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Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?
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Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?

High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and...

Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI
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Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

Who Controls Your Data?
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Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.

How to Control a Machine ­sing Your Mind
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How to Control a Machine ­sing Your Mind

Bill Kochevar's life was changed, seemingly irrevocably, when he was paralysed from the shoulders down following a cycling accident nearly a decade ago.

The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'
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The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'

In record time, the phrase morphed from a description of a social media phenomenon into a journalistic cliche and an angry political slur.

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?
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Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it.

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...

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.

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion
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Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion

Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of...

Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge For Our Age
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Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge For Our Age

Who was the first black president of America?

Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?
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Could Your Robot Go to Work Instead of You?

Getting yourself out of bed and into work can feel like one of the toughest parts of the day.

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.

The Surprisingly Easy Way to Visit Mars
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The Surprisingly Easy Way to Visit Mars

It's midday on Mars. The scarlet skies are clear and it's a balmy zero degrees—the perfect conditions for a day out.

Cybathlon: Battle of the Bionic Athletes
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Cybathlon: Battle of the Bionic Athletes

Bionic arms, robotic legs, powered exoskeletons, brain-controlled computer interfaces and supercharged wheelchairs - all took centre stage to compete at this weekend's...

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.
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