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Before Connecting an IoT Device, Check Out a New NIST Report for Cybersecurity Advice
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Before Connecting an IoT Device, Check Out a New NIST Report for Cybersecurity Advice

A new report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to help Internet of Things users protect themselves, their data, and their networks...

Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed
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Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed

Travelers entering China from Kyrgyzstan must install an app on their phones, and researchers have analyzed how the app works.

It's A Cloud, but Not As We Know It
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It's A Cloud, but Not As We Know It

Can data be stored in orbiting laser beams?

Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered
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Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia found 2,040 counterfeit programs among more than 1 million Google Play apps.

Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones
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Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones

A new method of tracking unfamiliar drones leverages consumer smartphones to detect the Wi-Fi signals of nearby drones.

Eavesdropping on the Brain
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Eavesdropping on the Brain

Putting sound to thought, to hear what the brain is 'hearing.'

Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age
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Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age

Researchers at Lancaster University have developed guidelines to help designers build safeguards into connected devices used by children.

California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress
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California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

Mindstrong, a Silicon Valley-based venture co-founded by a former director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, is developing an early-warning system...

It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol
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It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

Researchers at Marist College and IBM have identified a simple but effective way to hack a PTP network, altering the timing of slave clocks by 2,149.5 minutes after...

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species
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Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

Fighting Crime on the Dark Web
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Fighting Crime on the Dark Web

The Dark Web presents new challenges for law enforcement officials.

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time
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The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Although a fully realized quantum network is still a far-off vision, recent breakthroughs have convinced some physicists that a simple proof-of-principle is imminent...

­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V
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­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy
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Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

A brain-computer interface developed by researchers at the University of Houston can sense when its user is expecting a reward.

Chip Startup ­ses Light to Turbocharge AI
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Chip Startup ­ses Light to Turbocharge AI

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

The Chatbots are Coming!
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The Chatbots are Coming!

Advances in chatbots are changing the way we interact with computing devices.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places
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Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

The automaker has expanded the range of Super Cruise to include trickier divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.
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