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Picking Locks with Audio Technology
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Picking Locks with Audio Technology

How eavesdropping smartphones could give thieves a copy of your front door key.

Finding Common Ground
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Finding Common Ground

Self-driving vehicles start to understand pedestrians, cyclists.

Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
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Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms

Researchers have developed a reinforcement learning technique to enable swarms of unmanned drones to carry out missions while minimizing performance uncertainty...

3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face
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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore can provide blind parents with three-dimensional models of their baby's face so they can "see" them before they are born,

U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights
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U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights

The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that British police's use of facial recognition technology violates human rights and data protection laws.

Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems
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Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems

Cisco awarded the top prize in its Global Problem Solver Challenge to an Internet of Things-enabled system for transporting dairy products.

Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech
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Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech

Surveillance technology deployed in schools to prevent or contain coronavirus infection raises issues about its effectiveness, as well as its post-pandemic applications...

Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps
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Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps

Researchers have found that privacy policies for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa often violate baseline requirements.

Apparently, Size Does Matter
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Apparently, Size Does Matter

Consumers make better Internet buying decisions when using full-sized PCs.

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped
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England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped

After months of complaints about its centralized, privatized system, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government says resources will be diverted to local public health...

Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?
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Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a "clean" Internet.

Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk
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Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk

The Check Point security firm found 400 code vulnerabilities on Qualcomm's Snapdragon digital signal processor chip, used in more than 40% of Android smartphones...

Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study
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Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study

A study by the American Automobile Association found that current advanced driver assistance technology does not provide reliable safety benefits.

Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures
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Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures

Singapore law enforcement is testing two unmanned drones designed by developer Airobotics to help enforce social distancing measures, by tracking gatherings and...

Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges
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Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges

About 50 hospitals use sensor technology to monitor whether staff are washing their hands when they enter and exit patient rooms, and to keep tabs on expensive...

IoT Technology to Help Trees Fight Climate Change
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IoT Technology to Help Trees Fight Climate Change

Vodafone has joined forces with the U.K. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and Forest Research to study the role of trees in addressing climate...

Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health
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Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health

Researchers at Tufts University have developed a flexible electronic sensing patch that can analyze a person's sweat for multiple health markers while being worn...

Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea
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Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea

Australia is deploying unmanned robot boats to patrol its waters and monitor weather and wildlife, as well as identifying boats potentially transporting asylum...

The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward
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The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology says there are 15 contenders remaining in its competition to develop quantum-proof encryption, down from...

How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio
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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

Researchers at Stanford University were able to capture the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia, prior to the Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul being rededicated as a Muslim...
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