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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment
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Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Online children's book platform Epic uses an anonymous trove of data collected from readers to customize reading recommendations and guide new title creation.

U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort
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U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort

The Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium gave researchers free access to the world's most powerful computers over the past year.

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving
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Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving

Popup Covid-19 vaccination megasites are using digital enterprise technology to accommodate surging numbers of inoculations as more Americans qualify to be immunized...

Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity
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Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity

Developers of the first digital "vaccine passports" for post-pandemic travel said the applications are designed for ease of use.

License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving But Spur Little Privacy Debate
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License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving But Spur Little Privacy Debate

Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data gathered by the vast network of automated license-plate scanners to solve crimes.

Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital
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Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital

Ashley Honey at New Zealand-based Nui hopes to use his company's electronic trading platforms to automate trading of meat and poultry products.

Facebook Researchers Report Advance in Computer Vision
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Facebook Researchers Report Advance in Computer Vision

A software toolkit developed by Facebook's artificial intelligence research arm could enable companies to create computer vision software more quickly.

CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations
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CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations

Pharmacy chains including CVS Health, Walmart, and Walgreens-Boots Alliance are collecting data from customers as they sign up for coronavirus vaccinations.

A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It
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A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It

An international team of researchers used computer algorithms and x-ray scanning to read a tightly folded letter sealed since 1697, without actually opening it....

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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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