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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True
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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True

Researchers found Apple is collecting personally identifiable information from iPhones, despite the company’s promises that the devices' usage data is anonymous...

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Aces Flight After Software Update
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Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Aces Flight After Software Update

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has flown its shortest-ever flight following a software update.

ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae
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ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae

A machine learning algorithm autonomously classified 1,000 supernovae using data from the Zwicky Transient Facility sky survey instrument at Caltech's Palomar Observatory...

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

Self-driving eighteen-wheelers are on U.S. highways, but there are still human "safety drivers" behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out?

Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built
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Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

A programmer is suing Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI over artificial intelligence technology that generates its own computer code.

Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'
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Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'

The 31-story JTC Summit smart office building in Singapore incorporates a network of approximately 60,000 sensors to collect data from various building systems....

Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country
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Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Researchers have developed a system that can calculate energy consumption related to online advertising.

AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions
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AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions

University of California, Los Angeles engineers have developed a new class of material.

Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched
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Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched

The devices can be recharged with light.

Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot
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Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot

Naver, a South Korean Internet firm, is trying to introduce robots into the world of cubicles and conference rooms without making employees uncomfortable.

Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts
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Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts

An experimental device under development by scientists at Australia's Macquarie University is designed to alert lifeguards when its wearer is drowning.

Chip Sandwich Pushes Boundaries of Computing, Data Transmission Efficiency
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Chip Sandwich Pushes Boundaries of Computing, Data Transmission Efficiency

Engineers have developed an ultrafast electronic/photonic chip sandwich that generates minimal heat.

Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers
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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Allen Mi and colleagues at Yale University warn that even carefully wiping quantum computers of data would not thwart its theft by hackers.

The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up
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The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up

The new prefixes come at a time when scientists and industries are dealing with data that need measurements going beyond the current range.
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