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Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business
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Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business

A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says blockchain technology could address challenges faced by smallholder coffee farmers.

IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages
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IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages

A new IBM Corp. system uses data from satellites, drones, aerial flights, sensors, and weather models to monitor the state of the power grid.

Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities
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Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its...

Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads
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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails
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At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

A hotel that opened in China last month utilizes robots and a suite of other high-tech tools that drastically reduce the hotel's cost of human labor.

Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny
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Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, as...

Israel's Tech Sector Faces Shortage of Workers
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Israel's Tech Sector Faces Shortage of Workers

Israel is struggling to recruit workers to its technology sector.

Fearful of Bias, Google Blocks Gender-Based Pronouns From New AI Tool
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Fearful of Bias, Google Blocks Gender-Based Pronouns From New AI Tool

In May, Google introduced a feature for Gmail that automatically completes sentences for users as they type, but will not suggest gender-based pronouns.

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI
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Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market
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As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market

Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an...

Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women
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Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women

Amazon discontinued an artificial intelligence recruiting tool its machine learning specialists developed to automate the hiring process because it was biased against...

Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters
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Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters

The Virtual Singapore project will offer state agencies and, eventually, the public access to a three-dimensional model of the city.

U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push
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U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push

U.S. technology giants, facing tighter content rules in China and the threat of a trade war, are targeting an easier way into the world's second largest economy—artificial...

Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking

Researchers say they have determined a way to exploit a microchip security flaw in Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones.

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows
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Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the...

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019
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Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019

Alphabet subsidiary Loon plans to deploy a system of balloons to provide high-speed Internet access to rural and suburban populations in Kenya next year.

'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights
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'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights

IBM's Watson artificial intelligence platform is analyzing players' emotions at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups
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China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups


Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities – 2018
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Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities – 2018

Every scientist hopes for a "Eureka" moment—the jolt of sudden insight when a discovery becomes clear. But great advances always follow regular progress, and while...

At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech
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At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech

It can crack your smartphone password in seconds, rip personal data from call and messaging apps, and peruse your contact book.
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