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Seattle Leads Nation in 'Brain Gain,' Adds Tech Jobs Faster Than Any Other Big U.S. Market Over 5 Years
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Seattle Leads Nation in 'Brain Gain,' Adds Tech Jobs Faster Than Any Other Big U.S. Market Over 5 Years

A report by real estate firm CBRE reveals that more than 48,000 technology jobs were added in the Seattle region from 2016 to 2020.

Japan Shatters Internet Speed Record
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Japan Shatters Internet Speed Record

Japanese engineers have broken the world Internet speed record with a 319 TB per second data transmission rate across more than 3,001 kilometers of fiber-optic...

What Ever Happened to IBM's Watson?
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What Ever Happened to IBM's Watson?

IBM's artificial intelligence was supposed to transform industries and generate riches for the company. Neither has panned out. Now, IBM has settled on a humbler...

'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot
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'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot

A shortage of computer chips is keeping automakers from producing enough cars to meet rising demand. Used cars are scarce, too.

Stumble-Proof Robot Adapts to Challenging Terrain in Real Time
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Stumble-Proof Robot Adapts to Challenging Terrain in Real Time

A new robotic locomotion model capable of real-time terrain adaptation has been developed by a multi-institutional research team.

ECB Starts Work on Digital Version of the Euro
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ECB Starts Work on Digital Version of the Euro

The European Central Bank has launched an initiative to produce a digital euro currency.

Chatbot Can Explain Apps, Show How They Access Hardware or Data
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Chatbot Can Explain Apps, Show How They Access Hardware or Data

Researchers have developed a chatbot that can help designers and developers create new apps, and explain apps to end-users.

Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night
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Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night

Chinese video game publisher Tencent has added a facial recognition system to more than 60 of its China-specific smartphone games.

Autonomous Drone Swarm Can Localize Gas Leaks
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Autonomous Drone Swarm Can Localize Gas Leaks

Scientists have engineered a swarm of tiny drones capable of autonomously detecting and localizing gas sources in cramped indoor settings.

Facebook Sees Slight Decline in Female Worker Representation
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Facebook Sees Slight Decline in Female Worker Representation

Company says the gender gap in technical roles is especially challenging.

 Google Demonstrates Vital Step towards Large-scale Quantum Computers
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Google Demonstrates Vital Step towards Large-scale Quantum Computers

Said Peter Knight at Imperial College London, "Without this advance, you will still have uncertainty about whether the roadmap towards fault tolerance was feasible...

Concern Trolls and Power Grabs: Inside Big Tech’s Angry, Geeky, Often Petty War for your Privacy
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Concern Trolls and Power Grabs: Inside Big Tech’s Angry, Geeky, Often Petty War for your Privacy

Inside the World Wide Web Consortium, where the world's top engineers battle over the future of your data.

Stanford Researcher's Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling
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Stanford Researcher's Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling

Researchers have devised cryptography that permits searching for DNA matches in criminal cases while protecting the suspect's genetic privacy.

At a Summer Camp, Juice Boxes and Bitcoin Mining
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At a Summer Camp, Juice Boxes and Bitcoin Mining

The Crypto Kids Camp hosted five days of activities in Los Angeles to familiarize 26 children ages five to 17 with money and cryptocurrency.

Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find
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Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find

A new study suggests Amazon's recommendation that users factory reset their Internet of Things devices to erase personal information before reselling them may not...

Are We Engaged in a Cyber-war?
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Are We Engaged in a Cyber-war?

Here are the reasons why we're not.

Cerebras' New Monster AI Chip Adds 1.4 Trillion Transistors
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Cerebras' New Monster AI Chip Adds 1.4 Trillion Transistors

Shift to 7-nanometer process boosts the second-generation chip's transistor count to a mind-boggling 2.6 trillion.

For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It
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For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It

A boon for all things quantum.

What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones
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What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones

Global semiconductor shortage attracts fraudsters, counterfeits; 'Of course, a bunch of them didn't work,' a buyer says

Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets
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Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets

New legislation could simplify tech maintenance and make buying a new smartphone or computer the last resort.
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