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Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers
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Biometrics May Ditch the Password, But Not the Hackers

Passwords get hacked—a lot.

After Snowden, the Nsa Faces Recruitment Challenge
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After Snowden, the Nsa Faces Recruitment Challenge

Daniel Swann is exactly the type of person the National Security Agency would love to have working for it.

What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?
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What If Web Search Results Were Based on Accuracy?

Imagine, for a moment, that every Web search gave only accurate, verified information.

Someday Soon, You May Pay Your Restaurant Bill With A Retina Scan
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Someday Soon, You May Pay Your Restaurant Bill With A Retina Scan

The past 30 years have seen payments shift from cash and checks to debit cards and websites, and most recently to mobile phone apps, including Apple Pay and ...

New Clock May End Time As We Know It
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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

"My own personal opinion is that time is a human construct," says Tom O'Brian.

New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons
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New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons

The NBA ushered in the new season this past week, and fans at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers' opening game had access to some new toys.

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out
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From Brain To Computer: Helping 'locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

In 2009, a man named Barry Beck suffered a series of strokes, which caused extensive damage to his right occipital lobe and to the brain stem.

The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put a Man on the Moon
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The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put a Man on the Moon


When Hackers Test For Flaws, They Might Earn Cash—or Threats
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When Hackers Test For Flaws, They Might Earn Cash—or Threats

To hack or not to hack?

Can Google Build a Typeface to Support Every Written Language?
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Can Google Build a Typeface to Support Every Written Language?

Google has taken on its fair share of ambitious projects—digitizing millions and millions of books, mapping the whole world, pioneering self-driving cars.

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data to Changed Terrorist Behavior
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Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data to Changed Terrorist Behavior

For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists...

Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone
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Switzerland: From Banking Paradise To Data Safe Zone

Stash gold in a Swiss bank? It's old hat. Try something really valuable: data.

Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory
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Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As the Real Threat
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Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As the Real Threat

A growing number of companies are under pressure to protect sensitive data—and not just from hackers lurking outside the digital walls.

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is
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The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Whether or not you caught wind of the excited announcement that "Eugene Goostman," a computer program ("chatbot") devised by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko,...

Going Dark: The Internet Behind the Internet
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Going Dark: The Internet Behind the Internet

The average computer user with an Internet connection has access to an amazing wealth of information. But there's also an entire world that's invisible to your...

What's The Nsa Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors
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What's The Nsa Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors

The U.S. needs more cyber warriors, and it needs them fast, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, ­.s.
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Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, ­.s.

The U.S. sees Crimea as "occupied territory," as the government said in a recent statement.

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack
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While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the...
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