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Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action
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Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action

Hundreds of professional footballers (soccer players) have threatened litigation against the data collection industry.

Chameleon-Like Camouflage Made for Soft Robot
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Chameleon-Like Camouflage Made for Soft Robot

Researchers at Seoul National University in South Korea have developed a soft robot with skin that can change color to match its background.

Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'
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Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'

Microsoft's 2018 paper claimed to have observed evidence supporting Majorana particles' existence.

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.

How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?
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How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?

Like much else wrong with the world, the coronavirus is partly to blame.

Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service
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Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service

U.K. grocery chain Tesco next month will start trialing a drone delivery service in Ireland's County Galway, using unmanned aerial vehicles from Manna to deliver...

Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses
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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses

A robotic system uses eight UV-C ultraviolet-light-emitting bulbs to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder
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The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

Radar Technology ­sed to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads
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Radar Technology ­sed to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads

A new smart sensing technology  could help spread grit and salt on icy roads more efficiently.

Who Controls Your Data?
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Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare
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The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure...

­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System
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­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System

The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet's naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet's...

Where in the World Is My Data and How Secure Is It?
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Where in the World Is My Data and How Secure Is It?

When Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, requested to see his personal data that Facebook stored on its servers, he was mailed a CD-ROM containing a 1,222...

'positive Train Control' Could Have Prevented U.s. Derailment
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'positive Train Control' Could Have Prevented U.s. Derailment

The investigation into the cause of a fatal train derailment in the U.S. city of Philadelphia this week has already yielded its first conclusion: it could have...

Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World
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Time Lords: The Clocks That Rule Our World

Time is money—and never was this clearer than at 09:59:59.985 Eastern Time, on 3 June 2013.

Taking the Robot Dog For a Walk
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Taking the Robot Dog For a Walk

It's a video which is bound to go viral. Spot sets off down an office corridor, and then out into the open air.
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