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Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'
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Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'

Microsoft's termination of the Internet Explorer browser has sparked panic among businesses and government agencies in Japan that delayed updating their websites...

AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.
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AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.

An outage of Amazon Web Services Tuesday angered millions of U.S. users

The Future of Wearables: 'Women Have Used Earrings for 7,000 Years. We've Just Upgraded the Experience'
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The Future of Wearables: 'Women Have Used Earrings for 7,000 Years. We've Just Upgraded the Experience'

German startup Nova Audio has created pearl earrings that double as earphones, with a tiny speaker, two microphones, an antenna, a Bluetooth chip, and a battery...

Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality
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Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality

Estonia's i-Voting online voting system was used to cast more than 40% of ballots in its March 2019 parliamentary elections.

Silicon Valley's Next Goal Is 3D Maps of the World--Made by Us
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Silicon Valley's Next Goal Is 3D Maps of the World--Made by Us

Ordinary online users are being conscripted by Silicon Valley technology companies to produce three-dimensional digital maps of the world.

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge
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Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge

Digital twins give urban planners, policymakers, resource managers, asset owners, and citizens more dynamic tools and information about their smart cities.

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech
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U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from...

Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses
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Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses

Start-up Mojo Vision is developing augmented reality contact lenses to allow wearers access to the Internet in real time.

Banks ­se AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act
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Banks ­se AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act

Over the past few years, banks have made significant strides in trader surveillance, embracing communication monitoring tools that look for obvious flash phrases...

Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City
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Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City

Google is using a 12-acre plot on the outskirts of Toronto to build a city of the future.

Apple, Aetna Team ­p on New Healthcare App
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Apple, Aetna Team ­p on New Healthcare App

Apple and U.S. insurance firm Aetna have partnered on a new Apple Watch application, through which users can access detailed health records.

Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds
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Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds

Columbia University researchers have developed a system that can produce intelligible synthetic speech through computer processing of human brain activity.

Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019
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Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019

Last week's CES 2019 in Las Vegas showcased efforts by Google, Amazon, and Apple to advance connected home technology platforms.

How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data
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How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data

Researchers analyzing about 33% of the Android apps in the Google Play Store found almost nine out of 10 track smartphone data and transmit it back to Google.

Virtual Reality Prepares Business Students for Digital Leadership
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Virtual Reality Prepares Business Students for Digital Leadership

The ESMT Berlin business school is using virtual reality to teach leadership in a digital world to executives from some of Germany’s biggest companies.

Online Gaming Yields First Results For Alzheimer's Research
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Online Gaming Yields First Results For Alzheimer's Research

Stall Catchers is an online computer game in which players use to analyze movies of blood flow to the brain as part of Alzheimer's disease research.

Intelligent Machines Are Asked to Explain How Their Minds Work
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Intelligent Machines Are Asked to Explain How Their Minds Work

Researchers are trying to teach intelligent machines to explain, in human terms, how their minds work.

'hackathon' Attempts to STEM Proliferation of Fake News
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'hackathon' Attempts to STEM Proliferation of Fake News

A hackathon inspired by the influence of fake news on the U.S. presidential election seeks to incentivize the prioritization of truth.
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