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Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine
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Internet of Things: The 'ghosts' that Haunt the Machine


Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'
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Russia and ­kraine in Cyber 'stand-Off'

As diplomatic efforts are stepped up to ease tensions in Ukraine, security experts have warned that Kiev and Moscow are locked in a cyber stand-off.

Bitcoins and Virtual Currency: How Do Businesses Cope?
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Bitcoins and Virtual Currency: How Do Businesses Cope?

Bitcoin speculators have made millions of pounds in the last few months as the value of the Internet-based virtual currency has exploded.

Bots Now 'account For 61 Percent of Web Traffic'
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Bots Now 'account For 61 Percent of Web Traffic'

Nearly 62 percent of all website traffic is currently produced by automated software tools, according to an Incapsula study. 

Google Glass Update Lets Users Wink and Take Photos
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Google Glass Update Lets Users Wink and Take Photos

Google has introduced a new feature to its Google Glass, which allows users to take a photo with a "wink of the eye."

Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'
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Bots Now 'account For 61% of Web Traffic'

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

Tim Berners-Lee Says 'surveillance Threatens Web'
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Tim Berners-Lee Says 'surveillance Threatens Web'

The Internet is threatened by a "growing tide of surveillance and censorship," warns Sir Tim Berners-Lee. 

Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?
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Can Technology Help Avoid Stampedes?

It seems the cruellest and most unnecessary of deaths—to be crushed in the midst of a crowd.

Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms
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Electric Cars: Hidden Habits You Are Sharing with Firms

You wouldn't think that anybody would care about your drive to the supermarket to buy milk.

­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force
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­k to Create New Cyber Defence Force

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence will recruit reservists as computer experts to work alongside regular forces in its new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit. 

Laser Listening: Could You Eavesdrop on the Guardian?
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Laser Listening: Could You Eavesdrop on the Guardian?

The U.K. government has warned the Guardian newspaper that foreign agents could use laser technology to eavesdrop on them, in the wake of recent surveillance leaks...

How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business
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How Wearable Technology Could Transform Business

Once upon a time seeing your life flash before your eyes was something people did their best to avoid. The arrival of Google Glass seems to have changed that.

Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows
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Users of Hidden Net Advised to Ditch Windows

Legitimate users of the Tor anonymous browsing service are being advised to stop using Windows if they want to keep their identity hidden.

Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data
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Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data

One of the big challenges in fighting organized crime is precisely that it is organized. It is run a bit like a business, with chains of command and responsibility...

What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?
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What Would Happen If All Satellites Stopped Working?

We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth.

Google Facial Password Patent Aims to Boost Android Security
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Google Facial Password Patent Aims to Boost Android Security

A recent Google patent application suggests users stick out their tongue in place of a password, to keep the Face Unlock facility from being fooled by photos.

U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance
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U.S. Spy Chief Clapper Defends PRISM and Phone Surveillance

U.S. spy chief James Clapper has strongly defended government surveillance programmes after revelations of phone records being collected and internet servers being...

German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones
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German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones

The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure
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How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure

I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'
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Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'

Imagine a computer that can teach your mobile phone to recognize any object it sees, or one that can instantly find optimal travel routes for thousands of planes...
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