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Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction
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Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction

The study concludes about a third of social media use are linked to self-control problems and habit formation engendered by our digital technology.

Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.

Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them
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Newly Discovered Vigilante Malware Outs Software Pirates, Blocks Them

SophosLabs researcher Andrew Brandt has discovered malware that identifies and blocks software pirates.

Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed
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Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed

A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.

Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches
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Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches

A walking construction vehicle can operate autonomously on rough terrain, thanks to a team of Swiss-German engineers.

Smart Tires Hit the Road
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Smart Tires Hit the Road

Tire manufacturers Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Bridgestone are launching new smart tire features for last-mile delivery vehicles.

Formal Software Verification Measures Up
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Formal Software Verification Measures Up

Verified coding techniques use mathematical proofs to ensure code is error-free and hacker-resistant. Can the approach revolutionize software?

McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products
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McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products

McAfee researchers discovered a vulnerability in the Peloton Bike+ that could enable attackers to install malware in the system through a USB port.

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition
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Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.

Keeping Control of the Wheel
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Keeping Control of the Wheel

Developments in automotive cybersecurity.

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT
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WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Tim Berners-Lee's original source code for what would become the World Wide Web is part of a non-fungible token soon to be auctioned off.

Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event
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Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event

Don't expect any significant updates in new Windows 10 preview builds for the next few weeks. It's all about testing the servicing pipeline with new cumulative...

How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients
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How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often misunderstood. Here's what it is, and how those with OCD can use technology to help navigate uncertainty.

Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist
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Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist

While use of the gaming technology for improving physical ailments is still in the early stages, it shows promise — and it's fun.

AI Could Soon Write Code Based on Ordinary Language
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AI Could Soon Write Code Based on Ordinary Language

Microsoft reveals plans to bring GPT-3, best known for generating text, to programming. "The code writes itself," CEO Satya Nadella says.

Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns
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Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns

Clearview AI has been marketing facial recognition software to law enforcement around the country. In Minnesota, some agencies are finding out the technology doesn't...

Going to the Moon via the Cloud
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Going to the Moon via the Cloud

The wide availability of high-performance computing accessed through the cloud is fostering creativity worldwide.

Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?
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Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?

The new 5G networks increase hacker access to the Internet of Things.

Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...
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