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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. 

Researchers Hack Sony Headset to Simulate Autism
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Researchers Hack Sony Headset to Simulate Autism

Japanese researchers have used an experimental headset to simulate the vision and hearing of people with autism spectrum disorder. 

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. 

Goodbye Gps? DARPA Prepares New Tracking Technology
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Goodbye Gps? DARPA Prepares New Tracking Technology

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing more advanced position- and navigation-tracking technology. 

Researchers Find Same Rsa Encryption Key ­sed 28,000 Times
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Researchers Find Same Rsa Encryption Key ­sed 28,000 Times

Researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London have found that several million Internet hosts are still vulnerable to the FREAK flaw in the SSL/TLS encryption...

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...

Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles ­sers for Risk of Cyberattacks
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Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles ­sers for Risk of Cyberattacks

Fujitsu researchers are integrating psychology into profiling software to make computer security more personalized. 

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
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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. 

Microsoft to Release Project Orleans as Open Source
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Microsoft to Release Project Orleans as Open Source

Microsoft plans to open source Project Orleans, a distributed computing research framework for building cloud services. The company will release the code under...

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...

Facebook's Flow Could Help Javascript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs
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Facebook's Flow Could Help Javascript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs

Facebook researchers have developed Flow, an open source debugging tool for JavaScript designed to highlight problems caused by the misuse of data types. 

Molecular Flash Memory Could Store Massive Amounts of Data
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Molecular Flash Memory Could Store Massive Amounts of Data

Novel molecules could help expand the storage capacity of flash memory, which is widely used in mobile devices such as smartphones. 

Intel Turns to Light Beams to Speed ­p Supercomputers
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Intel Turns to Light Beams to Speed ­p Supercomputers

Intel has developed a technology that uses optical cables and light pulses to move data in supercomputers.
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