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Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks
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Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks

Researchers found that the time-cost of software updates and users' risk preferences significantly impact whether they apply any specific update, and how long it...

Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing
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Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing

Researchers are using three-dimensional printers and sensors to create fake fish to help test the environmental impact of hydroelectric dams on fish populations...

Windows Code-Execution Zero-day Is Under Active Exploit, Microsoft Warns
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Windows Code-Execution Zero-day Is Under Active Exploit, Microsoft Warns

Microsoft has issued a warning that a Windows zero-day vulnerability is being exploited in "limited targeted attacks" to execute malicious code on fully updated...

Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge

Facebook has placed its army of human moderators on paid leave, forcing the company to police disinformation without them.

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road
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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.

AI-Powered Shoes Unlock Secrets of Your Sole
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AI-Powered Shoes Unlock Secrets of Your Sole

A new smart insole powered by artificial intelligence  analyzes a person's gait in real time when worn in their shoe. \

Keeping Government Out of Your Business
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Keeping Government Out of Your Business

The Enforcer software can keep government surveillance from straying into illegality.

DDoS Attacks Could Affect Next-Generation 911 Call Systems
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DDoS Attacks Could Affect Next-Generation 911 Call Systems

Researchers have found that next-generation 911 systems that accommodate text, images, and video continue to be vulnerable to many of the same cyberattacks as previous...

There Is a Racial Divide in Speech Recognition Systems, Researchers Say
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There Is a Racial Divide in Speech Recognition Systems, Researchers Say

Technology from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft misidentified 35% of words from people who were black. White people fared much better.

The Search for E.T. Goes on Hold, for Now
From ACM News

The Search for E.T. Goes on Hold, for Now

A popular screen saver takes a break while its inventors try to digest data that may yet be hiding news of extraterrestrials.

Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever
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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities
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China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities

An alliance of Chinese government groups, banks, and technology firms plans to launch one of the first blockchain networks constructed and maintained by a central...

This Drone Can Play Dodgeball
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This Drone Can Play Dodgeball

Researchers equipped a quadcopter with event cameras and algorithms to reduce its reaction time and enable it to avoid a ball thrown at it from a short distance...

Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons
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Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons

The balloons are being fast-tracked to improve communication during the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers Expose Vulnerabilities of Password Managers
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Researchers Expose Vulnerabilities of Password Managers

Researchers have demonstrated that some commercial password managers may not protect users completely.

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus
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Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus

Health officials across the Asia-Pacific region are working to repurpose existing technology to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis
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AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers in Canada have developed a system that combines artificial intelligence with human knowledge to provide faster, more accurate cancer diagnoses.

Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe
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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe

Factory owners in Eastern European are investing in automation to counter a shortage of workers and rising wages.

Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers
From ACM TechNews

Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers

A study of the privacy protection provided by major browsers ranked upstart browser Brave at the top of the list.
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