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The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind
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The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind

The Pentagon warns the U.S. military's cybersecurity capabilities are not advancing with sufficient speed to head off an "onslaught of multipronged" attacks by...

Radar Technology Used to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads
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Radar Technology Used to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads

A new smart sensing technology  could help spread grit and salt on icy roads more efficiently.

Iran Inches Closer to Unveiling State-Backed Cryptocurrency
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Iran Inches Closer to Unveiling State-Backed Cryptocurrency

Iran is moving toward launching a state-backed cryptocurrency.

Facebook Unveils Plans for Preventing Spread of Misinformation Ahead of Elections Worldwide
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Facebook Unveils Plans for Preventing Spread of Misinformation Ahead of Elections Worldwide

Facebook has announced plans to prevent the spread of misinformation and add transparency to political and issue advertising.

Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code
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Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code

Facebook is using two automated tools to find and repair low-level bugs in its mobile apps.

Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies
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Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies

Researchers have discovered two security flaws that impact 26 Proof of Stake cryptocurrencies.

We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next
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We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next

A study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end.

Rogue Drone Pilots Face A New Foe: Deep Learning AI
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Rogue Drone Pilots Face A New Foe: Deep Learning AI

A growing number of counter-drone systems look to overwhelm rogue drones, and find their pilots.

Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019
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Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019

Cybersecurity professionals are in short supply, presenting a serious problem as a wave of cyber-attacks is expected this year.

Wise Calls on Industry to Encourage Girls into STEM
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Wise Calls on Industry to Encourage Girls into STEM

A U.K-based campaign for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics gender equity has called on the sector to break down negative stereotypes that put girls...

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails
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At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

A hotel that opened in China last month utilizes robots and a suite of other high-tech tools that drastically reduce the hotel's cost of human labor.

Embedding Ethics in Computer Science Curriculum
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Embedding Ethics in Computer Science Curriculum

Harvard University researchers hope to make ethical considerations a key component of computer science education.

Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight
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Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight

A prototype self-driving air taxi from Boeing's research and development unit completed its first flight in Manassas, VA, last week.

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech
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World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech

Several world leaders urged global technology regulation at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Huawei Is Blocked in U.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere
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Huawei Is Blocked in U.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

Pelco, a California-based security camera maker, set lofty sales targets last year for a model with sharper video resolution and other cutting-edge features. That...

2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize
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2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize

Ola Svensson, of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, will receive the 2019 Michael and Sheila Held...

How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent
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How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent

The US Federal government is in the midst of the longest gap in funding for many of its agencies in history. As the "shutdown" extends into a second month, the...

Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners
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Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners

Researchers have demonstrated a computer program that turns a normal digital camera into a periscope, allowing the camera to see objects hidden from view around...

Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of U.S. Workers at Risk
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Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of U.S. Workers at Risk

The Brookings Institution has determined that about 36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation.

Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille
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Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille

Apple has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the U.K. to expand its Everyone Can Code curriculum to visually impaired students.
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