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Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers
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Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers

Scientists in China are claiming they have found a way for current-generation quantum computers to crack the RSA algorithm underlying the most common form of online...

Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700
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Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700

At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Canadian startup Glüxkind showcased its Ella self-driving stroller

NYC Education Dept. Blocks ChatGPT on School Devices, Networks
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NYC Education Dept. Blocks ChatGPT on School Devices, Networks

It's unclear if or how many other districts are banning the program.

Tech Layoffs Happening Faster Than at Any Time During the Pandemic
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Tech Layoffs Happening Faster Than at Any Time During the Pandemic

Data tracker Layoffs.fyi estimates technology industry layoffs are occurring at the fastest rate since the pandemic began.

BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul
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BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul

German automaker BMW's latest prototype car showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show features a retooled interior that applies concepts from Apple's future...

Computers Aid Dentistry
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Computers Aid Dentistry

Small-scale CAD/CAM tools are among the high-tech capabilities being added to the arsenals of increasingly digital dentists.

Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring
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Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring

Ukraine has digitally networked its fighting forces, intelligence, and weapons on the cheap through satellite communications and custom software.

Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity
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Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity

Irish privacy regulator tells the Facebook and Instagram owner it can't use its contracts with users to justify sending them such ads.

Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?
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Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?

Riiid is one of a handful of companies that believe that A.I. algorithms are perfectly suited to track student performance and give individualized attention.

JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong
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JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana relied on facial-recognition technology to arrest an alleged purse thief, detaining the wrong person, who is...

Designers in Hong Kong Try Out New Assistant: AI Fashion Maven AiDA
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Designers in Hong Kong Try Out New Assistant: AI Fashion Maven AiDA

Fashion designers in Hong Kong showcased ensembles co-created by the Artificial intelligence-based Interactive Design Assistant (AiDA) at the Fashion X AI show....

To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

Europe Taps Power-Hungry Data Centers to Heat Homes
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Europe Taps Power-Hungry Data Centers to Heat Homes

Looking to provide recycled heat, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft have started connecting, or announced plans to connect, major data centers to district heating systems...

Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance
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Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance

Police forces worldwide are tapping technologies developed for coronavirus contact tracing for mass surveillance.

OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating
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OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating

Universities need new ways to assess and respond to threats to academic integrity posed by AI tools that students could use to cheat on written assignments.

Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow
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Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow

Russia has accelerated its jamming of GPS satellites around Moscow, apparently to deter long-range strikes by Ukrainian drones, according to GPSJam.

Virtual Clothes Could Help Solve Fashion's Waste Problem
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Virtual Clothes Could Help Solve Fashion's Waste Problem

The fashion industry is tapping digital technologies to cut waste and modernize.

Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker
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Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert advising online users to install and use ad blockers.

Researchers Construct Computer-Derived Marker for Coronary Artery Disease
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Researchers Construct Computer-Derived Marker for Coronary Artery Disease

A new computer-derived marker for coronary artery disease is based on machine learning and clinical data from electronic health records.

Google Wallet Will Host Digital Driver's License in Maryland
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Google Wallet Will Host Digital Driver's License in Maryland

Google has started beta testing hosting of digital driver's licenses and state ID cards for its Wallet application on Android, which will be exclusive to Maryland...
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