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Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering
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Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering

Each subscriber gets eight or sixteen hours per month of dedicated time with Honeywell scientists to run algorithms on the trapped-ion hardware.

Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe
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Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe

High-resolution three-axis accelerometers and GPS tracking built into smartphones, along with an app, can provide useful measures of road roughness for civil engineers...

Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid
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Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid

A computer hacker publicly released election-related files from Hall County, GA, after county officials failed to pay a ransom.

Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks
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Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University used positive reinforcement to show a robot how to teach itself new tasks quickly.

Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat
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Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands created the world's smallest boat using an electron microscope and a high-resolution three-dimensional printer...

The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office
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The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office

As company offices reopen, some are using software to help them shuffle employees, schedule meetings, map office hot spots, and practice social distancing.

AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms
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AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms

Results might provide a convenient screening tool for people who may not suspect they are infected.

With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images
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With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images

Engineers have developed a deep neural network that produces spectral images almost as well as dual-energy computed tomography imaging technology.

Brazil Launches AI Center
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Brazil Launches AI Center

Brazil's Artificial Intelligence Center officially launched earlier this month.

Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike
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Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike

Government officials warned that hackers were seeking to hold American hospitals' data hostage in exchange for ransom payments.

Does Palantir See Too Much?
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Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.

App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes
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App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes

George Mason University's Massimiliano Albanese developed the myBallotBox app to help people locate drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots.

National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election
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National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

The Louisiana National Guard has been called in to investigate a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state.

The No-Code Generation is Arriving
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The No-Code Generation is Arriving

No-code tools are successful because they are connecting with a new generation that understands precisely the sort of logic required by these platforms to function...

Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly
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Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly

As  the pandemic forces more people to do more business online, some companies have started redesigning their websites to make them more user-friendly for older...

Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off
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Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off

This year has forced organizations to adapt quickly to enabling employees to work from home. That's creating 'chaos with no control' - which cyber criminals are...

Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say
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Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say

Experts have taken issue with Google Health's artificial intelligence model for predicting breast cancer.

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers
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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground
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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further...
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