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­.s. Looking For Revolutionary Binary Code System
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­.s. Looking For Revolutionary Binary Code System

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is using its Binary Executable Transforms program to developed revolutionary technologies for analyzing...

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Why There's No Nobel Prize in Computing

When Nobel Prizes are dished out each fall, the most accomplished professionals in computing, telecom, and IT have usually been left out in the cold. That's...

At&t Researchers Call For Smartphone Apps That Won't Suck Your Battery Dry
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At&t Researchers Call For Smartphone Apps That Won't Suck Your Battery Dry

AT&T researchers are calling on developers to build more energy-aware apps to conserve battery life in smartphones. 

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After Delay, Hacker to Show Flaws in Siemens Industrial Gear

A security researcher who says he's found serious problems with Siemens computers used in power plants and heavy industry is now expecting to go public with his...

Internet Architect Vint Cerf to Young People: Science and Tech Careers Can Be Rewarding
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Internet Architect Vint Cerf to Young People: Science and Tech Careers Can Be Rewarding

Vint Cerf, one of the Internet's original inventors, notes in an interview that although industry awards are important, they do not receive enough visibility. 

Vint Cerf on the Internet and Out-of-This-World Communications
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Vint Cerf on the Internet and Out-of-This-World Communications

Vint Cerf is one of the most recognized network engineers of all time. He is often referred to as one of the "fathers of the Internet" for his groundbreaking...

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Apple of My Eye? ­.s. Fancies a Huge Metaphor Repository

Researchers with the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity want to build a repository of metaphors. You read that right. Not just American/English...

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­.s. International Cyberspace Policy Sounds Good; Will Be Hard to Implement

Although ambitious, the White House's recently issued International Strategy for Cyberspace could be difficult to deploy as some of its objectives conflict and...

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DARPA Challenge Offers Public $100,000 For Small ­nmanned Aircraft

If you think you can build the next generation of unmanned flying aircraft, the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency want to hear from...

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Siemens Scada Hacking Talk Pulled Over Security Concerns

A planned presentation on security vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems was pulled Wednesday over worries that the information in the talk was...

How to Suck Face Over the Internet
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How to Suck Face Over the Internet

Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications have developed a tactile communication system dubbed the Kiss Transmission Device, which involves one user...

Meet the Fastest Public-Key Algorithm Few Have Even Heard Of
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Meet the Fastest Public-Key Algorithm Few Have Even Heard Of

The Accredited Standards Committee X9 has approved NTRUEncrypt, a public-key algorithm that  is considered to be faster than both elliptic-curve cryptography and...

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Internet2 Turns 15. Has It Delivered on Its Promise?

The Internet2, which is reserved for research and education, recently received $100 million in new funding that will upgrade its backbone capacity to 8.8 terabytes...

Microsoft Researchers Tout Low-Cost, Programmable Prototype Data Center Switch
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Microsoft Researchers Tout Low-Cost, Programmable Prototype Data Center Switch

Microsoft researchers are developing ServerSwitch, a programmable, low-cost switching chip that could supplement cloud and other network-based services.

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Microsoft Scheme Sniffs Out ­nused Wireless Spectrum

Microsoft researchers have developed SpecNet, an architecture for measuring whether licensed radio frequencies are being used so that unlicensed devices can utilize...

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Does Rsa Securid Have a ­.s. Gov't-Authorized Back Door?

Does the RSA SecurID two-token authentication system include a back door that was built in at the request of the U.S. government in exchange for letting RSA export...

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New Protocols Show ­p to 76 Percent Speed Jolt For Iphones, Ipads

The novel use of accelerometers, GPS locators, and gyroscopes that are standard features of smartphones and tablets can speed up wireless networks by up to 76 percent...

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Cyberattack-Alert System Could Be Model For U.s.

Washington is in the process of deploying a statewide system that will provide early warnings about cybersecurity threats to participating organizations and the...

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Go for It on Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

If humans can't beat a computer at "Jeopardy!" why should we trust them to make the right call on fourth down in the Super Bowl? That was the fundamental question...

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20 Hot It Security Issues

From malware on Google's Android phones to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency trying to understand how stories or narratives impact security and...
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