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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending May 2, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Rethinking the Manufacturing Robot
    A company that makes robots designed to work closely with humans has a new version that addresses the limitations of its first effort.
  2. Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password
    Researchers are investigating whether recalling text messages, calls, and Facebook likes could be a useful log-in strategy.
  3. The Hackers’ New Weapons: Routers and Printers
    Criminals are hijacking home and office routers and printers to help them overwhelm websites with traffic.
  4. IBM Shows Off a Quantum Computing Chip
    A new superconducting chip made by IBM demonstrates a technique crucial to the development of quantum computers.
  5. Small Display Bedevils Some Apple Watch Apps
    The 3,500 apps available for the Apple Watch show the device’s promise and pitfalls.
  6. Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test with Nepal Earthquake
    An organization crowdsources the verification of rumors on social media in the Nepal disaster zone.
  7. A Warehouse Worker’s Best Friend—or Replacement?
    Robots that work alongside warehouse workers could make online shopping even more efficient and eventually replace human employees altogether.
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