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Estonian Electronic Voting System Vulnerable to Attacks, Researchers Say
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Estonian Electronic Voting System Vulnerable to Attacks, Researchers Say

Estonia's electronic voting system cannot guarantee fair elections because of fundamental security weaknesses and poor operations procedures.

Researchers Try New 'twist' on Smartwatches
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Researchers Try New 'twist' on Smartwatches

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a prototype smartwatch that can be controlled by the wearer's hand gestures, or by clicking its face.

Cloud-Savvy Bluetooth 4.1 to Reach Devices By Year End
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Cloud-Savvy Bluetooth 4.1 to Reach Devices By Year End

The Bluetooth 4.1 protocol will directly connect wearable devices to the cloud, enabling home users to expand their networks of connected devices. 

Cross-Industry Iot Group Pushes For Gear That Works Together
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Cross-Industry Iot Group Pushes For Gear That Works Together

Five information technology and equipment firms launched the Industrial Internet Consortium Thursday to guide standards for the Internet of Things. 

Researchers Hope to Secure Development of Mobile Apps With Faster Code Scans
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Researchers Hope to Secure Development of Mobile Apps With Faster Code Scans

Fraunhofer Institute researchers are developing three new tools to evaluate or enhance the security of mobile apps. 

Robot Project Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Human Stroke Victims
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Robot Project Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Human Stroke Victims

Researchers are developing spring-loaded muscles for the Roboy robot. 

Linux Foundation to Offer Introductory Linux Mooc on Edx
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Linux Foundation to Offer Introductory Linux Mooc on Edx

The Linux Foundation plans to offer a Linux development course on edX, the massive open online course platform developed by MIT and Harvard University.  

The Ietf Needed a Wake-Up Call on Security, Says Chairman
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The Ietf Needed a Wake-Up Call on Security, Says Chairman

Internet Engineering Task Force members are focusing on security and how to protect users from pervasive monitoring in a meeting that began Sunday in London. 

Faster Computer Performance Targeted By Memory Consortium
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Faster Computer Performance Targeted By Memory Consortium

The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has proposed a faster and more power-efficient specification for its emerging Hybrid Memory Cube memory technology. 

Mitsubishi Develops Predictive Agent to Anticipate Drivers' Needs
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Mitsubishi Develops Predictive Agent to Anticipate Drivers' Needs

Mitsubishi researchers are developing a vehicle assistant system that can anticipate driver needs when controlling car navigation systems and stereos. 

White House Pushes Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure
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White House Pushes Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure

The White House has released a new cybersecurity framework designed to help critical infrastructure operators create comprehensive cybersecurity programs. 

Survey: Tech Workers Seek Larger Salaries in 2014
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Survey: Tech Workers Seek Larger Salaries in 2014

Among tech workers who anticipate changing employers in 2014, 68 percent listed more compensation as their reason for leaving, according to a recent Dice.com survey...

New Fujitsu Labs Tech Can Do Batch Searches of Encrypted Data
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New Fujitsu Labs Tech Can Do Batch Searches of Encrypted Data

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a fast method to perform secret searches of data that is encrypted. 

3D Webcams Will Help Pcs Read Human Emotions, Intel Says
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3D Webcams Will Help Pcs Read Human Emotions, Intel Says

Intel says its new three-dimensional webcam can combine with voice, touch, and gesture to make human interaction more natural and intuitive.

Google's 4k Video Format to Hit Tvs, Mobile Devices, Pcs
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Google's 4k Video Format to Hit Tvs, Mobile Devices, Pcs

Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, LG, and Sharp have introduced TVs that support VP9, Google's new 4K video format. 

Cornell Researchers Print 3D Speaker
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Cornell Researchers Print 3D Speaker

Researchers have successfully fabricated a working loudspeaker using a three-dimensional printer.

Biologically Inspired: How Neural Networks Are Finally Maturing
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Biologically Inspired: How Neural Networks Are Finally Maturing

Neural networks modeled on the human brain have advanced over the past 20 years and are now making their way into mainstream computing.

Microsoft Joins Group Seeking to Replace Passwords
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Microsoft Joins Group Seeking to Replace Passwords

Microsoft has joined the Fast IDentity Online Alliance, which seeks to develop standards to curb corporate reliance on passwords.

Home Appliance Makers Connect with Open Source 'internet of Things' Project
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Home Appliance Makers Connect with Open Source 'internet of Things' Project

The AllSeen Alliance has developed an open source framework to enable systems to discover, connect, and interact with each other, regardless of manufacturer or...

Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore
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Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore

Chip makers can no longer expect to make processors smaller, faster, and less expensive with each generation by packing more transistors onto a silicon wafer. 
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