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China's Virtual Reality Arcades Aim for Real-World Success
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China's Virtual Reality Arcades Aim for Real-World Success

China holds great market potential for virtual reality and augmented reality.

Europe Making AI Rules Now to Avoid New Tech Crisis
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Europe Making AI Rules Now to Avoid New Tech Crisis

The European Commission this week introduced ethics guidelines to inform the development of artificial intelligence.

Inaugural ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Recognizes Fundamental Contributions that Enable Cloud Computing
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Inaugural ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Recognizes Fundamental Contributions that Enable Cloud Computing

Stanford University's Mendel Rosenblum transformed datacenters by reinventing virtual machines.

WhatsApp's New Tip Line is a Testing Ground for Fighting Fake News on Encrypted Messaging
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WhatsApp's New Tip Line is a Testing Ground for Fighting Fake News on Encrypted Messaging

WhatsApp's new tip line for misinformation in India could be a precursor for how parent company Facebook tries to address fake news.

Student Demand for Computer Science Straining UW-Madison Department Resources
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Student Demand for Computer Science Straining UW-Madison Department Resources

The growth in University of Wisconsin-Madison student demand for computer science is resulting in difficulty finding lecture halls large enough to accommodate all...

Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage
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Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage

The 5G wireless technology now being introduced by phone companies promises to bring a world of innovations to mobile service—from connected appliances to self-driving...

Celebrating 50 years since ‘LO’
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Celebrating 50 years since ‘LO’

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How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan
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How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan

Tokyo, Japan-based DeNA has developed a program to direct cruising taxi drivers to streets where they are most likely to find customers.

Unsung Bletchley Park Hero Whose Role in D-Day was Equal to Turing’s
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Unsung Bletchley Park Hero Whose Role in D-Day was Equal to Turing’s

Eric Jones is finally to be unmasked as the 'king of calm' in Hut 3 who channelled the work of the wartime codebreakers.

Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

Researchers at Toyota Motor have developed a robot that can make free throws and three-point shots on a basketball court.

Goldman Sachs Wants to Pay Students $100,000 to Tackle Wall Street's Technology Challenges
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Goldman Sachs Wants to Pay Students $100,000 to Tackle Wall Street's Technology Challenges

Goldman Sachs is accepting applications for a new program that will pay student computer engineers $100,000 to tackle "commercially oriented" research challenges...

Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance
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Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance

Australian regulators are cautiously using artificial intelligence to address a lack of compliance across that nation’s financial sector.

Hackers Beat University Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours
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Hackers Beat University Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours

Ethical hackers conducted simulated cyberattacks on U.K. university defenses, and were able to successfully access "high-value" information within two hours.

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They're Not On (Yet)
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There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They're Not On (Yet)

U.S.-based airlines have been asked to respond to reports of cameras installed in airplane seat backs.

Huawei Allegations Driven by Politics Not Evidence: U.N. Telecoms Chief
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Huawei Allegations Driven by Politics Not Evidence: U.N. Telecoms Chief

U.S. security concerns about 5G mobile networks built by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei appear to be driven by politics and trade rather than any evidence, the head...

Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner
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Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner

Artificial intelligence researchers are calling on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to police.

Changing How a Country Types
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Changing How a Country Types

Researchers led by Aalto University in Finland used computational methods to reposition keyboard characters for easier, more intuitive typing in French.

VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival
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VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival

CAVE, a shared virtual reality experience that transports audiences back to 10,000 BC, will debut April 24 at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant
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Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant

Walmart this month will launch a new service in which customers can order groceries virtually through Google Assistant.

Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here
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Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here

Iceland-based Aha uses aerial drones to deliver food and small consumer goods.
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