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Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices
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Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices

Researchers discovered "critical cryptographic flaws" in the smartphone companion apps of 16 popular smart home devices.

States at Disadvantage in Race to Recruit Cybersecurity Pros
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States at Disadvantage in Race to Recruit Cybersecurity Pros

U.S. states face a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and lack the deep pockets to compete with federal, global, and specialized cybersecurity companies.

Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software
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Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed artificial intelligence software that can provide makeup advice to foil facial recognition...

For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar
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For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar

Radar is one of the most popular new technologies for next-generation auto safety systems.

3D-Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot
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3D-Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot

Scientists have engineered a three-dimensionally-printed vaccine patch that offers more protection than a typical shot in the arm.

Robots Scurry Through Underground Scavenger Hunt to Advance Technology
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Robots Scurry Through Underground Scavenger Hunt to Advance Technology

Eight teams directed robots through an underground scavenger hunt in the final segment of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Subterranean Challenge...

How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess
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How Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Illuminated Google's Misinformation Mess

In U.K. Parliament testimony, Google's chief Internet evangelist gave a frank explanation of why its systems can't always tell good information from bad.

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

It's Time to Establish a Quantum Computing Strategy, Study Suggests
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It's Time to Establish a Quantum Computing Strategy, Study Suggests

There's a critical mass of tech leaders interested in quantum computing, and current challenges to its widespread implementation are surmountable, says Classiq....

Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry
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Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry

Like few other sectors, construction is being inundated with robots and technology.

SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth
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SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth

Researchers have developed a method for locating a position on Earth using signals broadcast by SpaceX's Starlink Internet service satellites.

How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19
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How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19

Researchers from multiple institutions collaborated on the development of an algorithm that can identify asymptomatic COVID-19 infections in travelers.

Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain
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Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain

U.S. federal agencies issued a joint alert warning companies to be on guard against the Conti ransomware variant.

Winged Microchip Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure
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Winged Microchip Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure

Flying microchips developed by engineers at Northwestern University could be used to monitor air pollution and airborne disease.

Physicists, Colleagues Offer Way to Control Qubits
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Physicists, Colleagues Offer Way to Control Qubits

A research team has developed new techniques for controlling qubits, which could help improve the accuracy of quantum computers.

SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long
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SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

Regulator says history of 'wildcat banking' in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money.

U.K. Publishes 10-Year Plan to Become 'A.I. Superpower'
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U.K. Publishes 10-Year Plan to Become 'A.I. Superpower'

The National AI Strategy includes a number of programs, reports and initiatives.

7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail
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7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail

Neural networks can be disastrously brittle, forgetful, and surprisingly bad at math.

EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C
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EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C

Devices using only wireless charging would be exempt from the mandate.

 Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data
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Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data

The tweak, which targets the code in accessibility features for visually impaired users, drew ire from researchers and those who monitor the platform
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