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5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test
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5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test

Users of 5G services say the first implementation of the next-generation network technology in South Korea has fallen short of expectations.

Donald Knuth on Algorithms, Complexity, and The Art of Computer Programming
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Donald Knuth on Algorithms, Complexity, and The Art of Computer Programming

Computer scientist Donald Knuth discusses Alan Turing, neural networks, machine learning, and other topics from ant colonies and human cognition.

Silicon Valley's Newest Rival: The Banks of the Hudson
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Silicon Valley's Newest Rival: The Banks of the Hudson

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will soon have 20,000 workers in New York City, many in offices on the West Side.

Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather
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Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather

Netherlands-based location/transportation data supplier Here Technologies has pushed researchers to apply big-data techniques to films of traffic in Berlin, Istanbul...

People Too Trusting of Virtual Assistants
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People Too Trusting of Virtual Assistants

Researchers have found that people tend to share increasingly more with online agents because of their tendency to assign them personalities and physical features...

On University of Texas at Dallas' Growing Campus, Meal-Delivering Robots Make Splashy Debut
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On University of Texas at Dallas' Growing Campus, Meal-Delivering Robots Make Splashy Debut

A fleet of cooler-shaped autonomous robots has started delivering snacks and meals at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On
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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On

Wearable fitness trackers are helping make online physical education more popular for students by adding the dimension of accountability.

Chuck Peddle's $25 Microprocessor Ignited Computer Market
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Chuck Peddle's $25 Microprocessor Ignited Computer Market

Engineer led team whose cheap device, launched in 1975, made desktop machines affordable.

Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA
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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA

Dutch cybersecurity firm Fox-IT said in a report that a hacker group associated with the Chinese government has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in...

Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices
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Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices

MIT and IBM researchers have developed a new text-analysis method for rapidly narrowing down reading material from billions of online options. 

A Computer Made From DNA Can Compute the Square Root of 900
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A Computer Made From DNA Can Compute the Square Root of 900

A computer made from strands of DNA in a test tube can calculate the square root of numbers up to 900.

Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners
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Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners

Police called to investigate possible home intruders found a hard-working robotic vacuum instead.

Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet
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Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet

Russia's Ministry of Communications announced a successful test of a nationwide alternative to the Internet and claimed ordinary users did not detect any changes...

Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules
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Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules

Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program to all researchers and outlined the program's rules on its website. The maximum available bounty is $1.5 million...

Scientists Demo Chip-to-Chip Quantum Teleportation in Silicon
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Scientists Demo Chip-to-Chip Quantum Teleportation in Silicon

Scientists at the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have developed chip-scale devices that are able to harness the applications of quantum...

Israeli Government To Allocate $350 Million For Quantum Computing
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Israeli Government To Allocate $350 Million For Quantum Computing

Israel is entering the international quantum arms race, allocating approximately $350 million in an initiative to be a key quantum player over the next decade. ...

Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk
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Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk

Chinese researchers have developed a set of algorithms that significantly improves the accuracy of detecting space junk in earth's orbit.

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
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How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors
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India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors

India's government has approved the building and installation of 11 new supercomputers at research institutes across the country based on indigenously developed...

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...
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