Cyberattack on Medical Software Shows Industry Vulnerability

Many doctors still can’t use a transcription service made by Nuance Communications Inc. three weeks after the company was hit by a powerful, debilitating computer attack. Hospital systems including Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said eScription, a Nuance staple product that allows physicians to dictate notes from a telephone, still isn’t functioning. The […]

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Apple launches a machine learning blog to placate its researchers

Apple hasn’t always been very open about its technology or its research, but the company surprised everyone last year when AI director Russ Salakhutdinov announced that Apple would begin publishing its machine learning research. Shortly thereafter, it published its first AI paper in an academic journal and today Apple takes its transparency another step with the debut of its Machine Learning Journal. In a short […]

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Elon Musk: 29-minute NYC-to-DC hyperloop gets approval

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk claimed Thursday that he had received “verbal” government approval to build a futuristic underground rail system that would take riders from New York to Washington, D.C. in less than half an hour. In a series of mysterious tweets that would not be taken seriously if it were practically any other corporate executive, Musk befuddled the transportation […]

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Nintendo’s Switch Online smartphone app is now available

After launching the Switch without an online service to speak of, Nintendo has released the iOS and Android app that will be required for much of the system’s internet functionality. Nintendo Switch Online will handle voice chat, game invites, and various other features for games that support the app; Splatoon 2, for instance, has its own ranking and information service called SplatNet 2. Splatoon 2 won’t be […]

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Amazon is reportedly working on a messaging app called Anytime

Amazon.com is reportedly working on launching its own messaging app called Anytime, according to a report from AFTV News. The retail giant has begun to survey its customers about potential features, although it’s not clear what form the final product will take. AFTV News explains that Anytime appears to be “an all-in-one feature rich service that could even rival social networks,” with a focus […]

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Microsoft Funds Faster Internet for U.S. Heartland to Bridge Gap

For years, Microsoft Corp. focused its efforts to expand high-speed internet access on developing markets around the world. Now, the company is waking up to the problem in its own backyard, after the 2016 presidential election shed light on how far rural parts of America had fallen behind cities in reliable, fast connectivity — and the challenges that gap poses for residents. […]

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Net Neutrality Day of Action: Here’s what will happen

The country’s largest tech companies on Wednesday will try to mobilize users in an online protest to fight the reversal of Obama-era rules that govern Internet access. And they’ll do it with GIFs. The “Net Neutrality Day of Action” refers to the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Internet Service Providers, such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, should not be […]

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Facebook is fighting the US on user data requests

Facebook is challenging the government over data searches that are possibly related to protests that happened during Donald Trump’s inauguration. According to information dug up by Buzzfeed, Facebook received warrants from prosecutors to search three accounts. Those were accompanied by non-disclosure orders preventing it from telling the affected users about any investigation. The gag orders may have come about because in […]

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