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Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille
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Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille

Apple has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the U.K. to expand its Everyone Can Code curriculum to visually impaired students.

Quantum Open Source Fund Launched
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Quantum Open Source Fund Launched

The newly-launched Unitary Fund is offering grants of $2,000 to projects developing open source quantum software for near-term, hybrid quantum-classical programming...

Disney Research Demonstrates Open-Air Wireless Charging
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Disney Research Demonstrates Open-Air Wireless Charging

Disney Research says its new quasistatic cavity resonance technology offers a way for mobile devices to wirelessly charge themselves.

Study Reveals Only 1 in 6 Drivers Want Fully-Autonomous Vehicles
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Study Reveals Only 1 in 6 Drivers Want Fully-Autonomous Vehicles

Most U.S. drivers do not want to own a fully self-driving car in the future, according to a University of Michigan survey. 

Feds Seek Public Input on the Future of Iot
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Feds Seek Public Input on the Future of Iot

The U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment on the Internet of Things.

New Electronic Display Is 10 Times Thinner Than Human Skin
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New Electronic Display Is 10 Times Thinner Than Human Skin

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a thin-film electronic display that can be laminated onto a person's body without the wearer knowing it is there. ...

A Fleet of Self-Driving Trucks Rumbles Across Europe
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A Fleet of Self-Driving Trucks Rumbles Across Europe

A fleet of about 12 self-driving trucks from six manufacturers for the first time completed a trip across parts of Europe this week. 

With AI Advances, Facebook Tests M, Your Newest Assistant
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With AI Advances, Facebook Tests M, Your Newest Assistant

Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer says the volume of data Facebook serves to users' News Feeds is increasing about 50 percent annually.

Get Ready to Live in a Trillion-Device World
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Get Ready to Live in a Trillion-Device World

University of California, Berkeley professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli predicts the world will be completely suffused with tiny sensors within 10 years. 

Nasa Tests Darpa Challenge Robot For Space Manufacturing
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Nasa Tests Darpa Challenge Robot For Space Manufacturing

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Lab plans to use a robot to build parts in space. 

Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Next Car
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Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Next Car

Car manufacturers soon hope to upgrade vehicles' software over-the-air, which they say will enhance customer satisfaction, boost safety, and curb costs. 

Microsoft Researchers ­se Light Beams to Charge Smartphones
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Microsoft Researchers ­se Light Beams to Charge Smartphones

Microsoft researchers in Beijing have developed AutoCharge, a prototype automatic wireless charging system for smartphones. 

Santa (well, Santa Tracker) Helps Google Test Its Dev Tools
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Santa (well, Santa Tracker) Helps Google Test Its Dev Tools

Google again this year enabled kids of all ages to use its Santa Tracker website and app to follow St. Nick and his elves as they deliver presents around the world...

Google Says Bye Bye, Captchas, Well, Mostly
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Google Says Bye Bye, Captchas, Well, Mostly

Google recently announced it has starting phasing out its CAPTCHAs in favor of using its reCAPTCHA service.

Robot Gets a Driving Lesson For DARPA Challenge
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Robot Gets a Driving Lesson For DARPA Challenge

One of the most difficult tasks at next year's U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency robotic challenge finals will be having a robot drive and then get...

Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is running two new IBM supercomputers, each 213 teraflops, that enable researchers to increase the resolution...

Virginia Tech Researchers Devise Traffic App to Rival Weather Apps
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Virginia Tech Researchers Devise Traffic App to Rival Weather Apps

Researchers are developing a cloud-based application that will use real-time information and historical data to predict when and where traffic is likely to occur...

NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space
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NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space

Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot that has been working on the International Space Station since 2011, is getting a series of upgrades.

Roads in the Future Will Need Data Standards as Well as Signs, Says Dot's Cio
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Roads in the Future Will Need Data Standards as Well as Signs, Says Dot's Cio

Data standards will be needed to facilitate traffic flow in the future, and government officials, engineers, and automakers are considering how to implement the...

Meet Diesel, a Cute Dog and Organic Robot
From ACM TechNews

Meet Diesel, a Cute Dog and Organic Robot

A Labrador Retriever named Diesel has become a canine that functions as a Cyber-Physical Search and Rescue Dog through a high-tech vest. 
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