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A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit
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A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

The Police Data Accessibility Project aims to request, download, clean, and standardize public records that right now are overly difficult to find.

Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Researchers have identified more than 1,000 word sequences that incorrectly trigger voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.

Home Security Camera Wi-Fi Signals Can be Hacked to Tell When People Are Home
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Home Security Camera Wi-Fi Signals Can be Hacked to Tell When People Are Home

Scientists in the U.K. and China have demonstrated exploits of Internet-connected security camera uploads that allows hackers to learn whether homes are occupied...

System Combines Smartphone Videos to Create 4D Visualizations
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System Combines Smartphone Videos to Create 4D Visualizations

Carnegie Mellon University researchers combined iPhone videos shot "in the wild" by separate cameras to produce four-dimensional visualizations.

Goodbye to the Wild Wild Web
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Goodbye to the Wild Wild Web

The Internet is changing, and the freewheeling, anything-goes culture of social media is being replaced by something more accountable.

 Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet
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Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet

Harvard University researchers achieve “a milestone along the path to a worldwide quantum Internet.”

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure
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Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure

Researchers have proposed a Covid-19 tracking system that would rely on signals sent and received from cellphone microphones and speakers.

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps
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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps

Amazon Web Services has launched a service that enables non-coders to write applications, which could broaden the cloud service's audience beyond programmers.

Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy
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Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy

An international team of researchers have developed a plug-and-play lens that streamlines adaptive optics for microscopy.

America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face
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America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

Ford Motor's new F-150 pickup and upcoming Mach-E electric SUV will be the carmaker's first vehicles to be equipped with electronic systems that enable wireless...

Who Shares the Most Fake News?
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Who Shares the Most Fake News?

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers determined that Facebook promulgates more fake news than Twitter, which is most likely to be spread by liberal-conservative...

New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons
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New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons

Scientists have demonstrated a new quantum communication method.

Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit
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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit

The influential pro-Trump community broke the rules on harassment and targeting, said Reddit, which also banned other groups.

Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit
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Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have demonstrated quantum entanglement on a mini-satellite orbiting earth.

Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses
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Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses

An international team of researchers created a technique to more quickly control mosquito populations and reduce insect-borne disease.

Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day
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Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day

Netgear said it is close to releasing a patch for a software vulnerability that could enable hackers to remotely exploit home Internet routers to access devices...

Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR
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Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR

Crew members for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner are training for pre-launch, docking, and landing using a new virtual reality system.

Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums
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Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums

A new study found that more comment moderation is necessary to curtail racist and white supremacist content on Reddit.

Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy
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Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy

A new tool can determine whether mobile applications for children comply with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
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