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Stretchy Wearable Patch Allows Two-Way Communication with Robots
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Stretchy Wearable Patch Allows Two-Way Communication with Robots

University of Houston researchers have developed a flexible wearable electronics patch that translates the wearer's movements and other instructions to a robot....

U.S. Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes
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U.S. Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a security advisory for small planes warning of a hacking exploit if someone physically accesses the aircraft...

I’m a Data Scientist Who is Skeptical About Data
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I’m a Data Scientist Who is Skeptical About Data

"What does the data say?"

Americans Have Become Much Less Positive About Tech Companies’ Impact on the U.S.
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Americans Have Become Much Less Positive About Tech Companies’ Impact on the U.S.

Recent Pew Research Center surveys have found that the public has a number of criticisms of technology and social media companies.

The Woman Who Taught Computers to Speak English
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The Woman Who Taught Computers to Speak English

Curiosity often breeds innovation, which was precisely the case with Grace Murray Hopper.

Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind
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Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind

Facebook is collaborating with academia to develop a non-invasive technique to type words onto a computer directly from a user's brain.

How Can You Reliably Spot a Fake Smile? Ask a Computer
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How Can You Reliably Spot a Fake Smile? Ask a Computer

Researchers have developed software that can identify false facial expressions.

Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing
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Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing

Northeastern University hopes to improve women's representation in technology with its newly established Center for Inclusive Computing.

Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities
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Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have determined that hackers could target Internet-connected cars and freeze traffic, creating extremely disruptive...

Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps
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Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps

Schools and summer camps throughout the U.S. are using facial recognition to bolster security and provide other services for campers and parents.

VR to Solve Personal Problems
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VR to Solve Personal Problems

Researchers used immersive virtual reality to study the effects of people talking to themselves as if they were another person.

Learning to Look
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Learning to Look

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute have developed an algorithm that could improve the accuracy of searches in microbial and metagenomic...

Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November
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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Fujitsu Australia will upgrade the power of Australia's fastest computer 10-fold by November.

Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats
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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.

Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots
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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Autonomous weapons, capable of acting without human oversight, are closer than we think, Walsh believes, and must be banned.

The Fastest Growing U.S. City for Tech Pros Is Not Where You Think
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The Fastest Growing U.S. City for Tech Pros Is Not Where You Think

Talent acquisition company iCIMS found that Raleigh, NC, was the top U.S. city for tech job growth, as the number of available tech jobs there grew 56.9% year over...

'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos
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'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos

Startups, government agencies, and academics are working to develop a method to combat doctored videos and photographs.

Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners
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Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

Stanford University researchers have developed a camera system that can reassemble scenes and detect moving objects hidden around corners, by analyzing the reflections...

Capital One Data Breach Tied to Cloud Computing Vulnerability
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Capital One Data Breach Tied to Cloud Computing Vulnerability

Experts attribute the Capital One data breach to exploitation of a vulnerability in the firewall of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which the bank used to store its...

Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data
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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data

A growing number of academics, economists, technologists, and lawmakers are working to reimagine the current environment in which a few large technology companies...
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