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Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users
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Apple Rushes Out Patches for Zero-Days Threatening iOS, macOS Users

Apple recently released patches for two critical zero-day vulnerabilities discovered by an anonymous researcher that affect the operating systems of iPhones, iPads...

Chinese AI Turns Commercial Satellite into Spy Tracker Able to Follow Small Objects with Precision: Paper
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Chinese AI Turns Commercial Satellite into Spy Tracker Able to Follow Small Objects with Precision: Paper

The AI algorithm could be uploaded to processors on some of China's Earth observation satellites already in orbit without any ground assistance: researchers.

U.S. Disrupts Prolific Botnet Controlled by Russian Military
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U.S. Disrupts Prolific Botnet Controlled by Russian Military

U.S. officials worked with law enforcement in the U.K., and network security company WatchGuard, to analyze the malware and develop detection and remediation tools...

First, There Were Bug Bounties. Now, Here Come the Bias Bounties
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First, There Were Bug Bounties. Now, Here Come the Bias Bounties

Offering rewards for the identification of bias in algorithms.

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Code placed in consumer-facing apps is tied to U.S. national-security contractors, documents show.

AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong
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AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed an approach that enables a neural network to run a code like a standard computer.

Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries
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Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries

A pilot program launched by Exxon Mobil Corp. involves powering cryptocurrency-mining operations using excess natural gas that otherwise would be burned off from...

BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers
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BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers

One ransomware attack struck a professional football team as competitors were preparing for the Super Bowl.

Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco
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Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco

Waymo has deployed fully driverless cars onto the streets of San Francisco to provide free rides to its employees.

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses
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'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

A growing number of new products allow anyone to apply artificial intelligence without having to write a line of computer code. Proponents believe the "no-code"...

How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases
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How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases

At the recent American Indian Science and Engineering Society, students in a workshop created metadata to train an algorithm to understand an image's cultural significance...

Smartphone App Calculates Genetic Risk for Heart Attack
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Smartphone App Calculates Genetic Risk for Heart Attack

Scripps Research uses DNA data from 23andMe to calculate risk for coronary artery disease.

Computer Simulates Schools of Fishlike Underwater Research Drones
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Computer Simulates Schools of Fishlike Underwater Research Drones

An international team of researchers has created a three-dimensional simulation of small fish swimming that could improve aquatic research robots designed to mimic...

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses
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'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

Products allow anyone to use AI without writing any computer code.

To Catch a Falling Satellite
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To Catch a Falling Satellite

Researchers lean on NASA Astrobee robots to try to contain and stabilize out-of-control satellites.

Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked
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Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked

Ward Beullens at IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland easily cracked a cryptography algorithm touted as one of three contenders for a global standard against quantum...

Medical, IoT Devices Vulnerable to Attack
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Medical, IoT Devices Vulnerable to Attack

Researchers discovered seven vulnerabilities, known collectively as "Access:7," in more than 150 Internet of Things devices made by more than 100 companies.

How Picking Up Your Smartphone Could Reveal Your Identity
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How Picking Up Your Smartphone Could Reveal Your Identity

Researchers from Lancaster University and the University of Bath use phone usage time to help identify users

AI Model Detects Mental Disorders Based on Web Posts
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AI Model Detects Mental Disorders Based on Web Posts

Analyzes emotions, not specific content, in social media posts to generate a user's emotional "fingerprint"

'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds
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'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds

Researchers combined surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and a deep learning model to identify bacteria in seconds with up to 98% accuracy.
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