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Hackathon Develops Tech Tools to Fight Ebola Epidemic
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Hackathon Develops Tech Tools to Fight Ebola Epidemic

The University of Oxford earlier this month hosted the Ebola Crisis Hackathon.

Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play
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Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play

Some jobs come with a uniform. For an increasing number of employees, that uniform will soon include a badge that tracks everything they do.

Hong Kong Protesters ­se a Mesh Network to Organise
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Hong Kong Protesters ­se a Mesh Network to Organise

Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection.

Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance
From ACM News

Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance

An eye-tracking camera calculates where the wearer is looking, and transmits it to all the nearby Internet-connected devices, such as stereos and TVs, via Wi-Fi...

Quantum Internet Could Keep ­S Safe from Spying Eyes
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Quantum Internet Could Keep ­S Safe from Spying Eyes

Quantum networks are quietly spreading across the world.

Traffic Light Hackers Could Cause Jams Across the US
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Traffic Light Hackers Could Cause Jams Across the US

Branden Ghena pulls his car up under a traffic light in a city in Michigan.

U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All
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U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All

Want access to the U.S. government's secrets? Talk to the robot.

Hackers Reverse-Engineer Nsa's Leaked Bugging Devices
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Hackers Reverse-Engineer Nsa's Leaked Bugging Devices

Security researchers have reverse-engineered some of the wireless spying devices used by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Sex Harassment App Helps Women Map Abuse
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Sex Harassment App Helps Women Map Abuse

A team of researchers has created a smartphone app designed to combat sexual harassment. 

Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039
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Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039

Brain chips mean we are struggling to distinguish our own thoughts from ideas implanted by advertisers.

Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades
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Atomic Time Lord to Battle Sneaky High-Speed Trades

Welcome to the room where time lives. I am standing in a space bristling with atomic clocks at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, U.K., which generates...

Moth Drone Stays Rock Steady in Gale-Force Winds
From ACM News

Moth Drone Stays Rock Steady in Gale-Force Winds

They might not seem at all stable as they batter into light bulbs but moths have inspired an autopilot for drones.

Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life
From ACM Opinion

Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life

Gordon Bell, one of the first people to chronicle his existence digitally, explains how it has changed his life and the potential pitfalls.

The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding ­nder the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

Physical Keys Could Take Away the Pain of Passwords
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Physical Keys Could Take Away the Pain of Passwords

Technology companies are experimenting with physical keys to take the place of passwords. 

'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People
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'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People

Cameras are strewn around our environment, catching glimpses of our faces everywhere we go, yet even the best facial recognition technology still has a hard time...

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet
From ACM Opinion

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

Internet security relies on the fact that our computers can't break its cryptosystems. But the quantum algorithm you devised has the potential to do just that.

­nmask Wikipedia Sock Puppets By the Way They Write
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­nmask Wikipedia Sock Puppets By the Way They Write

Researchers have developed a tool that could be used to uncover phony Wikipedia contributors. 

Software Beats Captcha, the Web's 'are You Human?' Test
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Software Beats Captcha, the Web's 'are You Human?' Test

California-based startup Vicarious says it has developed software that can successfully crack any text-based CAPTCHA program, defeating Google's reCAPTCHA program...

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

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