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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats
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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats

U.K. pest control services provider Rentokil is testing facial recognition software as a tool for rat extermination.  

'They Couldn't Even Scream Any More. They Were Just Sobbing': The Amateur Investors Ruined by the Crypto Crash
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'They Couldn't Even Scream Any More. They Were Just Sobbing': The Amateur Investors Ruined by the Crypto Crash

Fuelled by hype and hysteria, the market in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies went from an obscure niche to a $3-trillion industry. Then the house of cards collapsed...

I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'
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I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'

Tests where you are asked to spot traffic lights or type out wobbly letters may be a thing of the past.

Drone Operators Who Halted Russian Convoy Headed for Kyiv
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Drone Operators Who Halted Russian Convoy Headed for Kyiv

A Russian armored convey headed toward Kyiv was halted by night ambushes by Ukrainian special forces and drone operators who are part of an air reconnaissance unit...

Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning
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Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning

An early-alert system managed by the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday warned Californians of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake by phone, seconds before it struck.

Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin
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Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin

The nonprofit MAUI63 organization hopes to preserve New Zealand's endangered Maui dolphin with an aerial drone.

Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil
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Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil

Texas A&M University researchers have come up with a technique for using a three-dimensional printer to build greener buildings from soil.

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI
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China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI

Organizations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the U.S. Department...

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra
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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra

Project Wing, a branch of Google parent Alphabet, has received approval from Australia's aviation regulator to deploy its drone delivery service for the city of...

Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?
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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?
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Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?

The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the decentralised, open-source ledger that drives bitcoin, could radically change...

Strava Suggests Military ­sers 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens
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Strava Suggests Military ­sers 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens

Fitness-tracking company Strava has defended its publication of heatmaps that accidentally reveal sensitive military positions, arguing that the information was...

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers
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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...

'anonymous' Browsing Data Can Be Easily Exposed, Researchers Reveal
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'anonymous' Browsing Data Can Be Easily Exposed, Researchers Reveal

A German journalist and data scientist say they were able to easily obtain the "anonymous" online browsing information of more than 3 million Germans.

Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It
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Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It

World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of three trends to be overcome in order to sustain the Web as beneficial for everyone.

Vanishing Point: The Rise of the Invisible Computer
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Vanishing Point: The Rise of the Invisible Computer

Experts agree the steady advances of computer chip transistor shrinkage--faster chip speeds, greater efficiency, and less-expensive manufacturing--will soon reach...

Give Robots 'personhood' Status, Eu Committee Argues
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Give Robots 'personhood' Status, Eu Committee Argues

The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of...
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