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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye
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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.

This Military Tech Could Finally Help Self-Driving Cars Master Snow
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This Military Tech Could Finally Help Self-Driving Cars Master Snow

The research conducted at the country's National Laboratories is usually highly classified and specifically aimed at solving national security problems. But sometimes...

Mobile App Extends Smartphone Battery 10-25%
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Mobile App Extends Smartphone Battery 10-25%

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have developed a mobile app that purportedly reduces the energy consumption of Android smartphones.

As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster
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As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster

Cars need to get faster—not on the road, but on the inside.

Transistor Technology May Improve Speed, Battery Life for Computers, Mobile Phones, Other Electronics
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Transistor Technology May Improve Speed, Battery Life for Computers, Mobile Phones, Other Electronics

Purdue University researchers have developed a technology design for field effect transistors that incorporates lasers.

Robots Have Power to Significantly Influence Children's Opinions
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Robots Have Power to Significantly Influence Children's Opinions

Researchers have demonstrated that young children are much more susceptible than adults to having their opinions and decisions influenced by robots.

LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart
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LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart

University of California, San Diego researchers are developing a Wi-Fi-based system using inexpensive tags that can be stuck to everyday non-electronic objects....

How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind
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How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind

Imagine standing in an elevator as the doors begin to close and suddenly seeing a couple at the end of the corridor running toward you.

Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts
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Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

Common Wi-Fi Can Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags
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Common Wi-Fi Can Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags

Rutgers University-New Brunswick researchers found common Wi-Fi technology can easily identify weapons, bombs, and explosive chemicals in bags at public venues....

Rethinking Social Networks
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Rethinking Social Networks

The WBPA (Weighted Betweenness Preferential Attachment) model developed at Carnegie Mellon University shows how social networks change and develop over time.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science
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How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science

After being kicked out of a hotel conference room where they had participated in a three-day open-science workshop and hackathon, a group of computer scientists...

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
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To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

You're crossing the street wrong.

LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt
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LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt

A once-controversial approach to particle physics has entered the mainstream at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs
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Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim.

Millions of Businesses Vulnerable to Fax-Based Cyberattack
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Millions of Businesses Vulnerable to Fax-Based Cyberattack

Fax machines still in use by millions of organizations worldwide could be exploited by hackers to launch cyberattacks.

Spectre-Like Flaw Undermines Intel Processors' Most Secure Element
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Spectre-Like Flaw Undermines Intel Processors' Most Secure Element

A team of researchers has found a Spectre-like vulnerability that specifically undermines the most secure element of recent Intel chips.

How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts
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How Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts

When the cybersecurity industry warns about the nightmare of hackers causing blackouts, the scenario they describe typically entails an elite team of hackers ...

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
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Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.
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