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White House cybersecurity chief quits, says leadership is inviting an attack

White House computer security Chief Dimitrios Vistakis gave the White House one helluva resignation notice earlier this week when he quit over practices he dubbed “absurd” including the systemic purging of cybersecurity staff. They say that history repeats itself. Unfortunately given all of the changes I’ve seen in the past three months, I foresee the …

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A London pub is using facial recognition to stop people jumping the bar queue

Big Brother will soon be getting a round in (Image: AP) A bar in central London has become the first in the world to install new AI-powered facial recognition tech to help staff see who’s next in the queue. Developed by British AI firm DataSparQ, the system identifies people waiting at the bar, displays their …

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Microsoft beat expectations with strong Windows revenue, but Xbox had a rough quarter

Enlarge / The 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft beat analyst expectations in its quarterly earnings report, achieving $33.06 billion in revenue in the start of its first 2020 fiscal quarter (which ended September 30) compared to a projected $32.23 billion. That’s a 14% increase over the same quarter the prior year. Much of the …

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Google Researchers Are Training AI To Recognise Smell

Humans can detect one trillion different smells, no wonder it is often considered one of the most powerful senses of the body. A group of researchers at Google want to harness that supernatural power through AI. The Google Brain Team is now training AI to recognize the smell of items based on their molecular structure. …

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IBM quantum physics researchers make atoms dance on a needle’s point

Credit: Kai Yang, et. al. IBM Research today revealed a breakthrough nanotechnology technique that allows researchers to position individual atoms and control their quantum properties. This could be a watershed moment on the path to generally useful quantum computers. The research team developed the technique in order to build a quantum computing simulator. Binary computers – …

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Nasa: Ozone layer hole at smallest on record – ‘great news’ for humanity

The Antarctic ozone hole was first discovered in the 1970s (Image: Nasa) A ‘hole’ in the ozone layer over Antarctica has shrunk to its smallest size on record, Nasa has announced. The ozone layer is a part of the Earth’s atmosphere which protects the Earth from the sun’s dangerous cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. In the 1970s …

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