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AI Accelerates Innovation
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AI Accelerates Innovation

Yet patent attorneys fear the darker consequences of artificial intelligence.

R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs
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R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs

Tiobe ranks the R programming language as the 21st most popular in its monthly index for May, marking the first time in three years the language sits outside the...

CM­ Researcher Designs Suitcase, App to Help the Blind at Airports
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CM­ Researcher Designs Suitcase, App to Help the Blind at Airports

 An international team of researchers has developed a combined suitcase/smartphone app to help the blind navigate airports with greater independence.

Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World
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Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World

Android is offering a free app to boost security for smartphone users in the developing world.

Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses
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Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses

A recent Coinbase study found that 42% of the top 50 universities worldwide now offer at least one course on cryptocurrency and blockchain.

For Better Computing, Liberate CPUs From Garbage Collection
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For Better Computing, Liberate CPUs From Garbage Collection

Researchers have created a compact accelerator that relieves a CPU of the "garbage collection" task of deleting redundant or irrelevant data from apps to make more...

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security
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Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security

With cyberattacks against Internet-connected medical devices on the rise, hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pressuring device manufacturers to bolster...

'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks
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'RobbinHood' Ransomware Takes Down Baltimore City Government Networks

A "RobbinHood" ransomware attack earlier this week crippled networks used by Baltimore's city government.

Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's ­sing AR
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Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's ­sing AR

Starting in July, customers in any Nike retail store in the U.S. can have their feet scanned to learn exactly what shoe size they need, in any style Nike makes....

World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to ­.S. in 2021
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to ­.S. in 2021

In 2021, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will become home to a $600-million exascale machine that could become the world's fastest supercomputer.

­.K. Drones Map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'
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­.K. Drones Map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'

U.K. researchers used a drone-mapping system they developed to survey Chernobyl's "Red Forest," one of the most radioactive locations on Earth.

Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers
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Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers

Privacy and child-advocacy organizations have filed a complaint alleging Amazon has been illegally recording and retaining conversations of children using its Echo...

OS­ Researchers Develop Better Way to Determine Coastal Flooding Risk
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OS­ Researchers Develop Better Way to Determine Coastal Flooding Risk

A new computer-model assembly technique could lead to better insights into coastal flood risks.

Dell Laptops and Computers Vulnerable to Remote Hijacks
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Dell Laptops and Computers Vulnerable to Remote Hijacks

Dell laptops and personal computers can be remotely commandeered via a vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility.

The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software
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The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit has reached a deal with Swiss company Auterion to enhance the agency's open source drone software.

New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells
From ACM TechNews

New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells

A new technique can derive fully comprehensive samples, or "sketches," of vast cellular datasets, to simplify analysis.

Hacking the Body Electric
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Hacking the Body Electric

Electroceuticals use electricity, rather than chemicals, to treat the body's ills.

Google Will Give ­sers More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online
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Google Will Give ­sers More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online

Google is modifying its Chrome Web browser to give users more control over parties who track their online habits.

Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming Unusual Hotbeds of Innovation
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Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming Unusual Hotbeds of Innovation

Texas-based data subscription service Pensa has created a drone and its underlying artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance grocery operations.

Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections
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Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections

Microsoft is working with Galois to develop open source software to secure elections.
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