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Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code
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Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code

A team of Cornell University researchers created the Notate interface to translate handwriting and sketches into computer code.

SBOM: An Up-Close Look at a Software Bill of Materials
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SBOM: An Up-Close Look at a Software Bill of Materials

A software bill of materials lists the "ingredients" in a software product, making it easier to identify and avoid security risks.

AI is Solving Classical Computing's Quantum Problem
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AI is Solving Classical Computing's Quantum Problem

Quantum computers, once thought to be "superior" to classical computers, increasingly are being seen as yet another accelerator for specialized problems, according...

Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?
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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Not this time, but artificial intelligence is churning out articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos.

Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow
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Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow

Semiconductor giant Intel claims its FakeCatcher technology can detect whether videos are genuine or deepfakes with 96% accuracy in real time.

Java, Python Top Most Wanted List for Employers
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Java, Python Top Most Wanted List for Employers

The 2023 HackerRank Developer Skills Report ranked Java, Python, SQL, C++, and JavaScript as the programming language skills most in demand by employers and developers...

Blockchain Game Could Help Create Metaverse No One Owns
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Blockchain Game Could Help Create Metaverse No One Owns

The sci-fi-themed online game Dark Forest operates on a blockchain, meaning no one can manipulate its outcome.

CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software
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CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software

Industrial Control Systems advisories from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency focus on vulnerabilities in software from ETIC Telecom, Nokia...

After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold
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After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold

Researchers who study disinformation said most efforts to stoke doubt about results had failed to spread widely.

LLNL's SUNDIALS Team Awarded SIAM/ACM Prize
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LLNL's SUNDIALS Team Awarded SIAM/ACM Prize

A team of researchers at the U.S Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will receive the 2023 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and...

OpenSSL Patches High Vulnerabilities
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OpenSSL Patches High Vulnerabilities

OpenSSL encryption library developer Open SSL Project issued a patch to correct two high-severity vulnerabilities that could enable remote code execution or website...

Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal
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Greece to Ban Sale of Spyware amid Phone-Tapping Scandal

The move comes after a newspaper report alleging politicians and business people have been under state surveillance.

The 'Viral' Secure Programming Language That's Taking Over Tech
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The 'Viral' Secure Programming Language That's Taking Over Tech

Rust makes it impossible to introduce some of the most common security vulnerabilities. And its adoption can't come soon enough.

Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission
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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

The U.S. Army flew an autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter 134 kilometers (83 miles) to deliver 230 kilograms (507 lbs.) of simulated and real blood.

U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers
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U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers

"Close, constant surveillance and management through electronic means threaten employees' basic ability to exercise their rights."

HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors
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HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors

Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality holographic headsets are connecting remote patients in Australia with metropolitan physicians.

Robotic Laser Can Target, Kill Cockroaches
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Robotic Laser Can Target, Kill Cockroaches

Researchers developed a device that can kill cockroaches using a laser, two cameras, and an artificial intelligence (AI) model capable of targeting specific insect...

The Impact of Virtual Meetings
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The Impact of Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have mixed effects on employee productivity, creativity, and relationships.

Applying the Metaverse
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Applying the Metaverse

Business, entertainment, and fashion companies already are staking their claims in this enhanced virtual world.

World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Frontier supercomputer experiences numerous hardware failures on a daily basis.
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