Our casual use of facial analysis tools can lead to more sinister applications

Face scanning technologies are more everyday than we might think. Credit: Shutterstock On Dec. 14, the governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Québec ordered facial recognition company Clearview AI to stop collecting—and to delete—images of people obtained without their consent. Discussions about the risks of facial recognition systems that rely on automated face analysis technologies… Continue reading Our casual use of facial analysis tools can lead to more sinister applications

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MIT Quantum COVID Sensor May Offer Faster, Cheaper, and More Accurate Detection of SARS-CoV-2

By David L. Chandler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology December 20, 2021 Using mathematical simulations, MIT researchers have shown that it would be possible to design a sensor, based on quantum physics, that could detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers, edited by MIT News Sensor Based on Quantum Physics Could Detect SARS-CoV-2 Virus… Continue reading MIT Quantum COVID Sensor May Offer Faster, Cheaper, and More Accurate Detection of SARS-CoV-2

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YouTube TV restores access to Disney after dispute resolved

This Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, file photo shows the YouTube TV logo at the YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles. On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, YouTube TV began restoring access to Disney content after a dispute between the companies led to an interruption of service over the weekend. Credit: AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File YouTube TV… Continue reading YouTube TV restores access to Disney after dispute resolved

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Exciting military tech stories from the land, air, and sea

The biggest military news of the year revolved around the chaotic and dramatic US evacuation from Afghanistan as the Taliban took over the country in August.  While that series of historic events rightfully captured the biggest headlines, developments large and small in the military technology space also made news throughout 2021. Some of the more… Continue reading Exciting military tech stories from the land, air, and sea

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Important Milestone Reached in Quantum Computing With Error Correction

“Until now researchers have encoded and stabilized. We now show that we can compute as well.” Researchers at QuTech—a collaboration between the TU Delft and TNO—have reached a milestone in quantum error correction. They have integrated high-fidelity operations on encoded quantum data with a scalable scheme for repeated data stabilization. The researchers report their findings… Continue reading Important Milestone Reached in Quantum Computing With Error Correction

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What astronomers learned from the extreme ‘Cow’ supernova

A mysterious stellar explosion has given scientists a window into the source of certain massive, short-lived supernovae. The explosion in question, procedurally named AT2018cow–and lovingly referred to as “the Cow”–flashed like a supernova in June of 2018. But it lasted much shorter than normal supernovae, and it emitted different colored light, making it what astronomers… Continue reading What astronomers learned from the extreme ‘Cow’ supernova

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Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X review

The audio market is exploding with new podcasting and streaming microphones from well-established, respected audio companies. The almost-century-old German headphone and microphone manufacturer Beyerdynamic recently entered the fray with the M70 PRO X, a stylish front-addressed dynamic broadcast microphone released alongside the M90 PRO X studio condenser microphone. I recently put both Beyerdynamic PRO X… Continue reading Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X review

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How to use Google Calendar’s Time Insights

In today’s data-heavy world, there seems to be no shortage of tools that collect and display information about our lives, ripe for whatever level of analysis you’d like. Google Calendar is no different, with an easy-to-miss feature called Time Insights. Introduced at the end of August, this analytical tool rests within the left-hand sidebar when… Continue reading How to use Google Calendar’s Time Insights

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Grab a Sam’s Club membership, free goodies, and a $10 gift card for only $19.99 with this deal

If there’s anything the past two years has taught us, it’s that there’s nothing wrong with buying in bulk—at least for groceries. Purchasing in bulk can save you a few emergency trips to the store, and having tons of supplies handy can help you weather through days when you can’t leave your home. You’ll also… Continue reading Grab a Sam’s Club membership, free goodies, and a $10 gift card for only $19.99 with this deal

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Could video games bring NFTs to the masses?

Video games could help popularise non-fungible tokens (NFT). A year ago, NFTs were obscure virtual assets known only to tech geeks—but as video game companies enter the growing market, industry players hope they’re poised to go mainstream. Short for “non-fungible tokens”, NFTs are digital items whose certificates of authenticity and ownership are registered on blockchains,… Continue reading Could video games bring NFTs to the masses?

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