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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election
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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election

U.S. election officials and security experts are concerned that conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election could encourage interference with...

LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked
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LastPass, Password Manager with Millions of Users, Is Hacked

On Aug. 25, online password manager LastPass reported the theft of some of its source code and proprietary information.

China's Baidu Unveils 10-Qubit Quantum Computer
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China's Baidu Unveils 10-Qubit Quantum Computer

Baidu claims it's the world's first hardware-software integrated quantum computer, and it's already available to use.

Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It
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Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It

Pennsylvania State University researchers built a soft computer from rows of rubber blocks that performs different calculations based on how it is squished.

5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable
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5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable

German security researchers determined 5G networks can be hacked, having breached and hijacked live networks in a series of "red teaming" exercises.

White House Pushes Journals to Drop Paywalls on Publicly Funded Research
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White House Pushes Journals to Drop Paywalls on Publicly Funded Research

The White House has directed academic journals to provide immediate access to research that is publicly funded.

Remote Scan of Student's Room Before Test Violated His Privacy, Judge Rules
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Remote Scan of Student's Room Before Test Violated His Privacy, Judge Rules

A federal judge said Cleveland State University violated the Fourth Amendment when it used software to scan a student's bedroom.

Technology Can Improve Buildings for People with Dementia
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Technology Can Improve Buildings for People with Dementia

The Plan-EAT tool for assessing buildings combined with spatial analysis can improve the design of aged care facilities for people with dementia.

Crash-Defying Quadcopter Lands on Rooftops Pitched at Up to 60 Degrees
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Crash-Defying Quadcopter Lands on Rooftops Pitched at Up to 60 Degrees

Mechanical engineers at Canada's University of Sherbrooke developed landing technology for quadcopter drones that enables them to land on inclined surfaces.

Researchers Design Inks for 3D-Printable Wearable Bioelectronics
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Researchers Design Inks for 3D-Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

A newly developed class of biomaterial inks exhibit the same characteristics as highly conductive human tissue like skin.

Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You
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Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You

Amazon is expanding its reach into the healthcare and smart home industries through its acquisition of a primary care company and a merger with iRobot.

'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC
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'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC

Many challenges still lie ahead for post-quantum cryptography.

AI In Your Ears
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AI In Your Ears

Binaural learning enhances speech while minimizing noise.

Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign
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Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign

It was the first time that an influence operation promoting U.S. interests abroad had been discovered and taken down from the social media platforms.

Google Finds 'Inoculating' People Against Misinformation Helps Blunt Its Power
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Google Finds 'Inoculating' People Against Misinformation Helps Blunt Its Power

British researchers and a team from Google found that teaching people how to spot misinformation made people more skeptical of it.

The Low Threshold for Face Recognition in New Delhi
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The Low Threshold for Face Recognition in New Delhi

Police in India's capital say they only require an 80% accuracy rate for matches, raising new alarm bells for civil liberty advocates.

Oracle Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Tracking 5 Billion People
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Oracle Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Tracking 5 Billion People

A class-action lawsuit against U.S. multinational technology company Oracle claims it tracks and collects personal information on billions of people.

Education Ministry to Nurture 1 Million Skilled Workers for Digital Industry
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Education Ministry to Nurture 1 Million Skilled Workers for Digital Industry

South Korea's Ministry of Education said it will train 1 million skilled workers for the digital industry by 2026.

Your Next Wooden Chair Could Arrive Flat, Then Dry into a 3D Shape
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Your Next Wooden Chair Could Arrive Flat, Then Dry into a 3D Shape

Researchers have developed a process in which flat wooden shapes produced by three-dimensional printers can be programmed to transform into complex shapes.

China's Aviation Regulator Sets Goals for Drone Industry
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China's Aviation Regulator Sets Goals for Drone Industry

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has released a proposed roadmap for developing its civilian drone industry.
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