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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.

'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation
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'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation

Researchers have found that "pre-bunking" is a simple, promising method to prevent misinformation.

Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election
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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election

U.S. election officials and security experts are concerned that conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election could encourage interference with...

Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You
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Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You

Amazon is expanding its reach into the healthcare and smart home industries through its acquisition of a primary care company and a merger with iRobot.

In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones
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In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones

Drones are in high demand among both Ukrainians and Russians as the war continues.

Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs
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Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs

Apple has announced the forthcoming rollout of a "lockdown" option for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, in order to shield them from spyware.

Why Captions Are Suddenly Everywhere and How They Got There
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Why Captions Are Suddenly Everywhere and How They Got There

Captions are becoming more widely available to people with hearing loss who use videoconferencing platforms, streaming services, social media video, and smartphone...

California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet
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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved to General Motors' Cruise’s bid to offer a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI
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U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI

The U.S. government has warned employers that artificial intelligence technology for screening new job candidates or tracking productivity could violate civil rights...

U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan
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U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

U.S. drone firm Zipline is delivering medical supplies to pharmacies and hospitals in southwestern Japan via aerial drones.

Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War
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Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War

A cyberattack anchored on a satellite network owned by U.S-based Viasat and used by Ukraine's government and military underscores the vulnerability of commercial...

Twitter Unveils Version of Site That Can Bypass Russia Block
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Twitter Unveils Version of Site That Can Bypass Russia Block

Twitter has launched a version of its service that can circumvent Russia's attempts to block and censor the flow of information about its Ukraine invasion.

Virginia Lawmakers OK Lifting Ban on Facial Technology Use
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Virginia Lawmakers OK Lifting Ban on Facial Technology Use

Virginia lawmakers have passed legislation to lift a ban on facial recognition technology and to permit police to use it in certain scenarios.

NHL Launching Faceoff Probability Stat with AWS Technology
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NHL Launching Faceoff Probability Stat with AWS Technology

The National Hockey League is launching a faceoff probability statistic, using Amazon Web Services to apply 10 years of data and in-game analytics.

Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022
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Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022

Major League Baseball is extending its automated strike zone test to Triple-A, the highest minor-league level, for 2022.

First Felony Charges in Fatal Crash Involving Autopilot
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First Felony Charges in Fatal Crash Involving Autopilot

The driver of a Tesla on Autopilot that ran a red light and killed two people in another car in 2019 faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter.  

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles
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A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

Quarantines and school closures have shifted some students back to remote learning, highlighting the digital divide.

Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test
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Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test

Autonomous technology developer TuSimple said its self-driving unmanned semitruck completed an 80-mile trip in Arizona on public roads without human intervention...

Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists
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Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists

Volcanologists are using cutting-edge technologies to study a rare volcanic eruption on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving
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Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving

The U.S. Congress is requiring automakers to develop technologies that prevent drunk driving.
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