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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar
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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar

When a drone is flown as part of a crime, authorities often have a hard time collecting evidence unless they can actually obtain the device.

The Bioacoustic Signatures of Our Bodies Can Reveal Our Identities
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The Bioacoustic Signatures of Our Bodies Can Reveal Our Identities

Researchers in South Korea have developed a biometric system that uses a transducer to generate vibrations and sound waves that can be used to identify individuals...

Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data
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Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data

The U.S. Census Bureau is revamping its systems to prevent the use of published data to target individual respondents through the information they disclose.

Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare
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Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

The U.S. Defense Innovation Board has published a set of ethical principles for how military agencies should design weapons enabled by artificial intelligence and...

Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing
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Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing

Police Scotland has launched a new aerial drone system to help search for missing people.

Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security
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Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security

A group of researchers claim to have developed a method for bypassing biometric security on smartphones using photographs of fingerprints.

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers
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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells.

U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia
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U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia

Justice Department says the two former employees accessed information about people who made posts critical of the Saudi royal family.

With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri
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With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

Researchers used laser pointers and flashlights to effectively hijack digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri from hundreds of feet...

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

The Internet Is Getting Less Free
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The Internet Is Getting Less Free

Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting Internet freedoms.

Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet
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Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet

Earlier this year, Russia passed a law that theoretically would allow the government to sequester the country's Internet from the rest of the world, as well as...

Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic
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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic

Volkswagen will test a quantum navigation app in Portugal next week, with plans to eventually incorporate its capabilities into automobiles.

Building an Interoperable Smart City Architecture
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Building an Interoperable Smart City Architecture

The Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture aims to develop standards and practices to make disaster response more effective.

Bias, Harassment Drive Women from STEM Jobs: Survey
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Bias, Harassment Drive Women from STEM Jobs: Survey

Nearly half of female professionals in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics jobs surveyed said they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace...

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

Surrey AI Research Achieves World-Leading Technology for Visual Recognition of People
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Surrey AI Research Achieves World-Leading Technology for Visual Recognition of People

A unique, lightweight deep neural network could greatly enhance the use of artificial intelligence's in video surveillance.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a system that perceives tiny fluctuations in ground shadows to ascertain whether an unseen object is...

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.

Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison
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Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison

About 20 inmates at Michigan's Parnall Correctional Facility have been learning the basics of front-end Web design for the last two months through a program provided...
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