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Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running
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Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running

Venture-backed startups are providing software, sensors, robotics, and artificial intelligence tools to help factories open safely amid the coronavirus pandemic...

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers
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Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers

Chief information officers predict manufacturers will spend more on data management and analytics tools following the coronavirus pandemic.

Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color
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Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review
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Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review

The U.S. Government Accountability Office last month published the first half of a review of privately developed algorithms used in policing.

Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers
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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers

Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Technology Sector Shed Record Number of Jobs in April
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Technology Sector Shed Record Number of Jobs in April

Information technology trade group CompTIA estimated U.S. IT employers lost a record 112,000 jobs in April, based on U.S. Labor Department data.

AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus
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AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus

Artificial intelligence software used by hospitals to help diagnose and evaluate COVID-19 has drawn mixed reviews.

China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home
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China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home

A study by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab in Canada warns that China's multipurpose WeChat application is monitoring foreign users to strengthen government...

Coronavirus Tracking Apps Raise Questions About Bluetooth Security
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Coronavirus Tracking Apps Raise Questions About Bluetooth Security

Governments and businesses intend to launch mobile applications that use Bluetooth to track coronavirus infections, but working with Bluetooth raises cybersecurity...

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD
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It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD

Americans invented liquid crystal displays but couldn't capitalize on them. On the technology's golden jubilee, it's time to reflect on the value of research and...

Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked
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Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti worries the U.S. voting system is rife with unpatched vulnerabilities that leave it susceptible to election rigging.

Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test
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Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test

Software firms are strengthening their algorithms as the coronavirus outbreak stresses food supply chains.

How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy
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How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy

Governments worldwide are using digital surveillance technologies to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns about the erosion of privacy...

Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry
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Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry

Software and healthcare companies are seeking to create a registry of COVID-19 patients by gathering medical records from across the country.

Hackathons Target Coronavirus
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Hackathons Target Coronavirus

Thousands of technology enthusiasts and others worldwide are participating in hackathons to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Tech Hiring Slows as Businesses Grapple with Economic Volatility
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Tech Hiring Slows as Businesses Grapple with Economic Volatility

A report by information technology trade group CompTIA found that U.S. employers slashed 19,000 IT jobs during March.

Employers Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays
From ACM News

Employers Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays

The technology that has enabled the sudden shift to remote work is in short supply.
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