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AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images
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AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images

An artist used machine learning to create the photorealistic portraits.

Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly
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Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly

After Kaspersky complains, Russia's competition authority finds Apple abused its total control over the App Store.

AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform
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AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform

Amazon Web Services and Vector, the New Zealand electricity and gas distribution company, have partnered to develop an Internet of Things and analytics solution...

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'
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Australians Urged to Take Up Mental Health Telehealth, Put On 'Digital Sunscreen'

Since the Australian government announced it would fast-track digital alternatives to in-person medical care, a million mental health telehealth consultations have...

Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research
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Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research

The Australian government is allocating AU$31.8 million (about US$21.5 million) to the Australian Research Council to study responsible, ethical, and inclusive...

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR
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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.

Google Lookout ­ses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired
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Google Lookout ­ses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired

A new Google app uses artificial intelligence to help visually impaired users better perceive their surroundings by providing verbal feedback via smartphones.

Playing With Molecules in Virtual Reality
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Playing With Molecules in Virtual Reality

A growing number of companies are using virtual reality to enable scientists to view, design, and manipulate molecular structures.

What is Cyberwar?
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What is Cyberwar?

At its core, cyberwarfare refers the use of digital attacks by one country or nation to disrupt the computer systems of another with the aim of create significant...

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

Google's AI Can Now Spot Shoulder-Surfers Peeking at Your Screen
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Google's AI Can Now Spot Shoulder-Surfers Peeking at Your Screen

Google researchers have developed an "electronic screen protector" application that can immediately spot people glancing at a user's handheld screen.

There's a Huge Opportunity in Robotics For Early-Career Computer Scientists and Serious Software Engineers
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There's a Huge Opportunity in Robotics For Early-Career Computer Scientists and Serious Software Engineers

University of Washington professor Maya Cakmak discusses the role of programming by demonstration in her work on human-machine interaction.

Before Heading to Mars, Nasa's Valkyrie Humanoid Lands at MIT
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Before Heading to Mars, Nasa's Valkyrie Humanoid Lands at MIT

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has delivered a humanoid robot to the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. 

South Korean Researchers Develop ­ser-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech
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South Korean Researchers Develop ­ser-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech

South Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute researchers say they have developed a handheld three-dimensional scanner.

Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source
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Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source

Four out of five programmers now use, or recently have used, open source development tools, says a new survey. 

China Develops Facial Recognition Payment System With Near-Perfect Accuracy
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China Develops Facial Recognition Payment System With Near-Perfect Accuracy

The Chinese Academy of Science plans to unveil a face-recognition payment application with near-perfect accuracy next year. 

Norway Internet Voting Experiment Fails
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Norway Internet Voting Experiment Fails

Norway has ended a pilot online voting program. 

Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy
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Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

The algorithm used by Google's Street View team to improve Google Maps also can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8-percent accuracy. 

W3c Boss Jeff Jaffe Explains How the Web Will Beat Smartphone Apps and Keep Growing
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W3c Boss Jeff Jaffe Explains How the Web Will Beat Smartphone Apps and Keep Growing

World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe discusses how the Web will evolve to meet the challenge of smartphone users moving to closed apps.
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