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Microsoft Wants Rules For Facial Recognition, But…

WIRED –TOM SIMONITE – 21 February, 2019 – IN DECEMBER, MICROSOFT President Brad Smith urged lawmakers to set rules on facial-recognition technology to prevent a privacy-threatening “race to the bottom.” Now the

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MIT Says Wifi Gadget Could Power Smartphones

FUTURISM -DAN ROBITZSKI – 29 January 2019: Right now, electromagnetic signals are probably bouncing around the room between your phone, laptop, and other internet-connected devices. For researchers looking for ways to power small,

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Amazon Robots Have Hit the Streets

MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW – 24 January 2019 – The e-commerce giant is field testing a new machine, called Amazon Scout, for handling some packages. The news: Amazon says it’s launching a trial of its robot, which

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Tamagotchis Are Coming to Your Phone: Slowly Kill Them at Your Leisure

(AV CLUB) by William Hughes – After decades of being confined to little plastic eggs (and the occasional, usually Japan-only video game), nostalgia-rich pet simulators Tamagotchi are finally coming to

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Police Asking Google for Data About All Devices Close to Certain Crimes

(TECHCRUNCH) 19 March 2018, by Connie Lozios – According to a new report from Raleigh, N.C. television affiliate WRAL, Google might have quietly helped local detectives in their pursuit of two gunmen who committed

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Perth Cycling Team Maps a Journey Resembling a Goat

(NEWSHUB) – A Perth amateur cycling team posted a photo of their mapped ride – and the 202 kilometre ride makes for some glorious GPS art. Riders were asked why

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Revolutionary New Screen Technology Could Triple The Resolution Of Your TV

(HUFF POST) – Think your 4K TV is sharp? Well scientists are working on a radical new screen technology that if perfected could triple the resolution of current displays.  By

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Germany Bans Internet-Connected ‘Spy’ Doll Cayla

(RTÉ News) – German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called ‘My Friend Cayla’ that can chat with children, warning that it was a de facto “hidden spying device”. Parents

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Sony Filed A Patent For Video-Recording Contact Lens

(HUFF POST) – Tech giant Sony has joined the race to develop digital contact lens technology. Sony has plans for a wearable lens that can take photos and video, according

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Graphene from Soybeans

(SPACE DAILY) – A breakthrough by CSIRO-led scientists has made the world’s strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the humble soybean. Graphene is a carbon material that is one

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