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RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says
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RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says

Simson Garfinkel says the focus on quantum attacks may distract us from more immediate threats.

Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement
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Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement

Researchers collaborated on the construction of remote-controlled electronic biological robots powered by organic muscles.

LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances
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LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances

Appliance manufacturers LG Electronics and Whirlpool are trying to entice customers whose "smart" appliances are not connected to the Internet to embrace the technology...

Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies
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Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies

Justice Department accuses Google of subverting competition in Internet advertising technologies through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation...

Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw
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Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw

Polish security researcher Dawid Potocki discovered a vulnerability in MSI's motherboards that occurs when the Secure Boot default settings for "Image Execution...

Swedish Quantum Computer to be Made Available to Industry
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Swedish Quantum Computer to be Made Available to Industry

A Swedish quantum computer is to become more widely available.

Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats
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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats

U.K. pest control services provider Rentokil is testing facial recognition software as a tool for rat extermination.  

Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To
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Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To

A brainwave-monitoring technique created by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Essex can identify to which specific piece of music people are listening.

Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs
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Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.

ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?
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ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?

Creators need to pressure the courts, the market, and regulators before it's too late.

TAU Robot Can 'Smell' Odors Using Biological Sensor
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TAU Robot Can 'Smell' Odors Using Biological Sensor

Scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University have created a biological sensor to help robots detect and interpret odors.

Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness
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Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness

Quantum states are incredibly delicate and easily destroyed. The perfect solution could lie in imperfect crystals.

Canada Launches National Quantum Strategy to Create Jobs, Advance Quantum Technologies
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Canada Launches National Quantum Strategy to Create Jobs, Advance Quantum Technologies

On Jan. 13, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced Canada's National Quantum Strategy to enhance and expand...

3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home
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3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home

A massive three-dimensional printer is being used to build what is thought to be the first 3D-printed two-story home in the U.S.

Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters
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Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) adopted the pendulum's underlying mathematics to develop a model that could improve robots' drinks...

Global IT Spending Decreased in 2022
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Global IT Spending Decreased in 2022

The devices segment of Gartner's spending forecast is projected to fall 5.1% this year to roughly $685 billion, after dropping more than 10% in 2022.

Quantum Computing Has a Noise Problem
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Quantum Computing Has a Noise Problem

Today's devices can be thrown off by the slightest environmental interference. Algorithmiq is developing ways to counteract this and harness quantum's power.

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse
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Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse

Metaverse technologies unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) included sensory products that can replicate sensations and even odors in virtual...

Telehealth Cuts Healthcare's Carbon Footprint, Patient's Costs During Pandemic
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Telehealth Cuts Healthcare's Carbon Footprint, Patient's Costs During Pandemic

Researchers found that using telehealth for ambulatory visits lowered patients' costs and carbon footprint and saved time and lives during the first two years of...
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