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Tech firms, PH environmental foundation develop AI solution to save coral reefs

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Technology firms Accenture and Intel partnered with Philippine-based Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation to implement a project using artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor and restore a coral reef at an island northeast of Palawan.

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Microsoft’s New ‘Planetary Computer’ Project Will Use Global Environmental Data To Support Sustainability

Microsoft is embarking on a new sustainability initiative as part of its overall approach to support environmental protection measures, with a project it calls the “Planetary Computer.” This will actually be a computing endeavor that uses aggregated global environmental data collected from a number of sources as its input, and that will seek to employ machine learning and other techniques to better understand the challenges faced in planetary health, and provide answers to both Microsoft clients and scientists about how to plan for sustainability.

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Triple Eight develops open-source ventilator prototype

After nearly two weeks of around-the-clock development, Triple Eight Race Engineering has revealed a low-cost ventilator prototype in an effort to help fight the global coronavirus pandemic.

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James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He’s making 15,000 for the pandemic fight

Dyson has received an order from the UK government for 10,000 ventilators to support efforts by the country’s National Health Service to treat coronavirus patients.

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Hardware Security Technology news

Unfixable Flaw In Intel Chipsets Opens Encrypted Data To Hackers

If your computer uses an Intel chipset made in the last five years, it could be leaving you vulnerable to hackers thanks to a critical flaw in its read-only memory (ROM). The fix? There isn’t one, really. Not unless you’re willing to shell out for an entirely brand new computer.

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Peter Dutton pushes for overseas police to tap Australians’ phones

Peter Dutton has released a bill to increase cooperation between Australian law enforcement agencies and international partners by creating a system to authorise interception of phone calls or access of electronic communications.

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No ‘Netflix tax’ on way: NBN Co floats new high-speed plan and discounts

The National Broadband Network has ruled out a “Netflix tax” in favour of drastic wholesale discounts and a new 1Gbps speed plan amid pressure from major reseller Telstra to cut its prices.

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Apple Can Feel Its Reputation For Bulletproof Security Slipping Through Its Fingers

With its flagship iPhone event just a few days away, it appears that Apple is getting a little nervous about recent reports regarding the state of its lauded security features. On Friday, it took the unusual step of publishing a blog post to refute some recent claims about its operating system made by Google researchers and to clarify the impact its failures have had on users around the globe.

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Securely Transfer Files For Free With Black Hole’s Blockchain-Based Service

We’ve covered many file-transfer servicespreviously, but we recently stumbled upon Black Hole, a relatively new service uses the blockchain-based Blockstack network for user logins, file storage, and delivery. (Best of all: It’s free.)

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Technology is Eroding the Ability To Move Around the Physical World Anonymously

Something really massive is happening, and I feel like society is barely grasping the tendrils of the implications. Technology is eroding one of the great levees of human society — the ability to move around the physical world anonymously. This is happening because computers are getting better at spotting patterns in data, and the cost of capturing data that contain patterns about human beings is plummeting. Most adult humans have a device in their pocket capable of recognizing the patterns in another human’s face. Face recognition is just the most obvious side of this new reality. It’s easy to grasp that a computer can remember what your face looks like because humans can do that too (not that well though). But computers don’t care what data is used to tag you, only that the data is unique.

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