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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots
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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots

Farm-equipment giant is buying Bear Flag Robotics, which makes autonomous tractors

Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers
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Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers

Analysts have identified flaws in the application programming interfaces of six home electric vehicle (EV) charging brands, as well as the Chargepoint public EV...

Can You Recycle a Hard Drive? Google is Quietly Trying to Find Out
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Can You Recycle a Hard Drive? Google is Quietly Trying to Find Out

Rare earth magnet recycling is about much more than sustainable datacenters.

Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators
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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Privacy activists worry governments could weaponize the feature.

Best Jobs at the Olympics: Robot
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Best Jobs at the Olympics: Robot

Unlike other Olympic employees who clearly have been instructed to blend into the background of the events with which they're assisting, you command the spotlight...

L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual
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L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual

Asmita Dubey is exploring how online games, augmented reality and social media can help the French cosmetics company reach new demographics.

U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks
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U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks

The Department of Homeland Security enlists Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others to help combat cyberthreats.

Algorithm Helps Probe Connections Between Stream Chemistry, Environment
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Algorithm Helps Probe Connections Between Stream Chemistry, Environment

A team of researchers used a novel machine learning algorithm to help scientists better understand the chemistry of streams and their environmental impact.

NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk
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NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk

New York City-based brain-computer interface startup Synchron said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized human clinical trials for its commercial...

Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux
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Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux

Microsoft security researchers are warning customers about the LemonDuck crypto-mining malware that attacks Windows and Linux systems.

Kitchen Robot in Riga Cooks Up Fast Food Future
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Kitchen Robot in Riga Cooks Up Fast Food Future

A kitchen robot has been preparing fast food at the Roboeatz cafe in Riga, Latvia, while diners watch since January 2018.

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy
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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the...

This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment
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This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment

Researchers in Denmark tried a new approach to training artificial intelligence: hiring people full-time to review and label posts for training, instead of relying...

 Killer Robots Need 'No New Rules' about Firing on Humans, Russia tells U.N.
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Killer Robots Need 'No New Rules' about Firing on Humans, Russia tells U.N.

Moscow is 'out on its own' as other nations seek to prevent autonomous weapons making their own decisions and 'deciding who lives or dies'.

Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love, Dread
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Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love, Dread

Programmer community Stack Overflow's 2021 survey of 83,439 software developers in 181 countries found the vast majority (86.69%) named Mozilla's Rust their "most...

Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories
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Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories

Although analysts have warned that millions of blue-collar jobs in the U.S. industrial heartland will soon be displaced by robots, that is not yet the case at small...

Do You Hear What I Hear? A Cyberattack.
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Do You Hear What I Hear? A Cyberattack.

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have designed a method of making abnormal network traffic audible by rendering cybersecurity data musically.

Using Satellite Images to Improve Human Lives
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Using Satellite Images to Improve Human Lives

Researchers have developed a machine learning system that aims to make geospatial data more accessible to researchers and governments around the world.

$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs
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$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs

Researchers at Check Point Research said the Windows-based malware variant known as Formbook has been upgraded to infiltrate Mac computers.

Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly
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Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly

From peppier engines for road trips to heated steering wheels in winter, automakers are developing intelligent vehicles that spot motorists' wants and let them...
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