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How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?
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How Do You Build the Next-Generation Internet?

Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today.

Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects US
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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects US

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to...

The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims to Run
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The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims to Run

In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate.

The Hidden Signs that Can Reveal a Fake Photo
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The Hidden Signs that Can Reveal a Fake Photo

Take a look at the photograph below; it's just an ordinary picture of two people outside a building, right? One of them appears to be handing something to the other...

Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots
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Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots

On 3 June, FBI agents arrived at the house of government contractor Reality Leigh Winner in Augusta, Georgia.

How a Cyber Attack Transformed Estonia
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How a Cyber Attack Transformed Estonia

Cyber-attacks, information warfare, fake news—exactly 10 years ago Estonia was one of the first countries to come under attack from this modern form of hybrid warfare...

The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined By 'swarms' 
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The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined By 'swarms' 

What do you picture when you think of a drone?

Geeks V Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography
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Geeks V Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat
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The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat

For people who play the video game Counter Strike online, it's hard enough watching your back at the best of times. In the fast-paced first-person shooter, there...

What Trump Means For Tech
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What Trump Means For Tech

Barack Obama's policies on technology were considered pro-innovation, with a view to using technology expertise to improve government systems and services.

Webcams ­sed to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled
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Webcams ­sed to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled

Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai issued the recall soon after its cameras were identified as aiding the massive web attacks.

How the Street Light Has Been Given a Hi-Tech Makeover
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How the Street Light Has Been Given a Hi-Tech Makeover

Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and...

Hardware Hack Defeats Iphone Passcode Security
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Hardware Hack Defeats Iphone Passcode Security

University of Cambridge professor Sergei Skorobogatov has cloned iPhone memory chips, giving him an unlimited number of attempts to guess the passcode.  

Where in the World Is My Data and How Secure Is It?
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Where in the World Is My Data and How Secure Is It?

When Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, requested to see his personal data that Facebook stored on its servers, he was mailed a CD-ROM containing a 1,222...

Def Con: Do Smart Devices Mean Dumb Security?
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Def Con: Do Smart Devices Mean Dumb Security?

More and more people are finding that the devices forming this network of smart stuff can make their lives easier.

Can Machines Keep ­S Safe from Cyber-Attack?
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Can Machines Keep ­S Safe from Cyber-Attack?

Best known for its part in bringing the internet into being, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency has more recently brought engineers together to tackle...

A Few Controversial Numbers May Be Illegal to Share
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A Few Controversial Numbers May Be Illegal to Share

Jon Johansen's program worked. The Norwegian teenager watched as it downloaded 200 megabytes of a recently released movie, The Matrix, from a DVD onto his computer...

The Detectives Watching You from Space
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The Detectives Watching You from Space

Fans of crime writer Raymond Chandler's wise-cracking prose would no doubt be pleased that there's a real-life private detective agency run by two men called Raymond...

How the British and Americans Started Listening In
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How the British and Americans Started Listening In

It was late on 8 February 1941 when four Americans arrived at Bletchley Park.

Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores
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Facewatch 'thief Recognition' Cctv on Trial in ­k Stores

Until now, Facewatch has provided local groups of businesses with a way to share their CCTV images of shoplifters and other potential offenders.
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