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Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate
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Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate

Allstate Corp. is in talks with state insurance regulators to spur an industry-wide transition to the use of telematics to set car insurance rates.

Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud
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Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud

Major cloud computing companies are competing to hire engineers, squeezing out others as the pandemic has driven up demand for an already scarce workforce.

FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer
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FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week authorized the use of the first artificial intelligence tool designed to help diagnose prostate cancer.

Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages
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Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages

Vintners are turning to automation amid pandemic-driven labor shortages.

FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways
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FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the agency will deploy new software to more easily estimate when planes can taxi onto a runway and take off....

For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar
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For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar

Radar is one of the most popular new technologies for next-generation auto safety systems.

The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords
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The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

University of Strathclyde in Scotland's Karen Renaud said requiring complex passwords to deter hackers has the unintended effect of making the process too difficult...

Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance
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Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance

Educators complain smartwatches distract students or, worse, encourage them to cut class, text friends, or even cheat.

The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data
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The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data

A new type of ransomware attack involves cybercriminals stealing sensitive data and threatening to publish it online if the victim does not pay a hefty ransom. ...

Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.
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Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.

A program known as XCheck has given millions of celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile users special treatment, a privilege many abuse.

Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing
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Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing

Google's sister company offers driver-supported rides to some residents in business model test case.

Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage
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Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage

Software startup Tastry Inc. has developed an artificial intelligence model that can help California winemakers salvage grapes damaged by wildfire smoke.

China Passes One of the World's Strictest Data-Privacy Laws
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China Passes One of the World's Strictest Data-Privacy Laws

China's top legislative body has passed a law requiring those handling the personal data of Chinese citizens to minimize data collection and obtain prior consent...

Toyota to Cut Output as Chip Shortage Finally Catches Up to It
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Toyota to Cut Output as Chip Shortage Finally Catches Up to It

The automaker says it will cut production in Japan by 40% in September.

L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual
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L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual

Asmita Dubey is exploring how online games, augmented reality and social media can help the French cosmetics company reach new demographics.

Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly
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Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly

From peppier engines for road trips to heated steering wheels in winter, automakers are developing intelligent vehicles that spot motorists' wants and let them...

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors
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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.

What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones
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What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones

Global semiconductor shortage attracts fraudsters, counterfeits; 'Of course, a bunch of them didn't work,' a buyer says

Buzz Off, Bees. Pollination Robots Are Here.
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Buzz Off, Bees. Pollination Robots Are Here.

Advances in artificial intelligence are helping some startups develop another way to pollinate plants, which could increase yield compared with insects and human...

Short-Staffed Restaurants Prop Up Table Service with Technology
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Short-Staffed Restaurants Prop Up Table Service with Technology

Casual-dining chains increasingly are using technology for contactless ordering and payment, streamlining the ordering process and helping compensate for a shortage...
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