Archive | November, 2020

AI-Based OCR Technology Revolutionizing the Banking Sector

The advent of technology has brought convenience to life. Believe it or not, survival without technology is one of the darkest thoughts that can cross your mind in the digital era. The world has become a global village thanks to rapid digitization, but it has also opened doors for many fraudsters to step in and terrify people.
Organizations in every

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U.S. news coverage of COVID has been more negative than in other countries, researchers find

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers abundant advice for coping with COVID-19, including this recommendation for those troubled by stress: “Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories.”

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Robot does yard work and security, plus other tech news

Jen Copestake looks at some of the week’s best technology news stories.

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Pfizer’s COVID vaccine comes with a chilly complication. But that may change

Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine candidate, announced earlier this month, comes with a major complication that could delay its distribution in rural areas and developing countries: It must be stored at the ultra-cold temperature of -70°C. That means the vaccine must be kept in specialized freezers that cost as much as $20,000 each and are rare outside of medical research facilities.

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As libraries fight for access to e-books, a new copyright champion emerges

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A long running battle over copyright has flared up again, and Lila Bailey is at the center of it.

A personable 43-year-old with degrees in philosophy and law, Bailey is the chief lawyer

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Tony Hsieh, retired Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com who spent years working to transform the city’s downtown area, has died. He was 46.

Hsieh was with family when he died Friday, according to a statement from DTP Companies, which he founded. Downtown Partnership spokesperson Megan Fazio said Hsieh passed away in Connecticut, KLAS-TV reported.

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Microsoft patents tech to score meetings using body language, facial expressions, other data

Microsoft’s “Meeting Insight Computing System,” as described in patent filings, would use cameras, sensors, and software tools to monitor the people and the conditions in a meeting, as well as post-meeting surveys, to create a “quality score” for the meeting. (Microsoft Diagram, via USPTO)
Microsoft is facing criticism for its new “Productivity Score” technology, which can measure how much individual

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Geek of the Week: Vulcan’s W. Andre Perkins uses machine learning to help predict climate change

W. Andre Perkins. (Photo courtesy of W. Andre Perkins)
Growing up outside a town in Wisconsin, out in the woods with dial-up internet and his parents, sister, cats, horses, and chickens, W. Andre Perkins always had an interest in weather. Sometime along the way, it evolved into a desire to pursue a career in climate science.
“It built up over

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