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How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses With an Algorithm
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How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses With an Algorithm

An algorithm developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won a competition to determine the best solution for busing 25,000 students to Boston schools...

AI Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.
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AI Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.

While artificial intelligence systems are viewed by most people in technology as the future of the industry, tech executives rarely discuss the labor-intensive...

New Tool Makes Web Browsing Easier for the Visually Impaired
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New Tool Makes Web Browsing Easier for the Visually Impaired

A new tool merges the best elements of voice assistants and screen readers to make free-form Web searches easier, particularly for the visually impaired.

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections.

App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster
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App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster

A new app can detect devices installed in gas pumps to steal consumer credit and debit card data.

RIP Danny Cohen: The Computer Scientist Who Gave World Endianness, Meets His End Aged 81
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RIP Danny Cohen: The Computer Scientist Who Gave World Endianness, Meets His End Aged 81

Cohen also developed one of the first flight simulators.

Augmented Reality Gets Real
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Augmented Reality Gets Real

Formidable optical challenges are yielding to intensive research, development.

Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

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...

Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed
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Section 230 Was Supposed to Make the Internet a Better Place. It Failed

A tiny federal statute in 1996 transformed the web into a wildly lucrative business, and became Big Tech's favorite liability shield. It's now under attack from...

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist
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A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but they're missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging.

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.

You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR
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You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR

Virtual reality workplace training provider Talespin has developed virtual characters to train people in soft management skills such as firing employees.    ...

Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery
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Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery

Apple has launched an intiative called [AR]T, a curation of augmented reality art featured in a series of guided walks in New York City's Central Park.
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