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Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts
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Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts

Researchers have found that the same artificial intelligence method used in facial recognition systems could help improve the prediction of hailstorms and their...

Can You Locate Your Location Data?
From Communications of the ACM

Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive...

An Inability to Reproduce
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An Inability to Reproduce

Big data and modern analytics offer enormous possibilities for research, provided scientists can produce consistent results.

Hackers Go Pro, Seeking Bounties for Bugs
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Hackers Go Pro, Seeking Bounties for Bugs

People who hunt for software bugs are turning professional, as companies are offering lucrative rewards.

2 Quakes in 2 Days, No Warning from ShakeAlertLA. Now the App Is Getting Reworked
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2 Quakes in 2 Days, No Warning from ShakeAlertLA. Now the App Is Getting Reworked

An early-warning earthquake app's failure to alert Los Angeles residents of tremors from two quakes in July prompted an upgrade so weaker tremors will set off warnings...

What Your Voice Reveals About You
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What Your Voice Reveals About You

Technology can detect nuances in the human voice that offer clues to a person's likely location, medical conditions, and even physical features.

Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
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Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Researchers have incorporated blockchain into energy systems, which could serve to expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

SMU Researchers Find a New Way to Snoop with Smartphones. Should You Be Worried?
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SMU Researchers Find a New Way to Snoop with Smartphones. Should You Be Worried?

A new app could be used to determine what a computer user is typing.

Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble
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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble

Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems, demonstrating that many machines could be hijacked and...

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code
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How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

For the past four years, Facebook has quietly used a homegrown tool called Zoncolan to find bugs in its massive codebase.

Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles
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Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at universities across Canada are helping the country prepare for the coming autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle revolution, while raising Canada's...

Wearable Motion Sensors Could Monitor Baby In Utero
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Wearable Motion Sensors Could Monitor Baby In Utero

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a technique that could allow expectant parents to hear their baby's heartbeat continuously at...

Digital Twins Grow Up
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Digital Twins Grow Up

The idea of creating digital twins to simulate real-world systems isn't new, but the concept is advancing rapidly.

Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos
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Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos

Researchers at the University of Lincoln found that computers are more accurate than humans at detecting photos that have undergone face morphing, a digital manipulation...

IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management
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IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management

IBM and a number of other multinational corporations have jointly developed a new blockchain network, with the goal of improving manual and cumbersome supply chain...

Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech
From ACM TechNews

Boost in High School Students Taking Advanced Computer Science Could Change Face of Tech

Data from the College Board shows that more girls and minority high school students are taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course.

Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer
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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things devices to infiltrate corporate networks.

'Blood Pressure Video Selfies' Could Be Used to Monitor Patients
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'Blood Pressure Video Selfies' Could Be Used to Monitor Patients

A new study has found that two-minute-long smartphone videos of patients' faces can be used to take blood-pressure readings of those individuals that are 96% accurate...

Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones
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Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic, with the goal of allowing such unmanned aircraft to operate...
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