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Tor Just Launched the Easiest App Yet For Anonymous, Encrypted Im
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Tor Just Launched the Easiest App Yet For Anonymous, Encrypted Im

The anonymity network Tor has long been the paranoid standard for privacy online, and the Tor Browser that runs on it remains the best way to use the web while...

Facebook's AI Can Caption Photos For the Blind on Its Own
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Facebook's AI Can Caption Photos For the Blind on Its Own

Facebook's Accessibility Team says it is developing an artificial intelligence tool to automatically describe photos posted on the social network to blind users...

Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game
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Behind the Scenes of the Internet's First Football Game

At 5:05 AM Sunday, long before the rest of Sunnyvale, California, will wake up, Yahoo's control room is packed.

You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem
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You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem

It's safe to assume that most people have no idea that fonts, like music or movies, are protected by intellectual property laws, they usually come with a hefty...

X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack
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X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack

The chip-enabled credit card system long used in Europe, a watered down version of which is rolling out for the first time in America, is meant to create a double...

Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away
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Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away

Siri may be your personal assistant. But your voice is not the only one she listens to.

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—and Invented Software Itself
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Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—and Invented Software Itself

Margaret Hamilton wasn't supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon.

Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your Iphone
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Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your Iphone

Late last week, the privacy community scored a victory in a year-long battle over the future of encryption: In internal discussions, the White House quietly overruled...

The Battle Over Genome Editing Gets Science All Wrong
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The Battle Over Genome Editing Gets Science All Wrong

Nobel Prize speculation, gossip, and betting pools kick off every fall around the time Thomson Reuters releases its predictions for science's most prestigious prize...

How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More
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How a Single Car Could Spread Malware to Thousands More

Over the last summer, the security research community has proven like never before that cars are vulnerable to hackers—via cellular Internet connections, intercepted...

That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud
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That Big Security Fix For Credit Cards Won't Stop Fraud

Tomorrow is the deadline that Visa and MasterCard have set for banks and retailers across the U.S. to roll out a new system for more secure bank cards with microchips...

Vw Could Fool the Epa, But It Couldn't Trick Chemistry
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Vw Could Fool the Epa, But It Couldn't Trick Chemistry

For decades, automakers have been caught between building an engine that squeezes a lot of energy out of the fuel it burns and one that has low emissions.

Whoa. Microsoft Is ­sing Linux to Run Its Cloud
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Whoa. Microsoft Is ­sing Linux to Run Its Cloud

Microsoft has cozied up to the open source community in recent years.

The Dismal State of America's Decade-Old Voting Machines
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The Dismal State of America's Decade-Old Voting Machines

Almost all U.S. states are using technologically outdated touchscreen and optical-scan voting systems that are at least 10 years old, according to a report.

Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—and It's All in One Place
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Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code—and It's All in One Place

How big is Google? We can answer that question in terms of revenue or stock price or customers or, well, metaphysical influence.

This Helmet Will Make F-35 Pilots Missile-Slinging Cyborgs
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This Helmet Will Make F-35 Pilots Missile-Slinging Cyborgs

Much rightful snark and scorn has been thrown at the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, the multi-multi-multi-billion dollar jet meant to be the mainstay of...

The Smart Ui Design Behind Apple’s Frictionless 3D Touch
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The Smart Ui Design Behind Apple’s Frictionless 3D Touch

Midway through Apple's demonstration of the new iPhone 6S, Craig Federighi took an emergency selfie.

Facebook's New Spam-Killer Hints at the Future of Coding
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Facebook's New Spam-Killer Hints at the Future of Coding

Louis Brandy pauses before answering, needing some extra time to choose his words.

Court Says the Ftc Can Slap Companies For Getting Hacked
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Court Says the Ftc Can Slap Companies For Getting Hacked

For companies like the dating site Ashley Madison or the health insurer Anthem, financial loss, customer anger and professional embarrassment aren't the only consequences...

Something Deep Inside Pluto Is Replenishing Its Atmosphere
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Something Deep Inside Pluto Is Replenishing Its Atmosphere

Pluto has a problem: Its thin, nitrogen atmosphere shouldn't be there.
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