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The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live
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The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision on marriage equality, a short YouTube video made the rounds online.

A Light Bulb Goes On, Over the Mall
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A Light Bulb Goes On, Over the Mall

Among the many promises of the Internet of Things—a network of Wi-Fi-connected devices and equipment managed with smartphones—is the automation of everyday life...

The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet
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The Secret Agents Who Stake Out the ­gliest Corners of the Internet

When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton, but...

Touching the Virtual
From Communications of the ACM

Touching the Virtual

Feeling the way across new frontiers at the interface of people and machines.

Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance
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Defensive Stats Shift Back Toward Irrelevance

Baseball's statisticians have long been looking for a way—any way—to figure out what a player is worth on defense. It was nothing less than the holy grail of baseball...

Deep-Learning AI Is Taking Over Tech. What Is It?
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Deep-Learning AI Is Taking Over Tech. What Is It?

Have you ever begun a Google search, only to click on the words the box lays before you?

Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable
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Coders Balk at Making Apps Searchable

The giants of the Web have been pressing developers of mobile apps to index their content so it can be parsed by search engines or linked to from other sites.

The Hard Disk of the Future Will Be Ten Thousand Times Faster, Researchers Say
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The Hard Disk of the Future Will Be Ten Thousand Times Faster, Researchers Say

Think your computer is pretty slow?

The Social Security Number's Insecurities
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The Social Security Number's Insecurities

In both the Anthem insurance hack and the two Office of Personnel Management hacks this year, attackers gained access to Social Security numbers, affecting 80 million...

Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images
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Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images

Google Street View offers panoramic views of more or less any city street in much of the developed world, as well as views along countless footpaths, inside shopping...

How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet
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How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet

Imagine you slack off at work and read up online about the latest Gibson 1959 Les Paul electric guitar replica.

China Adopts New Security Law to Make Networks, Systems 'controllable'
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China Adopts New Security Law to Make Networks, Systems 'controllable'

China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security...

What Washington Really Knows About the Internet of Things
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What Washington Really Knows About the Internet of Things

President Barack Obama wears a FitBit monitor on his wrist to count his steps and calories, and has waxed poetic about the power of wearable technology to "give...

The Filter Bubble: Is It Real? Does It Matter?
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The Filter Bubble: Is It Real? Does It Matter?

What are the consequences of the same searches yielding different results for different people?

In Search For Alien Life, Experts Reveal Cutting-Edge Science
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In Search For Alien Life, Experts Reveal Cutting-Edge Science

Where can scientists find clues to help them locate and understand life beyond Earth?

Bringing Big Data to the Big Tent
From Communications of the ACM

Bringing Big Data to the Big Tent

Open source tools assist data science.

What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?
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What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?

Given the amount of mobile phone traffic that cell phone towers transmit, it is no wonder law enforcement agencies target these devices as a rich source of data...

Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking
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Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking

Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?

Europe's First Humans: What Scientists Do and Don't Know
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Europe's First Humans: What Scientists Do and Don't Know

Over the past two years, breakthroughs in ancient genomics and archaeology have revolutionized the story of the first humans in Europe—who are thought to have appeared ...

Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party
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Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party

Facebook and Google are building enormous neural networks—artificial brains—that can instantly recognize faces, cars, buildings, and other objects in digital photos...
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