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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever
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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities
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China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities

An alliance of Chinese government groups, banks, and technology firms plans to launch one of the first blockchain networks constructed and maintained by a central...

This Drone Can Play Dodgeball
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This Drone Can Play Dodgeball

Researchers equipped a quadcopter with event cameras and algorithms to reduce its reaction time and enable it to avoid a ball thrown at it from a short distance...

Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons
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Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons

The balloons are being fast-tracked to improve communication during the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers Expose Vulnerabilities of Password Managers
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Researchers Expose Vulnerabilities of Password Managers

Researchers have demonstrated that some commercial password managers may not protect users completely.

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus
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Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus

Health officials across the Asia-Pacific region are working to repurpose existing technology to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis
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AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers in Canada have developed a system that combines artificial intelligence with human knowledge to provide faster, more accurate cancer diagnoses.

Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe
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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe

Factory owners in Eastern European are investing in automation to counter a shortage of workers and rising wages.

Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers
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Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers

A study of the privacy protection provided by major browsers ranked upstart browser Brave at the top of the list.

U.S. Women in Tech Still Paid Less Than Men
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U.S. Women in Tech Still Paid Less Than Men

A study of salary survey data by job search site Dice indicated that U.S. women in technology fields still earn less than men overall.

U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles
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U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking comment on updated regulations meant to improve automotive passenger safety in autonomous vehicles...

Facebook was Marking Legitimate News Articles about the Coronavirus as Spam due to a Software Bug
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Facebook was Marking Legitimate News Articles about the Coronavirus as Spam due to a Software Bug

The company is fixing the posts and bringing them back.

 The Battle Over Autonomous Killing Machines
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The Battle Over Autonomous Killing Machines

Should lethal autonomous weapon systems be programmed to strike and kill without direct human oversight?

Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students
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Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students

Some education experts think robots can help disadvantaged children.

Small Robots Could Help Look After Salmon Without Stressing Them Out
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Small Robots Could Help Look After Salmon Without Stressing Them Out

Salmon seem to prefer small robots to larger ones, a discovery that could help guide how fish farms are automated.

Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard
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Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard

Researchers demonstrated that virtual reality users are more likely to exercise better when vying with realistic, rather than idealized, avatars of themselves. ...

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
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Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition

Technology companies increasingly are backing proposed laws that would limit the use of facial recognition systems, in an effort to head off more restrictive bills...

Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers
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Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers

Researchers have created a system that uses the Amazon Alexa smart speaker's microphone array in combination with echoes of one’s voice to localize a user's whereabouts...

Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores
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Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores

A new system allows robots to learn complicated tasks that would normally confuse them with too many complicated rules.
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