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Charles M. Geschke (1939-2021)
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Charles M. Geschke (1939-2021)

Charles M. Geschke helped create the modern world of computing, where beautiful typography and expressive, artistic graphics are as integral to most users' experience...

Silver Lining for Ransomware Victims: Payments May be Tax Deductible
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Silver Lining for Ransomware Victims: Payments May be Tax Deductible

The incentive could entice businesses to pay ransoms, funding continued criminal activity.

Mathematicians Welcome Computer-assisted Proof in 'Grand Unification' Theory
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Mathematicians Welcome Computer-assisted Proof in 'Grand Unification' Theory

Proof-assistant software handles an abstract concept at the cutting edge of research, revealing a bigger role for software in mathematics.

Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet
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Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet

The Internet giant is throwing tracking cookies in the dustbin, prompting big questions about privacy, competition, and advertising.

McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products
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McAfee Finds Security Vulnerability in Peloton Products

McAfee researchers discovered a vulnerability in the Peloton Bike+ that could enable attackers to install malware in the system through a USB port.

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition
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Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.

Invention Uses Machine-Learned Human Emotions to 'Drive' Autonomous Vehicles
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Invention Uses Machine-Learned Human Emotions to 'Drive' Autonomous Vehicles

A Florida Atlantic University' researcher has designed technology for autonomous systems that uses machine-learned human moods to respond to emotions.

Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race
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Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race

Germany unveiled a quantum computer this week.

Robotic Ship Sets Off to Retrace the Mayflower's Journey
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Robotic Ship Sets Off to Retrace the Mayflower's Journey

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship set off this week to retrace the journey of its 1620 namesake across the Atlantic Ocean.

Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From
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Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From

Facebook's artificial intelligence program looks for cracks left behind in the manufacturing process used to change an image's digital "fingerprint."

USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster
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USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster

The U.S. Postal Service is using artificial intelligence technology from NVIDIA to help it gain efficiencies.

U.S. Army Scientists Create Formula for the Perfect Walking Robot
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U.S. Army Scientists Create Formula for the Perfect Walking Robot

U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have determined that current legged robots could be far more efficient.

Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth
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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously between Houston and Fort Worth, TX.

Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque
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Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque

Researchers have developed a technique to identify potentially harmful bacteria on skin and in the mouth, using images taken by smartphone cameras.

Ballet's Brave New World in VR
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Ballet's Brave New World in VR

The Boston Ballet has commissioned three choreographers to develop original ballets designed for viewing entirely in virtual reality.

Keeping Control of the Wheel
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Keeping Control of the Wheel

Developments in automotive cybersecurity.

South Korean Police Arrest Computer Repairmen Who Made and Distributed Ransomware
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South Korean Police Arrest Computer Repairmen Who Made and Distributed Ransomware

Investigators said the rogue employees would restore systems impacted by ransomware attacks, but leave a backdoor for another ransomware attack.

Amazon India Introduces Machine Learning Summer School
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Amazon India Introduces Machine Learning Summer School

Amazon India's three-day ML Summer School will cover fundamental concepts in Machine Learning, while linking them to practical industry applications.

Google's Logica Language Addresses SQL's Flaws
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Google's Logica Language Addresses SQL's Flaws

Open source logic programming language compiles to SQL and runs on Google BigQuery, with experimental support for PostgreSQL and SQLite.

Computer Trouble Hits Hubble Space Telescope, Science Halted
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Computer Trouble Hits Hubble Space Telescope, Science Halted

Launched in 1990, Hubble is showing more and more signs of aging, despite a series of repairs and updates by spacewalking astronauts during NASA's shuttle era. ...
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