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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.

Digital artworks known as nonfungible tokens are selling for massive sums, but research indicates their creation may carry an enormous environmental cost.

China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms
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China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms

China's working-age population has dropped by more than 5 million in the last decade, and factories are responding to the resulting labor shortage with automation...

Democratizing Facial Authentication
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Democratizing Facial Authentication

Intel's RealSense ID solution performs facial identification on device, not in the cloud.

This Old Programming Language is Suddenly Getting More Popular Again
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This Old Programming Language is Suddenly Getting More Popular Again

Apple's Objective-C finally exits the top 20 list of popular programming languages tracked by Tiobe, but a 'dinosaur' language has had an unexpected boost.

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles
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New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

The variety of low-cost products for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is expected to increase due to a new law.

Google Wins Multibillion Dollar Copyright Fight With Oracle in Supreme Court
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Google Wins Multibillion Dollar Copyright Fight With Oracle in Supreme Court

A lower court had ruled that Google's Android operating system infringed Java copyrights held by Oracle.

How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)
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How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)

Researchers suggest video games could be a beneficial tool for training surgeons.

If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser
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If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of Internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving
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Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving

Popup Covid-19 vaccination megasites are using digital enterprise technology to accommodate surging numbers of inoculations as more Americans qualify to be immunized...

New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says
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New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says

The White House is leading an interagency effort focused on software development that will determine federal procurement of information technology.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

The Best of NLP
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The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores
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DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores

The U.S. Defense Department agency has been sponsoring underground circuit competitions for robotic hardware systems for the last three years.

Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups
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Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups

Persistent flaws in software for setting up COVID-19 vaccination appointments online threaten to slow the U.S. vaccine rollout.

Bug Bounties: More Hackers Spotting Vulnerabilities Across Web, Mobile, IoT
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Bug Bounties: More Hackers Spotting Vulnerabilities Across Web, Mobile, IoT

HackerOne's 2021 Hacker Report reveals a 63% jump in the number of ethical hackers submitting vulnerabilities to bug bounty programs during the last year.

Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer
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Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer

Israel's Innovation Authority and Defense Ministry have committed $60 million to building the country's first quantum computer.

White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch
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White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch

The White House has advised computer network operators to further efforts to determine whether their systems were targeted by an attack on Microsoft's Outlook email...

Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All
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Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All

A new report found that the hardest and perhaps most promising work of deep learning may lie in the realm of robotics,

A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It
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A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It

An international team of researchers used computer algorithms and x-ray scanning to read a tightly folded letter sealed since 1697, without actually opening it....

Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language
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Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language

Software engineer Pablo Galindo discusses the challenges of enabling a programming language to grow and evolve without sacrificing backward compatibility.
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