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Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software
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Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software

An Apple analysis of the threats of side-loading warned of malicious apps migrating to third-party stores and infecting consumer devices.

Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently
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Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently

Google said it intends to test the use of artificial intelligence to optimize traffic-signal timing in Rio de Janeiro.

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.

Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses
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Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses

Italian data protection authority Garante has asked Facebook to provide it with clarifications related to its newly launched smart glasses, to determine their compliance...

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway
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AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway

Ukrainian clothing brand FINCH teamed up with Ukrainian technology company FFFACE.ME to develop semi-digital clothing that can be upgraded with augmented reality...

Singapore Trials Patrol Robots to Deter Bad Social Behavior
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Singapore Trials Patrol Robots to Deter Bad Social Behavior

A Singapore government agency announced that a three-week trial will use robot patrols of public areas with high foot traffic in central Singapore to curb poor...

China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown
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China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown

The Cyberspace Administration of China has issued draft rules to more strictly control the development and use of algorithmic models.

Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories
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Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories

Venture capitalists are investing in leasing robots from Silicon Valley startups to smaller U.S. factories amid a labor shortage.

Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images
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Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images

An open letter from more than 90 policy and rights groups worldwide calls on Apple to drop a plan to scan children's messages for nudity and adults' phones for...

U.S. Prisons Mull AI to Analyze Inmate Phone Calls
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U.S. Prisons Mull AI to Analyze Inmate Phone Calls

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has asked for a report on using artificial intelligence to analyze prison inmates' phone calls to help prevent violent crime...

Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories
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Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories

Although analysts have warned that millions of blue-collar jobs in the U.S. industrial heartland will soon be displaced by robots, that is not yet the case at small...

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones
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As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real-time crowd monitoring along 18 km of beach as COVID-19 cases rise.

With 3D-Printed 'Steaks,' Spanish Startup Eyes Mass Market
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With 3D-Printed 'Steaks,' Spanish Startup Eyes Mass Market

Novameat is using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology to produce vegetarian "steaks," which it plans to sell directly to consumers and businesses.

Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI
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Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI

Researchers at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands used artificial intelligence to restore missing parts of Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch."

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT
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WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Tim Berners-Lee's original source code for what would become the World Wide Web is part of a non-fungible token soon to be auctioned off.

Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created
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Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics has developed a prototype robot to engage with seniors and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data
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France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data

The French government says Google and Microsoft cloud computing technology could be used to store sensitive state and corporate data, providing it is licensed to...

Japan's Coronavirus Vaccine Booking System Crashes
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Japan's Coronavirus Vaccine Booking System Crashes

Japan has inoculated just 2.8% of its population.

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.
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