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Amazon Launches 'Alexa-Hosted Skills' for Voice App Developers
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Amazon Launches 'Alexa-Hosted Skills' for Voice App Developers

Amazon has launched a new service aimed at Alexa developers that automatically provisions and helps them to manage a set of Amazon Web Services cloud resources...

This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop ThereĀ 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop ThereĀ 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.

Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom
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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom

Researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landa in Germany developed a robotic system that was able to successfully clean at least 80% of the liquid from on and...

Who's Behind That Beard?
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Who's Behind That Beard?

Kurt Luther, working with a team at Virginia Polytechnic and State Institute, has launched Civil War Photo Sleuth, a Web platform that applies facial recognition...

Inside Nike's Store of the Future
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Inside Nike's Store of the Future

Nike new flagship store in New York City is focused on personalized, experiential shopping, allowing shoppers with the Nike app to check out items via phone, request...

Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy
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Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy

The Christiana Care Health System was awarded the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for its use of virtual reality technology to improve...

New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research
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New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research

A new system can predict the binding of biosequences in seconds and potentially reduce bottlenecks in drug research.

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy
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FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

A European company has combined social-emotional learning with computer science into an elementary education digital curriculum that may soon be offered to U.S....

FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use
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FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use

The technology projects two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively by overlaying them onto the patient's body...

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect
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AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

Scientists warn that hackers could weaponize artificial intelligence to conceal and accelerate cyberattacks and potentially escalate their damage.

Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR
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Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR

Dartmouth College researchers have developed battery-free eye-tracking glasses that could enhance augmented reality technologies.

New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy
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New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy

University of California, Riverside scientists have determined how hackers can exploit graphics processing units to expose private data.

Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis
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Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis

An international research team analyzed 425 studies conducted since 2000 and concluded computers that support student collaboration beneficially affect learning...

STEM Firms to Run U.K. National Center for Computing Education
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STEM Firms to Run U.K. National Center for Computing Education

U.K. companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math sectors will work together to create and lead a U.K. National Center for Computing Education.

China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter
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China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter

China's Xinhua state news agency has debuted a virtual newsreader that the agency said "can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor."

Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption
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Flaws in Self-Encrypting SSDs Let Attackers Bypass Disk Encryption

Researchers have found vulnerabilities in some solid-state drives that allow hackers to circumvent encryption and access local data without knowing the password...

Fire Shows Need for Early Detection: How Tech and AI Can Help
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Fire Shows Need for Early Detection: How Tech and AI Can Help

San Jose State University's Craig Clements says artificial intelligence is being explored to more rapidly localize fires and predict their propagation and behaviors...

Intel CPUs Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability
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Intel CPUs Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability

Researchers discovered a new vulnerability in Intel processors that can allow attackers to leak encrypted data from the internal process of a central processing...

Kids are Scared of MRI Tests. A New App Turns Them Into a Game.
From ACM TechNews

Kids are Scared of MRI Tests. A New App Turns Them Into a Game.

A high school student in Minnesota has developed a virtual reality app that prepares children for an magnetic resonance imaging scan.
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