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Tesla Putting 'Self-Driving' in the Hands of Drivers, Amid Criticism the Tech Is Not Ready
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Tesla Putting 'Self-Driving' in the Hands of Drivers, Amid Criticism the Tech Is Not Ready

Electric automaker Tesla has providing a number of owners of its vehicles a software update to enable the cars to steer better and accelerate without human control...

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...

25 Moments in Tech that Defined the Past 25 Years
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25 Moments in Tech that Defined the Past 25 Years

From the obvious (Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone) to the obscure (AT&T stops charging an hourly rate for internet access), these events were landmarks.

Hackers Targeting IoT Devices With a P2P Botnet Malware
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Hackers Targeting IoT Devices With a P2P Botnet Malware

Qihoo 360's Netlab security team has discovered the HEH Botnet, which hijacks Internet-connected smart devices to carry out nefarious tasks.

AI Is About to Face a Major Test: Can It Differentiate Covid-19 From Flu?
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AI Is About to Face a Major Test: Can It Differentiate Covid-19 From Flu?

Researchers are turning to artificial intelligence to help doctors differentiate between Covid-19 and the flu.

Microsoft, SpaceX Team Up to Bring Cloud Computing to Space
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Microsoft, SpaceX Team Up to Bring Cloud Computing to Space

Microsoft has partnered with SpaceX and others to make its Azure cloud technology available and accessible to people anywhere on Earth, and potentially to those...

WEF Says Machines Will Create More Jobs Than They Destroy, but Warns of Pandemic 'Double-Disruption'
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WEF Says Machines Will Create More Jobs Than They Destroy, but Warns of Pandemic 'Double-Disruption'

The World Economic Forum predicts robotics and artificial intelligence advancements will lead to a net increase in jobs over the next five years.

Opening the Black Box of Neural Networks
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Opening the Black Box of Neural Networks

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers used deep learning neural networks to model water molecule interactions.

Experts: Florida Voting Machines Ripe for Foreign Hackers
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Experts: Florida Voting Machines Ripe for Foreign Hackers

Computer scientists have expressed concerns about the security of voting machines used in 49 Florida counties.

The Future of Hotel Design
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The Future of Hotel Design

Mobile guest rooms, enhanced contactless room controls, robotic servers, and pop-up dining areas are a few of the ideas hotel designers are considering for the...

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly
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U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America's most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

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,

Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks
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Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks

Researchers at Visa Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are developing new processes to try to thwart eventual quantum computing cyberattacks.

Imaging the Secret Lives of Immune Cells in the Eye
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Imaging the Secret Lives of Immune Cells in the Eye

University of Rochester researchers have developed a technique for imaging and tracking the interactions of microscopic immune cells in a human eye without using...

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...

When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?
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When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

How to navigate when you should and shouldn't hug someone — and how not to hold on too long.

Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says
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Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch says Buenos Aires is using a facial recognition system connected to a database that includes child suspects and is publishing warrants for their...

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

Voter Check-in System to Blame for Slow-Moving Lines in Georgia
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Voter Check-in System to Blame for Slow-Moving Lines in Georgia

Check-in computers unable to accommodate record turnouts were mainly to blame for slow-moving lines at early voting locations this week in Georgia.
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