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AI Player Alphago to Play Chinese Go Champion
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AI Player Alphago to Play Chinese Go Champion

DeepMind's Go-playing artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in May will play against top Chinese Go player Ke Jie in a three-game match in China.

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.

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. 

Algorithm Reads Tweets to Figure Out Which Restaurants Make You Sick
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Algorithm Reads Tweets to Figure Out Which Restaurants Make You Sick

A new app identifies food poisoning-related tweets and connects them to restaurants using geotagging, in order to identify likely hotspots of food poisoning.. 

New Gpu Memory Standards to Supercharge Graphics
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New Gpu Memory Standards to Supercharge Graphics

The increasing popularity of life-like games and virtual reality technology is pushing the computing industry to develop better graphics technology. 

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...

How Encryption Keys Could Be Stolen By Your Lunch
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How Encryption Keys Could Be Stolen By Your Lunch

Researchers from Tel Aviv University have developed an easily concealable device that can deduce encryption keys by sniffing the electromagnetic leakage from a...

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. 

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...

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. 

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. 

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...

Mozilla Woos Programmers With Plans for a Webdev Browser
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Mozilla Woos Programmers With Plans for a Webdev Browser

On Monday, the Mozilla Foundation will launch a version of its Firefox browser that will enable developers to build Web pages and applications. 

Popular Android Apps Fail Basic Security Tests, Putting Privacy at Risk
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Popular Android Apps Fail Basic Security Tests, Putting Privacy at Risk

Many Android applications fail to take basic precautions to protect user data, putting the privacy of upwards of 1 billion people at risk.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. ...

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. 
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