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Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked
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Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked

Ward Beullens at IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland easily cracked a cryptography algorithm touted as one of three contenders for a global standard against quantum...

Medical, IoT Devices Vulnerable to Attack
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Medical, IoT Devices Vulnerable to Attack

Researchers discovered seven vulnerabilities, known collectively as "Access:7," in more than 150 Internet of Things devices made by more than 100 companies.

How Picking Up Your Smartphone Could Reveal Your Identity
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How Picking Up Your Smartphone Could Reveal Your Identity

Researchers from Lancaster University and the University of Bath use phone usage time to help identify users

AI Model Detects Mental Disorders Based on Web Posts
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AI Model Detects Mental Disorders Based on Web Posts

Analyzes emotions, not specific content, in social media posts to generate a user's emotional "fingerprint"

'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds
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'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds

Researchers combined surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and a deep learning model to identify bacteria in seconds with up to 98% accuracy.

Move Over Candy Bars, New York Vending Machine Now Sells NFT Art
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Move Over Candy Bars, New York Vending Machine Now Sells NFT Art

The first in-person non-fungible token vending machine has been installed in New York City by digital art collecting platform Neon.

Robot Photographer Has Eye for Aesthetics
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Robot Photographer Has Eye for Aesthetics

Cornell University researchers have developed a robotic photography system that can automatically rove an indoor space and shoot aesthetically appealing photos....

Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary
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Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary

Investors give money to pseudonymous developers. Venture capitalists back founders without learning their real names. What happens when they need to know?

Will No-Code Crack the Code?
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Will No-Code Crack the Code?

No-code platforms help non-coders program, but developers will always be needed.

Toyota Halts Japan Production As Supplier Probes Possible Cyberattack
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Toyota Halts Japan Production As Supplier Probes Possible Cyberattack

Toyota-owned truck manufacturer Hino Motors said two of its plants were affected, while Daihatsu, a Toyota affiliate that makes small cars, reportedly also stopped...

Flaws Discovered in Cisco's Network Operating System for Switches
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Flaws Discovered in Cisco's Network Operating System for Switches

Technology conglomerate Cisco has issued software patches to correct four security flaws that hackers could exploit to commandeer affected systems.

Medical Digital Twins: a New Frontier
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Medical Digital Twins: a New Frontier

Today, a digital twin of the pancreas; tomorrow, the immune system?

Digital Technology Fans Firefighting
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Digital Technology Fans Firefighting

New tools help firefighters identify the dynamics and characteristics of a fire—and respond more effectively.

A Source of Security Challenges for Years to Come
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A Source of Security Challenges for Years to Come

Cybersecurity experts agree the recently uncovered Log4Shell software vulnerability is the most dangerous on record.

Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ
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Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ

Researchers say their GT Sophy is the first artificial intelligence able to beat professional esports players in the motorsport game Gran Turismo.

MIT Develops New Programming Language for High-Performance Computers
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MIT Develops New Programming Language for High-Performance Computers

With a tensor language prototype, "speed and correctness do not have to compete … they can go together, hand-in-hand."

Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion
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Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion

Google routinely restricts in-depth information until a majority of users have had the chance to apply the update, which will be rolled out in the near future. ...

AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers
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AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers

Artificial intelligence can eliminate errors from a group of quantum bits, thanks to researchers at Germany's RWTH Aachen University.

Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware
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Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware

Threat groups often hide malware behind macros in innocent-seeming documents, but Microsoft's proposed change should make that route less effective.

The New Spy Wars
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The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus, and the world.
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