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­sing Smartphones to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections
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­sing Smartphones to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections

University of Washington scientists have developed a pediatric ear-infection diagnostic technique that uses a smartphone to detect fluid accumulation behind the...

Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections
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Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections

Microsoft is working with Galois to develop open source software to secure elections.

Be Wary of Robot Emotions
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Be Wary of Robot Emotions

Humans often anthropomorphize robots, which designers concede can be exploited for both connection and manipulation.

Dreams of ­biquitous Social Robots Still Aren't Coming True
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Dreams of ­biquitous Social Robots Still Aren't Coming True

The closure of consumer robotics firms previously considered potentially game-changing has diminished industry prospects of social robots eventually achieving mainstream...

Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class
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Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class

U.S. eighth graders in 2019 did significantly better in school compared to 2014, especially among students who are white, black, Asian, or low-income.

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic
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Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

A new video game simulation uses a three-dimensional model of Salt Lake City and data about planned drone paths to determine potential problems.

Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex
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Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex

Retailers are testing in-store cameras designed to guess shoppers' ages and genders, to inform real-time advertisements on store video screens.

YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots
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YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.

New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue
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New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue

The Davis Cup tennis tournament is being revamped to incorporate virtual replacement advertising during broadcasts at the inaugural game in Madrid, Spain.

Hospital ­sing Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings
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Hospital ­sing Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings

United Parcel Service and drone manufacturer Matternet launched a drone delivery service this week by transporting a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals...

Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South
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Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South

Automated sewing and other machine innovations could enable a resurgence of the textile industry in the southern U.S.

Technology Brings Rugged Iditarod Race to Global Audience
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Technology Brings Rugged Iditarod Race to Global Audience

Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race uses technology so organizers and fans worldwide can monitor the race in real time.

­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show
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­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show

A global battle between the U.S. government and Chinese tech company Huawei over allegations that it is a cybersecurity risk overshadowed the opening Monday of...

40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking
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40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking

A 40-nation coalition has agreed to mandate the inclusion of automated braking systems in new cars and light commercial vehicles, beginning as soon as next year...

5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon
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5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles...

Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets
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Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets

Major football helmet manufacturers are funding and refining new digitally designed models with enhanced safety features.

Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of ­.S. Workers at Risk
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Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of ­.S. Workers at Risk

The Brookings Institution has determined that about 36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation.

CES 2019: 'Family Tech' Gadgets Appeal to Parental Anxiety
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CES 2019: 'Family Tech' Gadgets Appeal to Parental Anxiety

This week's CES 2019 highlighted "family tech" products tapping into parental anxiety.

Then One Foggy Christmas Eve, Reindeers Got Connected
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Then One Foggy Christmas Eve, Reindeers Got Connected

Reindeer herders in Finland are fitting their animals with Internet-connected collars to keep track of their whereabouts in the wilderness, using a mobile app. ...

Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk
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Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them,...
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