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New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias
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New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias

oVRcome, a phone-based virtual reality (VR) application designed to treat phobias, successfully completed a six-week clinical trial.

Turning Phones on Silent May Increase Phone Checking
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Turning Phones on Silent May Increase Phone Checking

Pennsylvania State University researchers found turning phones on silent or buzz mode may encourage, rather than discourage, more phone checking.

Headline Tricks Make People Share News Stories on Facebook
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Headline Tricks Make People Share News Stories on Facebook

Usual punctuation in headlines can make people more likely to share news stories on Facebook, although asking questions is less likely to encourage engagement. ...

How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children
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How Daycare Apps Can Spy on Parents, Children

German researchers uncovered serious security flaws in 42 European and U.S. daycare applications.

Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea
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Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea

Why a country known for blazing broadband and innovative devices remains tethered to a browser that most of the world abandoned long ago.

FCC Lets Starlink Offer Internet Service in Moving Vehicles
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FCC Lets Starlink Offer Internet Service in Moving Vehicles

"These services, never before available, promise the potential for expanding reach to remote and rural areas and facilitating higher quality broadband services...

The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
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The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can't do to people, like whether it's okay to deploy lie detectors at borders.

Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware
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Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware

Researchers have discovered at least 80 routers in North America and Europe have been infected by a remote access Trojan as part of a larger hacking campaign.

Robotic Arms Connected to Brain of Partially Paralyzed Man Allow Him to Feed Himself
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Robotic Arms Connected to Brain of Partially Paralyzed Man Allow Him to Feed Himself

Johns Hopkins University researchers led a team that developed a robotic system that allowed a partially paralyzed man to feed himself.

Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic
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Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic

Norwegian researchers used existing underwater fiber-optic cables to listen to whales in the Arctic via the Distributed Acoustic Sensing system.

Toxicity in Open-Source Community Varies From Other Internet Forums
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Toxicity in Open-Source Community Varies From Other Internet Forums

A team of researchers conducted an analysis of toxicity on open-source community platforms.

Walmart Amps Up Cloud Capabilities, Reducing Reliance on Tech Giants
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Walmart Amps Up Cloud Capabilities, Reducing Reliance on Tech Giants

Retailer Walmart said it has deployed a system for transitioning between cloud providers and its own servers, demonstrating a means of becoming less reliant on...

Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data
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Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data

Vulnerabilities in hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi's SmartTub Internet interface compromised the data of owners worldwide.

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'
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Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'

Microsoft's termination of the Internet Explorer browser has sparked panic among businesses and government agencies in Japan that delayed updating their websites...

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles
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How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles

A new service for students flags inappropriate or offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so would-be employers can see them in the best possible...

Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise
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Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise

A new report indicates Mega's file encryption architecture contains fundamental cryptography flaws enabling attackers to launch full key recovery attacks.

Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement
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Twitter Apologizes for Abusing User Security Information After $150 million FTC settlement

n addition to the $150 million penalty, Twitter agreed to notify users that it misused the security data.

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says
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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow's disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected...
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