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Teen Cyber Prodigy Stumbled Onto Flaw Letting Him Hijack Teslas
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Teen Cyber Prodigy Stumbled Onto Flaw Letting Him Hijack Teslas

Flaws found in third-party software for Teslas can allow hacks.

Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19
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Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19

U.K. and Polish scientists have developed a technique to detect epidemic waves of COVID-19.

Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption
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Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption

Generating truly random numbers for cryptographic algorithms could become possible through Nisa Bostanci and colleagues at Turkey's TOBB University of Economics...

New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V
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New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V

The updates cause Windows domain controllers enter a boot loop, with servers getting into an endless cycle of Windows starting and then rebooting after a few minutes...

Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures
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Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures

A computer model developed by Tufts University researchers can mimic the real-life spread of misinformation to expose its mechanisms and help in the development...

Smart Guns Arriving in the U.S.
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Smart Guns Arriving in the U.S.

Smart guns are beginning to become available to U.S. consumers.

Beijing Unveils Grand Plan to Grow Digital Economy as U.S. Moves Forward with Competition Bill
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Beijing Unveils Grand Plan to Grow Digital Economy as U.S. Moves Forward with Competition Bill

Beijing's ambitions for the digital economy and core technologies have stoked fears the U.S. could lose technological leadership to China.

Reaching Across the Aisle to Find the Algorithms of Vision
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Reaching Across the Aisle to Find the Algorithms of Vision

Two styles of understanding visual processing—discriminative and generative approaches—have guided researchers on separate paths for decades, but now are being...

Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register
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Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register

While interest in crypto has exploded, few people are using it for its intended purpose: to pay for things.

Camden Yards to Test Using AI for Security at Some Orioles Games This Season
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Camden Yards to Test Using AI for Security at Some Orioles Games This Season

"We believe this type of threat detection technology is the future of keeping fans safe at events," said Vernon J. Conaway Jr., the stadium authority's vice president...

Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution
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Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution

Robots increasingly are being used in warehouses to sort, pack, and prepare orders for delivery as logistics operators faced with labor shortages turn to automation...

Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality
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Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

Some economists blame escalating inequality on the automation of tasks formerly done by humans, in addition to excessive technology investment and supportive public...

Quantum Advantage Next Goal in Race for New Computer Age
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Quantum Advantage Next Goal in Race for New Computer Age

Experts envision quantum advantage as the next step in the race toward practical quantum computing applications.

Algorithm Helps Robots Avoid Obstacles in Their Path
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Algorithm Helps Robots Avoid Obstacles in Their Path

An algorithm developed by researchers at the University of South Australia aims to help robots avoid humans and other obstacles in their path.

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?
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When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?

Brain-computer interfaces are getting better all the time—and they're about to land us in a philosophical quagmire.

Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link
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Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link

The EU police agency has been accused of hoovering up data indiscriminately to create tools and algorithms.

Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year
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Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year

After years of research and development, at least two major smart gun makers claim they are on track to release a commercial product this year.

Robot Tractors May Be Heading to a Farm Near You
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Robot Tractors May Be Heading to a Farm Near You

U.S. farm equipment manufacturer John Deere and French agricultural robot startup Naio unveiled new technologies at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las...

Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech
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Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech

Many believe mainstream use of the metaverse will be realized only when cumbersome augmented reality headsets tare replaced by lightweight eyeglass-like alternatives...

France Opens Access to Quantum Computing to Researchers, Startups
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France Opens Access to Quantum Computing to Researchers, Startups

The French government has launched a program to make quantum computers and supercomputers available to researchers and French and EU startup companies.
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