Teens Fully Protected By Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine, Company Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Adolescents ages 12 to 15 were completely protected from symptomatic COVID-19 after being vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine in a small Phase III clinical trial, Pfizer reported in a press release Wednesday. The company also said that the vaccine was well-tolerated in the age group, spurring only the standard side …

Google Promises Not to Muzzle Staff on Pay, Settling Labor Case

According to Bloomberg, Google has settled one of the first legal complaints filed by a new union, promising not to silence workers who talk about their pay. From the report: “WE WILL NOT tell you that you cannot discuss policies with other employees,” states the notice to staff, signed by an attorney for Google and parent Alphabet Inc. and being …

Stop Calling Everything AI, Machine-Learning Pioneer Says

An anonymous reader shares a report: Artificial-intelligence systems are nowhere near advanced enough to replace humans in many tasks involving reasoning, real-world knowledge, and social interaction. They are showing human-level competence in low-level pattern recognition skills, but at the cognitive level they are merely imitating human intelligence, not engaging deeply and creatively, says Michael I. Jordan, a leading researcher in …

Apple To Build Battery-Based Solar Energy Storage Project in Monterey County

Apple said Wednesday that it will build a battery-based renewable energy storage facility in Central California near a solar energy installation that already provides energy for all of its facilities in the state. From a report: Apple said the project will store 240 megawatt-hours of energy, or enough to power more than 7,000 homes for one day. It is located …

Russia Unveils World’s First Coronavirus Vaccine For Dogs, Cats and Other Animal

Hmmmmmm writes: Russia has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for dogs, cats, minks, foxes and other animals, the country’s agriculture safety watchdog said Wednesday. Called Carnivak-Cov, the vaccine was developed by scientists at the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, also known as Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s Tass News Agency said. Rosselkhoznadzor deputy head Konstantin Savenkov said Wednesday that this …

Apple commits to build “grid-scale” energy storage in California

Apple’s “California Flats” solar energy farm in Northern California. [credit: Apple ] Apple announced Wednesday that it will build a “grid-scale” energy-storage project in California capable of storing 240 megawatt-hours of energy. The storage will work closely with the 130-megawatt solar farm the company already built to power daytime energy needs at its headquarters in Cupertino. Additionally, Apple says that 110 of its …

Ubiquiti breach puts countless cloud-based devices at risk of takeover

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Network devices-maker Ubiquiti has been covering up the severity of a data breach that puts customers’ hardware at risk of unauthorized access, KrebsOnSecurity has reported, citing an unnamed whistleblower inside the company. In January, the maker of routers, Internet-connected cameras, and other networked devices, disclosed what it said was “unauthorized access to certain of our information …

Microsoft Wins US Army Contract for Augmented-Reality Headsets, Worth Up To $21.9 Billion Over 10 Years

The Pentagon announced that Microsoft has won a contract to build more than 120,000 custom HoloLens augmented-reality headsets for the U.S. Army. The contract could be worth up to $21.88 billion over 10 years, a Microsoft spokesperson said. From a report: The deal shows Microsoft can generate meaningful revenue from a futuristic product resulting from years of research, beyond core …

Hitachi To Buy US Software Developer GlobalLogic for $9.6 Billion

Hitachi said on Wednesday it will buy U.S. software company GlobalLogic for $9.6 billion, including repayment of debt, as the Japanese industrial conglomerate pivots from electronics hardware to digital services. From a report: The deal is the biggest Japanese outbound acquisition of a U.S. hi-tech company on record, according to Refinitiv data. The acquisition is part of Hitachi’s ongoing business …

Apple Aiming To Announce Mixed-Reality Headset in ‘Next Several Months’

Apple is aiming to announce a mixed-reality headset at an in-person event sometime in the “next several months,” according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. From a report: In a newsletter outlining the possible future of the company’s WWDC conference taking place in an in-person format, Gurman says that Apple aims to release a mixed-reality headset, the first major new device since …