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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.  

How It Feels to Live in Darkness
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How It Feels to Live in Darkness

I know there isn't one dot of light, but I frantically scan the pitch-black area surrounding me out of habit nonetheless.

­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System
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­S Ready to 'hand Over' the Internet's Naming System

The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet's naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet's...

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...

Australia Plans New Co-Ordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap
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Australia Plans New Co-Ordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

The Secret History of X-Ray Specs
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The Secret History of X-Ray Specs

"I have seen my death!" Anna Bertha Röntgen is said to have exclaimed upon seeing the first X-ray photograph ever made–an image of the bones in her hand. It was...

The Toughest Spaceship We've Ever Built
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The Toughest Spaceship We've Ever Built

It's been a long time since anyone tried landing on Venus,

The Things People Googled After Britain Voted to Leave the Eu
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The Things People Googled After Britain Voted to Leave the Eu

Google has said there was a dramatic spike in searches for Irish passport applications as news of the UK''s decision to leave the EU broke.

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

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...

How a Woman Trapped in Her Body 'spoke' Once Again
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How a Woman Trapped in Her Body 'spoke' Once Again

Around six years have now passed since Waltraut Faehnrich last opened and closed her eyes without assistance.

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...

Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow
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Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow

A new supercomputer simulation of the circulation of blood throughout the entire human body correlates very closely with real-world flow measurements.

Can Technology Help ­S Improve ­pon Reality?
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Can Technology Help ­S Improve ­pon Reality?

Imagine walking on Mars and being able to examine rock formations from all angles, or collaborating on the same 3D hologram design with someone thousands of miles...

What Would Happen If Aliens Contacted Earth?
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What Would Happen If Aliens Contacted Earth?

Nearly 40 years ago, radio astronomer Jerry Ehman was scanning a part of the sky hoping to detect a signal from an alien civilisation.

Ted 2016: Hololens ­nveils 'teleportation' to Mars
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Ted 2016: Hololens ­nveils 'teleportation' to Mars

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman has shown off Microsoft's augmented reality technology at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.

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.

The Tech Giving People Power to Deal with Disability
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The Tech Giving People Power to Deal with Disability

In Europe and America, this is one in five people. And since they are less likely to be in work, their poverty rate is about twice as high.
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