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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find
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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find

U.S. users have opted out of application tracking nearly all of the time following Apple's release of iOS 14.5 in April.

Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn
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Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn

A new computational model shows similarities in the way insects and mammals learn.

Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming
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Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming

While a variety of industries struggle with supplies, semiconductor experts say there are plenty of new ideas and, most surprising, start-ups.

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties
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60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties

A study analyzing 73 "utility" apps for school districts found that nearly two-thirds of them share some student data with third-party marketing companies.

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission
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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.

An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers
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An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers

An artificial neural network can autonomously recognize and quantify the edges of glaciers in satellite images with far greater reliability than humans.

Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models
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Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models

Cryptographic algorithms called zero-knowledge proof protocols are a mathematical method that enables the owner of an ML model to generate a succinct proof to demonstrate...

How Much Does It Itch?
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How Much Does It Itch?

A soft, wearable sensor developed by Northwestern University scientists can measure the itchiness suffered by children with atopic dermatitis (eczema).

ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life
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ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life

A machine learning technique developed by researchers at Texas A&M University enables users to produce novel views of a scene from a single photo.

Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test
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Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics designed a technique to search for simulation models that evaluate specific behaviors of automated driving...

The Doctor Will Hear You Soon
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The Doctor Will Hear You Soon

The vocal biomarker community is getting louder.  

3D-Printed Home in Dutch City Expands Housing Options
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3D-Printed Home in Dutch City Expands Housing Options

A new three-dimensionally printed home in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, could become commonplace as the country deals with a housing shortage.

'Bat-Sense' Tech Generates Images From Sound
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'Bat-Sense' Tech Generates Images From Sound

The means for equipping everyday objects with a bat-like sense of their surroundings has been developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Glasgow.

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

Category Killers of the Internet Are Significantly Reducing Online Diversity
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Category Killers of the Internet Are Significantly Reducing Online Diversity

A multi-institutional team of Australian researchers has found the diversity of online players is declining.

As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away
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As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away

Auction sales show a schism in the market: speculative buyers flock to crypto art while blue-chip collectors hold back, fearing legal gray areas and copyright issues...

Stanford Study Questions How Medical AI Devices Are Evaluated
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Stanford Study Questions How Medical AI Devices Are Evaluated

A group of Stanford University researchers wanted to know how much regulators and doctors actually know about the accuracy of the AI devices they are tout and approve...

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass
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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19...
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