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Tulsa homeowner catches contractor making homophobic slurs on camera

Tulsa city officials are apologizing today for homophobic insults directed at a local homeowner. 

The words came from a man who was working for the city’s water department as a contractor. The man has been fired. 

His insults were caught on the homeowner, Bobby Elder’s, security camera. 

“I’ve lived in Broken Arrow, Tulsa almost my whole life. I recently moved to this house about three years ago,” Elder said, “Never had a problem.”

For Bobby Elder, that all changed last Friday when a man working on the water main outside his home came to the door. 

“I’m used to them working out there and always been very friendly in passing,” Elder said, “So I was really shocked by what I heard on Friday.”

Elder’s partner answered the door and was told the water would be shut off to fix the main, but it’s what he heard after the door was closed that made him take a look at their surveillance footage. 

“Unfortunately, it was what we heard, and also much more,” Elder said. 

It’s all caught on Elder’s security cameras. 

As the man walks up to Elder’s home he said, “Bunch of dope smokin’ queers.” 

The offensive comments continue. 

“Get all your group showers done by then,” the man said, “I’m a queer.”

“I thought it was very fortunate to be able to capture this on camera to show what so many people in the LGBTQ community go through,” Elder said. 

Elder, who stresses that he’s never had any problems here, was stunned. 

“That’s what I think hurt so bad,” Elder said, “Was how playful he was when saying it, how it was just a joke.”

City Hall wasn’t laughing either. Today, they said the worker was a contractor, not one of theirs, releasing this statement: 

This person was not

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Google’s Pixel 5 costs $699 and packs major camera improvements

Tuning into hardware events these days feels like a surprise party someone has spoiled for you — fun, but you know what’s going to happen. So today, after endless leaks and rumors, Google today announced the Pixel 5. It costs $699 and will be available starting October 15.

At first glance, the Pixel 5 looks a whole lot like the Pixel 4, at least from the rear. This time around, however, there is only one size of the model (with a 6.0″ display), and Google has abandoned the radar-based gesture and facial recognition system, opting for a fingerprint reader on the rear instead.

This isn’t a flagship in the traditional sense.

For the first time since the inception of the Pixel line, Google isn’t using for the most powerful Qualcomm processor, but rather the increasingly popular Snapdragon 765G. That means the Pixel 5 is technically weaker than the Pixel 4 in terms of raw processing performance.

While that’s sure to annoy some tech enthusiasts, let’s face it: Google’s phones have never been about the hardware. Whether because it doesn’t have the same access as established hardware companies like Samsung or because it actively chose to prioritize software, the company has consistently lagged behind the competition when it comes to raw specs on its flagships.

But after years of reviewing phones, I’m well aware of how poor a predictor processor choice can be; I’ve found the OnePlus Nord to run smoother than my Pixel 4XL, despite the latter having the more powerful processor. Hopefully opting for a weaker processor means Google has doubled down on software optimization.

RAM and storage, at least, are still decently up to par, at 8GB and 128GB, respectively. Perhaps more importantly, the battery is pegged at 4,080 mAh, which should translate to oodles of battery longevity

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Man put hidden camera in bathroom of Paramus, Wayne homes, police say

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When someone is arrested and charged with a crime in New Jersey, police departments observe a protocol that includes the reading of Miranda Rights.

A West New York contractor was charged with invasion of privacy after he admitted to putting a camera in the bathrooms of homes in Paramus and Wayne, police said. 

Romeo Sanchez, 47, admitted to police that he put the cameras in the bathrooms after the Paramus resident reported a suspicious electronic device in their bathroom on Aug. 25, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said in a statement. 

Police found it to be a “micro” camera with a memory card in one of the walls of the bathroom, the statement said, where the memory card had video clips of the bathroom and a bathroom at a different location. 

Romeo Sanchez, 47, of West New York was charged for putting a camera in the bathroom of a Paramus home while he was there to replace a window, according to Paramus Police. (Photo: Courtesy of Paramus Police Department)

Sanchez was identified by the resident as a contractor they hired to replace a window, where Sanchez said he didn’t finish and needed to come back, the statement said.

Police located Sanchez, who confessed to putting the camera in the Paramus home and planned to get it back when he came to “finish his job,” police said. Sanchez also identified the videos of the different location as a home in Wayne. 

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Paramus police said the investigation into the second home was left to Wayne police, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Anyone with information regarding Sanchez is asked to contact Paramus

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Sony Xperia 1 III could have display and camera improvements

(Pocket-lint) – Sony Mobile has already announced two smartphones this year – the Xperia 1 II and the Xperia 5 II – but rumours have already started appearing for the next generation of Xperia 1, due in early 2021.

According to AndroidNext, the Xperia 1 III will feature improvements to both the front camera and the display.

The report suggests the display will have a 15 per cent bump in brightness compared to the Xperia 1 II, whilst also offering a higher refresh rate.

In terms of the front selfie camera, it’s claimed the Xperia 1 III will have a wider aperture, which would allow more light to reach the sensor, theoretically improving low light shots. 

We’d still expect to see a 4K resolution on the Xperia 1 III’s display, along with a 21:9 aspect ratio and support for HDR. It would be great to see the bezels at the top and bottom of the display reduce for the third generation of the Xperia 1 though.

There’s no detail on the sensor size for the Xperia 1 III’s front camera but the Xperia 1 II has an 8-megapixel sensor so it might be that the successor offers the same but with a wider aperture only. 

Typically, the Sony Xperia 1 III would be unveiled in February 2021 at Mobile World Congress. The Barcelona trade show has been postponed until later in 2021 however so it’s currently not known if Sony will still launch the Xperia 1 III in the early part of the year, or wait until the trade show. 

Writing by Britta O’Boyle.

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