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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns
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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon's talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the...

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?
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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.

To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition
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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

Computers Can't Cut Red Tape
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Computers Can't Cut Red Tape

Modernizing government technology can be helpful during a crisis. To a point.

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data
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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps.

With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients
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With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients

Carrie Shaw's struggle with her mother's dementia led her to create a company that allows users to experience the struggles of growing older.

For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm
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For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm

Inspired by a mother's question, the new method will be introduced across Israel this fall, just in time for flu season, and could be coming soon to the U.S.

Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election
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Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election

Facebook, Google, and other major technology firms Wednesday announced an expansion of their coalition to secure the November U.S. presidential election, and met...

U.S. Seizes Bitcoin Said to Be Used to Finance Terrorist Groups
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U.S. Seizes Bitcoin Said to Be Used to Finance Terrorist Groups

ISIS and other groups openly solicited virtual currency donations because they mistakenly believed that the transactions would be anonymous, officials said.

North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry
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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

Israel says the attack was thwarted, but a cybersecurity firm says it was successful. Some officials fear that classified data stolen by North Korea could be shared...

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped
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England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped

After months of complaints about its centralized, privatized system, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government says resources will be diverted to local public health...

How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio
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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

Researchers at Stanford University were able to capture the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia, prior to the Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul being rededicated as a Muslim...

Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open
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Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open

With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting the need for safety, the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament will replace human line judges on 15 of 17 match courts...

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)
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For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission
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Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

Researchers are using computer models to determine how the coronavirus moves through a community, building, or small group of people.

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition
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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

Researchers at the University of Chicago want you to be able to post selfies without worrying that the next Clearview AI will use them to identify you.

The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot
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The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood's first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?

I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.
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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.

Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Despite Google's promise that its smartphone software does not track user locations, governments were surprised to learn location-setting must be active for the...
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