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Big Data Roadblocks Will Slow Driverless Cars ­ntil 2040, Analyst Says
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Big Data Roadblocks Will Slow Driverless Cars ­ntil 2040, Analyst Says

Despite aggressive predictions on the time frame for mainstream adoption of driverless cars due to progress in autonomous vehicle technology, some experts say privacy...

Nasa Explores Network to Sustain Large Data Dumps, Space Travel
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Nasa Explores Network to Sustain Large Data Dumps, Space Travel

NASA is studying what technology will be needed after 2022 in order to support future space communication and navigation.

Tech Salaries Jump 5.3%, Bonuses Flat
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Tech Salaries Jump 5.3%, Bonuses Flat

Technology professionals' average salaries rose 5.3 percent to $85,619 last year, according to Dice. Tech professionals with at least 15 years of experience saw...

Looking Forward to a Future Internet
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Looking Forward to a Future Internet

The future of the Internet was in doubt heading into December and the World Conference on International Telecommunications.  Neither those who want to control the...

Best Tech Colleges Are Harder Than Ever to Get In
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Best Tech Colleges Are Harder Than Ever to Get In

Early admission statistics indicate that 2013 will be another difficult year for high school seniors to get accepted into the leading undergraduate computer science...

Ibm: In the Next 5 Years Computers Will Learn, Mimic the Human Senses
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Ibm: In the Next 5 Years Computers Will Learn, Mimic the Human Senses

A new generation of machines that learn, adapt, sense, and experience the world as humans do through the five basic senses is one of the technologies highlighted...

New Standard/tool Address Security Dependencies
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New Standard/tool Address Security Dependencies

The standards organization Open Group has created a standard for modeling security dependencies. The "Dependency Modeling Standard" will enable the military and...

How Tin Whiskers Screw Up Everything From Servers to Smartphones
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How Tin Whiskers Screw Up Everything From Servers to Smartphones

Tin whiskers are tiny metal filaments that grow inside electronic devices, and they have been known to contribute to problems since the 1940s. New research sheds...

DARPA Program Aims to Find, Shut Backdoor Malware Holes in Commercial It Devices
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DARPA Program Aims to Find, Shut Backdoor Malware Holes in Commercial It Devices

DARPA's Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware program aims to develop systems that can verify the security of commercial IT devices.

Java Inventor James Gosling Building Smart Marine Robots
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Java Inventor James Gosling Building Smart Marine Robots

Java inventor James Gosling is using Java's security framework to design marine robots that can be sent across the ocean to gather weather data or carry out research...

Toyota Testing Smart Cars That Talk to Each Other and to the Road
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Toyota Testing Smart Cars That Talk to Each Other and to the Road

Toyota is testing smart cars that talk to each other and to the roads on the 700 MHz band with the goal of reducing traffic accidents.

Insider Security Threat Gets a Serious Look By ­.s. Security Agencies
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Insider Security Threat Gets a Serious Look By ­.s. Security Agencies

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, and Carnegie Mellon University recently published a study that examined the technical...

The Security Skills Shortage Is Worse Than You Think
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The Security Skills Shortage Is Worse Than You Think

Enterprise employers and security specialists are increasingly growing concerned about what some see as a deepening skills shortage in the information technology...

From ACM TechNews

The Wild World of Wearable Computers

The technology associated with wearable computers is growing quickly and could become a priority in the near future.

5 Grand Challenges That Will Boost Future Optic, Photonic Technology
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5 Grand Challenges That Will Boost Future Optic, Photonic Technology

A recent U.S. National Research Council report defines research priorities that would lead to advances in optics and photonics, highlighting five challenges facing...

Prototype System Goes After Dns-Based Botnets
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Prototype System Goes After Dns-Based Botnets

Researchers at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed Pleiades, a prototype system that can better detect Domain Name...

Geek Squad Exec: 'what Happens If More of Our Innovators Are Women?'
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Geek Squad Exec: 'what Happens If More of Our Innovators Are Women?'

Best Buy's Geek Squad Summer Academy has grown from a one-day, one-city, all-girls camp into a nationwide coed program that will host nearly 10,000 students in...

Microsoft Seeks to Make Sense of What You Didn't Say
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Microsoft Seeks to Make Sense of What You Didn't Say

Scientists at Microsoft and the International Computer Science Institute, which is affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, are researching how to...

Microsoft, Juniper, Others in Coding Consortium Issue Guidelines For Safer Applications
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Microsoft, Juniper, Others in Coding Consortium Issue Guidelines For Safer Applications

The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code recently issued "Practical Security Stories and Security Tasks for Agile Development Environments," a white...

Would You Like to Play a Game? New AI Teaches Itself the Rules
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Would You Like to Play a Game? New AI Teaches Itself the Rules

Lukasz Kaiser has developed an AI program that can watch two-minute videos of simple board games being played, learn the rules, and then challenge human opponents...
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