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AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms
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AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms

Results might provide a convenient screening tool for people who may not suspect they are infected.

With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images
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With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images

Engineers have developed a deep neural network that produces spectral images almost as well as dual-energy computed tomography imaging technology.

Brazil Launches AI Center
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Brazil Launches AI Center

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

Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike
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Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike

Government officials warned that hackers were seeking to hold American hospitals' data hostage in exchange for ransom payments.

Does Palantir See Too Much?
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Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.

App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes
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App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes

George Mason University's Massimiliano Albanese developed the myBallotBox app to help people locate drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots.

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.

The No-Code Generation is Arriving
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The No-Code Generation is Arriving

No-code tools are successful because they are connecting with a new generation that understands precisely the sort of logic required by these platforms to function...

Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly
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Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly

As  the pandemic forces more people to do more business online, some companies have started redesigning their websites to make them more user-friendly for older...

Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off
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Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off

This year has forced organizations to adapt quickly to enabling employees to work from home. That's creating 'chaos with no control' - which cyber criminals are...

Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say
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Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say

Experts have taken issue with Google Health's artificial intelligence model for predicting breast cancer.

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers
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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground
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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further...

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police
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Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

"We're now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys," one researcher said.

Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.
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Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.

It wasn't simple to become a do-it-all education tool almost overnight.

The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier
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The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier

Politics is roiling the semiconductor business model, sparking a drive for more autonomy from the U.S. to China, Europe and Japan.

Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools
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Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo created novel three-dimensional design software for producing sophisticated, interlocking wooden joints that do not require...

Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops
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Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops

Google parent Alphabet is piloting a project to revolutionize agriculture and food production by using solar-powered electric buggies to monitor crops.

MonoEye: A Human Motion-Capture System Using Single Wearable Camera
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MonoEye: A Human Motion-Capture System Using Single Wearable Camera

Researchers have developed a human motion-capture system using an ultra-wide fisheye camera strapped to the user's chest.
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