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Security Gap Allows Eavesdropping on Mobile Phone Calls
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Security Gap Allows Eavesdropping on Mobile Phone Calls

Researchers from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum and New York University Abu Dhabi eavesdropped on cellphone calls by exploiting a security flaw in basestation implementations...

Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers
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Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers

The U.S. Air Force, Red Balloon Security, and the Defense Digital Service teamed up on the NyanSat project to build an open source satellite communication tool...

Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network
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Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network

Google says it has created "the world's largest earthquake detection network" by adding quake detection features to almost all Google Play Android phones.

NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat
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NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat

The U.S. National Security Agency has released new guidance for military and intelligence community staff, warning of threats to national security from cellphone...

Apparently, Size Does Matter
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Apparently, Size Does Matter

Consumers make better Internet buying decisions when using full-sized PCs.

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped
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England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped

After months of complaints about its centralized, privatized system, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government says resources will be diverted to local public health...

Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?
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Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a "clean" Internet.

Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk
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Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk

The Check Point security firm found 400 code vulnerabilities on Qualcomm's Snapdragon digital signal processor chip, used in more than 40% of Android smartphones...

Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures
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Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures

Singapore law enforcement is testing two unmanned drones designed by developer Airobotics to help enforce social distancing measures, by tracking gatherings and...

Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges
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Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges

About 50 hospitals use sensor technology to monitor whether staff are washing their hands when they enter and exit patient rooms, and to keep tabs on expensive...

Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea
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Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea

Australia is deploying unmanned robot boats to patrol its waters and monitor weather and wildlife, as well as identifying boats potentially transporting asylum...

China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System
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China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System

China has completed its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), with the 55th and final geostationary satellite in the constellation launched June 23. BDS-3...

How to Optimize Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer
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How to Optimize Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer

A study found how "critical states" can be used to optimize artificial neural networks running on brain-inspired neuromorphic hardware.

Ultra-Low-Power Brain Implants Find Meaningful Signal in Gray Matter Noise
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Ultra-Low-Power Brain Implants Find Meaningful Signal in Gray Matter Noise

University of Michigan researchers have reduced the power requirements of neural interfaces by an estimated 90% while enhancing their accuracy in identifying intention...

Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches
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Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed suit against Google for allegedly misleading millions of Australian account holders about the use of...

Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots
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Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received 572 entries from 82 countries in a contest to generate ideas for replacing traditional spacecraft sensors in its future...

AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios
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AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios

Researchers developed and tested an augmented reality headset that helps surgeons remotely guide medics through performing surgery in simulated war zones.

A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?
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A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?

The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the buildout of 5G networks appears to have been minimal.

Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts
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Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts

A new smart technology can help utilities better serve communities struck by outages.

Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings
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Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings

Researchers have proposed a technique that can remove attributes like gender from speech data to protect sensitive information.
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