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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report
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Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report

New research has found that as of August 2022, there were only 34 accredited computer science teachers in Ireland.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

Robot Caterpillar Demonstrates Locomotion Approach for Soft Robotics
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Robot Caterpillar Demonstrates Locomotion Approach for Soft Robotics

North Carolina State University researchers have created a caterpillar-like soft robot that can locomote forward, backward, and duck under cramped areas.

Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots
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Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots

Simple robots wander NYC asking for trash and recycling, and it's adorable.

Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows?
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Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows?

Machine learning researchers have struggled over the past couple of decades to capture the flexibility of human knowledge in computer models.

Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance
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Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance

In its bid to catch up with Starlink, the company plans to build as many as four satellites a day.

VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?
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VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?

VR therapy has been studied since the 1990s. But as of 2023, we're still talking about its potential.

Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon
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Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon

The Norwegian container ship Yara Birkeland eventually will be a crewless vessel that navigates via radar and cameras, feeding sensor data to artificial intelligence...

Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug
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Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug

General Bytes reported that over $1.5 million in bitcoin was drained from Internet-accessible wallets via its bitcoin ATMs by hackers that exploited a previously...

Gordon Moore, Who Co-Founded Intel, Dies at 94
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Gordon Moore, Who Co-Founded Intel, Dies at 94

Intel co-founder and Silicon Valley pioneer Gordon E. Moore has died at 94.  

Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System
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Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System

Virtual landowners have found a way to put their investments to work, but with unintended consequences.

Simulation Reveals Secrets of Exotic Form of Electrons
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Simulation Reveals Secrets of Exotic Form of Electrons

University of Texas at Austin researchers mapped polarons, quasiparticles consisting of an electron and its surrounding distortions of atoms in a crystal lattice...

Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices
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Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices

Researchers developed the Near-Ultrasound Inaudible Trojan to show how hackers can exploit the vulnerabilities of smart device microphones and voice assistants...

Yes, ChatGPT Is Coming for Your Office Job
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Yes, ChatGPT Is Coming for Your Office Job

White-collar workers may soon face the AI disruption everyone's been panicking about. But the news may be better than you think.

Generative AI's Next Frontier Is Video
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Generative AI's Next Frontier Is Video

Startup Runway AI Inc. has rolled out Gen 2, an artificial intelligence model that produces short video clips based on brief user prompts.

Artificial Pancreas Developed at UVA Improves Blood Sugar Control for Kids Ages 2-6, Study Finds
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Artificial Pancreas Developed at UVA Improves Blood Sugar Control for Kids Ages 2-6, Study Finds

University of Virginia (UVA) researchers found that the Control-IQ diabetes management system improved blood sugar control in 2- to 6-year-olds with type 1 diabetes...

Math Answers Behavior of Bat Ears, Inspiring Real-World Upgrade on Batman's Tech
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Math Answers Behavior of Bat Ears, Inspiring Real-World Upgrade on Batman's Tech

Bioengineers at Japan's Hiroshima University developed a mathematical model of bat ears' echolocation-related movements to ascertain the optimal pinnae motions...

Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down
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Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down

Mastodon is just the start—here comes the Fediverse.

Capturing What is Said
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Capturing What is Said

Artificial intelligence is boosting the capabilities of automatic speech recognition.
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