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Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates
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Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates

Security researchers identified a vulnerability in the app and website of Reviver, a company that sells digital license plates in California, Arizona, and Michigan...

Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor
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Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor

The company grappled with missteps for years while developing a microprocessor code-named Sapphire Rapids. It comes out on Tuesday.

Hype around Quantum Computing Recedes over Lack of Practical Uses
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Hype around Quantum Computing Recedes over Lack of Practical Uses

China claims to have made a major breakthrough, but Western experts say any commercial benefits are still years away.

Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans
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Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans

A survey of nearly 1,500 U.S. respondents found Russian Twitter campaigns during the 2016 presidential race primarily reached a small subset of users, most highly...

Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems
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Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems

Utilities are using unmanned drones to inspect power lines and other infrastructure.

Auto Industry Races into Metaverse at CES
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Auto Industry Races into Metaverse at CES

The 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) showcased metaverse technologies designed to enhance the auto industry.

Who Owns the Content AI Creates?
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Who Owns the Content AI Creates?

AI products like GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT, which ingest human content to make new material, raise novel legal and ethical issues.

What's Next for the Chip Industry
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What's Next for the Chip Industry

Aggressive new U.S. policies will be put to the test in 2023. They could ultimately fragment the global semiconductor industry.

Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices
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Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices

A new quantum computing architecture can facilitate extensible, high-fidelity communication between superconducting quantum chips.

Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice
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Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can instantly determine whether a person has exceeded the legal alcohol limit based on a 12-second recording of that...

Dell to Stop Using Chips Made in China Before the End of 2024
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Dell to Stop Using Chips Made in China Before the End of 2024

The decision by the world's third-largest PC vendor could have a huge impact on the order books of Chinese companies supplying components for desktop PCs and laptops...

Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers
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Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers

Scientists in China are claiming they have found a way for current-generation quantum computers to crack the RSA algorithm underlying the most common form of online...

NYC Education Dept. Blocks ChatGPT on School Devices, Networks
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NYC Education Dept. Blocks ChatGPT on School Devices, Networks

It's unclear if or how many other districts are banning the program.

Tech Layoffs Happening Faster Than at Any Time During the Pandemic
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Tech Layoffs Happening Faster Than at Any Time During the Pandemic

Data tracker Layoffs.fyi estimates technology industry layoffs are occurring at the fastest rate since the pandemic began.

BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul
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BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul

German automaker BMW's latest prototype car showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show features a retooled interior that applies concepts from Apple's future...

Computers Aid Dentistry
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Computers Aid Dentistry

Small-scale CAD/CAM tools are among the high-tech capabilities being added to the arsenals of increasingly digital dentists.

Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity
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Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity

Irish privacy regulator tells the Facebook and Instagram owner it can't use its contracts with users to justify sending them such ads.

U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits
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U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits

Amid a tech cold war with China, U.S. companies have pledged nearly $200 billion for chip manufacturing projects since early 2020. But the investments are not a...

Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?
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Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?

Riiid is one of a handful of companies that believe that A.I. algorithms are perfectly suited to track student performance and give individualized attention.

Deep Learning Can Predict Tsunami Impacts in Less Than a Second
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Deep Learning Can Predict Tsunami Impacts in Less Than a Second

Researchers at Japan's RIKEN Prediction Science Laboratory applied deep learning to predict the impact of tsunamis in less than a second.
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