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Belly Up to a Virtual Bar
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Belly Up to a Virtual Bar

Various brands have established virtual bars in the metaverse where avatars can gather (although actual drinking is out of the question).

Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them
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Your Kids' Apps Are Spying on Them

Apple and Google just look the other way. Here's how we stop it.

How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity
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How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity

All individuals transacting in Bitcoin are within six degrees or fewer of separation from a core group, say researchers.

Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey
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Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey

Biomedical engineers have developed a quick response (QR) code to confirm whether a whiskey is authentic or counterfeit.

'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G
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'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G

A beam-steering antenna can boost the efficiency of data transmission across the millimeter wave spectrum.

Radio Waves for the Detection of Hardware Tampering
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Radio Waves for the Detection of Hardware Tampering

Scientists in Germany have developed a technique that uses radio waves to monitor hardware for tampering.

AI Translates Math Problems into Code to Make Them Easier to Solve
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AI Translates Math Problems into Code to Make Them Easier to Solve

Researchers used the Codex neural network of artificial intelligence research company OpenAI to translate mathematical problems from plain English into formal code...

USF Researcher Harnesses Brain Power to Create Art
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USF Researcher Harnesses Brain Power to Create Art

The University of South Florida's Marvin Andujar has developed a prototype brain-computer interface that permits users to create abstract art with their thoughts...

Deere Tapping Into Apple-Like Tech Model to Drive Revenue
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Deere Tapping Into Apple-Like Tech Model to Drive Revenue

Deere & Co. hopes to drive up revenue by emulating Apple's business strategy and melding state-of-the-art hardware, software, and subscription models.

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect
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Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect

The Texas law enables users of leading social media platforms to sue the platforms if they think they have been censored because of their political views.

AI Could Prevent Eavesdropping
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AI Could Prevent Eavesdropping

Neural Voice Camouflage technology can help prevent eavesdropping by producing custom background noise.

Philadelphia Launches Real-Time Smart City Project
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Philadelphia Launches Real-Time Smart City Project

The SmartCityPHL project in Philadelphia is a partnership of the city, Comcast, and US Ignite to help collect real-time data on air quality, weather, transportation...

Using Light, Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail
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Using Light, Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail

Duke University researchers have developed an approach that allows for real-time scanning and imaging of blood flow and oxygen levels in a mouse brain.

Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California
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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Uber has rolled out pilot food delivery services that use autonomous vehicles in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.

'Quantum Internet' Inches Closer With Advance in Data Teleportation
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'Quantum Internet' Inches Closer With Advance in Data Teleportation

Scientists have improved their ability to send quantum information across distant computers—and have taken another step toward the network of the future.

Countermeasure Against Unwanted Wireless Surveillance
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Countermeasure Against Unwanted Wireless Surveillance

A  new system protects privacy in wireless communications based on intelligent reflective surfaces.

'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge
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'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge

Security researchers have found that the supposedly hard-to-counterfeit digital driver's licenses in use in New South Wales, Australia, actually can be altered...

Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited
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Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited

Researchers found that a bug in Zyxel firewalls that could enable unauthenticated remote attackers to execute code.

The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware
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The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware

The government may only be made aware of one-fourth of ransomware attacks.

FogROS Brings Robotic Cloud Computing to the Robot Operating System
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FogROS Brings Robotic Cloud Computing to the Robot Operating System

ROS 2 offers a method for offloading robotic tasks to a remote server, using a cloud computing platform like Amazon Web Services.
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