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March 2016


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LEDs: Beyond Lighting, into Convergence

LEDs: Beyond Lighting, into Convergence

The pace picks up as Cisco leads the way. Yes, Cisco.


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How Google DeepMind Plans to Solve Intelligence

How Google DeepMind Plans to Solve Intelligence

Padded walls, gloomy lighting, and a ceiling with floral wallpaper.


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The Apple-FBI Battle Is Over, But the New Crypto Wars Have Just Begun

The Apple-FBI Battle Is Over, But the New Crypto Wars Have Just Begun

Apple's standoff with the FBI unfolded over the course of several weeks, but ended in a matter of days.


From ACM TechNews

Could a Computer Tell You When Your Time Is Up?

Could a Computer Tell You When Your Time Is Up?

A team from the University of East Anglia will use big data to predict how long people will live. 


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DARPA $2M Contest Looks to Bring AI to Wireless Spectrum Provisioning

DARPA $2M Contest Looks to Bring AI to Wireless Spectrum Provisioning

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently announced the $2-million Spectrum Collaboration Challenge.


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Researchers Identify Major Security and Privacy Issues in Popular China Browser Application, QQ

Researchers Identify Major Security and Privacy Issues in Popular China Browser Application, QQ

Security issues involving a mobile browser developed by China-based Internet giant Tencent may be putting millions of users at risk of serious compromise.


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Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff

Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Laboratory have designed a robot called Picobug that can fly and walk, and soon will be able to grab things. 


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Where's the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused by Shabby U.S. Roadways

Where's the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused by Shabby U.S. Roadways

Volvo's North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker's semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show.


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'Mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth

'Mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth

What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars?


From ACM TechNews

ACM and Infosys Foundation Honor Innovator in Network Security Research

ACM and Infosys Foundation Honor Innovator in Network Security Research

Stefan Savage of the University of California, San Diego has been selected to receive the 2015 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences. 


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Soldier Shoots Down Drone with Cyber Rifle at Defense Secretary's Feet

Soldier Shoots Down Drone with Cyber Rifle at Defense Secretary's Feet

A coding (but not smoking) gun.


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Apple's New Challenge: Learning How the U.S. Cracked Its iPhone

Apple's New Challenge: Learning How the U.S. Cracked Its iPhone

Now that the United States government has cracked open an iPhone that belonged to a gunman in the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting without Apple's help, the tech company is under pressure to find and fix the flaw.


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Linux at 25: Q&A With Linus Torvalds

Linux at 25: Q&A With Linus Torvalds

Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds reflects in an interview on what the past wrought and what the future holds for Linux. 


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Facebook Taps Artificial Intelligence for Users With Disabilities

Facebook Taps Artificial Intelligence for Users With Disabilities

Facebook is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to improve the social networking experience for people with disabilities. 


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The MIT Lab Flushing Out a City's Secrets

The MIT Lab Flushing Out a City's Secrets

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers believe analyzing the contents of sewage could provide scientists with new insights into human health. 


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Athletes Look for an Edge in a New Place: Virtual Reality

Athletes Look for an Edge in a New Place: Virtual Reality

While this may be the year virtual reality products achieve mainstream consumer acceptance, some athletes already have begun to explore the promise of the technology.


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This UW Program Encourages Women, Minorities Into Computer Science Field

This UW Program Encourages Women, Minorities Into Computer Science Field

The University of Wisconsin uses its Wisconsin Emerging Scholars in Computer Sciences program to draw women and minorities to the computer science field. 


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Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market

Bitcoin Technology's Next Big Test: Trillion-Dollar Repo Market

Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., a firm at the center of Wall Street’s trading infrastructure, is about to give the technology behind bitcoin a big test: seeing whether it can be used to bolster the $2.6 trillion repo market…


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Why ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War

Why ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War

Early last December, two days after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, the married couple’s landlord invited the media to tour their home.


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American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data

American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data

Silicon Valley's battle over encryption is heading to Europe.


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Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart Upgrade

Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart Upgrade

The Southern Ocean guards its secrets well. Strong winds and punishing waves have kept all except the hardiest sailors at bay.


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Apple's Encryption Battle with United States Still Alive in Brooklyn

Apple's Encryption Battle with United States Still Alive in Brooklyn

The U.S. Department of Justice will disclose over the next two weeks whether it will continue with its bid to compel Apple Inc to help access an iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case, according to a court filing on Tuesday.


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Did You Really Write That?

Did You Really Write That?

Online software is helping to thwart plagiarism.


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How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping by Letting Robots Learn for Themselves

How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping by Letting Robots Learn for Themselves

Google Research is letting robots them learn for themselves how to grasp objects. 


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New Study Finds We Still Perceive Women to Be Incompatible With STEM

New Study Finds We Still Perceive Women to Be Incompatible With STEM

A new study shows despite progress, women are still thought to lack the qualities needed to be successful scientists. 


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Tackling Tuberculosis Using Crowd-Sourced Supercomputer

Tackling Tuberculosis Using Crowd-Sourced Supercomputer

A new study to address tuberculosis utilizes IBM's World Community Grid, one of the most powerful and fastest virtual supercomputers in the world. 


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Apple Likely Can't Force FBI to Disclose How It Got Data from Seized iPhone

Apple Likely Can't Force FBI to Disclose How It Got Data from Seized iPhone

The US government isn't saying whether it will divulge to Apple the method it used to access the locked iPhone seized by one of the San Bernardino shooters.


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U.S. Says It Has Unlocked iPhone Without Apple, Ending Lawsuit

U.S. Says It Has Unlocked iPhone Without Apple, Ending Lawsuit

The Justice Department said Monday that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal effort to compel the company to assist in a mass-shooting investigation.


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Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

At one of the busiest shipping terminals in the U.S., more than two dozen giant red robots wheeled cargo containers along the docks on a recent morning, handing the boxes off to another set of androids gliding along long rows…


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Cassini Spies Titan's Tallest Peaks

Cassini Spies Titan's Tallest Peaks

In a nod to extraterrestrial mountaineers of the future, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have identified the highest point on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

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