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BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits
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BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits

AT&T researchers found the BotenaGo malware botnet uses 33 exploits to attack millions of routers, modems, network attached storage, and Internet of Things devices...

'Hooking' Online Shoppers Is About More Than Popularity
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'Hooking' Online Shoppers Is About More Than Popularity

New algorithms were designed to better engage online shoppers by ranking items using a combination of popularity and variety.

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Boston Startup Says It Made a Quantum Leap in Computing
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Boston Startup Says It Made a Quantum Leap in Computing

QuEra's new technology comes from researchers at Harvard and MIT.

Trends in Industrial Robotics to Watch in 2022
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Trends in Industrial Robotics to Watch in 2022

Worker shortages continue, even as employment subsidies fall off. As the economy recovers, certain jobs are being permanently replaced by collaborative robots. ...

Apple to Launch Self-Service Repair Program
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Apple to Launch Self-Service Repair Program

Apple noted the program is "intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices."

Supercomputer Simulations Provide Clue to Missing Planets Mystery
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Supercomputer Simulations Provide Clue to Missing Planets Mystery

Researchers in Japan used the world's most powerful astronomical supercomputer to simulate a planet moving away from its initial formation site.

Researchers Use AI to Create Better VR Experiences
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Researchers Use AI to Create Better VR Experiences

Stanford University researchers have combined optics and artificial intelligence to improve holographic displays for virtual and augmented reality experiences. ...

UCI Invention Lets People Pay with a High-Five
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UCI Invention Lets People Pay with a High-Five

A battery-free body area network integrates advanced metamaterials into flexible textiles to facilitate communication between garments and nearby devices.

'Logic Gate' Paves Way for Nanoscale Computers To Treat Cancer and Other Diseases
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'Logic Gate' Paves Way for Nanoscale Computers To Treat Cancer and Other Diseases

The team's logic gate comprised two sensor domains designed to respond to two inputs—light and the drug rapamycin.

Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper
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Big Data Privacy for Machine Learning Just Got 100 Times Cheaper

Rice University hashing method slashes cost of implementing differential privacy.

Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand
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Ransomware Hackers Have the Upper Hand

Hackers put companies under intense pressure to pay ransoms quickly to get their computers systems back online.

The Chip That Changed the World
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The Chip That Changed the World

Most of the wealth created since 1971 is a result of Intel's 4004 microprocessor.

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

AI Behind Deepfakes May Power Materials Design Innovations
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AI Behind Deepfakes May Power Materials Design Innovations

Researchers have trained a generative adversarial network to create refractory high-entropy alloys that can maintain their strength in ultra-high temperatures. ...

Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field
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Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field

Stanford University researchers have created a catalogue of the physical and intellectual details of 100 everyday household tasks, to set benchmarks for domestic...

What Caused the Facebook Outage?
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What Caused the Facebook Outage?

Why was the social media service and its related properties out of service for hours, frustrating users and Facebook engineers alike?

High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem
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High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem

U.S. cities and service contractors use flying drones, crawling robots, and remote-operated swimming machines to explore, diagnose, and fix municipal sewer systems...

Japan's Fugaku Retains Title as World's Fastest Supercomputer
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Japan's Fugaku Retains Title as World's Fastest Supercomputer

Said Satoshi Matsuoka, director of RIKEN R-CCS, "Fugaku has once again proven most powerful in a wide range of areas."

What's in the Water?
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What's in the Water?

Researchers have mapped the global pathways of nitrogen and pathogens from human wastewater.
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