said.
Content of games will be subject to censorship, it said.
Chinese Ministry of Culture (in Chinese): www.mcprc.gov.cn
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Junior Seau’s daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.
Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau’s comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who killed himself in 2012. Seau is one of seven men being inducted this year.
In a statement from Hall executive vice president Joe Horrigan, a 2010 policy was referenced Friday.
“The policy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2010 regarding individuals enshrined posthumously provides for an expanded presenting video (longer than the videos of living inductees) followed by the traditional unveiling of the bronzed bust and no additional comments made from the podium,” Horrigan said.
The 2011 induction used such a format when former Los Angeles Rams star Les Richter was inducted posthumously.
In a New York Times story Friday, Sydney Seau said: “It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful. I just want to give the speech he would have given.”
Seau, who played 20 seasons as one of the NFL’s best linebackers, shot and killed himself. Doctors later diagnosed Seau with traumatic brain injury they believed attributable to playing football, particularly to hits to his head.
His family also has sued the NFL.
But Sydney Seau told the Times none of that was planned in her speech.
“It wasn’t going to be about this mess,” she said. “My speech was solely about him.”
The video presentation will last about five minutes, longer than the usual videos by about two minutes, the Hall said. And Sydney Seau will make remarks in that video.
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Evansville woman whose toddler was shown on videos putting a handgun in her mouth has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.
Twenty-three-year-old Toni H. Wilson was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to felony charges of neglect of a dependent and criminal recklessness in Vanderburgh County Circuit Court.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1JDs142 ) police said two videos showing the girl handling a gun were found in January following the arrest of Wilson’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Michael L. Barnes, who was accused of trying to sell a firearm to an undercover police officer.
Police said that in both videos Barnes can be heard repeatedly telling the girl to say “Pow!” while the youngster handles the gun and at one point places its muzzle in her mouth.
Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com