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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats
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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.

VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios
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VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios

The New York City Police Department is using virtual reality to help train officers for active-shooter scenarios.

Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems
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Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems

The majority of the approximately 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines...

Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks
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Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks

Researchers have developed an automated system that can design and print in three dimensions complex robotic parts optimized to a large number of specifications...

Idaho Teacher ­ses Computer Video Games to Teach Science
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Idaho Teacher ­ses Computer Video Games to Teach Science

Ninth graders in Lewiston, ID, are being taught about earth science through the use of interdisciplinary video games developed by Polymorphic Games, an evolutionary...

Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard to Tame After Early Euphoria
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Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard to Tame After Early Euphoria

A review of 33 projects involving large companies and interviews with more than a dozen executives show that blockchain technology has yet to deliver on its promise...

Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software
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Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software

The moon landing was one of the most important moments in the history of computing, laying the foundations of much of our digital world.

Java, JavaScript Remain Most Popular Programming Languages
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Java, JavaScript Remain Most Popular Programming Languages

Java and JavaScript continue to be the most-used programming languages, with the former the most popular primary coding language, and the latter the most used overall...

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says
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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."

M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices
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M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a new computing system that enables current, unmodified mobile apps to combine and share multiple devices across...

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology
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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery. \]

'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive
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'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

A new software application can bring still images to "life."

Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation
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Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation

Voting machine vendor Election Systems & Software has called on Congress to pass legislation requiring paper trails for all votes to protect against hacking.

DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers
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DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy will build at least two new research centers to support quantum information science .

Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years
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Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years

Tiobe analysts believe Python probably will become the most popular programming language in the world within three or four years.

Keeping Algorithms Fair
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Keeping Algorithms Fair

It's easier to de-bias algorithms than it is to de-bias people.

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Stepping into a charged social issue, Silicon Valley tech giant Salesforce.com has asked retailers to stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using its software...

Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI
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Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn...
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