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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.

IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing
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IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing

IBM has unveiled what it is calling the world's first 2-nanometer chipmaking technology.

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass
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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19...

New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect
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New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

Final rules from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that permit small drones to fly over people and to fly at night took effect April 21.

U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash
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U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash

Several U.S. banks are rolling out artificial intelligence systems to analyze customer preferences, monitor employees, and detect suspicious activity near ATMs....

Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes
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Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes

A robot is using ultraviolet light to kill viruses aboard Swiss passenger planes, in a test being conducted with airport services company Dnata in the United Arab...

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

New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes
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New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

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

Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI
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Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI

Human rights groups are worried about a potential "digital dictatorship" in Myanmar due to the use of artificial intelligence to monitor citizens' movements.

White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch
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White House Cites 'Active Threat,' Urges Action Despite Microsoft Patch

The White House has advised computer network operators to further efforts to determine whether their systems were targeted by an attack on Microsoft's Outlook email...

 Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection
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Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection

After the 2011 earthquake, local governments have partnered with companies and researchers to improve residents' lives

How a 10-Second Video Clip Sold for $6.6 Million
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How a 10-Second Video Clip Sold for $6.6 Million

Art collector Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile, who bought a 10-second video clip for $67,000 even though it was freely available to watch, recently sold it for $6.6 million...

Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste
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Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste

Japanese firms are accelerating the use of advanced technology to combat food waste and reduce costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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