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­tah's Online Caucus Gives Security Experts Heart Attacks
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­tah's Online Caucus Gives Security Experts Heart Attacks

Security researchers pretty much uniformly agree that letting people vote online is a very bad idea, one that is fraught with risks and vulnerabilities that could...

Long Before the Apple-Fbi Battle, Lavabit Sounded a Warning
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Long Before the Apple-Fbi Battle, Lavabit Sounded a Warning

Three years ago, Ladar Levison, the founder of the now-defunct secure email service known as Lavabit, was in the same position Apple finds itself today: facing...

The Fbi Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk
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The Fbi Warns That Car Hacking Is a Real Risk

It's been eight months since a pair of security researchers proved beyond any doubt that car hacking is more than an action movie plot device when they remotely ...

How Google's AI Viewed the Move No Human Could ­nderstand
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How Google's AI Viewed the Move No Human Could ­nderstand

The move didn't make sense to the humans packed into the sixth floor of Seoul's Four Seasons hotel. But the Google machine saw it quite differently.

Biometrics Are Coming, Along With Serious Security Concerns
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Biometrics Are Coming, Along With Serious Security Concerns

You're buying a pair of jeans. At the register, instead of reaching for your wallet or phone, you pull back your hair.

Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine's Power Grid
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Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine's Power Grid

It was 3:30 p.m. last December 23, and residents of the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Western Ukraine were preparing to end their workday and head home through the...

How the Feds Could Get Into Iphones Without Apple's Help
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How the Feds Could Get Into Iphones Without Apple's Help

It's a showdown that has the country mesmerized.

Apple's Fbi Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On
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Apple's Fbi Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On

The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized the nation—and...

The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science
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The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science

In 2012, IBM Watson went to medical school. So said The New York Times, announcing that the tech giant’s artificially intelligent question-and-answer machine had...

Football Coaches Are Turning to AI For Help Calling Plays
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Football Coaches Are Turning to AI For Help Calling Plays

In 1996, IBM'S Deep Blue became the first supercomputer to defeat a chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in a game.

Scientists Capture Crispr's Gene-Cutting in Action
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Scientists Capture Crispr's Gene-Cutting in Action

For all the furious hype around the gene-editing tool Crispr/Cas9, no one has ever really seen it in action. Like really seen it.

Microsoft Neural Net Shows Deep Learning Can Get Way Deeper
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Microsoft Neural Net Shows Deep Learning Can Get Way Deeper

A Microsoft researcher team won the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge in December with a new approach to deep learning. 

An Easy Way For Hackers to Remotely Burn Industrial Motors
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An Easy Way For Hackers to Remotely Burn Industrial Motors

Hacks that cause physical destruction are so rare they can be counted on one hand.

MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes
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MIT Researchers Want to Teach Robots How to Wash Dishes

The robots arrived years ago. They help build stuff in factories. They shuttle packages and products across the massive warehouses that drive Amazon’s worldwide...

Science Can Tell If North Korea's Test Was Really an H-Bomb
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Science Can Tell If North Korea's Test Was Really an H-Bomb

It was the whomp felt 'round the world.

How the Internet of Things Got Hacked
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How the Internet of Things Got Hacked

There was once a time when people distinguished between cyberspace, the digital world of computers and hackers, and the flesh-and-blood reality known as meatspace...

Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now
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Nobody Knew How Big a Deal the Cloud Would Be—they Do Now

Ten years ago, Amazon unleashed a technology that we now call, for better or for worse, cloud computing.

The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones
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The Secret History of World War Ii-Era Drones

Drones are the hallmark of tech-y modern warfare, but weapons piloted from afar have been around for more than a century.  

For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly
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For Google, Quantum Computing Is Like Learning to Fly

At a NASA lab in Silicon Valley, Google is testing a quantum computer—a machine based on the seemingly magical principles of quantum mechanics, the physics of things...

Crispr Gene-Editing Gets Rules. Well, Guidelines, Really
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Crispr Gene-Editing Gets Rules. Well, Guidelines, Really

If you're hoping to engineer perfect babies, you're going to have to wait.
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