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As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack
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As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack

The U.S. Department of Justice ia pressuring Apple to unlock two iPhones owned by a Saudi student who allegedly killed three people on a U.S. Naval base in Florida...

Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots
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Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

At CES 2020, Samsung's STAR Labs research group unveiled Neon, a simulated human assistant.  

Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space
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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Louisiana State University researchers have proposed a satellite array for building a global quantum Internet to broadcast entangled photon pairs to two different...

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.
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Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.

Light can “jump the air gap.”

Using a Robot to Deploy Robots in Remote Oceans
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Using a Robot to Deploy Robots in Remote Oceans

Researchers designed an unmanned surface vessel to deploy research equipment in remote and inaccessible ocean locations.

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics
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Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Engineering company Robert Bosch is deploying artificial intelligence to fortify cars' electronic systems against hackers who attempt to feed the systems intentionally...

Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability
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Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability

Danish researchers reported a security vulnerability affecting cable modems that use Broadcom chips, which is believed to impact about 200 million cable modems...

AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls
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AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

Researchers have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can track evolving online social media conversations, which could eventually yield an automated method...

Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos
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Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos

Facebook has banned doctored videos, or deepfakes, designed to spread misinformation as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.

Demanding the Truth
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Demanding the Truth

The role of social media in stopping fake news.

Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
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Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language

Chinese technology company Baidu outperformed Microsoft and Google in the General Language Understanding Evaluation, a benchmark for artificial intelligence comprehension...

5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test
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5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test

Users of 5G services say the first implementation of the next-generation network technology in South Korea has fallen short of expectations.

Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather
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Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather

Netherlands-based location/transportation data supplier Here Technologies has pushed researchers to apply big-data techniques to films of traffic in Berlin, Istanbul...

People Too Trusting of Virtual Assistants
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People Too Trusting of Virtual Assistants

Researchers have found that people tend to share increasingly more with online agents because of their tendency to assign them personalities and physical features...

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On
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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On

Wearable fitness trackers are helping make online physical education more popular for students by adding the dimension of accountability.

Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet
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Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet

Russia's Ministry of Communications announced a successful test of a nationwide alternative to the Internet and claimed ordinary users did not detect any changes...

Scientists Demo Chip-to-Chip Quantum Teleportation in Silicon
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Scientists Demo Chip-to-Chip Quantum Teleportation in Silicon

Scientists at the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have developed chip-scale devices that are able to harness the applications of quantum...

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
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How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...

Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices
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Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices

Apple Inc. has a secret team working on satellite technology that the iPhone maker could use to beam Internet services directly to devices, bypassing wireless networks...
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