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Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
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Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say
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Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say

Federal investigators say there is evidence the suspected Russian hack of U.S. government and businesses went beyond compromising SolarWinds' software.

No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage
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No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage

Over-reliance on TSMC and soaring cost of old gear limits capacity expansion.

Data Drought Slows Advance of AI in Cybersecurity
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Data Drought Slows Advance of AI in Cybersecurity

It's early days, but both government and business want to solidify their cyberwalls with artificial intelligence. Yet training AI models requires reams of just...

From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards
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From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards

China is channeling state funding and political influence to wrest control of technical standards for cutting-edge technologies from the West.

Ford to Use Google's Android System in Most Cars
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Ford to Use Google's Android System in Most Cars

Ford Motor announced a six-year agreement to use Google's Android operating system to power in-vehicle multimedia displays beginning in 2023.

Google Pursues Plan to Remove Third-Party Cookies
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Google Pursues Plan to Remove Third-Party Cookies

Google is moving ahead with a plan to strip third-party cookies from its Chrome Web browser and replace them with privacy-friendly alternatives.

Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines
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Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines

Six quantum computing experts are raising ethical issues about the technology's potential to create new weapons and ramp up human genetic manipulation.

Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now
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Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now

China continues to be the biggest market for industrial robots, even though the market’s growth had been slowing prior to the pandemic, due to the U.S.-China trade...

On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over
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On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over

Robot technology in many ways hassurpassed the vision presented in Karel Capek's play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), which introduced the word "robot"...

Are Videogames the Future of Remote Work?
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Are Videogames the Future of Remote Work?

The startup Gather offers a videogame-like format for remote work, supporting virtual two-dimensional workspaces for enterprise clients. \

Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?
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Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?

More automakers are installing automated steering and speed control in more vehicles, using sensors, radar, and cameras to keep the car centered, control speed,...

Tiny Satellites Will Connect Cows, Cars, Shipping Containers to the Internet
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Tiny Satellites Will Connect Cows, Cars, Shipping Containers to the Internet

Scientists are tapping tiny satellites developed by startups for research.

CIOs Enter 2021 with Expanded Role
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CIOs Enter 2021 with Expanded Role

Information technology (IT) executives say the pandemic has expanded their clout in corporate boardrooms and front-office decision-making.

Shift Gears, Accelerate: CIOs Reordered IT Priorities in 2020
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Shift Gears, Accelerate: CIOs Reordered IT Priorities in 2020

Chief information officers last year had to reprioritize corporate demands and establish new boundaries to prevent team burnout due to remote work and the ramp-up...

Apple, Google to Stop X-Mode From Collecting Location Data From Users' Phones
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Apple, Google to Stop X-Mode From Collecting Location Data From Users' Phones

Apple and Google said they will bar data broker X-Mode Social from culling location information from mobile devices running their operating systems.

CIOs Expect Tech Investments to Climb in 2021
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CIOs Expect Tech Investments to Climb in 2021

A survey of 45 information technology executives found that many expect tech investment will grow next year, crediting the Covid-19 pandemic for justifying more...

Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the Semiconductor Giant
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Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the Semiconductor Giant

The need for custom options and improved power management in all applications—not just mobile, but PC and cloud—helped Arm beat Intel and win over the world's tech...

Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud
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Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud

Amazon plans to help train 29 million people worldwide to work in the cloud by 2025.

Drones Are Poised to Reshape Home Design
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Drones Are Poised to Reshape Home Design

A rethink of home design may be needed to accommodate remote drone delivery, which could reconfigure entire neighborhoods to establish designated drone airspace...
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