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Quantum Computing Wars: IBM, Honeywell Make Major Moves as Competition Intensifies
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Quantum Computing Wars: IBM, Honeywell Make Major Moves as Competition Intensifies

The public sector is increasingly interested in quantum computing as both a source of high-paying jobs and a technology vital to corporate strategic interests. ...

Robots Can Make Music, but Can They Sing?
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Robots Can Make Music, but Can They Sing?

At an international competition called the A.I. Song Contest, tracks exploring the technology as a tool for music making revealed the potential — and the limitations...

Tech Spending Expected to Rise as Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Economy Improves
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Tech Spending Expected to Rise as Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Economy Improves

Market researcher Forrester Research has revised its 2021 forecast of U.S. enterprise information technology spending growth from 6% to 7.4% over 2020 levels.

Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said the Russia-associated REvil hacker gang last weekend exploited previously unknown software flaws to cause a mass ransomware attack...

NASA's Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover 'Takes the Wheel'
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NASA's Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover 'Takes the Wheel'

A new auto-navigation system will allow the Perseverance rover on Mars to drive itself.

Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw
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Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw

Bad actors can exploit the flaw to remotely run code on victims' computers.

Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'
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Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'

Overpromising and underdelivering.

Prominent Women Call for Tech Giants to Act Against Online Harassment
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Prominent Women Call for Tech Giants to Act Against Online Harassment

The signatories included the tennis champion Billie Jean King, and the actors Thandiwe Newton, Ashley Judd and Emma Watson.

Pentagon Cancels $10-billion JEDI Cloud Contract
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Pentagon Cancels $10-billion JEDI Cloud Contract

The Department of Defense said it's calling off the $10-billion cloud contract that was the subject of a legal battle involving Amazon and Microsoft.

To Fly a Drone in the U.S., You Now Must Pass FAA's TRUST Test
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To Fly a Drone in the U.S., You Now Must Pass FAA's TRUST Test

New drone rules for recreational pilots.

Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now
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Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now

As of June 30, all major voice providers in the U.S., including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Comcast, are required to implement technology to minimize illegal robocalls...

With 3D-Printed 'Steaks,' Spanish Startup Eyes Mass Market
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With 3D-Printed 'Steaks,' Spanish Startup Eyes Mass Market

Novameat is using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology to produce vegetarian "steaks," which it plans to sell directly to consumers and businesses.

Will AI Rewrite Coding?
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Will AI Rewrite Coding?

There is an emerging effort to tap artificial intelligence to write code based on short text descriptions of what the code should do.

The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach
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The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach

A $150 million chip-making tool from a Dutch company has become a lever in the U.S.-Chinese struggle. It also shows how entrenched the global supply chain is.

What Should Be a Student's First Programming Language?
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What Should Be a Student's First Programming Language?

Different universities have different answers for the question, reflecting both their teaching philosophies and their sense of which language will prove most important...

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Alexis Conneau's work has helped Facebook and Google build artificial intelligence systems that can understand dozens of languages with startling accuracy.

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets
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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

Artificial intelligence is taking over "edge" devices, including smartphones, home appliances, industrial sensors and actuators, and other devices with a microchip...

Blood Test That Finds 50 Types of Cancer Accurate Enough to Be Rolled Out
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Blood Test That Finds 50 Types of Cancer Accurate Enough to Be Rolled Out

Researchers found that a blood test developed using a machine learning algorithm is accurate in detecting more than 50 types of cancer.

Robots Take Vertical Farming to New Heights
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Robots Take Vertical Farming to New Heights

Fifth Season, a vertical farm in Braddock, PA, uses robots to grow greens indoors, from seed to harvest.

Mozilla Partners with Princeton Researchers for Privacy-Focused Data Sharing Platform on Firefox
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Mozilla Partners with Princeton Researchers for Privacy-Focused Data Sharing Platform on Firefox

The Mozilla Web browser's newly-launched Rally data sharing platform is designed to strengthen users' data privacy.
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