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Top ­.s. Stealth Jet Has to Talk to Allied Planes Over ­nsecured Radio
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Top ­.s. Stealth Jet Has to Talk to Allied Planes Over ­nsecured Radio

For the first time, America's top-of-the-line F-22 fighters and Britain's own cutting-edge Typhoon jets have come together for intensive, long-term training in...

Navy's Next-Gen Binoculars Will Recognize Your Face
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Navy's Next-Gen Binoculars Will Recognize Your Face

Take a close look, because the next generation of military binoculars could be doing more than just letting sailors and soldiers see from far away.

Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest ­.s. Robot Market
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Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest ­.s. Robot Market

When the flying robots that loiter in Afghanistan's and Yemen's airspace come home, they won't just be headed for the local police station.

Palm-Size Nano-Copter Is the Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone
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Palm-Size Nano-Copter Is the Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone

British troops in Afghanistan are flying a drone that’s shrunk down to its essentials: a micro-machine that spies, built for a solitary user.

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook
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Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook

Jay Parikh sits at a desk inside Building 16 at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and his administrative assistant, Genie Samuel, sits next to...

11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You
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11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will ­se to Track You

Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls...

Google Declares War on the Password
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Google Declares War on the Password

Google's Eric Grosse and Mayank Upadhyay have published a research paper that explores hardware-based alternatives to the traditional password. 

The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors
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The Fbi Needs Hackers, Not Backdoors

Just imagine if all the applications and services you saw or heard about at CES earlier this month had to be designed to be "wiretap ready" before they could be...

­.s. Cities Relying on Precog Software to Predict Murder
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­.s. Cities Relying on Precog Software to Predict Murder

Who needs the freaky precogs of Minority Report to predict if someone’s likely to commit murder when you have an algorithm that can do it for you?

Student Suspended For Refusing to Wear Rfid Tracker Loses Lawsuit
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Student Suspended For Refusing to Wear Rfid Tracker Loses Lawsuit

A Texas high school student who claimed her student identification was the "Mark of the Beast" because it was implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip...

Feds Requiring 'black Boxes' in All Motor Vehicles
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Feds Requiring 'black Boxes' in All Motor Vehicles

While many automakers have voluntarily installed the devices already, the National Transportation Safety Agency wants to hear your comments by February 11 on its...

Better Than Human: Why Robots Will—and Must—take Our Jobs
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Better Than Human: Why Robots Will—and Must—take Our Jobs

It's hard to believe you'd have an economy at all if you gave pink slips to more than half the labor force.

Military Must Prep Now For 'mutant' Future, Researchers Warn
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Military Must Prep Now For 'mutant' Future, Researchers Warn

The U.S. military is already using, or fast developing, a wide range of technologies meant to give troops what California Polytechnic State University researcher...

Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare
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Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare

It's been fashionable in military circles to talk about cyberspace as a "fifth domain" for warfare, along with land, space, air, and sea.

7 Secret Ways America's Stealth Armada Stays Off the Radar
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7 Secret Ways America's Stealth Armada Stays Off the Radar

It's no secret how America's stealth warplanes primarily evade enemy radars.

Despite Ceasefire, Israel-Gaza War Continues Online
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Despite Ceasefire, Israel-Gaza War Continues Online

It's been a week since Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire pausing their war in Gaza. But on the internet, a different kind of fighting never stopped—and has actually...

In Bounties They Trust, but Does Paying For Security Bugs Make a Safer Web?
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In Bounties They Trust, but Does Paying For Security Bugs Make a Safer Web?

Freelance security researchers who hunt for exploitable software bugs for cash rewards posted by vendors can sometimes make a decent wage, but some of the largest...

With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?
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With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?

The night before the end of Google's Pwnium contest at the CanSecWest security conference this year in Vancouver, a tall teen dressed in khaki shorts, tube socks...

Most U.s. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds
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Most U.s. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds

Four years after discovering that militants were tapping into drone video feeds, the U.S. military still hasn't secured the transmissions of more than half of its...

Cybercrime: Mobile Changes Everything—and No One's Safe
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Cybercrime: Mobile Changes Everything—and No One's Safe

The FBI recently put out a mobile malware alert, providing us with a sobering reminder of this "evil software" for phones and tablets.
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