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 Java Surges Back Up in RedMonk Rankings
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Java Surges Back Up in RedMonk Rankings

The adaptability of one of the most common programming languages is behind its continued strength, say analysts.

Gaming Companies Should Avoid Predatory Designs, Lawmakers Say
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Gaming Companies Should Avoid Predatory Designs, Lawmakers Say

Democrats press executives to extend new U.K. 'Age Appropriate Design Code' regulations to children in the U.S.

Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases
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Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases

Results from the company's AI bias competition reveals a preference for young, beautiful, and light-skinned faces

Messaging Apps Have an Eavesdropping Problem
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Messaging Apps Have an Eavesdropping Problem

Google's Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich found vulnerabilities in messaging apps that add eavesdropping bugs without requiring users to click a malicious...

Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux
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Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux

Microsoft security researchers are warning customers about the LemonDuck crypto-mining malware that attacks Windows and Linux systems.

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy
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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the...

Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love, Dread
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Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love, Dread

Programmer community Stack Overflow's 2021 survey of 83,439 software developers in 181 countries found the vast majority (86.69%) named Mozilla's Rust their "most...

Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch
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Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch

A new algorithm can extract an individual’s circadian rhythm from heart rate data collected by their smartwatch.

Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions
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Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions

Robot swarms could cooperate more effectively if communication among some members of the swarm could be curtailed.

High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles
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High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles

Scientists at Japan's Tohoku University have invented a virtual version of air hockey that uses shapeshifting virtual projections of paddles and pucks.

Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development
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Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

For example, earlier this year, enterprise security firm Proofpoint discovered new malware written in Nim and Rust.

 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills
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Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills

A new robotic cutting simulator replicates the forces acting on a knife slicing through foods.

Better Security Through Obfuscation
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Better Security Through Obfuscation

The quest to find greater security through obscurity.

Top Programming Language for Data Science: Python Still Rules, Followed by SQL
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Top Programming Language for Data Science: Python Still Rules, Followed by SQL

While data scientists might be creating clever data visualizations, many decision makers still don't understand stories told through data.

Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw
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Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw

Microsoft offers a workaround to a bug that could give attackers the ability to copy an organization's password hashes for offline cracking.

Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors
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Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors

Research may help pave the way for scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance
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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.

Computer Science Professor Wins 'Test of Time' Award for Influential Paper
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Computer Science Professor Wins 'Test of Time' Award for Influential Paper

The University of Southern California's Shang-Hua Teng and his collaborator, Yale University's Daniel A. Spielman, were named to receive the Symposium on Theory...

NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding
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NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding

Tests of face recognition software indicate the most accurate algorithms are able to confirm airline passenger identities at boarding while committing few errors...
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