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This disinfection robot zaps away bacteria with radiation

The robot, made by Blue Ocean Robotics, uses UV-C light to destroy the nucleic acids within bacteria and disrupt their DNA.

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Politics keeps the U.S. from securing private-sector networks, says former CIA chief Robert Gates

Gates, a former U.S. Secretary of Defense, regaled the IT audience at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo with tales of old tech, including helicopter pilots having to grab film capsules before they hit the ground.

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Half of U.S. adults are profiled in police facial recognition databases

Photographs of nearly half of all U.S. adults -- 117 million people -- are collected in police facial recognition databases across the country with little regulation over how the networks are searched and used, according to a new...

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Esri and Waze join up to push road condition data in cities

Digital mapping company Esri has partnered with crowdsourcing traffic app maker Waze to help city governments and drivers communicate more efficiently about traffic conditions, including construction delays and accidents.

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Amazon and the hazards of inadequate app testing

Amazon quietly updated its app last week and confessed that its iOS shopping cart would freeze when a shopper tries to switch between apps. It makes one wonder how extensive mobile app testing is these days when this kind of glitch...

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Banks turn to A.I. for improved customer service, competitive edge

Here's how Capital One, RBS and TD Bank use artificial intelligence to boost customer service and revenue.

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Efforts to restart smart-gun innovation could misfire again

A flurry of smart-gun development shows signs that the technology, at one point tamped out, may again be making headway as new technology lends itself to more reliable weapons. But angel investors are still difficult to find.

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Thousands of online shops compromised for credit card theft

Almost 6,000 online shops have been compromised by hackers who added specially crafted code that intercepts and steals payment card details.

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White House: A.I. will be critical driver of U.S. economy

The White House sees artificial intelligence as an increasingly critical technology that can fight cyberattacks, upgrade weapons of war, improve health care and even unclog traffic for the commute home.

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Obama sets goal of establishing a Mars habitat

President Barack Obama has set a goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and getting them safely home again. It will likely be one of the topics discussed at the White House Frontiers Conference set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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Second group of hackers found also targeting SWIFT users

A second hacking group is also trying to rob banks by exploiting the SWIFT money transfer system, following an $81 million heist in February that used a similar approach.

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France adds source code to list of documents covered by freedom of information laws

French freedom of information law now treats source code as disclosable in the same way as other government records.

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Target's voice-recognition effort: How natural does natural language have to be?

Target has started toying with a voice-recognition device, positioned to compete against Amazon's Alexa, said The Chicago Tribune. The issue is seeing how far Target can push natural language comprehension. This, however, is a...

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White House slates $80M for city tech innovations

The White House is touting $80 million in new federal funds for its ongoing Smart Cities Initiative.

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EU privacy watchdogs have questions about Yahoo's secret email scanning

European Union privacy watchdogs are concerned by reports that Yahoo has been secretly scanning its users' email at the request of U.S. intelligence services.

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Chip card lawsuit to move forward against Visa, Mastercard, others

A federal judge has ruled it is plausible that four national credit-card companies improperly conspired “in lockstep” to set a deadline of Oct. 1, 2015 for requiring retailers to upgrade their technology to accept embedded chip cards...

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New 3D printable ink can make synthetic bones for people

Researchers have created a new 3D printable ink able to create highly porous and elastic bone material for implantation.

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Mobile is part of e-commerce, not a rival

For years, retail has clumsily struggled with various merged channel strategies. No changes in commission structure or bonus requirements have proved effective at getting chains to not prioritize in-store compared with e-commerce...

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