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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. 

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...

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. 

Free Tool Reveals Mobile Apps Sending Unencrypted Data
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Free Tool Reveals Mobile Apps Sending Unencrypted Data

A new program will allow people to test whether their mobile data is protected. 

Google's Self-Driving Cars of Tomorrow Face the Mean Streets of Today
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Google's Self-Driving Cars of Tomorrow Face the Mean Streets of Today

Google says its self-driving cars will be good for road safety because they can pay better attention to the road than humans do. 

Google's Project Loon Close to Launching Thousands of Balloons
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Google's Project Loon Close to Launching Thousands of Balloons

Google is close to launching thousands of balloons in an effort to provide Internet access from the sky. 

Amazing Bug-Sized Robots Can Build Microstructures
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Amazing Bug-Sized Robots Can Build Microstructures

Researchers at SRI International have developed tiny robots that can manufacture microstructures too small and complex to be built by current machinery or by hand...

U.s. Challenges China in Supercomputing Race With 180-Petaflop System
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U.s. Challenges China in Supercomputing Race With 180-Petaflop System

The United States, in an attempt to surpass China in the supercomputing arms race, plans to build a 180-petaflop supercomputer called Aurora. 

To Avert Another Heartbleed, Open Source Group Narrows List of Projects in Need of Support
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To Avert Another Heartbleed, Open Source Group Narrows List of Projects in Need of Support

The Core Infrastructure Initiative was formed to identify and provide extra funding to critical open source projects that need help ensuring the security of their...

Mass Surveillance 'endangers Fundamental Human Rights,' Says Study
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Mass Surveillance 'endangers Fundamental Human Rights,' Says Study

A leading European human rights body warns mass Internet surveillance is a threat to basic human privacy rights and has not apparently prevented terrorist attacks...

Computers May Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse
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Computers May Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse

Researchers say a new program analyzes a user's likes on Facebook to characterize their personality with an accuracy rivaling that of a close family member. 

FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules in February
From ACM TechNews

FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules in February

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced it will hold a vote on new net neutrality rules during its upcoming February meeting. 

Iot Groups Are Like an Orchestra Tuning ­p: The Music Starts in 2016
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Iot Groups Are Like an Orchestra Tuning ­p: The Music Starts in 2016

Many companies are not waiting for existing organizations to set the standard for the Internet of Things.

6 Technologies that Will Change Pcs in 2015
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6 Technologies that Will Change Pcs in 2015

Six disruptive technologies could change the face of computing in 2015. 

Nsa Spy Program Targets Mobile Networks
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Nsa Spy Program Targets Mobile Networks

The U.S. National Security Agency has been intercepting the internal communications of operators and trade groups, and infiltrating mobile networks around the world...

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever
From ACM TechNews

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever

Scientists are no closer to achieving an overall general artificial intelligence, in the sense that a computer can behave like a human.
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