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California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System
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California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System

California secretary of state Alex Padilla has approved Los Angeles County's new computerized voting system, but is demanding modifications to address security...

SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk
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SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk

Researchers at Princeton University have found that two-factor authentication is easily hackable and could put millions of people at risk.

VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places
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VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

The St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital has incorporated virtual reality into its therapy for paralyzed patients, who wear goggles and use joysticks to engage with...

Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid
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Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid

Washington State University researchers have evaluated the threat presented by Internet-linked devices connected to the U.S. electric power grid.

Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test
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Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system.

Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads
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Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car project is expanding testing of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans and long-haul trucks to roads in Texas and New Mexico...

Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth
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Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth

Global economy expert Indermit Gill predicts the global leader in artificial intelligence in 2030 will go on to rule the planet for the balance of this century....

The Best Tech Jobs for 2020, According to Glassdoor
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The Best Tech Jobs for 2020, According to Glassdoor

Employer review website Glassdoor's report on the 50 best jobs in the U.S. for 2020 includes 20 technology professions, which also filled the top seven spots.

AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption
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AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev spent three years developing machine learning technology to spot corruption in its business partners. 

U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance
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U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance

The testing of facial recognition technology by police in the U.K. has provoked outrage.

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech
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U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from...

The Way You Dance is Unique, and Computers Can Tell It's You
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The Way You Dance is Unique, and Computers Can Tell It's You

Researchers at Finland’s University of Jyvaskyla have taught computers to identify individuals by their dance style.

Study Finds AI Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients' Mental Health
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Study Finds AI Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients' Mental Health

A study found machine learning artificial intelligence is as accurate as physicians in detecting changes in clinical states from patients' speech.

Brain Model Offers New Insights Into Damage Caused by Stroke, Other Injuries
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Brain Model Offers New Insights Into Damage Caused by Stroke, Other Injuries

The University at Buffalo's Christopher McNorgan has developed a computer model of the human brain that more accurately simulates brain-impairment patterns than...

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves
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Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves

If the future lets people focus on work instead of driving during the daily commute, many of us will have to conquer motion sickness to read memos (or tweets)....

New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing
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New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing

Danielle Citron, a privacy scholar who has done pioneering work in combating hate crimes and other abuses in cyberspace, has been named a 2019 MacArthur fellow....

Bundesliga, Amazon Want to Predict What Happens Next
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Bundesliga, Amazon Want to Predict What Happens Next

Germany’s Bundesliga professional football (soccer) league is making Amazon its official technology provider, providing statistics (among other things) for the...

Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs
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Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced a new program that would help train workers for careers in computer science and other high-tech jobs.

A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor
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A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor

National University of Singapore researchers have developed an upgrade to wearable health monitors that can read the pH of wearers' sweat.

Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses
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Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses

Start-up Mojo Vision is developing augmented reality contact lenses to allow wearers access to the Internet in real time.
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