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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims
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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims

 The Cupertino, California-based company has acknowledged that "bad actors" have tried misusing Airtags.

Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026
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Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026

Fully autonomous system is no longer planned for initial debut; company aims to sell consumer model by 2026 for under $100,000.

Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart
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Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart

Researchers in China have invented a contactless electrocardiogram system that infers electrical signals through artificial intelligence and millimeter-wave radar...

Physicists Create 'the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine'
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Physicists Create 'the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine'

Scientists used a quantum computer to explore the ultimate escape route from a black hole.

Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 
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Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 

Uber checks that a driver's face matches what the company has on file through a program called "Real-Time ID Check."

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  

How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters
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How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters

China's police used an advanced surveillance system to track protesters who rallied against the government's pandemic policies this past week.

Supercomputer Simulation Animates Evolution of the Universe
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Supercomputer Simulation Animates Evolution of the Universe

An international team of researchers has engineered the most accurate supercomputer animation of the cosmos' early evolution to date.

How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.
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How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.

Bankman-Fried and his colleagues spent more than $530 million to battle what they saw as the dangers of artificial intelligence. Now those efforts are reeling. ...

AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray
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AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray

Weiss said additional research is necessary to validate the deep learning model, which could ultimately serve as a decision-support tool for treating physicians...

Websites Have Way More Trackers Now
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Websites Have Way More Trackers Now

Analysts at NordVPN found the average website has 48 trackers monitoring visitors' activity and recording their private data.

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...

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....

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.

Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously
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Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously

Scientists are developing flexible wearable electronics that can monitor the wearer's health.

Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?
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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Not this time, but artificial intelligence is churning out articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos.

Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence
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Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence

The Pacific island-nation of Tuvalu intends to replicate itself in the metaverse, to preserve its history and culture amid threatened submersion by rising sea levels...

Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow
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Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow

Semiconductor giant Intel claims its FakeCatcher technology can detect whether videos are genuine or deepfakes with 96% accuracy in real time.
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