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Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy
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Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy

Machine learning algorithms developed by a team of Binghamton University researchers can differentiate bullies and aggressors on Twitter from normal users with...

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things
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Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

A group of researchers uncovered implementation flaws in Internet of Things devices.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline
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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.

Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations
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Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations

A new self-contained communication tool provides support for first-responders from separate organizations operating in a disaster situation.

Head in the Clouds
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Head in the Clouds

Brain-computer interfaces, like so much else, may be migrating to the cloud.

The Next Hot Job: Pretending to Be a Robot
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The Next Hot Job: Pretending to Be a Robot

Many robotic systems are not fully autonomous and require, at the very least, humans monitoring them from afar.

British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows
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British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows

Researchers at the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Center in the U.K. are testing next-generation 5G mobile technology aimed at helping make dairy...

Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69
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Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69

In the early 1990s, Floyd was one of the inventors of Random Early Detection, which continues to play a vital role in the stability of the internet.

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms
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Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain.

Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking
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Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking

Google researchers discovered thousands of iPhones have been compromised with sophisticated spyware over the last two years, contradicting assumptions about the...

French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System
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French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System

A French cryptographer has exposed a security flaw in an electronic voting system to be used in this month's municipal elections in Moscow.

AI Analysis Gives Guidance to Crisis Counselors
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AI Analysis Gives Guidance to Crisis Counselors

Researchers used state-of-the-art natural language processing to learn how the language employed by crisis counselors systematically changes over time

Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests
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Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests

A new study predicts 44% of the $135 billion projected to be spent in 2024 to secure critical city infrastructure against hackers will be invested in data safeguards...

Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You
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Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You

Researchers at Facebook have developed a tool that lets users better see and control the information the company has collected about their browsing habits outside...

LiFi Standard Signals a Light-Bulb Moment for the Internet
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LiFi Standard Signals a Light-Bulb Moment for the Internet

Light is the power behind the global Internet; it may soon help us connect at work and at home, too

Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020
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Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has ordered Georgia not to use its paperless voting machines, election management software, or servers for the 2020 election. ...

Can You Locate Your Location Data?
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Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive...

Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
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Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Researchers have incorporated blockchain into energy systems, which could serve to expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech
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Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

U.S. lawmakers are debating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for user-generated content.
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