COVID-19 pandemic sparks new laws banning after-hours work emails

Even before the pandemic struck in 2020, technology was blurring the boundary between home and work. Pressure to be contactable 24/7 led to calls for "right to disconnect" laws protecting employees – calls that have been increasingly heeded in the COVID era.

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Dell’s UltraSharp Webcam aims to keep users in the frame

Computer tech giant Dell challenged itself to create a webcam that could deliver "DSLR-like image quality while being intelligent and easy-to-use." The UltraSharp Webcam is the result, a 4K videochat tool that promises to keep users in the frame.

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Dasung looks to ease eye strain with 25.3-inch E Ink monitor

Reading the latest novel on an e-reader is much kinder on your peepers than doing so on a smartphone. Dasung is looking to bring the same kind of eye-friendly user experience to desktop computing with the launch of its Paperlike 253 E Ink monitor.

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Morphing computer chip repels hundreds of professional DARPA hackers

A new computer processor called Morpheus thwarts hackers by randomly changing its microarchitecture every few milliseconds. The puzzling processor has now aced major tests, repelling hundreds of professional hackers in a DARPA security challenge.

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Computer tool spots deepfakes via tiny reflections in the eyes

Computer scientists at the University of Buffalo have just offered a compelling example of what deepfake detection could look like, developing a technology that can spot them with 94 percent effectiveness by analyzing tiny reflections in the eyes.

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AI learns from brain signals to create personalized attractive faces

A new AI-based system is able to ascertain which facial features are found most attractive by individual people. It can then create computer-generated faces combining those qualities.

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75 years ago, the world’s first modern computer made its public debut

Seventy five years ago, the world was introduced to ENIAC, the first ever electronic, programmable, general purpose, digital computer, which not only ushered in the beginning of the computer age, but also shaped popular conceptions of the computer.

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Cloud service will turn any photo into 3D holographic image

Following the Kickstarter launch of a personal holographic image display, the Looking Glass Factory has announced a new cloud-based service capable of adding depth to any 2D photo to create a 3D holographic image for viewing in its Portrait device.

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Fun machine learning experiment creates a vocal opera in your browser

Google's Arts and Culture lab has launched a clever browser experiment in collaboration with David Li. The Blob Opera puts four operatic voices at your disposal to create glorious AI-driven performances.

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Chinese quantum computer completes 2.5-billion-year task in minutes

A Chinese quantum computer called Jiuzhang has apparently achieved "quantum supremacy" – conducting a calculation in 200 seconds that would take a regular supercomputer a staggering 2.5 billion years to complete.

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