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Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption
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Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption

Swiss technology company Terra Quantum said that it used quantum computers to expose vulnerabilities in commonly used encryption, which could threaten the confidentiality...

Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs
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Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs

BleepingComputer has identified a new targeted phishing campaign in which emails pretending to be company invoices use Morse code in an attachment to hide malicious...

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.

ENIAC Turns 75
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ENIAC Turns 75

The first programmable electronic general-purpose digital computer was introduced to the world on Valentine’s Day in 1946.

Apple Fixes Another 3 iOS Zero-Days Exploited in the Wild
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Apple Fixes Another 3 iOS Zero-Days Exploited in the Wild

Apple has released patches for three iOS zero-day vulnerabilities.

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

Tracking Down DOPE, the First Computer Language for Normal Humans
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Tracking Down DOPE, the First Computer Language for Normal Humans

DOPE has remained hidden because it was successful.

Google Says It's Too Easy for Hackers to Find New Security Flaws
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Google Says It's Too Easy for Hackers to Find New Security Flaws

Attackers are exploiting the same types of software vulnerabilities over and over again, because companies often miss the forest for the trees

Eyes on the Skies
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Eyes on the Skies

Fighting delivery drone privacy invasions.

Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now
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Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now

China continues to be the biggest market for industrial robots, even though the market’s growth had been slowing prior to the pandemic, due to the U.S.-China trade...

LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function
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LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function

Lambda allows users to define new functions written in Excel's own formula language.

Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization
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Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization

Ethical-source leaders are trying to find more support for their open-source approach by creating the Organization for Ethical Source.

Technological Responses to COVID-19
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Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge
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Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, announced during the 2021 CES show, will be a spec race with mechanically identical cars, and software that each team hopes will...

CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report
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CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report

Software quality is crucial to delivering value to organizations, U.S. economy.

Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips
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Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips

Software-quality tracking company Tiobe named Python 2020's top programming language because its popularity outgrew that of all other languages in its index last...

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into
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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.

Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain
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Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain

A novel technique developed by Columbia University researchers helped to map neural network dynamics in the C. elegans worm.

Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains
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Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains

Researchers found artificial intelligence's “neurons” behaved similarly to neurons in the human brain when playing classic Atari video games.

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021
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The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

Spoiler: We're looking at another year of Internet services dominating many aspects of our lives.
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