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July 2019


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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data

Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data

A growing number of academics, economists, technologists, and lawmakers are working to reimagine the current environment in which a few large technology companies control their users' data.


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Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

Stanford University researchers have developed a camera system that can reassemble scenes and detect moving objects hidden around corners, by analyzing the reflections of individual light particles.


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'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos

'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos

Startups, government agencies, and academics are working to develop a method to combat doctored videos and photographs.


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The Fastest Growing U.S. City for Tech Pros Is Not Where You Think

The Fastest Growing U.S. City for Tech Pros Is Not Where You Think

Talent acquisition company iCIMS found that Raleigh, NC, was the top U.S. city for tech job growth, as the number of available tech jobs there grew 56.9% year over year.


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Capital One Data Breach Tied to Cloud Computing Vulnerability

Capital One Data Breach Tied to Cloud Computing Vulnerability

Experts attribute the Capital One data breach to exploitation of a vulnerability in the firewall of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which the bank used to store its data trove.


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A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence

A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Philosopher Andy Clark reflects on what it will take for artificially intelligent agents to become more capable.


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Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections

Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections

A recent blog post from Microsoft indicates that nearly 10,000 state-sponsored attacks have been detected globally in the past year.


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Ever Wonder How Much Tech Workers Get Paid in Your Town? This Map Might Have the Answer.

Ever Wonder How Much Tech Workers Get Paid in Your Town? This Map Might Have the Answer.

While San Jose and San Francisco remain the top U.S. cities in terms of salaries for technology professionals in 2019, smaller metro areas are becoming mini tech hubs.


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AI Radar System Can Spot Miniature Drones 3km Away

AI Radar System Can Spot Miniature Drones 3km Away

A new radar system can detect subminiature drones up to 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) away.


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The Drive to Quantum Computing

The Drive to Quantum Computing

The U.S. National Quantum Initiative will support the push towards a quantum computing infrastructure, ecosystem, and workforce.


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Barr Warns Time Is Running Out for Companies to Open Encryption

Barr Warns Time Is Running Out for Companies to Open Encryption

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said time may be running out for major technology companies to voluntarily provide law enforcement officials access to the encrypted communications of their users.


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Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms

Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms

Australian regulators intend to launch the first office committed to policing algorithms used by technology giants like Facebook and Google, to better understand how the companies match ads to users.


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This Deep Neural Network Fights Deepfakes

This Deep Neural Network Fights Deepfakes

A new deep neural network architecture can identify manipulated images at the pixel level with high precision.


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VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios

VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios

The New York City Police Department is using virtual reality to help train officers for active-shooter scenarios.


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Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms

Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms

Increasing class size has the greatest negative impact on female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classrooms.


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Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types

Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types

Researchers in Australia used data from the accelerometers in mobile phones to predict users' personalities.


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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Researchers have improved a commercially developed, three-dimensional printed robotic prosthetic arm, allowing an amputee to grasp his wife's hand and "feel" her touch.


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New Technology Sparks More Worry for Black, Hispanic Workers

New Technology Sparks More Worry for Black, Hispanic Workers

A new survey found Black and Hispanic workers are more concerned about how they will be impacted by new technology in the workplace than white or Asian workers.


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Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question

Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question

Researchers have solved a longstanding question in turbulence using supercomputers running simulations on graphics processors originally developed for gaming.


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Johannesburg Ransomware Attack Leaves City Without Power

Johannesburg Ransomware Attack Leaves City Without Power

South Africa's financial capital, Johannesburg, has been hit by a ransomware attack that left some of its residents without electricity.


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Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

Banning Huawei won't stop hardware trojan attacks.


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AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills

AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills

Dental support organizations are starting to use artificial intelligence to analyze X-ray images and automate certain steps in common procedures.


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FaceApp Lets You 'Age' a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?

FaceApp Lets You 'Age' a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?

Russia-based Wireless Lab's FaceApp recently saw a significant boost in popularity as celebrities used the app's age filter to provide realistic glimpses of what they could look like decades in the future.


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Exclusion in STEM Classrooms Lead to Lower Graduation Rates for Minority Students: UT Study

Exclusion in STEM Classrooms Lead to Lower Graduation Rates for Minority Students: UT Study

Black and Latinx students are more likely to leave science, technology, engineering, and math majors in college because of obstacles they face that their white peers do not, according to a new study.


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Famous Scottish Reformation Church Virtually Reconstructed After 500 years

Famous Scottish Reformation Church Virtually Reconstructed After 500 years

Researchers combined computer technology with historical research to create a virtual reconstruction of how Scotland's St. Andrews Cathedral looked just before the Reformation of 1559.


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Dr. Fei-Fei Li: The Benevolent Scientist

Dr. Fei-Fei Li: The Benevolent Scientist

"Now we have a new generation of women professors. But this is far from enough."


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'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study

'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study

Researchers have developed a model to estimate how easy it would be to deanonymize an arbitrary dataset.


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With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

Microsoft has made a $1-billion investment in OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab created by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015.


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Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches

Computers Are the New Basketball Coaches

Professional basketball teams are starting to use computers and advanced data analytics to help perfect players' jump shots.


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Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy

Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million in Research on Tech's Impact on Democracy

The nonprofit John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will spend $50 million to fund research at 11 universities on how social media and technology impacts democracy.

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