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The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords
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The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

University of Strathclyde in Scotland's Karen Renaud said requiring complex passwords to deter hackers has the unintended effect of making the process too difficult...

Programming Languages: Rust Developers Earn Higher Salaries, but It's Not All Good News
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Programming Languages: Rust Developers Earn Higher Salaries, but It's Not All Good News

Technology training company O'Reilly surveyed U.K. and U.S. software developers to assess trends in the data and artificial intelligence sectors.

Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI
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Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI

A deep learning artificial intelligence model has decoded ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets.

Here Comes the Rain Again
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Here Comes the Rain Again

Using machine learning to better forecast floods.

Unlimited Digital Sensing Unleashed for Imaging, Audio, Driverless Cars
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Unlimited Digital Sensing Unleashed for Imaging, Audio, Driverless Cars

A new method could support unlimited digital sensing.

Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn
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Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn

Many electronic manufacturers are turning to risky supply channels to meet demand.

Urgent Action Needed over AI Risks to Human Rights
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Urgent Action Needed over AI Risks to Human Rights

States should place moratoriums on the sale and use of artificial intelligence systems until adequate safeguards are put in place, said U.N. human rights chief...

City-Wide Quantum Data Network in China Is Largest Ever Built
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City-Wide Quantum Data Network in China Is Largest Ever Built

China has been running a city-wide quantum communications network in Hefei, the largest quantum network demonstration built to date, for almost three years.

NASA Sends Robots to Study Climate Change in the Arctic
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NASA Sends Robots to Study Climate Change in the Arctic

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration dispatched two robots to the Arctic in early July to collect sea surface temperature data.

More Shark-Spotting Drones, Drumlines Added to NSW Coastlines
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More Shark-Spotting Drones, Drumlines Added to NSW Coastlines

Australia's New South Wales will spend AU$21.4 million (US$15.4 million) to expand its shark management program with drones, drumlines, and beach-monitoring stations...

Smart Reporting Tool Could Combat Fake News on Encrypted Chat Apps
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Smart Reporting Tool Could Combat Fake News on Encrypted Chat Apps

Researchers at George Washington University say they have built a tool that would allow users to expose fake news without endangering their privacy. The Fuzzy Anonymous...

Latest Chapter in 100-year Study Says AI's Promises, Perils are Getting Real
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Latest Chapter in 100-year Study Says AI's Promises, Perils are Getting Real

The AI100 project is designed to track trends in artificial intelligence over the course of a century.

The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet
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The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.

Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove
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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural...

3D-Printed Sensor Can Detect Herbicide in Beverages
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3D-Printed Sensor Can Detect Herbicide in Beverages

A new low-cost sensor device can detect and quantify the herbicide glyphosate in liquids.

Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water
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Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water

Researchers at China's Tianjin University have devised a methodology that automatically generates clear images through murky water.

Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance
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Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance

Educators complain smartwatches distract students or, worse, encourage them to cut class, text friends, or even cheat.

Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously
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Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously

A 35-foot-long tugboat carrying passengers will embark from Hamburg, Germany, on a 1,000-nautical-mile (1,150-mile) autonomous voyage around Denmark.

Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores

Just Walk Out tech lets shoppers skip the checkout line

U.S.-Built Databases Potential Tool of Taliban Repression
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U.S.-Built Databases Potential Tool of Taliban Repression

Experts fear the Taliban could exploit expansive databases built by the U.S. and its allies during the Afghanistan occupation as tools for surveillance and repression...
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