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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired
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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired

Researchers discovered the continued existence of vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.

How VR Is Augmenting Realty
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How VR Is Augmenting Realty

Over the past 30 years, virtual reality has evolved from a science fiction curiosity to an essential tool for the real estate industry. 

Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar
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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar

When a drone is flown as part of a crime, authorities often have a hard time collecting evidence unless they can actually obtain the device.

A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home
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A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home

The TERA project is one of the latest experiments in constructing homes with the aid of 3D printing technology. 

Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It
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Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It

The Kiwi Campus startup near the University of California, Berkeley, offers robot meal deliveries to students, with remote "pilots" in Colombia setting and adjusting...

With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri
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With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

Researchers used laser pointers and flashlights to effectively hijack digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri from hundreds of feet...

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said in a paper published Wednesday its quantum computer needed only minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything
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Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything

The gymnastics world championships in Germany used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate athletes' performance.

That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code
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That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code

Sonic Pi is a coding language that may be used to construct melodies in real time at live coding shows.

High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars
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High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars

Some companies are considering the use of high-tech sensors to address self-driving cars'  limited ability to safely maneuver in traffic and see clearly in all...

At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds
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At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

Researchers have found that governments worldwide are stepping up their online disinformation campaigns despite more aggressive regulatory efforts by Internet platforms...

Scientists Find the Skull of Humanity's Ancestor, on a Computer
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Scientists Find the Skull of Humanity's Ancestor, on a Computer

Researchers reconstructed a virtual skull of the last common human ancestor using computerized-tomography scans of 260 modern-day skulls from various populations...

Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69
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Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69

In the early 1990s, Floyd was one of the inventors of Random Early Detection, which continues to play a vital role in the stability of the internet.

AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test
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AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence introduced an artificial intelligence system that successfully passed an eighth-grade multiple-choice science test...

Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You
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Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You

Researchers at Facebook have developed a tool that lets users better see and control the information the company has collected about their browsing habits outside...

AI Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.
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AI Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.

While artificial intelligence systems are viewed by most people in technology as the future of the industry, tech executives rarely discuss the labor-intensive...

How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country into Coding Country
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How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country into Coding Country

Wyoming has mandated that all its K-12 public schools offer computer science, in an effort to transition from its economic reliance on fossil-fuel industries.

Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery
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Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery

Apple has launched an intiative called [AR]T, a curation of augmented reality art featured in a series of guided walks in New York City's Central Park.

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech
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Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

U.S. lawmakers are debating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for user-generated content.
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