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Smart Device Hacks Up Since the Pandemic Started
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Smart Device Hacks Up Since the Pandemic Started

Cybersecurity researchers have found that hacks on smart devices have climbed since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds
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Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds

A study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that online searches on gastrointestinal symptoms can forecast a spike in coronavirus cases weeks...

With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard
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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing
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Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing

Since April, computer scientists at Purdue University have been using an online database of public cameras to track compliance with social-distancing guidelines...

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

Visa has introduced a more advanced artificial intelligence tool to approve or deny credit and debit transactions when banks' networks are down.

Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools
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Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy and Microsoft are partnering to develop artificial intelligence tools to improve first-responders' capabilities with regard to natural...

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space
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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1
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Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1

Microsoft Windows and Android security evaluator AV Test's 2019/2020 Security Report found malware targeting Windows computers constituted 83.45% of all malware...

Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake
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Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake

U.K. ocean-research nonprofit Promare will launch an autonomous boat next spring to retrace the trans-Atlantic journey of the Mayflower.

Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually
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Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually

Washington, D.C., is the first U.S. city to test a system that transmits real-time information about curbside parking availability and space size to delivery drivers...

Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic
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Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic

Baltimore health officials are using a new computer system created by volunteer programmers to keep in touch with senior living facilities during crises like hurricanes...

Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs
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Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, on Friday performed a live demonstration of a wireless interface in three pigs, allowing the animals' neural...

Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award
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Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award

ACM has named Paul Mockapetris to receive the 2019 ACM Software System Award for his development of the Domain Name System.

Researchers Develop Detection Method to Protect Army Networks
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Researchers Develop Detection Method to Protect Army Networks

U.S. Army researchers have developed a novel algorithm which, they say, can protect networks by detecting suspicious activity missed by current analytical methods...

Michigan Plans Dedicated Road Lanes for Autonomous Vehicles
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Michigan Plans Dedicated Road Lanes for Autonomous Vehicles

The state of Michigan and private partners are planning to build or assign dedicated lanes for autonomous vehicles on a 40-mile section of highway between Detroit...

The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data
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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps.

Predicting the Lifespan of an App
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Predicting the Lifespan of an App

Northwestern Polytechnical University researchers have developed a model for predicting the lifespan of an app.

Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide
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Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Researchers have developed a "smart ear" to help prevent fatal collisions involving elephants and trains in India.
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