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Setting the Internet of Things Free -- of Batteries
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Setting the Internet of Things Free -- of Batteries

Increasingly, sensors and other Internet of Things devices will be powered by ambient energies.

Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal
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Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal

The move comes after a newspaper report alleging politicians and business people have been under state surveillance.

The 'Viral' Secure Programming Language That's Taking Over Tech
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The 'Viral' Secure Programming Language That's Taking Over Tech

Rust makes it impossible to introduce some of the most common security vulnerabilities. And its adoption can't come soon enough.

Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab
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Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab

Research by DappRadar indicates that over the past year, people and companies have spent $1.93 billion in cryptocurrency to purchase virtual “real estate” in the...

Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission
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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

The U.S. Army flew an autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter 134 kilometers (83 miles) to deliver 230 kilograms (507 lbs.) of simulated and real blood.

Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms
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Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms

Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine.

100 Times Longer Than Previous Benchmarks – A Quantum Breakthrough
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100 Times Longer Than Previous Benchmarks – A Quantum Breakthrough

Quantum computing engineers have set a new standard for silicon chip performance.

A Cheating Scandal Has Rocked the Chess World. The 'Chess Detective' Is on the Case
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A Cheating Scandal Has Rocked the Chess World. The 'Chess Detective' Is on the Case

As computers have surpassed human players, chess cheaters have increasingly relied on engines to gain an edge, both online and during in-person play.

U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers
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U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers

"Close, constant surveillance and management through electronic means threaten employees' basic ability to exercise their rights."

The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real
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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.

Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain
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Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers revealed the difficulty of comparing neural networks to the brain.

Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator
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Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator

New research found an individual's trust in online content moderation systems depends on whether the moderator is human or artificial intelligence, and the type...

Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research
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Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research

The University of Buffalo's (UB) Yubie robot dog is used as both for research and as an educational tool.

Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression
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Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression

Researchers analyzed Facebook posts to differentiate language associated with depression and with loneliness.

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers
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Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Including this writer.

Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access
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Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access

Quantum computer startup QuEra announced the public accessibility of its 256-quantum bit (qubit) Aquila computer through Amazon.com cloud's Braket quantum computer...

F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security
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F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security

Chegg, a homework help app, exposed the data of 40 million users, including details about some students' sexual orientation and religion, regulators said in a legal...

Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons
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Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons

Experiments conducted by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may strengthen quantum computing with liquid-like electrons called parafermions...

A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse
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A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse

Floppydisk.com sells around 500 floppy disks per day.

Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time
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Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time

'Ambient computing' is coming, and it promises to change how we interact with the world. But there are still a lot of challenges — and concerns — to overcome.
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