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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code
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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for a uniform set of policies and standards to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the global economy during the pandemic...

Rethinking Public Broadband
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Rethinking Public Broadband

U.S. infrastructure shortcomings re-ignite public/private debate over broadband.

Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault
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Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault

Computer scientists have engineered a solution to partial network partitioning, which can cause catastrophic system failures.

Job Interviews Without Interviewers, Products of the Pandemic
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Job Interviews Without Interviewers, Products of the Pandemic

Video responses to set questions, online games that measure a person's traits and skills: The future of interviews is coming to a wider variety of professions in...

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act to strengthen the cybersecurity of Internet-connected...

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
From Communications of the ACM

Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

Implantable Device Can Monitor, Treat Heart Disease
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Implantable Device Can Monitor, Treat Heart Disease

Researchers designed a rubbery bioelectronic cardiac patch that can be implanted on the heart to monitor its health. 

Getting Light-based Internet Right
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Getting Light-based Internet Right

Wireless Internet via light could well be a job for lasers, rather than LEDs.

Alphabet Project Uses Light Beams to Bring Broadband to Remote Regions
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Alphabet Project Uses Light Beams to Bring Broadband to Remote Regions

An Alphabet X innovation lab project has been working on a high-speed wireless optical communications network that uses beams of light instead of cables or radio...

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.

Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands
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Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

University of Michigan researchers have developed a model that simplifies robots' ability to follow commands by allowing them to understand what people are saying...

Big Tech Snags Hollywood Talent to Pursue Enhanced Reality
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Big Tech Snags Hollywood Talent to Pursue Enhanced Reality

Silicon Valley companies are scooping up Hollywood digital visual-effects artists and technology to enhance their augmented and virtual reality products with lifelike...

Help Wanted: Quantum
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Help Wanted: Quantum

How the U.S. can build a quantum workforce.

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...

'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results
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'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results

U.S. election officials used voting machines and other devices linked to the "sneakernet" to process results from Tuesday's elections.

Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms
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Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms

A new model can track the movement of the shoulders and arms of a person typing during a video call to determine what they are typing.
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