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India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI
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India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI

The Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, is working with Google artificial intelligence scientists to automate the identification of diabetic retinopathy.

Technology Brings Rugged Iditarod Race to Global Audience
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Technology Brings Rugged Iditarod Race to Global Audience

Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race uses technology so organizers and fans worldwide can monitor the race in real time.

'Brilliant' Man Who Was An Inventor of the Calculator Dies
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'Brilliant' Man Who Was An Inventor of the Calculator Dies

Jerry Merryman was one of the three men credited with inventing the handheld calculator while working at Dallas-based Texas Instruments.

Huawei Suit Against U.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed
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Huawei Suit Against U.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed

Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese telecom giant facing multiple criminal indictments in the U.S., is expanding on a Russian company's failed legal argument to...

New Zealand Farmers Have New Tool for Herding Sheep: Drones That Bark Like Dogs
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New Zealand Farmers Have New Tool for Herding Sheep: Drones That Bark Like Dogs

New Zealand farmers are using drones to herd livestock.

Israeli Moon Lander 'On the Right Path' Despite Recent Glitch
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Israeli Moon Lander 'On the Right Path' Despite Recent Glitch

Israel's first lunar lander, nicknamed Beresheet, is back on course for the Moon despite recently missing a planned orbit-raising engine burn due to an unexpected...

What Programming Languages Engineers, Employers Love--and Hate
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What Programming Languages Engineers, Employers Love--and Hate

A survey on the love/hate relationships between software engineers and coding languages found Google's Go language was the global leader.

Scientists Put Ichthyosaurs in Virtual Water Tanks
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Scientists Put Ichthyosaurs in Virtual Water Tanks

Researchers have used computer simulations and three-dimensional models to learn more about how Mesozoic-era ichthyosaurs swam.

Ocean Life in 3D: Mapping Phytoplankton With a Smart AUV
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Ocean Life in 3D: Mapping Phytoplankton With a Smart AUV

Norwegian University of Science and Technology scientists are using autonomous underwater vehicles to map out phytoplankton distribution in the North Atlantic Ocean...

Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86
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Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, a self-taught electrical engineer who helped design the first pocket calculator, died on Feb. 27 in Dallas. He was 86.

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading
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Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading

As an experienced cyber first responder, Julian Gutmanis had been called plenty of times before to help companies deal with the fallout from cyberattacks.

Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash
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Huawei Sues U.S. Over Equipment Ban, Escalating Legal Clash

Huawei Technologies Co. sued the U.S. government for barring its equipment from certain networks, delivering a legal riposte to American accusations it aids China...

Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts
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Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts

Taiwanese researchers have developed an artificial intelligence bot that interjects in real time to identify factual errors and alternative interpretations in news...

Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole
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Cisco: Patch Routers Now Against Massive 9.8/10-Severity Security Hole

Cisco has advised enterprise users of its wireless virtual private network and firewall routers to immediately install updates to patch a critical flaw.

Computing the Future
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Computing the Future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted a fireside chat, featuring six of its professors who have received ACM's A.M. Turing Award.

Apple Has More Open Software Jobs than Hardware Jobs
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Apple Has More Open Software Jobs than Hardware Jobs

Apple is looking to fill more software jobs than hardware jobs for the first time in years.

Humans Are Needed in the Robotic Loop
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Humans Are Needed in the Robotic Loop

Are people the answer to the robot reliability issue?

You Won't Need a Car Key Anymore with Hyundai's New 'Digital Key' Technology
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You Won't Need a Car Key Anymore with Hyundai's New 'Digital Key' Technology

Hyundai is rolling out a Digital Key with the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles via smartphone.

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption
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FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption

Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday.

Buyer Beware: Hollywood Special Effects Now Permeate Property Listings
From ACM TechNews

Buyer Beware: Hollywood Special Effects Now Permeate Property Listings

Computer-generated imagery traditionally reserved for Hollywood has now become so cheap and easy to use that home sellers are digitally revising their online listings...
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