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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders
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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later
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IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later

You've likely never heard of 82-year-old computer scientist Lynn Conway, but her discoveries power your smartphones and computers.

Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV
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Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV

The U.S. Army has outlined draft objectives for a range of Robotic Combat Vehicles.

Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy
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Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy

A task force assembled by MIT examined how technology has changed, and will change, the work force.

1 in 5 Consumers Has Avoided Buying a Brand Over Its Data Practices
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1 in 5 Consumers Has Avoided Buying a Brand Over Its Data Practices

Survey finds widespread skepticism over how companies collect and use personal data.

Massachusetts Earns Top Marks for Technology-Focused Economy
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Massachusetts Earns Top Marks for Technology-Focused Economy

The Milken Institute's biennial State Technology and Science Index names Massachusetts, Colorado, and California as having the greatest science and technology capabilities...

Study Outlines Steps Higher Education Should Take to Prepare Quantum Workforce
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Study Outlines Steps Higher Education Should Take to Prepare Quantum Workforce

Researchers interviewed managers at quantum technology companies to determine how U.S. colleges and universities could help prepare the workforce for quantum technology...

Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips
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Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips

Apple unveiled three new Mac computers that use processors the company created itself, ending its reliance on Intel.

Computer Model Can Predict How Covid-19 Spreads in Cities
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Computer Model Can Predict How Covid-19 Spreads in Cities

A team of researchers has developed a computer model that accurately predicted Covid-19's spread in 10 major cities earlier this year.

AI Shows Potential to Gauge Voter Sentiment
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AI Shows Potential to Gauge Voter Sentiment

Some technology experts believe using artificial intelligence to gauge voter sentiment could help to better understand the electorate.

Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands
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Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands

Tunisian startup Cure Bionics has developed a three-dimensionally-printed solar-powered bionic hand, to help amputees and other disabled people throughout Africa...

Flexible, More Reliable Sensor Developed
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Flexible, More Reliable Sensor Developed

A new sensor material has high sensitivity but low hysteresis, paving the way for more accurate wearable health technology and robotic sensing.

Retailers Use AI to Improve Online Recommendations for Shoppers
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Retailers Use AI to Improve Online Recommendations for Shoppers

Online retailers have taken steps during the pandemic to improve their search and recommendation engines by building predictive models with high levels of accuracy...

Dart-Shooting Drone Attacks Trees for Science
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Dart-Shooting Drone Attacks Trees for Science

Researchers have come up with a method to increase the efficiency of setting up sensor networks by using a drone as a launching platform for laser-aimed, sensor...

Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19
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Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19

Heavy investment in robots helped many Japanese businesses manage an increase in online orders during the pandemic.

Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering
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Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering

Each subscriber gets eight or sixteen hours per month of dedicated time with Honeywell scientists to run algorithms on the trapped-ion hardware.

Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations
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Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations

Computer scientists have created a database that aims to predict the likelihood of cyberattacks between nations.

Brazil Launches AI Center
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Brazil Launches AI Center

Brazil's Artificial Intelligence Center officially launched earlier this month.

National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election
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National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

The Louisiana National Guard has been called in to investigate a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state.
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