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Intel Falls as Outlook Shows Costly Path to Regain Dominance
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Intel Falls as Outlook Shows Costly Path to Regain Dominance

Datacenter unit sales decline from major cloud providers.

Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest
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Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest

The world's most famous autonomous car shop has lost its CEO and is still getting stymied by traffic cones. What's taking so long?

NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk
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NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk

New York City-based brain-computer interface startup Synchron said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized human clinical trials for its commercial...

Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing
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Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing

The chipmaker helped create Silicon Valley—but cultural complacency and a missed mobile boom have left it far behind competitors.

Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds
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Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds

Double-masking yields limited benefits compared to a single well-fitted disposable mask, according to an analysis conducted with a Japanese supercomputer.

The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots
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The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots

Orders for factory robots in North America spiked at the end of 2020 as manufacturers sought to avoid danger for employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules
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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.

First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission
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First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute joined the biggest Arctic expedition in history to fly the first drone near the North Pole.

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans
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Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods untouched by humans, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic...

UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area
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UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area

UPS will use drones to make prescription deliveries to residents of The Villages in Florida, one of the biggest retirement communities in the U.S.

France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker
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France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker

France said Apple's Bluetooth policy is delaying a government contact-tracing application designed to contain the coronavirus.

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding
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What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding

The U.S.-China trade war is fracturing the world's semiconductor manufacturing base, and that won't stop even if the tariffs do.

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles
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UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted United Parcel Service permission to fly delivery drones under regulations similar to airline rules, with few restrictions...

Amazon ­nveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries
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Amazon ­nveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon has unveiled a drone that combines aspects of helicopters and airplanes, capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China
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Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China

Chinese startup Neolix has initiated mass production of self-driving delivery vehicles.

Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions
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Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions

In South Korea, which turned on its 5G telecom networks nationwide in April, businesses and organizations are counting on 5G to enable the delivery of new technologies...

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa
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Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices.

Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage
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Why 5G Phones Are Arriving With Subplot of Espionage

The 5G wireless technology now being introduced by phone companies promises to bring a world of innovations to mobile service—from connected appliances to self-driving...

Huawei Suit Against ­.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed
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Huawei Suit Against ­.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed

Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese telecom giant facing multiple criminal indictments in the U.S., is expanding on a Russian company's failed legal argument to...
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