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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove
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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural...

Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores

Just Walk Out tech lets shoppers skip the checkout line

Professor Helps Achieve Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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Professor Helps Achieve Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Develops theory behind record-setting experiment for most accurate entangling gate ever demonstrated without lasers

Researchers Develop Tool for Analyzing Large Superconducting Circuits
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Researchers Develop Tool for Analyzing Large Superconducting Circuits

Method could help push forward the field of quantum computing

Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses
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Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses

Italian data protection authority Garante has asked Facebook to provide it with clarifications related to its newly launched smart glasses, to determine their compliance...

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw

Apple released emergency security patches after researchers in Canada found a flaw that allows spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect any Apple product.

Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening
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Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening

Many researchers are trying to train artificial intelligence to enable smartphones to analyze patterns in a person’s coughs.

The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines
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The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines

Advances in technology will soon allow us to build machines that replicate themselves and evolve like living beings.

Programming Languages: Python is on the Verge of Another Big Step Forward
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Programming Languages: Python is on the Verge of Another Big Step Forward

Python could soon take first place in one more programming language popularity ranking.

Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival
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Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival held a spotlight to virtual reality.

Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List
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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence likely will further virtualize physical...

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans
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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans

A new technology called Codex generates programs in 12 coding languages and even translates between them. But it is not a threat to professional programmers.

AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger
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AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger

Amazon Web Services' Mario Berta combined the capabilities of two quantum computers in order to generate truly random numbers to strengthen cryptographic keys. ...

AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway
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AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway

Ukrainian clothing brand FINCH teamed up with Ukrainian technology company FFFACE.ME to develop semi-digital clothing that can be upgraded with augmented reality...

Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud
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Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud

Multiparty Computation permits computation on encrypted values.

Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients
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Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients

Uses EM waves to distinguish the size, position, and type of stroke

Using Adversarial Attacks to Refine Molecular Energy Predictions
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Using Adversarial Attacks to Refine Molecular Energy Predictions

MIT researchers find new way to quantify the uncertainty in molecular energies predicted by neural networks

Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation
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Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation

New system increases the correctness and reliability of health-related searches by 80%

Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks
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Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin said the blockchain survived a flaw from outdated software that divided the digital ledger last week, thanks to a quick program...
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