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Technology Keeps Senior Center Residents Connected During Pandemic
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Technology Keeps Senior Center Residents Connected During Pandemic

Senior living facilities are looking to balance the benefits of technology by promoting social interactions as the pace of coronavirus vaccinations increases.

The Man Who Made Online College Work
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The Man Who Made Online College Work

Years before Covid, Zvi Galil launched Georgia Tech's successful online master's in computer science. Is Zoom U. the future?

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment
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Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Online children's book platform Epic uses an anonymous trove of data collected from readers to customize reading recommendations and guide new title creation.

U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort
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U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort

The Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium gave researchers free access to the world's most powerful computers over the past year.

TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say
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TikTok Does Not Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said TikTok's underlying computer code does not pose a national security threat to the U.S.

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving
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Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving

Popup Covid-19 vaccination megasites are using digital enterprise technology to accommodate surging numbers of inoculations as more Americans qualify to be immunized...

Smart Device Push Brings IT, R&D Teams Together
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Smart Device Push Brings IT, R&D Teams Together

Information Technology staffers at consumer packaged goods companies increasingly work with research and development teams to develop more connected devices.

Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap
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Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap

A new report found hackers targeting servers running Microsoft Exchange software used U.S.-based computers from at least four service providers.

Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity
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Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity

Developers of the first digital "vaccine passports" for post-pandemic travel said the applications are designed for ease of use.

License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving But Spur Little Privacy Debate
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License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving But Spur Little Privacy Debate

Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data gathered by the vast network of automated license-plate scanners to solve crimes.

Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital
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Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital

Ashley Honey at New Zealand-based Nui hopes to use his company's electronic trading platforms to automate trading of meat and poultry products.

Facebook Researchers Report Advance in Computer Vision
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Facebook Researchers Report Advance in Computer Vision

A software toolkit developed by Facebook's artificial intelligence research arm could enable companies to create computer vision software more quickly.

CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations
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CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations

Pharmacy chains including CVS Health, Walmart, and Walgreens-Boots Alliance are collecting data from customers as they sign up for coronavirus vaccinations.

A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It
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A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It

An international team of researchers used computer algorithms and x-ray scanning to read a tightly folded letter sealed since 1697, without actually opening it....

SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data
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SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data

Major technology companies are debating the safest data storage measures for customers following the SolarWinds hack.

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
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Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say
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Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say

Federal investigators say there is evidence the suspected Russian hack of U.S. government and businesses went beyond compromising SolarWinds' software.

No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage
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No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage

Over-reliance on TSMC and soaring cost of old gear limits capacity expansion.

Data Drought Slows Advance of AI in Cybersecurity
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Data Drought Slows Advance of AI in Cybersecurity

It's early days, but both government and business want to solidify their cyberwalls with artificial intelligence. Yet training AI models requires reams of just...
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