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Location American Technology News for 25 Aug 2020

Believe it or not, more than aCoronavirus cases are continuing to multiply around the world at a dispiriting pace, with the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University showing more than 23.5 million infections since the pandemic... began. However, the COVID-19 coronavirus has yet to completely cover the globe. There are more than a dozen nations that say they haven't recorded any coronavirus cases yet. The number of coronavirus cases around the world is continuing to climb, with the pandemic still raging unchecked around the globe as it pushes the number of reported infections to more than 23.5 million, along with more than 810,000 worldwide deaths. That's according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, which keeps a constantly updated tally of the pandemic that countries like the US and others are still...
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Using radio signals to monitorA team of researchers at MIT has developed a system for monitoring the activity of people at risk remotely while preserving their privacy. The researchers have written a paper describing their system,... which they call RF-Diary.
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New internal combustion engineResearchers from Valencia's Polytechnic University (UPV) have designed a new internal combustion engine that does not generate carbon dioxide (CO2) or gasses that are harmful to people's health.... According to its creators, it is a revolutionary engine that meets the regulation on emissions planned for 2040 and also has high efficiency. The first two prototypes of this engine will become a reality in coming months thanks to funding provided by the Valencian Agency for Innovation.
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Amazon's one-day digitalAmazon is running a huge one-day Gold Box sale today on digital storage from PNY that includes some shockingly low pricing on high-quality microSD cards, flash drives, RAM, and more. Prices start at... just $6.99, and some of the hottest deals include 128GB microSD cards for $17.59, 256GB microSD cards for $32.99, the smallest 512GB flash drive you've ever seen for $79.99 instead of $100, and a lightning-fast 120GB SSD drive for just $16.79! These deals will all disappear at the end of the day on Tuesday, so you had better hurry or you could miss out. There are two deals in particular on Tuesday that our readers have been going nuts for. First, the only FDA-authorized KN95 masks on Amazon are on sale right now at the lowest price ever. Powecom KN95 face masks have been tested by NIOSH and...
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A 26-layer convolutionalDeep learning algorithms, such as convolutional neural networks (CNNs), have achieved remarkable results on a variety of tasks, including those that involve recognizing specific people or objects in... images. A task that computer scientists have often tried to tackle using deep learning is vision-based human action recognition (HAR), which specifically entails recognizing the actions of humans who have been captured in images or videos.
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Google Arts & Culture lets youThe world is filled with creatures that boggle the mind, tickle the imagination, induce nightmares, or all of the above. And that’s just talking about the creatures that are currently in... existence or at least the ones we do know about. There are dozens even hundreds more that we will never get to see, something for the best, but Google …
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First confirmed case ofCOVID-19 may be able to reinfect some people, but you shouldn't panic.
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Apple Reportedly Swallows UpApple has quietly acquired VR startup Spaces, according to a Monday report by Protocol, though it's not entirely clear role the company has to play in Apple's AR and VR ambitions.
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Google Doodle celebratesHer work, which employed direct carving, epitomizes the modernism style.
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Fortnite unlikely to be forcedA California judge said she may force Apple to allow Epic's Unreal Engine game tools to remain, however.
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A bit of MAGIC

Symmetry Magazine - 25 Aug 2020 18:26
A bit of MAGICThe MAGIC telescope's first observation of a gamma-ray burst gave astronomers surprising new insight into the phenomenon. Elena Moretti was filling out paperwork in her room at the astronomer... dormitories at the Canary Islands' Roque de los Muchachos Observatory when, just before 9 p.m., her phone rang. On the line was Moretti's colleague Cosimo Nigro, who was at the control room of the Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov telescope, known as MAGIC. He wanted to know whether someone was running a test on their project. "No, we are not doing a test," Moretti said. "Why?" Within minutes, she was running down the road to investigate. Moretti's specialty is gamma-ray bursts, incredibly powerful blasts of high-energy radiation marking stellar death. She was in the Canary Islands overseeing...
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Xbox spotlights some memorableCinema's slowly but surely starting to spin up again, with more and more films edging towards release after months of delays while theatres were largely
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Epic battle: Judge rules AppleA district court judge has struck down Epic's appeal to force Apple to let Fortnite back in the App Store immediately.
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Before you go all Colonel Blimp, remember it's budget-setting season The British Army is looking at ditching its tank regiments and spending the money on keyboard warriors instead, according to... reports....
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Facebook News, the social network’s dedicated news section launched to U.S. audiences in June, is soon expanding to international markets. The company announced today it plans to accelerate its... plans to bring the product to non-U.S. markets, including the U.K., Germany, France, India, and Brazil, within the timeframe of six months to a year. As […]
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Teamwork can make the 5G dreamThat many novel network- and cloud-dependent services will have become commonplace in the next few years is evident. This includes highly demanding technological feats like 8K video streaming, remote... virtual reality, and large-scale data processing. But, it is also likely that today's network infrastructures won't make the cut unless significant improvements are made to enable the advanced, 'killer' 5G applications expected in the imminent 5G era.
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Fitbit Sense advanced healthThe Fitbit Sense advanced health smartwatch is more than your average wearable. This activity tracker helps you manage stress while keeping your heart healthy. Designed with a biosensor core that... tunes to your body, the Fitbit Sense also employs an..
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Tesla, Ford and others pushA number of automakers called on the Federal Trade Commission to appeal after an appeals court sided with the latter over patent licensing procedures.
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DJI Osmo Mobile 4 gimbalIt looks like DJI is about to launch a follow up to the Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal. The DJI Osmo Mobile 4 has leaked, and while it keeps a lot of the features of its predecessor, it comes with a pretty... major improvement too. With the Osmo Mobile 4, you’ll be able to magnetically mount your phone to the gimbal, …
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Fitbit announces new FitbitFitbit, known for its line of health and activity tracking wearables, has announced the Fitbit Sense, a new stress-tracking smartwatch. Over time, the physical strain from chronic stress can... contribute to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and mental health disorders. The Fitbit Sense, Fitbit's newest wearable, boasts several sensors that can be used to track a user's physical stress responses. This includes an EDA sensor that can detect electrical changes in the sweat of a wearer's skin.Additionally, Fitbit gives users a Stress Management Score, which is calculated based on heart rate, sleep, and activity data. Scores are calculated on a 1-100 scale, where higher scores are better.
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Microsoft has created three Xbox One X consoles inspired by Wonder Woman to celebrate the upcoming release of Wonder Woman 1984. Superfans -- who wouldn't mind getting a new Xbox One X just months... ahead of the release of the Xbox Series X -- will hav...
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This Is How Your Brain Responds to Social Influence

Singularity Hub - 25 Aug 2020 16:00
This Is How Your BrainI'm a doormat when it comes to peer pressure. Jump off a 32-foot (10 meter) diving board without any experience? Sure! Propel off a cliff my first time outdoor climbing? I'll try! Those were obviously... terrible decisions for someone afraid of heights, and each ended with "I really should've known better." But it illustrates a […]
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August and Yale smart locksAugust and Yale Access apps are adding biometric verification for remote lock control.
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The Fatal Flaw in Data Security

Dark Reading - 25 Aug 2020 16:00
The Fatal Flaw in DataSimply stated: No matter how sophisticated your security software is, data cannot be simultaneously used and secured. But that may be changing soon.
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Recently discovered planetsA nearby star, the host of two (and possibly three) planets, was initially thought to be quiet and boring. These attributes are sought-after as they create a safe environment for their planets,... especially those that may be in what scientists call "the habitable zone" where liquid water could exist on their surfaces and life might be possible. But astronomers at Arizona State University have announced that this nearby star turns out to be not so tame after all.
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