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US-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show
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US-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show

A global battle between the U.S. government and Chinese tech company Huawei over allegations that it is a cybersecurity risk overshadowed the opening Monday of...

5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon
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5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles...

Pluto Explorer Ushering in New Year at More Distant World
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Pluto Explorer Ushering in New Year at More Distant World

The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world.

Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk
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Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them,...

The US Push to Boost 'Quantum Computing'
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The US Push to Boost 'Quantum Computing'

A race by U.S. tech companies to build a new generation of powerful "quantum computers" could get a $1.3 billion boost from Congress, fueled in part by lawmakers' fear...

Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled
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Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled

Hadeel Ayoub slips a black glove onto her hand before beginning the swish of sign language that is meaningless to the untrained observer. Then she pushes a button...

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?
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Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite...

Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices
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Pentagon Restricts Use of Fitness Trackers, Other Devices

Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications...

Private Messaging Apps Increasingly Used for Public Business
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Private Messaging Apps Increasingly Used for Public Business

One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record.

I Never Said That! High-Tech Deception of 'Deepfake' Videos
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I Never Said That! High-Tech Deception of 'Deepfake' Videos

Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory
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Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory

Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.

Behind the Broadcom Deal Block: Rising Telecom Tensions
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Behind the Broadcom Deal Block: Rising Telecom Tensions

Behind the U.S. move to block Singapore-based Broadcom's hostile bid for U.S. chip maker Qualcomm lies a new global struggle for influence over next-generation...

AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten Up Thinking Machines
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AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten Up Thinking Machines

Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a "Jeopardy" challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines even harder to make...

Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts
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Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts

As technology takes over more of people's daily lives, it's also taking over ever-bigger chunks of their retirement accounts.

Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 
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Only If It Serves the State: North Korea's Online Experience 

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online.

Fbi Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone
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Fbi Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what...

Fbi Couldn't Access Nearly 7k Devices Because of Encryption  
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Fbi Couldn't Access Nearly 7k Devices Because of Encryption  

The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday...

China's Xi Calls For More Technology Development
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China's Xi Calls For More Technology Development

President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for the ruling Communist Party to lead development of Chinese technology industries, an area fraught with trade tensions and...

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay
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In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's...

Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay
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Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.
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