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Russell Kirsch, Inventor of the Pixel, Dies at Age 91
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Russell Kirsch, Inventor of the Pixel, Dies at Age 91

In 1957, Kirsch created a 2-by-2-inch black-and-white digital image of his son Walden as an infant, among the first images ever scanned into a computer, using a...

Black Hat: How Hackers Gain Root Access to SAP Enterprise Servers Through SolMan
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Black Hat: How Hackers Gain Root Access to SAP Enterprise Servers Through SolMan

At the Black Hat USA 2020 conferences, cybersecurity researchers explained how attackers could exploit vulnerabilities in SAP Solution Manager (SolMan) to gain...

Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test
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Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test

Researchers have created a more complex version of the ancient Chinese board game Go using quantum entanglement.

NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat
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NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat

The U.S. National Security Agency has released new guidance for military and intelligence community staff, warning of threats to national security from cellphone...

Google's TF-Coder Tool Automates Machine Learning Model Design
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Google's TF-Coder Tool Automates Machine Learning Model Design

Google Brain researchers have created an automated coding tool for machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow, that outperforms humans on challenging development...

North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry
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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

Israel says the attack was thwarted, but a cybersecurity firm says it was successful. Some officials fear that classified data stolen by North Korea could be shared...

Android Phones to Track Quakes; California Gets Alert System
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Android Phones to Track Quakes; California Gets Alert System

Google said Android phones will begin detecting earthquakes from around the world through their motion-sensing accelerometers.

Quantum Computing Breakthrough as Scientists Find Possible Solution to Technology's Biggest Hurdle
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Quantum Computing Breakthrough as Scientists Find Possible Solution to Technology's Biggest Hurdle

Research by scientists in Australia and Canada has led to a possible solution to controlling "noise" in quantum computers, errors introduced by manipulation of...

Finding Common Ground
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Finding Common Ground

Self-driving vehicles start to understand pedestrians, cyclists.

Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
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Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms

Researchers have developed a reinforcement learning technique to enable swarms of unmanned drones to carry out missions while minimizing performance uncertainty...

3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face
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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore can provide blind parents with three-dimensional models of their baby's face so they can "see" them before they are born,

U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights
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U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights

The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that British police's use of facial recognition technology violates human rights and data protection laws.

Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems
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Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems

Cisco awarded the top prize in its Global Problem Solver Challenge to an Internet of Things-enabled system for transporting dairy products.

Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech
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Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech

Surveillance technology deployed in schools to prevent or contain coronavirus infection raises issues about its effectiveness, as well as its post-pandemic applications...

Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly
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Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly

After Kaspersky complains, Russia's competition authority finds Apple abused its total control over the App Store.

Quantum Machines Learn 'Quantum Data'
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Quantum Machines Learn 'Quantum Data'

Scientists at Russia's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have demonstrated that quantum-enhanced machine learning can be applied to quantum data, surmounting...

Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps
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Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps

Researchers have found that privacy policies for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa often violate baseline requirements.

Algorithm Finds Hidden Connections Between Paintings at the Met
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Algorithm Finds Hidden Connections Between Paintings at the Met

A new algorithm finds hidden links between paintings at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Netherlands' Rijksmuseum.

Apparently, Size Does Matter
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Apparently, Size Does Matter

Consumers make better Internet buying decisions when using full-sized PCs.
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