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Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code
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Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code

A Tor Project developer reports the project is enhancing its software to rapidly detect tampering to its network for the purpose of surveillance. 

This New Discovery Could Put Quantum Computers Within Closer Reach
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This New Discovery Could Put Quantum Computers Within Closer Reach

Researchers at Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have found a way to dampen qubits' susceptibility to magnetic disruptions, or...

Algorithm Reads Tweets to Figure Out Which Restaurants Make You Sick
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Algorithm Reads Tweets to Figure Out Which Restaurants Make You Sick

A new app identifies food poisoning-related tweets and connects them to restaurants using geotagging, in order to identify likely hotspots of food poisoning.. 

New Gpu Memory Standards to Supercharge Graphics
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New Gpu Memory Standards to Supercharge Graphics

The increasing popularity of life-like games and virtual reality technology is pushing the computing industry to develop better graphics technology. 

A New Algorithm From MIT Could Protect Ships From 'rogue Waves' at Sea
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A New Algorithm From MIT Could Protect Ships From 'rogue Waves' at Sea

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a predictive tool that could give ships a two- to three-minute advance warning of approaching rogue...

Millions of Sensitive Records Exposed By Mobile Apps Leaking Back-End Credentials
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Millions of Sensitive Records Exposed By Mobile Apps Leaking Back-End Credentials

Researchers have found thousands of mobile applications implement cloud-based, back-end services in a way that lets anyone access sensitive records created by users...

­.s. Government Lab Dabbles in New Computer Designs
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­.s. Government Lab Dabbles in New Computer Designs

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking to replace conventional computer systems by developing and obtaining new computer designs.

Xerox Parc's New Chip Will Self Destruct in 10 Seconds
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Xerox Parc's New Chip Will Self Destruct in 10 Seconds

Engineers at Xerox PARC have developed a chip that can self-destruct upon command, making it potentially suitable for high-security applications.

Even Encrypted Medical Record Databases Leak Information
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Even Encrypted Medical Record Databases Leak Information

Many types of databases used for electronic medical records are vulnerable to leaking information, according to a new study from Microsoft researchers.  

Tired of Memorizing Passwords? A Turing Award Winner Came ­p With This Algorithmic Trick
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Tired of Memorizing Passwords? A Turing Award Winner Came ­p With This Algorithmic Trick

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Manuel Blum believes online passwords can be made more secure by creating what he calls "human computable" passwords.  

Why the World's Top Computing Experts Are Worrying About Your Data
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Why the World's Top Computing Experts Are Worrying About Your Data

Many of the world's top computer science experts met last week to determine how the widespread collection of data about consumers can be prevented from causing...

Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners ­p at Night
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Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners ­p at Night

Three ACM A.M. Turing Award winning-scientists discuss technology trends they find very troubling.

Super-Intelligent Machines Spawned By Ai? Execs Aren't Worried
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Super-Intelligent Machines Spawned By Ai? Execs Aren't Worried

Technology experts at an artificial intelligence-themed event were dismissive of scenarios in which super-intelligent machines eventually surpass human intelligence...

Vint Cerf: 'sometimes I'm Terrified' By the Iot
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Vint Cerf: 'sometimes I'm Terrified' By the Iot

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says he finds certain aspects of the Internet of Things particularly worrisome. 

Go On – Bend, Punch, and Step On This Transistor
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Go On – Bend, Punch, and Step On This Transistor

Researchers at Japan's AIST and the Japan Science and Technology Agency have developed stretchable, tough electronics that could be incorporated into clothing,...

Internet Voting Not Ready Yet, but Can Be Made More Secure
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Internet Voting Not Ready Yet, but Can Be Made More Secure

Online voting systems lack sufficient security to ensure accurate vote counts, but election officials could take steps to improve their security and transparency...

Microsoft Offers Researchers $500k to Work on Hololens
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Microsoft Offers Researchers $500k to Work on Hololens

Microsoft is looking for new ideas on potential uses for its HoloLens augmented reality headgear. The company recently issued a request for proposals seeking projects...

How Encryption Keys Could Be Stolen By Your Lunch
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How Encryption Keys Could Be Stolen By Your Lunch

Researchers from Tel Aviv University have developed an easily concealable device that can deduce encryption keys by sniffing the electromagnetic leakage from a...

Alabama Researcher Devises a Way to Harness ­nused Iot Power
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Alabama Researcher Devises a Way to Harness ­nused Iot Power

Researchers have developed a computer architecture that can harness the unused computer cycles generated by smart home devices. 

Hacker Turns Toy Into Tool That Can Open Garage Doors in Seconds
From ACM TechNews

Hacker Turns Toy Into Tool That Can Open Garage Doors in Seconds

Security researcher Samy Kamkar has developed an attack for fixed-code garage door openers. 
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