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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic
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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic

Volkswagen will test a quantum navigation app in Portugal next week, with plans to eventually incorporate its capabilities into automobiles.

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.

App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You
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App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You

Researchers in Germany and Australia found China is using a widely downloaded mobile app and translation service to siphon billions of pieces of information on...

U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity
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U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revived a program to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in aviation, in conjunction with the Pentagon and the U...

Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds
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Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds

A report by researchers at Bard College's Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that 95 countries currently own unmanned military drones—up from 60 in 2010...

Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches
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Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches

Huawei Technologies' membership in the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams has been suspended.

World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech
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World Catching Up With China on Surveillance Tech

China is the global leader in surveillance technologies, although other countries are catching up, according to a study by the Carnegie Endowment for International...

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City
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How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City

The more connected a smart city is, the greater its vulnerability to cyberattack.

Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud
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Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud

Visa is launching a platform to help its engineers quickly test artificial intelligence algorithms designed to detect and prevent credit card fraud.

'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos
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'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos

Startups, government agencies, and academics are working to develop a method to combat doctored videos and photographs.

Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students
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Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students

Experts are concerned that digital data stored on vendor servers could later harm students who make mistakes on social media, or with widely used classroom apps...

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras
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Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

Supermarket chains in Europe are testing cashierless stores with cameras that monitor items shoppers pick, with transactions recorded as they exit.

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
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Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security
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Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security

With cyberattacks against Internet-connected medical devices on the rise, hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pressuring device manufacturers to bolster...

Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers
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Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers

Privacy and child-advocacy organizations have filed a complaint alleging Amazon has been illegally recording and retaining conversations of children using its Echo...

MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust
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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority program to identify high-speed drivers at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge via facial-recognition technology is a failure...

You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook
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You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook

Facebook collects sensitive data from at least 11 popular smartphone apps seconds after users enter it.

A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters
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A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters

Although technology companies are trying to recruit women and minorities, most computer and software professionals writing artificial intelligence programs remain...
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