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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.

Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack
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Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack

The breach involved an unsuccessful attempt by an adversary to increase sodium hydroxide in the water supply to dangerous levels via the water treatment plant's...

Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says
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Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says

Drone delivery service Zipline has partnered with "a leading manufacturer of Covid-19 vaccines" to start dispatching doses to global partner sites as soon as April...

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.

Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities
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Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities

A space mission currently underway aims to maximize the effectiveness of CubeSats by showing how they could track and communicate with each other.

ENIAC Turns 75
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ENIAC Turns 75

The first programmable electronic general-purpose digital computer was introduced to the world on Valentine’s Day in 1946.

Doorbell Security Cameras Are Easily Hackable, Researchers Find
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Doorbell Security Cameras Are Easily Hackable, Researchers Find

Florida Institute of Technology researchers have demonstrated that smart home security systems, including doorbells connected to a wireless camera, can be hacked...

'Audeo' Teaches AI to Play the Piano
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'Audeo' Teaches AI to Play the Piano

University of Washington researchers have developed a system that generates audio from silent piano performances.

Deepfake Detectors Can Be Defeated, Computer Scientists Show for the First Time
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Deepfake Detectors Can Be Defeated, Computer Scientists Show for the First Time

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated that detectors programmed to spot deepfake videos can be beaten.

Raising the Steaks: First 3D-Printed Rib-Eye Is Unveiled
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Raising the Steaks: First 3D-Printed Rib-Eye Is Unveiled

Israeli company Aleph Farms has unveiled the world's first three-dimensionally printed rib-eye steak, cultivated from live animal tissue.

Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems
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Lye-Poisoning Attack in Florida Shows Cybersecurity Gaps in Water Systems

Experts said hackers' attempted lye-poisoning of a drinking water reservoir in Oldsmar, FL, last Friday highlights the vulnerability of the U.S. water supply.

How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?
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How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?

Like much else wrong with the world, the coronavirus is partly to blame.

U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks
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U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks

Third-party data breaches also make users more attractive targets for cyberattacks.

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.

'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks
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'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks

A study by researchers at Binghamton and Boston universities indicates most zoombombing attacks are caused by legitimate attendees.

Robot Can Understand What a Hug Is
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Robot Can Understand What a Hug Is

A prototype soft robot developed by researchers at Cornell University is imbued with sensory perception.

Neural Network Has Learned to Identify Tree Species
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Neural Network Has Learned to Identify Tree Species

Scientists at Russia's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have developed an algorithm that can identify tree species in satellite images.

Tracking the Hackers
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Tracking the Hackers

Dissecting the SolarWinds hack.

Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene
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Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene

A study by blockchain investigations firm Chainalysis found that cybercrime gangs often switch ransomware-as-a-service suppliers as they seek better profits.

Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide
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Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Trump administration officials last year formulated a Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan that has an algorithm allocate shots nationwide.
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