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Robotic Police Dogs: Useful Hounds or Dehumanizing Machines?

Robotic Police Dogs: Useful Hounds or Dehumanizing Machines?

PERSONAL TECH | By Matt O'Brien | Jul 31, 2021

Privacy watchdogs — the human kind — warn that police are secretly rushing to buy the robots without setting safeguards against aggressive, invasive or dehumanizing uses.

Top of the Class: Why Vivint Smart Security Scores High Marks Among Consumers

Top of the Class: Why Vivint Smart Security Scores High Marks Among Consumers

SPONSORED CONTENT | Jul 30, 2021

For the LGBTQ community, safety and security have never been more critical, but not all smart security systems are created equal. Here's what you should be looking for to protect your home and property.

Russia Fines Google for Violating Data Storage Law

Russia Fines Google for Violating Data Storage Law

PERSONAL TECH | By Daria Litvinova | Jul 30, 2021

A Moscow court ordered Google to pay a fine for refusing to store the personal data of Russian users on servers in Russia — part of a longstanding government effort to clamp down on online activity.

Unraveling the Mysterious Mutations That Make Delta the Most Transmissible Covid Virus Yet

Unraveling the Mysterious Mutations That Make Delta the Most Transmissible Covid Virus Yet

SCIENCE | By Liz Szabo | Jul 30, 2021

Delta has kept some of the most successful mutations found in earlier variants, but also contains new genetic changes that enable it to spread twice as fast.

New Russian Lab Briefly Knocks Space Station out of Position

New Russian Lab Briefly Knocks Space Station out of Position

SCIENCE | By Seth Borenstein | Jul 30, 2021

A newly arrived Russian science lab briefly knocked the International Space Station out of position Thursday when it accidentally fired its thrusters.

Russian Lab Module Docks with Space Station after 8-Day Trip

Russian Lab Module Docks with Space Station after 8-Day Trip

SCIENCE | Jul 29, 2021

Russia's long-delayed lab module successfully docked with the International Space Station on Thursday, eight days after it was launched from the Russian space launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Delivery Apps Expand Reach to Meet Customer Demands

Delivery Apps Expand Reach to Meet Customer Demands

PERSONAL TECH | By Dee-Ann Durbin | Jul 29, 2021

Spurred by skyrocketing consumer demand during the pandemic, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats are expanding their services.

Oldest Fossils of Animals May be in Canada Rocks, Study Says

Oldest Fossils of Animals May be in Canada Rocks, Study Says

SCIENCE | By Christina Larson | Jul 29, 2021

A Canadian geologist may have found the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

New Research Reveals Cognition Disparities Among Transgender and Non-Binary Adults

New Research Reveals Cognition Disparities Among Transgender and Non-Binary Adults

SCIENCE | By Kilian Melloy | Jul 28, 2021

New research presented at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference suggests that trans and non-binary people suffer higher rates of subjective cognitive decline

Keen to Sign Up for Space Tourism? 6 Things To Consider (Besides the Price Tag)

Keen to Sign Up for Space Tourism? 6 Things To Consider (Besides the Price Tag)

SCIENCE | Jul 28, 2021

Suborbital "space" flights have the potential to be less eye-wateringly expensive than going into orbital outer space and beyond. But before you sign up here are a few things to consider.

Turn Off, Turn On: Simple Step Can Thwart Top Phone Hackers

Turn Off, Turn On: Simple Step Can Thwart Top Phone Hackers

PERSONAL TECH | By Alan Suderman | Jul 28, 2021

The NSA issued a "best practices" guide for mobile device security last year in which it recommends rebooting a phone every week as a way to stop hacking.

Has the Average Number of Tech Devices Increased per Household, and Why Might This Be?

Has the Average Number of Tech Devices Increased per Household, and Why Might This Be?

PERSONAL TECH | Jul 27, 2021

The average number of tech devices per household has steadily increased, jumping to an average of 25 devices per household, according to one source. But why has this increase occurred?

Large Meteor Lights Up Skies in Norway

Large Meteor Lights Up Skies in Norway

SCIENCE | Jul 27, 2021

Norwegian experts say an unusually large meteor was visible over large parts of southern Scandinavia and illuminated southeast Norway with a powerful flash of light.

Amid Allegations of Anti-LGBTQ Gov't Purge, a Push to Rename the James Webb Space Telescope

Amid Allegations of Anti-LGBTQ Gov't Purge, a Push to Rename the James Webb Space Telescope

SCIENCE | By Kilian Melloy | Jul 26, 2021

James Webb, who headed NASA in the 1960s, helped perpetuate a purge of LGBTQ civil servants, activists allege, pushing to rename a high-tech space telescope named in his honor.

Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains of Pandemic-Driven Telemedicine

Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains of Pandemic-Driven Telemedicine

PERSONAL TECH | By Hannah Norman | Jul 26, 2021

Cost and demand are affecting both patients and providers as more people turn to telemedicine for their healthcare needs.

Priest Outed via Grindr App Highlights Rampant Data Tracking

Priest Outed via Grindr App Highlights Rampant Data Tracking

PERSONAL TECH | By Matt O'Brien and Frank Bajak | Jul 24, 2021

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy.

Probe: Journalists, Activists Among Firm's Spyware Targets

Probe: Journalists, Activists Among Firm's Spyware Targets

PERSONAL TECH | By Frank Bajak | Jul 18, 2021

An investigation by a global media consortium provides further evidence that military-grade malware from Israel-based NSO Group is being used to spy on journalists and others.

How Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos will Soar into Space

How Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos will Soar into Space

PERSONAL TECH | By Marcia Dunn | Jul 18, 2021

No test pilots or flight engineers will be aboard for Jeff Bezos' Tuesday flight from West Texas; just Bezos, his brother, an 82-year-old aviation pioneer, and a teenage tourist.

Rare Stone Discovered Outlining Ancient Rome's City Limits

Rare Stone Discovered Outlining Ancient Rome's City Limits

SCIENCE | Jul 18, 2021

Archaeologists have discovered a rare stone delineating the city limits of ancient Rome that dates from the age of Emperor Claudius in 49 A.D..

They're Not Blown Away by NJ's Offshore wind Power Plans

They're Not Blown Away by NJ's Offshore wind Power Plans

PERSONAL TECH | By Wayne Parry | Jul 18, 2021

New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast, but not everyone is blown away by those ambitious plans.

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