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Afraid of A.I. taking your job? Yep, you likely are

Some 86% of 2,000 people surveyed said they thought emerging tech would disrupt their industries or cost them their jobs personally.

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Toshiba reveals new 3D flash chip that can store 1TB

Toshiba has begun shipping samples of its third-generation 3D NAND memory product, a chip with 64 stacked flash cells. The move comes as suitors are eyeing a majority share of the company's memory business.

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U.N. steps in to end marketing war over what 5G means

With mobile operators' marketing departments already throwing around claims about their 5G services, the United Nations is weighing in with its definition of what qualifies a network as next-generation.

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What Google’s lawsuit against Uber means for the future of self-driving cars

Uber is being sued for stealing important documents and schematics created by Google sister company Waymo. It's a big setback for self-driving car tech.

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U.S. probe of drone collisions with aircraft points to birds

Investigations into reported collisions by drones with civil aircraft found that they were caused instead by birds, wires and posts, or structural failures unrelated to unmanned aircraft systems, a U.S. regulator said.

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Three easy to use activity trackers

CIO contributor Jim Martin tries out three of the easier to use fitness trackers for those who want something that doesn't require a steep learning curve.

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Unboxing the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix printer

XYZ's latest 3D printer supports two-color printing at an affordable price. Computerworld reporter Lucas Mearian shows us what's in the box.

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Alphabet's Waymo sues Uber for trade secret theft

The road to develop self-driving cars might be paved with lawsuits. Waymo, a spin-off from Google's self-driving car initiative, is suing Uber for allegedly stealing its trade secrets.

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Tesla plans to build three more Gigafactories, five in all

In a letter to shareholders, Tesla said it will finalize plans for three more Gigafactories to produce solar panels and lithium-ion battery packs for electric cars, as well as home and business energy storage systems.

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Google's new Perspective A.I. aims to end abusive online comments

Google and Jigsaw (an early stage incubator at Google parent company Alphabet) are working on a project called Perspective that aims to curb online abuse through artificial intelligence.

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Telefonica-Sigfox pact is a big deal for diverse IoT networks

The global partnership announced Wednesday between Telefonica and IoT specialist Sigfox could ensure the latter’s long-term success while accelerating the overall growth of LPWANs (low-power, wide-area networks).

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H&R Block turns to A.I. to tackle your tax return

H&R Block is betting that customers will be willing to have IBM's Watson assist their human tax preparers in getting them the biggest refunds possible or at least reduce how much they owe.

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5G will help autonomous cars safely cruise the streets

Years from now, your first autonomous may have a lot of help from 5G networks to cruise the streets safely.

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Here's why self-driving cars may never really be self-driving

Even as self-driving car technology quickly evolves, technologists and lawmakers are still grappling with a big problem: In the event of an accident, who's to blame?

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Disney Research demonstrates open-air wireless charging

Disney Research has created a wireless charging technology that allows mobile devices to begin charging as soon as you enter a room.

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Bill Nye-backed startup uses particle accelerator to make solar panels 60% cheaper

Startup Rayton Solar is running a crowdfunding campaign to attract investors to its proton accelerator technology used to more efficiently slice off silicon for solar panel production, making the manufacturing process 60% cheaper.

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Software glitch aborts SpaceX rendezvous with space station

A software glitch caused a SpaceX cargo spacecraft to abort its rendezvous with the International Space Station early on Wednesday.

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Wirelessly enabling IoT/EoT: And the winner is … ?

There is a battle going on to create and deploy wireless connectivity for IoT/EoT, with multiple competing technologies and company alignments. So who wins the race to conquer IoT/EoT wide-area networking?

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