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How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?
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How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?

Verizon aims to find out by testing the technology, which is geared at enhancing encryption methods using session key exchange security mechanisms, the carrier...

U.S. PC Shipments Jump 17% Buoyed by Commercial, Educational Demand
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U.S. PC Shipments Jump 17% Buoyed by Commercial, Educational Demand

Notebooks turned in the best performance during the second quarter of 2021, while desktops saw a healthy rebound, says Canalys.

 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work
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Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work

A survey finds that most people are interested in Ethereum, but only 24% of surveyed developers have built anything with blockchain.

Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers
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Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers

In partnership with NASA, Smithsonian Learning Labs, and others, the lessons use space exploration, museums, and popular movies to teach the principles of programming...

Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities
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Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities

Google is preparing a November release of its DeepMind unit's StreetLearn dataset for training machine learning models to navigate cities without a map.

Could Python Replace Java as the Most Popular Programming Language?
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Could Python Replace Java as the Most Popular Programming Language?

The September Tiobe Index ranks Python as the third most-popular programming language after Java and C.

Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers
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Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers

Kotlin is the second-most-popular coding language among software developers after Rust, according to a Stack Overflow survey.

New Low Light Camera Tech Will Improve AR Apps, Facial Recognition in Smartphones
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New Low Light Camera Tech Will Improve AR Apps, Facial Recognition in Smartphones

Researchers in Israel have developed new imaging software that could help improve facial recognition systems and augmented reality apps on smartphones.

The 5 Most Popular Programming Languages Among Female Developers
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The 5 Most Popular Programming Languages Among Female Developers

More women are majoring in computer science than in the past, according to HackerRank's 2018 Women in Tech Report.

73 Percent of Developers Who Don't ­se AI Plan to Learn How in 2018
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73 Percent of Developers Who Don't ­se AI Plan to Learn How in 2018

Although only 17 percent of software developers worked with artificial intelligence or machine learning this year, 73 percent of those who did not say they are...

The 10 Programming Languages Developers Hate the Most
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The 10 Programming Languages Developers Hate the Most

Perl, Delphi, and VBA top the list of the 10 programming languages that developers like the least, according to a new Stack Overflow report.

What's the Future of Programming? The Answer Lies in Functional Languages
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What's the Future of Programming? The Answer Lies in Functional Languages

Simon Peyton Jones describes functional programming languages like Haskell as a proving ground where programmers can test new ideas.

The State of Women in Computer Science
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The State of Women in Computer Science

Several factors are preventing women from pursuing and persisting in computer science majors.

Hpe and Nasa Experiment With a Supercomputer That Could Help US Get to Mars
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Hpe and Nasa Experiment With a Supercomputer That Could Help US Get to Mars

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NASA announced a year-long joint experiment in which a "Spaceborne Computer" will be set up at the International Space Station, with...

The Death of Ruby? Developers Should Learn These Languages Instead
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The Death of Ruby? Developers Should Learn These Languages Instead

The Ruby programming language's popularity has plummeted steeply in the past few years, owing to scalability limits, slower application runtimes, and an inability...

Why It's Important For the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM
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Why It's Important For the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM

Jewelbots CEO Sara Chipps says the de-socialization of girls from science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines starts early.

Cybersecurity Researchers Claim Every Network Router at Risk of Secretly Leaking Data
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Cybersecurity Researchers Claim Every Network Router at Risk of Secretly Leaking Data

Researchers have demonstrated a method for stealing information by exploiting a network router's light-emitting diodes.

How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment By 2021
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How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment By 2021

Carla Brodley, dean of Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science, aims to reach an equal male/female balance in computer science enrollment...

Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017
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Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017

Experts expect artificial intelligence trends to progress in three major areas in 2017.
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