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Software Spots, Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds
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Software Spots, Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds

New software developed at North Carolina State University can identify and fix so-called hang bugs.

Woolworths Launches Automated eStore in Melbourne
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Woolworths Launches Automated eStore in Melbourne

Woolworths in Australia is using technology to accelerate delivery of online orders and potentially improve order accuracy.

China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites
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China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites

China allowed millions of its citizens access to long-banned foreign websites like YouTube and Instagram in a two-week experiment of the Tuber mobile browser application...

AI Researchers Challenge a Robot to Ride a Skateboard in Simulation
From ACM TechNews

AI Researchers Challenge a Robot to Ride a Skateboard in Simulation

Researchers have developed a framework for controlling four-legged robots that is more energy efficient and adaptable than traditional model-based gait control....

Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data
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Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data

U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russel George said he will review Internal Revenue Service use of software that enables warrantless surveillance...

12 European Companies, Research Labs Join Forces to Boost Industrial Quantum Computing Applications
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12 European Companies, Research Labs Join Forces to Boost Industrial Quantum Computing Applications

The NExt ApplicationS of Quantum Computing project hopes to demonstrate practical use cases for the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices that soon will be available...

Here Come the Swarmbots
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Here Come the Swarmbots

Switzerland's EFPL has developed inexpensive prototype bots that can be used to form, and act as, swarms.

Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same
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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work...

The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs
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The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs

The U.S. military is working on new ways for soldiers and their dogs to communicate.

Israeli Researchers Find Breach Allowing Hackers to Spy Through Remotes
From ACM TechNews

Israeli Researchers Find Breach Allowing Hackers to Spy Through Remotes

Researchers in Israel discovered a security breach that would let hackers eavesdrop on users through voice-command remote controls from the Comcast cable TV service...

Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo
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Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo

Japan Post Co. is testing in Tokyo a self-driving mail delivery robot that can maneuver around obstacles and cross intersections with traffic lights.

Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required
From ACM TechNews

Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a technique for three-dimensionally printing plastic objects that communicate with Wi-Fi devices without...

Algorithm Sharpens Focus of Most Powerful Microscopes
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Algorithm Sharpens Focus of Most Powerful Microscopes

Researchers have developed an algorithm to enhance the resolution and accuracy of the world's most powerful microscopes.

AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish
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AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish

Artificial intelligence researchers at Norwegian telecommunications carrier Telenor's Norwegian Open AI Lab are testing AI models to reduce costs and increase efficiency...

 Astronauts Will Vote From Space – Here’s How It Works
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Astronauts Will Vote From Space – Here’s How It Works

A SpaceX Crew Dragon IS scheduled to carry three additional U.S. crew members to the space station on October 31, just in time to cast their ballots there,

Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election
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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies
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4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies

Positive Technologies' Sergey Puzankov said that outstanding issues in the Signaling System 7  protocol continue to plague the telecommunications industry as it...

Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home
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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or...

Conservative Unease With Science Is Global, but Extreme in the U.S.
From ACM TechNews

Conservative Unease With Science Is Global, but Extreme in the U.S.

A Pew Research Center survey of about 1,000 people from 20 countries immediately before the Covid-19 pandemic found widespread trust in scientists and a strong...

Memristor Breakthrough: First Single Device To Act Like a Neuron
From ACM News

Memristor Breakthrough: First Single Device To Act Like a Neuron

Analog computing with neuron-like devices could efficiently solve problems traditional computers struggle to solve.
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