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Ibm's Hub For Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster
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Ibm's Hub For Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

IBM Research scientists have created a device that siphons health data from multiple wearable devices and shares the results with a patient's doctor.

Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different
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Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different

Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf said he would change a few things about the Internet's creation if he could do it over again...

­.s. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research
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­.s. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation will invest more than $400 million over the next seven years to fund next-generation wireless research.

Disposable Robots Can Sprint, Fly, and Potentially Save Lives
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Disposable Robots Can Sprint, Fly, and Potentially Save Lives

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are developing inexpensive mini-robots that can run, climb, fly, and communicate with emergency personnel....

Not Lost in Translation: Researchers 'teach' Computers to Translate Accurately
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Not Lost in Translation: Researchers 'teach' Computers to Translate Accurately

Scientists are seeking to improve the capabilities of online translation programs by embedding new artificial intelligence methods to build complete sentences. 

What Will it Take to Make A.I. Sound More Human?
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What Will it Take to Make A.I. Sound More Human?

Conversation fillers such as "hmm" and "uh-huh" are critical to improving communication between humans and artificial intelligence.

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. 

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...

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...

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. 

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
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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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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
From ACM TechNews

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...
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