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NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat
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NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat

The U.S. National Security Agency has released new guidance for military and intelligence community staff, warning of threats to national security from cellphone...

Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech
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Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech

Surveillance technology deployed in schools to prevent or contain coronavirus infection raises issues about its effectiveness, as well as its post-pandemic applications...

How BMW Used Pandemic Plant Stoppages to Boost AI
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How BMW Used Pandemic Plant Stoppages to Boost AI

Automaker BMW used pandemic-related work stoppages as an opportunity to increase the use of artificial intelligence at its manufacturing facilities in Germany. ...

Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny
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Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny

Police use of "geofence" warrants is being disputed by criminal defendants in Virginia and San Francisco, and could be banned by lawmakers in New York.

Researchers Developing Tools to Calculate AI's Carbon Footprint
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Researchers Developing Tools to Calculate AI's Carbon Footprint

Researchers are creating tools to calculate the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence models to help developers understand their environmental impact.

Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Over three dozen universities worldwide will compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race between self-driving vehicles to be held at the Indianapolis Motor...

Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
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Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks

Engineers and scientists at meatpacking company Tyson Foods are developing an automated deboning system to process meats in order to avoid spreading infectious...

Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running
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Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running

Venture-backed startups are providing software, sensors, robotics, and artificial intelligence tools to help factories open safely amid the coronavirus pandemic...

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers
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Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers

Chief information officers predict manufacturers will spend more on data management and analytics tools following the coronavirus pandemic.

Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color
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Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review
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Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review

The U.S. Government Accountability Office last month published the first half of a review of privately developed algorithms used in policing.

Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers
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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers

Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Technology Sector Shed Record Number of Jobs in April
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Technology Sector Shed Record Number of Jobs in April

Information technology trade group CompTIA estimated U.S. IT employers lost a record 112,000 jobs in April, based on U.S. Labor Department data.

AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus
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AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus

Artificial intelligence software used by hospitals to help diagnose and evaluate COVID-19 has drawn mixed reviews.

China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home
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China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home

A study by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab in Canada warns that China's multipurpose WeChat application is monitoring foreign users to strengthen government...

Coronavirus Tracking Apps Raise Questions About Bluetooth Security
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Coronavirus Tracking Apps Raise Questions About Bluetooth Security

Governments and businesses intend to launch mobile applications that use Bluetooth to track coronavirus infections, but working with Bluetooth raises cybersecurity...

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD
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It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD

Americans invented liquid crystal displays but couldn't capitalize on them. On the technology's golden jubilee, it's time to reflect on the value of research and...

Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked
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Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti worries the U.S. voting system is rife with unpatched vulnerabilities that leave it susceptible to election rigging.
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