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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding
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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.

World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux
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World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

The latest Top500 supercomputer ratings found the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system topping the list with a High-Performance Linpack benchmark of 148...

Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research
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Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research

The Australian government is allocating AU$31.8 million (about US$21.5 million) to the Australian Research Council to study responsible, ethical, and inclusive...

Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella
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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

IBM, McAfee, and 16 more firms have launched an effort to address fragmentation and interoperability problems in cybersecurity.

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR
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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.

Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components
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Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components

Scientists at China's OPPO ZIWU Cyber Security Lab, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University identified eight flaws in Android's...

Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack
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Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack

Researchers have described a new exploit targeting Intel central processing units that support Data-Direct I/O Technology and Remote Direct Memory Access features...

One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems
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One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems

A cybersecurity audit found 21% of 430 U.K. schools had their computers, networks, or servers hacked by students.

COBOL Turns 60: Why It Will Outlive Us All
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COBOL Turns 60: Why It Will Outlive Us All

In the beginning, there was machine languages and assembler. Neither was easy to use, but then along came COBOL, and everything changed.

Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning
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Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning

Researchers are working to resolve the fact that spiking neurons currently have no way that they can be trained via gradient descent—the basis of conventional machine...

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape
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Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.

Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints
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Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints

Researchers have developed a technique of using simple two-dimensional images to render wearers invisible to surveillance cameras.

­NSW, Sydney ­ni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory
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­NSW, Sydney ­ni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory

Researchers in Australia are combining their quantum computing powers, uniting methods designed by researchers at each university to prove their feasibility.

Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security
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Study Shows Programmers Will Take the Easy Way Out and Not Implement Proper Password Security

Researchers have found that developers tend to write code that stores user passwords in an unsafe manner, because that is easier than creating a more secure product...

Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers
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Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers

Kaspersky Lab researchers revealed at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Spain that bionic hand prostheses from Moscow-based Motorica are vulnerable to hacking.

Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars
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Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars

Hyundai Motor has developed a system that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles using only their fingerprints.

Intel CP­s Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability
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Intel CP­s Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability

Researchers discovered a new vulnerability in Intel processors that can allow attackers to leak encrypted data from the internal process of a central processing...

Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM ­nder New ­.S. Rules
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Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM ­nder New ­.S. Rules

It is now legal in the U.S. for consumers and repair companies to break an electronic device's digital rights management protections in order to to repair it.

Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans
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Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans

Researchers have trained a neural network to reconstruct human acrobatics in YouTube video clips and manipulate a simulated humanoid to ape those movements.
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