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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust
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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority program to identify high-speed drivers at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge via facial-recognition technology is a failure...

Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport
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Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport

Frankfurt Airport in Germany is the site of a six-week trial of a robotic head powered by artificial intelligence as an information resource for travelers.

Smart Phone Tricks
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Smart Phone Tricks

Researchers refine ways users can interact with a touchscreen.

Computer Model Automatically, Aesthetically Crops Photos
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Computer Model Automatically, Aesthetically Crops Photos

Researchers have developed a way to permit computers to automatically crop photos in an aesthetically satisfying manner.

Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key
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Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

Google says it has developed a Bluetooth-based authentication protocol that will enable smartphones to communicate with the Chrome Web browser.

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa
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Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices.

3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions
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3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions

A new tool can identify subtle but important differences in facial geometry, allowing medical professionals to more quickly diagnose rare medical conditions in...

Who Comes to the Rescue of Stranded Robots? Humans
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Who Comes to the Rescue of Stranded Robots? Humans

Robot manufacturers think it is vitally important to win over pedestrians and local officials as they try to expand the emerging technology into communities.

Radical Programming School '42' Still Solving for the Skills Gap
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Radical Programming School '42' Still Solving for the Skills Gap

The radical educational experiment is geared to solving the tech industry's chronic shortage of skilled programmers.

Hello World: Shining a Light onto the Culture of Computer Programmers
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Hello World: Shining a Light onto the Culture of Computer Programmers

A chat with tech journalist Clive Thompson about his new book, Coders.

Researchers Develop Method to Improve 3D-Printed Prosthetics by Integrating Electronic Sensors
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Researchers Develop Method to Improve 3D-Printed Prosthetics by Integrating Electronic Sensors

Researchers have integrated electronic sensors with personalized three-dimensionally-printed prosthetics, which could make electric-powered prosthetics more affordable...

Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra
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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra

Project Wing, a branch of Google parent Alphabet, has received approval from Australia's aviation regulator to deploy its drone delivery service for the city of...

Self-Driving Car Learns to Navigate Narrow European Streets Like a Human Driver
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Self-Driving Car Learns to Navigate Narrow European Streets Like a Human Driver

U.K. startup Wayve said it has created an autonomous vehicle that can learn to drive the way a human does, through trial and error, using cameras and satellite...

Program Promotes Women in Expanding Robotics Fields
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Program Promotes Women in Expanding Robotics Fields

Girls of Steel is a K-12 program designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and math subjects to girls through mentoring and robotics competition.

Walmart Rolling Out the Robots
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Walmart Rolling Out the Robots

Walmart is expanding its deployments of robots in its stores to help track inventory, clean floors, and unload trucks.

Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health
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Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health

Alphabet and Apple are following different strategies to transform healthcare.

Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious
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Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious

Researchers have used machine learning to create basil plants that are extra-tasty.

These Are the Best Companies to Work for in China in 2019, According to LinkedIn
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These Are the Best Companies to Work for in China in 2019, According to LinkedIn

A study by LinkedIn found 15 of China's top 25 companies to work for this year are technology firms, including embattled telecommunications provider Huawei.

Drone Racing Fans Have Some Questions: Where's the Drone? Who's Winning?
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Drone Racing Fans Have Some Questions: Where's the Drone? Who's Winning?

With drone racing becoming more popular, spectators and commentators need better ways of seeing which drones are ahead and which are falling behind.

A Healthy Dose of Wearables
From ACM News

A Healthy Dose of Wearables

Smart watches and other wearables are evolving into medical devices that will drive significant changes in healthcare.
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