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Despite Chinese Efforts, U.S. Still Leads in AI
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Despite Chinese Efforts, U.S. Still Leads in AI

The U.S. remains the global leader in artificial intelligence research and development, according to a new study.

22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault
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22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault

Computer systems in 22 Texas municipalities have been hijacked by ransomware.

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts
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Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts

Researchers have found that the same artificial intelligence method used in facial recognition systems could help improve the prediction of hailstorms and their...

App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster
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App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster

A new app can detect devices installed in gas pumps to steal consumer credit and debit card data.

RIP Danny Cohen: The Computer Scientist Who Gave World Endianness, Meets His End Aged 81
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RIP Danny Cohen: The Computer Scientist Who Gave World Endianness, Meets His End Aged 81

Cohen also developed one of the first flight simulators.

Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students
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CU Boulder Researchers Find Five 'Types' of Computing Students

A new survey by the National Center for Women and Information Technology found tbat community college students in introductory computing classes generally can be...

Hackers Go Pro, Seeking Bounties for Bugs
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Hackers Go Pro, Seeking Bounties for Bugs

People who hunt for software bugs are turning professional, as companies are offering lucrative rewards.

2 Quakes in 2 Days, No Warning from ShakeAlertLA. Now the App Is Getting Reworked
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2 Quakes in 2 Days, No Warning from ShakeAlertLA. Now the App Is Getting Reworked

An early-warning earthquake app's failure to alert Los Angeles residents of tremors from two quakes in July prompted an upgrade so weaker tremors will set off warnings...

Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed
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Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed

A tiny federal statute in 1996 transformed the web into a wildly lucrative business, and became Big Tech's favorite liability shield. It's now under attack from...

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist
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A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but they're missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging.

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.

What Your Voice Reveals About You
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What Your Voice Reveals About You

Technology can detect nuances in the human voice that offer clues to a person's likely location, medical conditions, and even physical features.

Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
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Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Researchers have incorporated blockchain into energy systems, which could serve to expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

SMU Researchers Find a New Way to Snoop with Smartphones. Should You Be Worried?
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SMU Researchers Find a New Way to Snoop with Smartphones. Should You Be Worried?

A new app could be used to determine what a computer user is typing.

Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble
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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble

Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems, demonstrating that many machines could be hijacked and...

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code
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How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

For the past four years, Facebook has quietly used a homegrown tool called Zoncolan to find bugs in its massive codebase.

You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR
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You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR

Virtual reality workplace training provider Talespin has developed virtual characters to train people in soft management skills such as firing employees.    ...
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