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Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link
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Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link

The EU police agency has been accused of hoovering up data indiscriminately to create tools and algorithms.

Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year
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Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year

After years of research and development, at least two major smart gun makers claim they are on track to release a commercial product this year.

Robot Tractors May Be Heading to a Farm Near You
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Robot Tractors May Be Heading to a Farm Near You

U.S. farm equipment manufacturer John Deere and French agricultural robot startup Naio unveiled new technologies at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las...

Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech
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Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech

Many believe mainstream use of the metaverse will be realized only when cumbersome augmented reality headsets tare replaced by lightweight eyeglass-like alternatives...

France Opens Access to Quantum Computing to Researchers, Startups
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France Opens Access to Quantum Computing to Researchers, Startups

The French government has launched a program to make quantum computers and supercomputers available to researchers and French and EU startup companies.

Artificially Altered Material Could Accelerate Neuromorphic Device Development
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Artificially Altered Material Could Accelerate Neuromorphic Device Development

By adjusting vacancies and substitutions in a material through a process called doping, researchers can enable previously impossible applications.

Self-Driving Racecars Zip Into History at CES
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Self-Driving Racecars Zip Into History at CES

Self-driving racecars sped around an oval track at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during the high-speed Indy Autonomous Challenge.

The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout
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The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout

Ultra-wideband technology could revolutionize interaction with devices, if privacy and other issues can be addressed.

System Recognizes Hand Gestures to Expand Computer Input on a Keyboard
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System Recognizes Hand Gestures to Expand Computer Input on a Keyboard

A new system developed by researchers at Canada's University of Waterloo responds to users' hand gestures as computer commands.

RISC Chip Innovators Receive 2022 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
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RISC Chip Innovators Receive 2022 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

Today, virtually every person with a portable computing device benefits from the RISC chip due to its low-power feature, which yields a much longer battery life...

Predicting the Future of COVID
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Predicting the Future of COVID

A new analytical tool developed by a research team led by biologists at Boston College uses quantum mechanical modeling to predict future mutations of SARS-CoV-2...

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal
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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal

New apps designed specifically for blind and low-vision people could also have mainstream appeal.

A License to Print Houses
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A License to Print Houses

Three-dimensionally-printed homes are starting to catch on.

Honeypot Experiment Reveals What Hackers Want From IoT Devices
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Honeypot Experiment Reveals What Hackers Want From IoT Devices

A honeypot experiment has clarified hackers' goals in targeting Internet of Things devices.

Journals Adopt AI to Spot Duplicated Images in Manuscripts
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Journals Adopt AI to Spot Duplicated Images in Manuscripts

At least four publishers are using artificial intelligence to vet manuscripts for duplicate images.

The Qubit Supercharged: Researchers Introduce the Qutrit
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The Qubit Supercharged: Researchers Introduce the Qutrit

Rigetti Computing has announced a new development in quantum computing, unlocking a third quantum state, called qutrits.

Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip
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Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip

National University of Singapore engineers have constructed a robotic hand that can grasp various objects using three-dimensionally-printed fingers.

Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?
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Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?

Concerns are mounting as Apple's location-tracking AirTag devices are being found on people's cars and in their belongings, giving rise to fears of stalking.

AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland
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AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland

A new recycling facility near Helsinki, Finland, can process as much as 120,000 metric tons of construction waste per year with the help of robots.

Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test
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Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test

Autonomous technology developer TuSimple said its self-driving unmanned semitruck completed an 80-mile trip in Arizona on public roads without human intervention...
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