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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software
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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Researchers at cybersecurity software company SentinelOne reported two high-severity bugs in Avast and AVG antivirus products that have gone undetected for a decade...

Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield
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Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield

A programmer behind the popular open-source npm program node-ipc poisoned it with malware that erased the hard drives of computers located in Russia or Belarus....

How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed
From ACM TechNews

How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed

Researchers have designed a new version of the Mini Cheetah robot that can achieve high running speeds more efficiently than its predecessors.

UC Berkeley Robot Navigation Could Chart New Course for Self-Driving Systems
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UC Berkeley Robot Navigation Could Chart New Course for Self-Driving Systems

An approach that uses hours of video and elements of reinforcement learning can guide a robot vehicle almost two miles without a full map of the surroundings.

Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations
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Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations

Miso Robotics' Flippy 2 robot fry cook is being deployed in 100 White Castle fast food restaurants.

 IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy
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IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy

IonQ and DoE are trying to create a stable, domestic pipeline for sourcing the barium qubits used in quantum processors built by IonQ.

Intel Invests in Open-Source RISC-V Processors, Creates Billion-Dollar Fund
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Intel Invests in Open-Source RISC-V Processors, Creates Billion-Dollar Fund

Intel and RISC-V working together is a game-changer, and today is the day that RISC-V becomes a chip power.

Software Is Crammed Full of Bugs. This 'Exciting' Project Could Banish Most of Them
From ACM TechNews

Software Is Crammed Full of Bugs. This 'Exciting' Project Could Banish Most of Them

Chip designer Arm has released a prototype development board based on the Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions (CHERI) architecture.

More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities
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More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities

The 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report estimates 53% of medical devices in hospitals connected to the Internet of Things have critical flaws.

Robot Taxi Boats Take to the Water in Amsterdam
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Robot Taxi Boats Take to the Water in Amsterdam

An autonomous boat taxi is set for deployment in the canals of Amsterdam.

Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection
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Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

The comprehensive artificial intelligence retinal expert (CARE) system can detect and monitor eye diseases.

Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry
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Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry

Like few other sectors, construction is being inundated with robots and technology.

Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees
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Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees

Autonomous pizza machine developer 800 Degrees Pizza has partnered with an international pizza brand to offer a fully automated pizza-making experience.

AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger
From ACM TechNews

AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger

Amazon Web Services' Mario Berta combined the capabilities of two quantum computers in order to generate truly random numbers to strengthen cryptographic keys. ...

$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs
From ACM TechNews

$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs

Researchers at Check Point Research said the Windows-based malware variant known as Formbook has been upgraded to infiltrate Mac computers.

Quantum Computing's Next Big Challenge: A Quantum Skills Shortage
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Quantum Computing's Next Big Challenge: A Quantum Skills Shortage

Increasing qubit counts and improving error correction is hard enough. But quantum computing companies are finding one of the biggest challenges might be to find...

IBM Researchers Demonstrate the Advantage Quantum Computers Have Over Classical Computers
From ACM TechNews

IBM Researchers Demonstrate the Advantage Quantum Computers Have Over Classical Computers

Scientists at IBM have proved quantum computing's superiority to classical computing in miniature, via a microscopic experiment with limited available memory.

A New Supercomputer Has Joined the Top Five
From ACM TechNews

A New Supercomputer Has Joined the Top Five

The Perlmutter supercomputer is the newest addition to the top 10 of the Top500 listing of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer
From ACM TechNews

Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has unveiled the largest supercomputer in Latin America, with 200 terabytes of RAM and a 100Gbps network.

Most Firms Face 2nd Ransomware Attack after Paying Off 1st
From ACM News

Most Firms Face 2nd Ransomware Attack after Paying Off 1st

Some 80% of businesses that pay to regain access to encrypted systems experience a subsequent ransomware attack.
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