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The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet
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The Defenders of Anonymity on the Internet

You may not realise it, but every time you open up your laptop or switch on your phone, you are at the heart of one of the greatest battles now taking place in...

Can Computers Replace Historians?
From ACM TechNews

Can Computers Replace Historians?

A researcher suggests computers have the potential to sift through the big data of history to help spot patterns.

Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet
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Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet

Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube.

Robotics: How Machines See the World
From ACM News

Robotics: How Machines See the World

Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can?

Galileo: What Does a More Accurate Sat-Nav System Mean?
From ACM News

Galileo: What Does a More Accurate Sat-Nav System Mean?

With the planned launch of two satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana later this month, Europe is pushing ahead with its own satellite-navigation system...

Tor Project's Struggle to Keep the Dark Net in the Shadows
From ACM Opinion

Tor Project's Struggle to Keep the Dark Net in the Shadows

The BBC has interviewed Andrew Lewman, executive director of the Tor Project.

Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?
From ACM News

Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?

The modern world is a house of cards built upon encryption.

The Best 'low-Tech' Spycraft Tricks
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The Best 'low-Tech' Spycraft Tricks

In the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the US National Security Agency’s activities around the globe, authorities in Russia and Germany declared they...

Do Quantum Computers Threaten Global Encryption Systems?
From ACM News

Do Quantum Computers Threaten Global Encryption Systems?

Make a mobile phone call and encryption is there to stop eavesdroppers listening in.

Microsoft Shows Off Video Stabilization Tools
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Microsoft Shows Off Video Stabilization Tools

New software from Microsoft researchers can stabilize shaky video taken while cycling, climbing, kayaking, or engaging in some other high-speed sport, and speed...

Augmented Reality Gives Physical World a Vrtual Dimension
From ACM News

Augmented Reality Gives Physical World a Vrtual Dimension

For some it seems, the world is not enough.

Robot 'learns to Keep Going With Broken Leg'
From ACM TechNews

Robot 'learns to Keep Going With Broken Leg'

Scientists used a methodology modeled on the behaviors of injured animals to help a six-legged robot relearn how to walk once one or more of its legs were damaged...

­.k. to Allow Driverless Cars on Public Roads in January
From ACM TechNews

­.k. to Allow Driverless Cars on Public Roads in January

The United Kingdom has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads starting in January 2015, and the government has invited cities to compete...

Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'
From ACM News

Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'

Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball
From ACM TechNews

Cheering Robots Replace Real Fans at Korean Baseball

The Hanwha Eagles Korean baseball team has equipped its stadium with robots that fans who are unable to attend the games can control over the Internet. 

Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network
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Russia Offers $110,000 to Crack Tor Anonymous Network

Russia has offered 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest seeking a way to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time
From ACM News

Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton.

Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'
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Neuroscience: 'i Can Read Your Mind'

Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you're seeing if you're in his machine watching a movie he's playing for you.

MIT Scientists Develop Sensor-Operated Robotic Fingers
From ACM TechNews

MIT Scientists Develop Sensor-Operated Robotic Fingers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robotic extension to the human hand that could make common, everyday tasks easier.

Hamas and Israel Step ­p Cyber Battle For Hearts and Minds
From ACM News

Hamas and Israel Step ­p Cyber Battle For Hearts and Minds

Sites such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook have been inundated with posts seeking to win the hearts and minds of people in the Middle East and elsewhere in the...
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