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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds
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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Scence and Technology found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of...

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet
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Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet

For now...

Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters
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Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters

The Signal encrypted messaging app is introducing a blur tool to hide faces in photos before sharing them.

Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats
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Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats

The contract is for "seven figures," Google says.

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

How You'll Get Apple and Google's Contact Tracing Update for Your Phone
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How You'll Get Apple and Google's Contact Tracing Update for Your Phone

The tech giants say everyone will get access to the framework for tracking tools, regardless of which version of iOS or Android they use. Not everyone is convinced...

Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved
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Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved

Waymo has expanded its Open Dataset and invited researchers to tackle one of five challenges related to the data.

Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project
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Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project

Think of it as a telecommuter supercomputer.

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems
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Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks found that 83% of Internet-linked imaging devices in hospitals use outdated software containing known bugs that hackers can...

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking
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This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking

Researchers have developed an app that will let users know what IoT technologies are operating in the immediate vicinity and what data they are collecting. 

Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners
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Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners

Police called to investigate possible home intruders found a hard-working robotic vacuum instead.

New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten
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New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten

A report from Israeli security firm Upstream paints a grim picture of the state of vehicular cybersecurity.

Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos
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Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos

Researchers at cybersecurity company Checkmarx reported flaws in the Google Assistant on Android devices that would allow hackers to take photos and videos without...

Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology
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Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology

Hyundai researchers developed next-generation active noise cancellation (ANC) technology.

Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter
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Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter

A 3D bioprinter fabricated a beef steak aboard the International Space Station thanks to a collaboration of Aleph Farms and 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research
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U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia its first three Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants to research and develop...

Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020
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Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has ordered Georgia not to use its paperless voting machines, election management software, or servers for the 2020 election. ...

Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever
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Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever

An international team of researchers used a supercomputer and custom-written code to generate the "most detailed" black hole simulation yet.
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