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Sony's Metaverse Bet: A Wearable to Record Your Moves
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Sony's Metaverse Bet: A Wearable to Record Your Moves

Sony Group Corp. has announced a system of wearable motion trackers that may be worn on a user's wrists, ankles, head, and hips to animate avatars inside metaverse...

This City-Building Video Game Takes on Climate Change
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This City-Building Video Game Takes on Climate Change

Recently released city-building strategy game Floodland has a post-apocalyptic storyline in which players must rebuild society following a catastrophic climate...

Twitter, Meta Push Tech Job-Cut Pace Near Early-Pandemic Levels
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Twitter, Meta Push Tech Job-Cut Pace Near Early-Pandemic Levels

Major technology companies have announced hiring pauses or job reductions amid tepid consumer spending, mounting inflation, and a strengthened dollar undermining...

Chip Delivery Times Shrank Rapidly in October as Supply Crunch Subsides
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Chip Delivery Times Shrank Rapidly in October as Supply Crunch Subsides

All major product areas are now available more quickly than they were.

Software Robots Gaining Ground in White-Collar Office World
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Software Robots Gaining Ground in White-Collar Office World

Software is making inroads into white-collar professions due to innovations enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning, and fueled by pandemic-surging...

Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push
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Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push

Japan's government will review around 1,900 government processes that still require the use of floppy disks, CDs, or mini disks, as part of an initiative to eliminate...

'Cryptojacking' Attacks on Financial Firms Surged in First Half
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'Cryptojacking' Attacks on Financial Firms Surged in First Half

The number of "cryptojacking" attacks on financial companies jumped 30% to 66.7 million during the first half of 2022 compared with the same period last year.

BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient
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BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient

A brain-computer interface startup has implanted a wire-electrode combination in the brain of a U.S. patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock
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Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock

Global trade is threatened by the ability of cyber pirates to hack technologies that control container ships' steering, propulsion, navigation, and other operations...

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

Ethereum Mining Is Going Away
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Ethereum Mining Is Going Away

Ethereum mining could end soon due to "the Merge," leaving as many as 1 million miners out of a source of income.

FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked
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FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that certain Illumina DNA-sequencing machines have a software vulnerability that could jeopardize patient data.

Apple Debuts Pay-Later Service, iPhone Updates to Developers
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Apple Debuts Pay-Later Service, iPhone Updates to Developers

Company also debuts buy-now-pay-later service, new apps.

World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR
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World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee expects virtual reality and metaverse-associated technologies to shape future online interaction.

Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap
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Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap

The robots-as-a-service model is gaining ground as companies increasingly automate amid the pandemic, worker shortages, and surging demand.

Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers
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Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers

Cities like Orlando, FL, and Singapore are using digital twins to generate virtual models of themselves, in order to simulate the effects of potential new policies...

Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries
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Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries

A pilot program launched by Exxon Mobil Corp. involves powering cryptocurrency-mining operations using excess natural gas that otherwise would be burned off from...

Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests
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Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests

Data was used to enable harassment, may aid financial fraud.

Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table
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Cyber War Talks Heat Up at U.N. With Russia at Table

Group is trying to define what is acceptable in cyberspace.

Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs
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Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs

Autonomous driving engineers are developing driverless trucks for long-haul freight that runs along simple interstate routes.
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