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Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows
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Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the...

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019
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Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019

Alphabet subsidiary Loon plans to deploy a system of balloons to provide high-speed Internet access to rural and suburban populations in Kenya next year.

'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights
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'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights

IBM's Watson artificial intelligence platform is analyzing players' emotions at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups
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China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups


Asia Pacific's Most Innovative ­niversities – 2018
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Asia Pacific's Most Innovative ­niversities – 2018

Every scientist hopes for a "Eureka" moment—the jolt of sudden insight when a discovery becomes clear. But great advances always follow regular progress, and while...

At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech
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At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech

It can crack your smartphone password in seconds, rip personal data from call and messaging apps, and peruse your contact book.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch
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The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles...

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms
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Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals...

Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips
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Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips

China is looking to catch up with rivals like the United States and Germany in high-end technology, making a major push with a "Made in China 2025" strategy that...

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on ­.S. in Technology IP Race
From ACM News

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on ­.S. in Technology IP Race

China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property...

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute
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Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of...

China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets
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China Eyes 'Black Tech' to Boost Security as Parliament Meets

At a highway check point on the outskirts of Beijing, local police are this week testing out a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features...

Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears
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Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities...

Twitter Bars Tactics ­sed by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories
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Twitter Bars Tactics ­sed by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and...

Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely ­sed By ­.s. Government
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Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely ­sed By ­.s. Government

Major global technology providers SAP (SAPG.DE), Symantec (SYMC.O) and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded...

Fbi Chief Calls ­nbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'
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Fbi Chief Calls ­nbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director...

How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw
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How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw

The flaw, now named Meltdown, was revealed on Wednesday and affects most processors manufactured by Intel since 1995.

Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: Ntsb
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Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: Ntsb

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday "operational limitations" in the Tesla Model S played a "major role" in a May...

­kraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks
From ACM News

­kraine Finally Battens Down Its Leaky Cyber Hatches After Attacks

When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login password.
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