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Huawei Founder Says ­S Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech
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Huawei Founder Says ­S Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei is downplaying the idea that there's danger in his company's taking a lead role as 5G networks become a widespread reality.

These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop
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These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop

International Computer Science Institute researchers estimated that about 17,000 Android apps collect identifying information.

The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species
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The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species

Charles Darwin had no idea what a gene was. If we dropped the father of evolution into 2019, the idea that humans can willfully alter the genes of an entire species...

Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together
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Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together

Chinese researchers have constructed a wireless brain-to-brain interface that enables a human to direct a rat through a maze.

Mysterious Planet Nine Hiding Beyond Neptune Might Not Be a Planet at All
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Mysterious Planet Nine Hiding Beyond Neptune Might Not Be a Planet at All

Out past Neptune, something weird is happening to the orbits of a bunch of space rocks circling the sun. Something, scientists believed, that could only be described...

B-Secur HeartKey Tech ­nlocks Your Car with ­nique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat
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B-Secur HeartKey Tech ­nlocks Your Car with ­nique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat

B-Secur's HeartKey technology allows users to unlock and start their cars via the unique beating pattern of their heart.

Europe's Influence Over ­.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018
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Europe's Influence Over ­.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018

The influence of the biggest US tech companies is as powerful in Europe as anywhere else in the world. But what sets Europe apart is that the relationship is, to...

­pgraded ­.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List
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­pgraded ­.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List

U.S. supercomputers are now ranked in first and second place on the latest Top500 list, due to upgrades.

­pgraded ­S Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List
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­pgraded ­S Supercomputers Claim Top Two Spots on Top500 List

The US now can claim the top two machines on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers, as Sierra, an IBM machine for nuclear weapons research at Lawrence Livermore...

Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback
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Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback

You could call it buyer's remorse. Five US states went all in on electronic voting machines, and four of those states are poised to get out.

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
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With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too

Remember the last time you felt terrified during a horror movie? Take that moment, and all the suspense leading up to it, and imagine it individually calibrated...

Nvidia ­pdates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GP­
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Nvidia ­pdates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GP­

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon almost 50 years ago, but some conspiracy theorists don't believe that it actually happened.

Hackers, Trolls and the Fight Over Your Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections
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Hackers, Trolls and the Fight Over Your Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections

The election interference that came to define the 2016 presidential race hasn't stopped.

Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information
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Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information

In a vast, dark room, the lights glow a steady green, blue, yellow. I'm not inside the Matrix, but it's not far off.

Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers
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Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers

Deepfakes are a deep concern for Congress.

Scientists Create a Clock So Accurate It Won't Lose Time for 40 Million Years 
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Scientists Create a Clock So Accurate It Won't Lose Time for 40 Million Years 

The Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillator is one of the most precise clocks ever invented—and it's not just keeping time, it's keeping Australia safe.

Welcome to the Airport of the Future, Where Your Face Is Your Passport
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Welcome to the Airport of the Future, Where Your Face Is Your Passport

Australia is a bloody long way from the rest of the world.

Color X-Ray Scanner ­ses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards
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Color X-Ray Scanner ­ses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards

The familiar black-and-white X-ray could soon be replaced with detailed 3D color scans that show everything from fat and bone to metal and soft tissue.

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives
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Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family.

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.
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