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Remote Work Not Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore
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Remote Work Not Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore

Technology that allows people to perform physical work remotely is proliferating across a host of occupations.

The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone
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The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

Washington DC-based nonprofit Upturn found law enforcement officials regularly break into encrypted smartphones, and police in all U.S. states have phone-hacking...

Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality
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Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality

The desire for faster, higher-frequency wireless networking is a constant. Terahertz technology could deliver large gains.

Microsoft Teams With Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Push Cloud Battle With Amazon Into Orbit
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Microsoft Teams With Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Push Cloud Battle With Amazon Into Orbit

The space-cloud initiative is targeting military and commercial customers and comes after Amazon announced its own space effort,

U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
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U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

The Justice Department filed its long-awaited lawsuit against Google.

Virtual Reality Meets the Office
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Virtual Reality Meets the Office

"Virtual meeting spaces greatly expand the possibilities for online communication—and, at their best, create an environment that parallels or exceeds real world...

Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch
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Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch

Researchers at Norwegian security company Mnemonic found an undocumented backdoor in the X4 smartwatch marketed by children's watch vendor Xplora.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

From surveillance to arrests, governments are using the novel coronavirus as cover for a crackdown on digital liberty.

U.S. Moves to Protect Technologies Considered Critical to National Security
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U.S. Moves to Protect Technologies Considered Critical to National Security

The U.S. National Security Council on Thursday issued guidelines to protect technologies crucial to national security.

CA Says General Motors Can Test Fully Driverless Cars on Its Roads
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CA Says General Motors Can Test Fully Driverless Cars on Its Roads

"Before the end of the year, we'll be sending cars out onto the streets of SF—without gasoline and without anyone at the wheel," Cruise CEO Dan Ammannwrote in a...

Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’
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Twitter Changes Course After Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

It had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article about the Bidens, but said late Thursday that it would allow similar content to be shared.

Can Businesses Keep Up With Cyber Threats?
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Can Businesses Keep Up With Cyber Threats?

Market research firm Gartner forecasts cybersecurity spending by companies and governments will grow 9% annually from 2021 to 2024.

VR Software Allows Scientists to 'Walk' Inside Cells
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VR Software Allows Scientists to 'Walk' Inside Cells

New software enables super-resolution microscopy data to be visualized and analyzed in virtual reality.

Woolworths Launches Automated eStore in Melbourne
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Woolworths Launches Automated eStore in Melbourne

Woolworths in Australia is using technology to accelerate delivery of online orders and potentially improve order accuracy.

China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites
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China's Quiet Experiment Let Millions View Long-Banned Websites

China allowed millions of its citizens access to long-banned foreign websites like YouTube and Instagram in a two-week experiment of the Tuber mobile browser application...

Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data
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Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data

U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russel George said he will review Internal Revenue Service use of software that enables warrantless surveillance...

Here Come the Swarmbots
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Here Come the Swarmbots

Switzerland's EFPL has developed inexpensive prototype bots that can be used to form, and act as, swarms.

The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs
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The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs

The U.S. military is working on new ways for soldiers and their dogs to communicate.

 Astronauts Will Vote From Space – Here’s How It Works
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Astronauts Will Vote From Space – Here’s How It Works

A SpaceX Crew Dragon IS scheduled to carry three additional U.S. crew members to the space station on October 31, just in time to cast their ballots there,
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