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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
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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.

MIT Researchers Launch Location-Tracking Effort for the New Coronavirus
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MIT Researchers Launch Location-Tracking Effort for the New Coronavirus

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and partner organizations have launched a project to track COVID-19 patients through their phones.

FCC Moves to Boost Wi-Fi Speed
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FCC Moves to Boost Wi-Fi Speed

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to permit Wi-Fi devices to access a greater portion of the radiofrequency spectrum.

With Medical Equipment in Short Supply, 3D Printing Steps Up in Coronavirus Crisis
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With Medical Equipment in Short Supply, 3D Printing Steps Up in Coronavirus Crisis

A shortage of medical equipment is spurring healthcare providers to turn to three-dimensional (3D) printing as a temporary solution during the coronavirus pandemic...

Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus
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Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus

Silicon Valley technology experts are pursuing various projects to combat the coronavirus, with thousands of volunteers contributing to hundreds of hastily organized...

Cybercriminals Take Advantage of Coronavirus
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Cybercriminals Take Advantage of Coronavirus

Hackers are targeting critical healthcare systems already strained by the coronavirus pandemic, compromising computer networks and disrupting patient care.\

IT Spending Forecasts Take a Hit as Coronavirus Slams Global Markets
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IT Spending Forecasts Take a Hit as Coronavirus Slams Global Markets

International Data Corp. analysts predict companies will scale back information technology investments as the coronavirus pandemic roils global markets.

The Humble Tire Gets Kitted Out with Technology
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The Humble Tire Gets Kitted Out with Technology

Tire manufacturers are designing intelligent tires to improve the braking of self-driving vehicles.   

Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus
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Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus

Health officials across the Asia-Pacific region are working to repurpose existing technology to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System
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Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System

Pohoiki Springs, an experimental system to be rolled out this month, mimics the way human brains work to do computations faster with less energy

Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments
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Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments

Companies seeking treatments for the coronavirus increasingly are using artificial intelligence to speed up their drug-discovery efforts.

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
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Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition

Technology companies increasingly are backing proposed laws that would limit the use of facial recognition systems, in an effort to head off more restrictive bills...

Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness
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Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness

More companies are prioritizing employee happiness to enhance retention and productivity, giving rise to a cottage industry for monitoring, analyzing, and improving...

Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley
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Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurs are looking outside Silicon Valley, Seattle, Boston, and New York City to establish technology hubs in U.S. states far from its coasts.

Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer
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Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer

Honeywell will introduce an early-stage quantum computer for commercial experiments within about three months.

AI Comes to the Tax Code
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AI Comes to the Tax Code

Governments increasingly are using artificial intelligence and data analytics to detect tax evasion, respond to taxpayer questions, and boost efficiency.

AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs
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AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs

A Brookings Institution study predicts the next wave of artificial intelligence-driven automation will target white-collar professions like marketing specialists...

U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader
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U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader

Cheryl Ingstad, the department's first director of its Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, will oversee the DOE's AI activities
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