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Microsoft calls for facial recognition technology rules given 'potential for abuse'

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Microsoft is calling on the U.S. government to regulate facial recognition technology. Microsoft has called on the government to step up and regulate facial recognition technology. In a blog post, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for "thoughtful government regulation" and "the development of norms" around using facial recognition technology. "Without a thoughtful approach, public authorities may rely on flawed or biased technological approaches to decide who to track, investigate or even arrest for a crime," Smith wrote. Smith also said Microsoft, which has supplied facial recognition to some businesses, already has rejected some customers' requests to deploy the technology in situations involving "human rights risks."


First-ever color X-rays deliver astonishingly clear pictures for more accurate diagnoses, researchers say

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Scientists from New Zealand recently performed the first-ever 3-D, color X-ray on a human being. Developed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, the new device works like a camera, collecting individual sub-atomic particles as they rapidly collide with pixels when its shutter is open, the Agence France Press reported. This allows for high-contrast, high-resolution pictures to be produced at a quick rate. The device, named "Medipix," incorporates particle-tracking technology developed for CERN's Large Hadron Collider, which in 2012 discovered the Higgs Boson particle. "This color X-ray imaging technique could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses," read a statement from CERN.


Stop robocalls, free TV, anonymous browsing and more: Tech Q&A

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Q: I am so tired of robocalls. Is there any way to stop them for good? A: The robocall is like the mosquito of telecommunications, bugging us to the point of madness. So why do companies (and criminals) still cling to such an obnoxious method? Enough people still relent or refuse to hang up, or even hand over their credit card numbers that the masterminds behind robocalls would be crazy to give up their racket.


5 essential tech options for your new car

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A car is never just a car. Yes, there's the engine, windshield, and axle; these parts have been fundamental to cars since they were known as "horseless carriages." But the modern automobile is heavily computerized, with oxygen sensors, a stability controller, a powertrain module, and a vast network of other functions. Now, cars are more sophisticated than ever: Bluetooth, rear-view cameras, and zoned temperature controls are standard features in 2018 models. Too many people don't think about the vast amount of data collection that happens.


Anonymous browsing, converting slides, mosquito repelling apps and more: Tech Q&A

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Q: I value my privacy. I hate all the tracking that happens online. Is there any way I can stop it for good? A: In many ways, I'm glad that major digital crimes have grabbed so many headlines the past few years – not because I want people to face-off with hackers or lose their banking information, but because so many people are finally taking cyber security seriously. Even your browser and search engine may seem to be conspiring against you, announcing your IP address to anyone with access.


Air Force expands mission for Reaper attack drones, adds new weapons

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The Air Force is advancing plans to retire its Predator drone by transitioning pilots to the larger Reaper drone – and widening the mission scope of Reapers to include more weapons integration, attack options and ISR possibilities. The retirement and transition from the Predator to expanded Reaper use will finish by the end of this year, Air Force officials said. "The MQ-1 Predator paved the way through 24 years of service and adaptation leading to expanded capabilities of the MQ-9 Reaper. The mission set doesn't change. The capabilities to fulfill those multi-role missions are expanded by the MQ-9 Reaper," Maj.


Microsoft tweaks facial-recognition tech to combat bias

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Microsoft's facial-recognition technology is getting smarter at recognizing people with darker skin tones. On Tuesday, the company touted the progress, though it comes amid growing worries that these technologies will enable surveillance against people of color. Microsoft's announcement didn't broach the concerns; the company merely addressed how its facial-recognition tech could misidentify both men and women with darker skin tones. Microsoft has recently reduced the system's error rates by up to 20 times. In February, research from MIT and Stanford University highlighted how facial-recognition technologies can be built with bias.


Could self-repairing 'Star Wars' droid L3-37 come to life? Not quite

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays L3-37 in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (Lucasfilm) Is the newest droid in the "Star Wars" universe the future of modern robotics? In the recently released film "Solo: A Star Wars Story," the droid L3-37, also known as L3 or Elthree, showcased a unique set of traits among "Star Wars" robots. The intelligent pilot droid is always changing, improving and repairing itself with found scraps from other bots. L3 is also one of the first bots in the "Star Wars" franchise to bring feminine programming to a major role. L3 is a hodgepodge of various droids and astromechs, which are robots typically used for repairs aboard starships in "Star Wars."


Chinese group engaging in cyber espionage against US companies, report says

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A "wide-ranging" cyber-espionage campaign has been launched by a China-based group known as Thrip, according to a Threat Intelligence report released from cybersecurity giant Symantec. The attacks were first detected early this year but a Symantec spokesperson told Fox News that they have confirmed activity through May. Symantec identified three computers in China used to launch the attacks. "Thrip's motive is likely espionage and its targets include those in the communications, geospatial imaging, and defense sectors, both in the United States and Southeast Asia," according to the report. Symantec declined to identify the companies.


Prince William arrives in Jordan, praises 'historic ties and friendship'

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Britain's Prince William on Sunday praised "historic ties and friendship" with Jordan and the kingdom's commitment to Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as he began a historic five-day tour that also includes Israel and the Palestinian territories. Though billed as non-political, it's a high-profile visit for William, 36, second in line to the throne. He is meeting with young scientists, refugees and political leaders in a tumultuous region Britain controlled between the two world wars. In Jordan, the prince was hosted by Crown Prince Hussein, 23, a member of the Hashemite dynasty Britain helped install in then-Transjordan almost a century ago. The pair capped the day Sunday by watching England's World Cup match against Panama which the heir to the Jordanian throne had recorded earlier, Press Association said.