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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...

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.

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

Why Hackers Love Smart Buildings
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Why Hackers Love Smart Buildings

Internet-connected devices and systems are making buildings more efficient but also vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Researchers Develop Tool for Analyzing Large Superconducting Circuits
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Researchers Develop Tool for Analyzing Large Superconducting Circuits

Method could help push forward the field of quantum computing

Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses
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Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses

Italian data protection authority Garante has asked Facebook to provide it with clarifications related to its newly launched smart glasses, to determine their compliance...

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw

Apple released emergency security patches after researchers in Canada found a flaw that allows spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect any Apple product.

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate
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A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A research paper that dubs some artificial intelligence models "foundational" is sparking a dispute over the future of the field.

Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID
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Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID

Service sector jobs increasingly are being automated amid the pandemic, as companies navigate worker shortages and higher labor costs.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

Almost No One Encrypts Their Emails Because It Is Too Much of a Hassle
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Almost No One Encrypts Their Emails Because It Is Too Much of a Hassle

A study of 81 million email messages sent from January 1994 to July 2021 found that only 0.06% of the emails were encrypted.

Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival
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Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival held a spotlight to virtual reality.

Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List
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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence likely will further virtualize physical...

AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway
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AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway

Ukrainian clothing brand FINCH teamed up with Ukrainian technology company FFFACE.ME to develop semi-digital clothing that can be upgraded with augmented reality...

Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try
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Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try

The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.

AI Weather Forecasting for Smart Farms
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AI Weather Forecasting for Smart Farms

Researchers at Australia's James Cook University have developed a model to help farmers using smart devices choose the most accurate rainfall forecast for a given...

The Cloud: Game Changer in IT Security
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The Cloud: Game Changer in IT Security

The move to the cloud makes it harder for companies to keep track of all Internet-connected digital assets.

Cyberattackers Now Quietly Selling Off Their Victim's Internet Bandwidth
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Cyberattackers Now Quietly Selling Off Their Victim's Internet Bandwidth

Hackers and malware developers are now targeting victims' Internet connections to produce illicit income clandestinely via proxyware infections, according to researchers...

Website Predicts Effectiveness of School COVID Testing Policies
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Website Predicts Effectiveness of School COVID Testing Policies

Researchers at the data research company Mathematica have created an interactive website to help school officials consider their options for coronavirus testing...

Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School
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Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School

Some student-athletes and coaches at Eatonville High School in Eatonville, WA, are being required to wear proximity monitors to trace potential COVID-19 exposure...
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