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Common Solar Tech Can Power Smart Devices Indoors, NIST Study Finds
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Common Solar Tech Can Power Smart Devices Indoors, NIST Study Finds

Researchers studying small modular photovoltaic devices found that such a device made of silicon supplied more power to a wireless temperature sensor than its operation...

At Japanese Robot Cafe, Staff Serve Customers While Working From Home
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At Japanese Robot Cafe, Staff Serve Customers While Working From Home

The Dawn Cafe in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district is staffed by robot waiters serving diners under the remote direction of physically and mentally impaired staff based...

Drones, Autonomous Robots Could Be Deployed in Coal Mines to Improve Safety
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Drones, Autonomous Robots Could Be Deployed in Coal Mines to Improve Safety

New technology enables the use of drones to map and inspect subterranean coal mines, to avoid putting people into potentially hazardous situations.

Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed
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Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed

Researchers have identified a vulnerability in a software development kit affecting more than 83 million smart devices.

Google Can Take Two Months to Remove Malware Apps from App Store
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Google Can Take Two Months to Remove Malware Apps from App Store

It takes an average of 77 days from detection for Google to remove apps that may contain malware from the Google Play Store, accoriding to a recent analysis.

Pilot in Austin to Offer Early Look at Edge Computing at Scale
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Pilot in Austin to Offer Early Look at Edge Computing at Scale

A group is deploying dozens of nodes that combine compute, connectivity, and sensors in a uniform fashion.

Emojis Make It Harder for Tech Giants to Track Down Online Abuse
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Emojis Make It Harder for Tech Giants to Track Down Online Abuse

A study found that some algorithms used to identify abusive online posts are less effective if the content includes emojis.

Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? This Technology Could Stop It.
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Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? This Technology Could Stop It.

A new system can thwart the tracking of cellphone users by network operators while maintaining seamless connectivity.

Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees
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Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees

Land-management strategies to save bumblebees can be tested in a "virtual safe space" developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Exeter.

Researchers Develop Smart-Car Identity and Access Management System
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Researchers Develop Smart-Car Identity and Access Management System

Researchers at City, University of London have developed an identity and access management system to make smart cars less vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities
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Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Nozomi Networks Labs have identified five vulnerabilities in Mitsubishi's safety programmable logic controllers, centered on the...

Messaging Apps Have an Eavesdropping Problem
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Messaging Apps Have an Eavesdropping Problem

Google's Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich found vulnerabilities in messaging apps that add eavesdropping bugs without requiring users to click a malicious...

Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project
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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook  disabled the personal accounts of New York University scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates...

L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual
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L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual

Asmita Dubey is exploring how online games, augmented reality and social media can help the French cosmetics company reach new demographics.

Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors
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Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning teaching tool designed to assist computer science professors in gauging feedback from large numbers...

Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions
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Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions

Robot swarms could cooperate more effectively if communication among some members of the swarm could be curtailed.

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology
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Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

The Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with digital location startup What3words, which has assigned a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot...

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer
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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time...

Robotic Neck Brace May Help Doctors Analyze Neck Mobility in Cancer Patients
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Robotic Neck Brace May Help Doctors Analyze Neck Mobility in Cancer Patients

A new robotic neck brace could help doctors evaluate the impact of cancer treatments on neck mobility, and guide patients' recovery.

The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors
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The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors

Health-care chatbots have been used for years, but they exploded in popularity over the past year as the system became overwhelmed with covid-related questions...
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