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Experimental Malware ­ses Inaudible Sound to Defeat Network Air Gaps
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Experimental Malware ­ses Inaudible Sound to Defeat Network Air Gaps

Researchers have tested the feasibility of creating a covert acoustical mesh network between multiple laptops to exchange data using near-ultrasonic frequencies...

Tech Firms Furious After Denied Full View of Government Reply to Fisa Court
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Tech Firms Furious After Denied Full View of Government Reply to Fisa Court

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn said in a court filing that the U.S. government has offered them only a "heavily redacted version" of its response...

New Supercomputer ­ses Ssds Instead of Dram and Hard Drives
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New Supercomputer ­ses Ssds Instead of Dram and Hard Drives

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory this month is deploying Catalyst, a new supercomputer that uses solid-state drive storage as an alternative to dynamic random...

'Selfish Miner' Attack Could Devastate Bitcoin, Researchers Say
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'Selfish Miner' Attack Could Devastate Bitcoin, Researchers Say

Cornell University researchers say Bitcoin is vulnerable to an attack that could have a devastating impact on the virtual currency, but it can be fixed with a software...

Microsoft ­ses Kinect to Interpret Sign Language From Deaf People
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Microsoft ­ses Kinect to Interpret Sign Language From Deaf People

Microsoft Research developers are using the Kinect technology to develop a system that can read sign language from deaf users and translate it into spoken text....

Mit's 'kinect of the Future' Looks Through Walls With X-Ray-Like Vision
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Mit's 'kinect of the Future' Looks Through Walls With X-Ray-Like Vision

A device dubbed the "Kinect of the future" can see through walls and pinpoint the movements of someone with an accuracy of plus or minus 10 centimeters. 

Intel Proposes New Standard to Light Up Data Transfers
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Intel Proposes New Standard to Light Up Data Transfers

Intel's proposed new optical interconnect, MXC, could be a key step in standardizing optical technology and bringing it to servers faster.

Xerox Scanners Found to Sometimes Alter Numbers
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Xerox Scanners Found to Sometimes Alter Numbers

Xerox scanners sometimes randomly alter numbers on documents when reproducing them if a specific combination of image quality and compression settings are used. ...

Japan Sends Talking Robot Into Space as Part of Program to Help Lonely People
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Japan Sends Talking Robot Into Space as Part of Program to Help Lonely People

A talking robot is expected to reach the International Space Station in the next six days.

Facebook Invents a Php Virtual Machine
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Facebook Invents a Php Virtual Machine

Facebook says it has developed a virtual machine that can run the PHP Web programming language nine times as fast as PHP natively on large systems. 

Symantec: Google Glass Still Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Attack
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Symantec: Google Glass Still Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Attack

Just days after Google said it had patched a QR code vulnerability affecting its Google Glass wearable computer, Symantec says it has found another vulnerability...

Icann President Sees Growth and International Acceptance
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Icann President Sees Growth and International Acceptance

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has embarked on a path toward becoming a more international organization over the past year. 

Alert! Study Finds Internet Users Heed Browser Warnings
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Alert! Study Finds Internet Users Heed Browser Warnings

Security warnings displayed by Web browsers are much more effective at deterring risky Internet behavior than was previously believed, a recent study found.

Feds Asked to Sit Out Defcon Hacking Conference This Year
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Feds Asked to Sit Out Defcon Hacking Conference This Year

Defcon hacking convention organizers have asked federal government workers not to attend the event this year. 

MIT Researchers Can See Through Walls Using 'wi-Vi'
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MIT Researchers Can See Through Walls Using 'wi-Vi'

Wi-Vi is a new system under development that uses wireless Wi-Fi technology to track moving objects through walls. 

Don't Hurt the Web With Rushed Intellectual Property Laws, ­rges Internet Society
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Don't Hurt the Web With Rushed Intellectual Property Laws, ­rges Internet Society

The Internet Society hopes to get as many different voices as possible involved in bringing intellectual property policies in line with leading online platforms...

China Trounces ­.s. in Top500 Supercomputer Race
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China Trounces ­.s. in Top500 Supercomputer Race

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer has overtaken the U.S.'s Titan system as the world's most powerful computer, according to the latest Top500 List, a twice-yearly...

Computer Scientists Oppose Oracle's Bid to Copyright Java Apis
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Computer Scientists Oppose Oracle's Bid to Copyright Java Apis

Nearly three dozen computer scientists say Oracle's plan to copyright its Java application programming interface would hinder the computer industry and limit access...

Sony and Lego Collaborating on Toy Research
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Sony and Lego Collaborating on Toy Research

Sony recently unveiled a collaboration with Lego on a new generation of products that could bridge the gap between toys and video games. 

Networks in 2020: More Traffic, Less Energy
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Networks in 2020: More Traffic, Less Energy

New technologies will enable networks to use much less energy by 2020, even though they will be carrying much more traffic.
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