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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules
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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.

First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission
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First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute joined the biggest Arctic expedition in history to fly the first drone near the North Pole.

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans
From ACM TechNews

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods untouched by humans, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic...

UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area
From ACM TechNews

UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area

UPS will use drones to make prescription deliveries to residents of The Villages in Florida, one of the biggest retirement communities in the U.S.

France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker
From ACM TechNews

France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker

France said Apple's Bluetooth policy is delaying a government contact-tracing application designed to contain the coronavirus.

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
From ACM News

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding
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What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding

The U.S.-China trade war is fracturing the world's semiconductor manufacturing base, and that won't stop even if the tariffs do.

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles
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UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted United Parcel Service permission to fly delivery drones under regulations similar to airline rules, with few restrictions...

Amazon ­nveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries
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Amazon ­nveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon has unveiled a drone that combines aspects of helicopters and airplanes, capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China
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Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China

Chinese startup Neolix has initiated mass production of self-driving delivery vehicles.

Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions
From ACM TechNews

Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions

In South Korea, which turned on its 5G telecom networks nationwide in April, businesses and organizations are counting on 5G to enable the delivery of new technologies...

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa
From ACM TechNews

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices.

Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage
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Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage

The 5G wireless technology now being introduced by phone companies promises to bring a world of innovations to mobile service—from connected appliances to self-driving...

Huawei Suit Against ­.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed
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Huawei Suit Against ­.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed

Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese telecom giant facing multiple criminal indictments in the U.S., is expanding on a Russian company's failed legal argument to...

Huawei Sues ­.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash
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Huawei Sues ­.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash

Huawei Technologies Co. sued the U.S. government for barring its equipment from certain networks, delivering a legal riposte to American accusations it aids China...

Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds
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Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

Huawei Technologies Co. has turned to a blend of wit, sarcasm and defiance to publicly fight allegations that the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment...

Huawei Is Blocked in ­.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere
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Huawei Is Blocked in ­.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

Pelco, a California-based security camera maker, set lofty sales targets last year for a model with sharper video resolution and other cutting-edge features. That...

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel
From ACM TechNews

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

A quantum key distribution fiber-optic cable running through the Holland Tunnel harnesses the power of quantum mechanics to protect critical banking data.

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel
From ACM News

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

Commuters inching through rush-hour traffic in the Holland Tunnel between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey don't know it, but a technology likely to be the future...

Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home
From ACM TechNews

Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home

Toyota envisions robots becoming commonplace in homes as companions to senior citizens.
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