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The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout
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The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout

Ultra-wideband technology could revolutionize interaction with devices, if privacy and other issues can be addressed.

Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip
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Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip

National University of Singapore engineers have constructed a robotic hand that can grasp various objects using three-dimensionally-printed fingers.

Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?
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Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?

Concerns are mounting as Apple's location-tracking AirTag devices are being found on people's cars and in their belongings, giving rise to fears of stalking.

Delivering Smart Warehouses
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Delivering Smart Warehouses

Companies old and new, large and small, are working to establish themselves in the smart warehouse and distribution center market.

Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future
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Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future

Cloud computing is slowly changing how Wall Street banks handle their business, but concerns with security remain.

Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media's 'Black Boxes'
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Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media's 'Black Boxes'

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

IT Security: Computer Attacks With Laser Light
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IT Security: Computer Attacks With Laser Light

Researchers at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Technical University of Braunschweig, and the Technical University of Berlin demonstrated that physically...

AI Points the Way to Better Doctor-Patient Communication
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AI Points the Way to Better Doctor-Patient Communication

Medical doctors commonly use language that patients cannot understand, according to an analysis of more than 250,000 secure emails conducted by researchers at the...

Barbados Is Opening a Diplomatic Embassy in the Metaverse
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Barbados Is Opening a Diplomatic Embassy in the Metaverse

Barbados is building its next embassy in Decentraland, an online world that is accessible to anyone with a computer and a virtual reality headset.

Nike Buys Virtual Sneaker Maker RTFKT in Metaverse Push
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Nike Buys Virtual Sneaker Maker RTFKT in Metaverse Push

Nike has acquired RTFKT, a virtual sneaker company, as part of an effort to expand in the "metaverse," where users can purchase clothing, virtual land, and other...

Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning
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Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning

An early-alert system managed by the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday warned Californians of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake by phone, seconds before it struck.

Americans Widely Distrust Facebook, TikTok, Instagram with Their Data, Poll Finds
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Americans Widely Distrust Facebook, TikTok, Instagram with Their Data, Poll Finds

Pulled between not trusting some tech companies and still wanting to use their products, people look to government regulation, according to a Washington Post-Schar...

Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race
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Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race

Some investors expect trucks to overtake cars in becoming fully autonomous and profitable, as trucks face fewer regulatory and technological barriers to deployment...

AWS Goes Down for Second Time in Two Weeks, Taking Netflix With It - Again
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AWS Goes Down for Second Time in Two Weeks, Taking Netflix With It - Again

The outage totally shut down internet connectivity in two regions of the USA

Shrinking Artificial Intelligence
From Communications of the ACM

Shrinking Artificial Intelligence

Energy concerns push AI optimizations to the edge.

Converting Laws to Programs
From Communications of the ACM

Converting Laws to Programs

In highly regulated industries, it is critical that laws are translated precisely into code that reflects their intent.

Monetizing Your Personal Data
From Communications of the ACM

Monetizing Your Personal Data

What is your private data worth, to you and to the companies willing to pay you for it?

What Is Web3 and Why Should You Care?
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What Is Web3 and Why Should You Care?

The next Internet revolution is upon us—here's why it matters.

Google, Microsoft Have Your Mail, Mostly
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Google, Microsoft Have Your Mail, Mostly

Computer scientists studying email service providers found high levels of concentration.

World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data
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World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data

The Pyth blockchain-based technology service aims to provide data for diverse cryptocurrency projects in real time.
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