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New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient
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New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient

A new optical device emits light in one direction, to make fiber communications more efficient.

Power to the People
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Power to the People

Artificial Intelligence software helps citizens end-run censors.

Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds
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Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds

Researchers have found that giving smart assistant users the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, does not necessarily increase trust...

2020 Marconi Prize Awarded to Wireless Innovator Goldsmith
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2020 Marconi Prize Awarded to Wireless Innovator Goldsmith

The first woman to win this top communications science award, Goldsmith was honored for her groundbreaking work to deliver high-performing cellular and Wi-Fi services...

Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR
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Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a device to help simulate the feel of objects in virtual reality.

Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic
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Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption to elections worldwide has rekindled interest in voting online, but experts warn it would be too vulnerable to breaches and cyberattacks...

Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot
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Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot

A new system taps human muscle signals via wearable sensors to pilot a robot.

Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More
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Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More

Researchers combined two techniques—radio frequency (RF) photonics sensing and quantum metrology—to give sensor networks a never-before-achieved level of precision...

The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future
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The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future

"We saw that business double overnight," startup says of UK grocery deliveries.

Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked
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Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti worries the U.S. voting system is rife with unpatched vulnerabilities that leave it susceptible to election rigging.

Robot Helping Hospitals Remotely Treat Coronavirus
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Robot Helping Hospitals Remotely Treat Coronavirus

A robot is being used at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard University to handle remote triage of patients suspected of having COVID-19.

AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity
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AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to detect Twitter bots based on differences in the patterns of Tweeting activity of real and fake accounts...

Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers
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Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers

White-hat hackers are helping thwart cybercriminals attempting to exploit healthcare organizations' increased reliance on networks during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years
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Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years

Apple will patch a flaw that iPhones and iPads may have harbored for years.

Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears
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Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears

Teams of workers at the Belgian port of Antwerp are preparing to test a bracelet designed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic by enforcing social distancing...

Wi-Fi is Getting its Biggest Upgrade in 20 years
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Wi-Fi is Getting its Biggest Upgrade in 20 years

6GHz Wi-Fi is coming soon.

Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records
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Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records

Researchers were able to send 172 terabits per second of data through a single multicore fiber.

Ford , Volkswagen Smart Cars May Come With Some Major Security Risks
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Ford , Volkswagen Smart Cars May Come With Some Major Security Risks

A study by independent consumer body Which? found serious security flaws in connected cars from Ford and Volkswagen.

France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker
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France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker

France said Apple's Bluetooth policy is delaying a government contact-tracing application designed to contain the coronavirus.

U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom
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U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to hold a "virtual Parliament" to maintain the machinery of democracy via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.
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