Technology Talk: Case Closed with Digital Investigative Solutions

The development of new technologies is moving at what feels like the speed of light. New software, devices, and applications are changing the way data and information are acquired, processed, and used. Just think about it—smartphones now make it possible to have a computer and the endless amounts of information on the Internet at people’s fingertips at all times. In a fraction of the time it used to take road-tripping families to plot their courses on maps, they can now enter their destination into Google Maps, find the fastest route in seconds, and search for food and lodging, all while cruising down the open road.

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