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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game
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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

Amazon has developed a videogame-like competition aimed at making warehouse workers' jobs less tedious, in order to boost their productivity.

Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots
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Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots

Researchers at Ford are working to incorporate into the company’s driverless delivery system an android capable of carrying a 40-pound load.

Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential
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Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities now offer a digital technology credential.

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul
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GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

A new electronic platform from General Motors is envisioned as the linchpin of the automaker's future, enabling the function of almost all its cars' digital systems...

Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware
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Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware

Security researchers have discovered a Linux version of Winnti, a malware used by Chinese government-sponsored hackers.

­.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks
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­.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a pilot study in which self-driving trucks will complete a more-than-1,000-mile mail run between Phoenix and Dallas.

Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions
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Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions

In South Korea, which turned on its 5G telecom networks nationwide in April, businesses and organizations are counting on 5G to enable the delivery of new technologies...

Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections
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Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections

Estonia is currently the only country in the world that authorizes online voting for its entire electorate, due to its confidence in its Internet voting (i-voting)...

Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry
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Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry

Microsoft warns a serious vulnerability in Windows Remote Desktop Services could be exploited to launch a WannaCry-level attack against Internet-connected computers...

Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road
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Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road

A driverless electric truck has started delivering freight daily along a public road in Sweden.

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.
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Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.

There are many U.S. cybersecurity job openings, and a shortfall of qualified professionals is prompting employers to look outside traditional pipelines to find...

Robots Thrive in the Forest on Jobs Humans Find Too Boring
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Robots Thrive in the Forest on Jobs Humans Find Too Boring

Sweden's forest companies are embracing technology to cut costs and boost profits, while freeing employees from mundane tasks.

'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks
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'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks

A "RobbinHood" ransomware attack earlier this week crippled networks used by Baltimore's city government.

The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software
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The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit has reached a deal with Swiss company Auterion to enhance the agency's open source drone software.

Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming ­nusual Hotbeds of Innovation
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Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming ­nusual Hotbeds of Innovation

Texas-based data subscription service Pensa has created a drone and its underlying artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance grocery operations.

For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived
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For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

Companies like Amazon are using software to monitor employee productivity and terminate underperforming workers.

Be Wary of Robot Emotions
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Be Wary of Robot Emotions

Humans often anthropomorphize robots, which designers concede can be exploited for both connection and manipulation.

Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman
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Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman

An aerial drone recently was used to deliver a kidney for implantation into a Maryland woman.

Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals
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Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals

Attempts to identify barnyard animals via facial recognition are complicated by the software's difficulty in distinguishing between animals.

Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction
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Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction

Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.
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