TECH­NOL­OGY CRED­ITED WITH AIDING AT­LANTIC CITY’S CRIME DROP

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Crime is down in At­lantic City, and po­lice are cred­it­ing sev­eral fac­tors in­clud­ing tech­nol­ogy that helps them mon­i­tor high-crime areas and iden­tify po­ten­tial risks.

Vi­o­lent crimes were down more than 30 per­cent last month com­pared to a year ago, and over­all crimes are down two-thirds from five years ago.

The tech­nol­ogy in­cludes Risk Ter­rain Model­ing, or RTM, which maps high-crime areas but also iden­ti­fies fac­tors that can draw crime to an area.

Po­lice also use about 1,400 cam­eras to vir­tu­ally pa­trol the city. They credit the tech­nol­ogy with help­ing them ap­pre­hend a teen ac­cused of killing a man in Vent­nor last week.

Deputy Po­lice Chief James Sarkos tells The Press of At­lantic City that jobs cre­ated by the open­ings of two casi­nos this year also have helped.

Near the close of Oc­to­ber, Ap­ple threw the veil off the new iPad Pro, which it has hailed as not only the “most ad­vanced, pow­er­ful iPad ever”, but also “the iPad we wanted to make from the be­gin­ning”. How­ever, short of get­ting too swept up in the mar­ket­ing hype sur­round­ing the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch de­vices, many ob­servers – both press crit­ics and reg­u­lar users – have held off to see whether the new iPad Pro re­ally stands up to scru­tiny in a pro­fes­sional con­text.

As the new iPad Pro has been made avail­able first to the me­dia and then to con­sumers, the In­ter­net has seen a flurry of opinions and ap­praisals of this new pro­duc­tiv­ity-ori­ented slate. How­ever, in an at­tempt to pre­serve ob­jec­tiv­ity about the Pro, it’s worth look­ing closer at how its tech specs stack up. Many peo­ple al­ready know about the head­line ad­di­tions such as the Liq­uid Retina dis­play and Face ID sys­tem – but un­der the hood, what’s pow­er­ing all of these ex­cit­ing fea­tures?

The an­swer is the new A12X Bionic chip. This is a mod­i­fied form of the A12 pro­ces­sor that de­buted in the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR ear­lier this fall, and with Ap­ple not hav­ing re­freshed the iPad Pro line since June 2017, the chip en­hance­ments in the new mod­els were clear. At the launch pre­sen­ta­tion, Ap­ple shared reams of eye-open­ing statis­tics about the A12X – in­clud­ing that com­pared to the A10X, it de­liv­ers twice the graph­ics per­for­mance and 90% faster multi-core per­for­mance.

Ap­ple also en­thused that the Pro keeps pace in GPU power with the Xbox One S games con­sole while re­main­ing phys­i­cally much smaller and not even need­ing a fan. You might even want to think twice be­fore pur­chas­ing a new por­ta­ble PC, as the Pro is said to be 92% faster than any on the mar­ket. For an in­trigu­ing in­sight into how all of this is re­al­ized, you can read this in-depth Ars Tech­nica in­ter­view with Ap­ple’s Anand Shimpi and Phil Schiller.

THE iPAD PRO MAKES ITS BENCH­MARK

Ars Tech­nica came away im­pressed with the new chip, re­mark­ing that Ap­ple “is lead­ing the mar­ket when it comes to mo­bile CPU and GPU per­for­mance - not by a lit­tle, but by a lot.”This is very much re­flected in new bench­marks posted by the tech site. A test us­ing Geek­Bench saw the Pro fall just short of the 35% im­prove­ment in sin­gle-core per­for­mance that Ap­ple says the de­vice achieves over last year’s line, while Ap­ple’s claim about multi-core per­for­mance seemed sim­i­larly jus­ti­fied.

Fur­ther­more, Ap­ple has achieved these per­for­mance im­prove­ments with­out in­flict­ing any dis­cernibly heavy blow to the bat­tery life. In a re­view for Mash­able, Ray­mond Wong called the bat­tery life “as ex­cel­lent as on pre­vi­ous iPads”, not­ing that when he used the Pro for read­ing, games play­ing, video stream­ing and some writ­ing, it en­dured for “up to 10 hours” as ad­ver­tised. Even when tested by pro-level apps, the bat­tery life reached about seven to eight hours.

Image: Be­beto Matthews

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