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System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically
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System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically

A system developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology automatically cleans "dirty data."

Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag
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Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag

German security researcher stacksmashing was able to break into, dump, and reflash the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag object-location product.

Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead
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Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead

Researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a group of autonomous self-learning robots can change what they are doing in response to changing conditions...

This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?
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This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?

One 'boring but really important' change could improve your security posture significantly. But not everyone does it.

Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology
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Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology

A Microsoft security research unit discovered a number of poor memory allocation operations in code used in Internet of Things and operational technology.

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

Cyber-Securing the Home Office
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Cyber-Securing the Home Office

Patching the security holes that arise when working from home.

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why
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Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Farewell, advertising cookie.

Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed to Speed Virtual, Augmented Reality Innovation
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Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed to Speed Virtual, Augmented Reality Innovation

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have launched an open source extended reality testbed to democratize XR systems research.

Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators
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Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators

Federal regulators now require hospitals and insurers to disclose long-confidential pricing data, including rates that insurers pay for services.

Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.
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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker
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Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker

Computer models created by researchers suggest the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex had a slow walking speed.  

A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas
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A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which authorities said was operating without a driver, crashed into a tree in a Houston suburb on April 17.

Reimagining Contact
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Reimagining Contact

Covid-19, which challenges how we interact with one another, is accelerating the development of touchless technologies.

FTP is 50 Years Old
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FTP is 50 Years Old

The 16th of April 1971 is not only the date when the Rolling Stone first released Brown Sugar, it is also marked with the publication of RFC 114 marking the birthday...

Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company
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Amazon Expanding 'Upskill' Training for Software Developer Roles to Workers Outside Company

Amazon is expanding its Amazon Technical Academy to train people outside the company for jobs in software engineering.

NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.

Digital artworks known as nonfungible tokens are selling for massive sums, but research indicates their creation may carry an enormous environmental cost.

China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms
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China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms

China's working-age population has dropped by more than 5 million in the last decade, and factories are responding to the resulting labor shortage with automation...

Democratizing Facial Authentication
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Democratizing Facial Authentication

Intel's RealSense ID solution performs facial identification on device, not in the cloud.
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