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March 2021


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Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough

Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough

Businesses are too busy patching to worry about firmware attacks, according to a Microsoft-commissioned study.

 


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What We Got Wrong About Uber and Lyft

What We Got Wrong About Uber and Lyft

How can we believe that technology will help solve big problems if Uber's great promise didn't pan out?


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U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort

U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort

The Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium gave researchers free access to the world's most powerful computers over the past year.


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Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing

Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing

A robot built by researchers at Australia's University of the Sunshine Coast has legs and feet programmed to mimic the gait of climbing lizards.


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Microsoft Targets 50,000 Jobs with LinkedIn 'Re-skilling' Effort

Microsoft Targets 50,000 Jobs with LinkedIn 'Re-skilling' Effort

Microsoft said it will hire 50,000 people for jobs requiring technology skills over the next three years, as part of a broader campaign with LinkedIn to re-skill workers.


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Getting the Inside Track on Street Design

Getting the Inside Track on Street Design

Researchers used anonymous phone data to measure the influence of building density and street design on pedestrian behavior in London, Amsterdam, and Stockholm.


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Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says

Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says

A researcher says the Android operating system transmits about 20 times more information from smartphone handsets to Google than iOS sends to Apple.


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Turing Award Goes to Creators of Computer Programming Building Blocks

Turing Award Goes to Creators of Computer Programming Building Blocks

Jeffrey Ullman and Alfred Aho developed many of the fundamental concepts that researchers use when they build new software.


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With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First

With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First

Engineers developing drones or similar robotic helpers need to focus on mitigating the dangers.


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Honeywell says Quantum Computers will Outpace Standard Verification in '18 to 24 Months'

Honeywell says Quantum Computers will Outpace Standard Verification in '18 to 24 Months'

Compared to other companies, Honeywell's approach to quantum computing focuses on a narrower range of more stable qubits.


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New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities

New Android Malware Found with Full Range of Spying Capabilities

Despite its sophistication, the app can be easy for more experienced users to spot.


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During Emergencies, Social Media is Critical Channel for Warnings

During Emergencies, Social Media is Critical Channel for Warnings

An analysis of responses to the 2019 Deer Park, TX, chemical fire found that people warned of the disaster via social media, friends, and family were most likely to act.


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The Future of Wearables: 'Women Have Used Earrings for 7,000 Years. We've Just Upgraded the Experience'

The Future of Wearables: 'Women Have Used Earrings for 7,000 Years. We've Just Upgraded the Experience'

German startup Nova Audio has created pearl earrings that double as earphones, with a tiny speaker, two microphones, an antenna, a Bluetooth chip, and a battery.


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Avoiding Coronavirus Infections to the Email

Avoiding Coronavirus Infections to the Email

Cybercriminals go phishing with COVID lures.


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New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

Activist hackers looking to make political statements constitute emerging threats to U.S. cybersecurity.


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Researchers Developed Backpack System to Guide Vision-Impaired Wearers

Researchers Developed Backpack System to Guide Vision-Impaired Wearers

An artificial intelligence (AI)-powered backpack developed by University of Georgia (UGA) researchers can help vision-impaired wearers navigate their environment.


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Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand

Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand

Tetsuya Ogata and colleagues at Japan's Waseda University have taught an artificial intelligence-powered robot to tie knots around a box using just two fingers on each hand.


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'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements

'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements

Researchers have developed clothing that incorporates special fibers to detect the wearer's movements.


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TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say

TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said TikTok's underlying computer code does not pose a national security threat to the U.S.


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Computer Model Tracks Cellphone Data to Predict Covid Spread

Computer Model Tracks Cellphone Data to Predict Covid Spread

Binghamton University's Arti Ramesh and Anand Seetharam have designed an algorithm to predict the spread of Covid-19 by tracking cellphone data.


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Unlocking the Covid Code

Unlocking the Covid Code

Scientists can now sequence an entire genome overnight. This technology has been the key tool in identifying and tracking Covid variants.


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Is Coffee Good for Us? Maybe Machine Learning Can Help Figure It Out.

Is Coffee Good for Us? Maybe Machine Learning Can Help Figure It Out.

The advice from research on coffee, and nutrition more generally, always seems to be changing. Processing vast amounts of data could help us pin it down.


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Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber

Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber

New defense plans for the next decade come with a strong focus on new technologies, pitching leaner but more effective armed forces.


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Tesla Interior Cameras Threaten Driver Privacy, Consumer Reports Says

Tesla Interior Cameras Threaten Driver Privacy, Consumer Reports Says

Consumer Reports (CR) says in-cabin cameras that electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla incorporates into driver-assist systems can threaten driver privacy.


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Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer

Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer

A boutique online community of computer programmers has emerged to help family and friends gain a competitive advantage in securing vaccination appointments.


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New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker

New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker

The Bank of England has unveiled a new £50 banknote featuring pioneering mathematician, code-breaker, and computer scientist Alan Turing.


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Optical Fiber Could Boost Power of Superconducting Quantum Computers

Optical Fiber Could Boost Power of Superconducting Quantum Computers

Physicists at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology measured and controlled a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) with optical fiber.


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Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving

Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving

A support system to help the visually impaired navigate tactile paving includes an image processing algorithm to make paving detection independent of color thresholds.


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BSA Leads Letter Urging Biden Administration to Prioritize Open Data

BSA Leads Letter Urging Biden Administration to Prioritize Open Data

A group of technology trade associations are calling on the Biden Administration to prioritize open data policies, and to appoint a federal Chief Data Officer.


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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

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