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Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries
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Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent...

How the Government Can Read Your Email
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How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

Cybersecurity for Your Car
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Cybersecurity for Your Car

Ohio State University researchers are studying the security of wireless interfaces in vehicles, the use of which will only increase as autonomous vehicles come...

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions
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Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Researchers have developed a doll equipped that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar
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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...

How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World
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How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World

Argonne National Laboratory scientists aim to produce exascale-enabled software by surmounting problems in memory, power, and computational resources.

US Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing
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US Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing

With China threatening to build the world's first exascale supercomputer before the US, the US Department of Energy has awarded a research grant to Hewlett Packard...

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to Ultrasecure Communications
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China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to Ultrasecure Communications

Just months into its mission, the world's first quantum-communications satellite has achieved one of its most ambitious goals.

U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national...

HKBU Invention Detects and Alerts Sleepy Drivers
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HKBU Invention Detects and Alerts Sleepy Drivers

Researchers have developed a system that detects sleepy drivers and alerts them using a smartphone.

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS
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U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare ...

UTSA Professor Wins $450,000 NSF Grant to Develop Artificial Intelligence That Can Detect Computer System Faults
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UTSA Professor Wins $450,000 NSF Grant to Develop Artificial Intelligence That Can Detect Computer System Faults

A University of Texas at San Antonio professor has received a $450,000 grant to develop a hardware-based AI system for detecting software bugs and security attacks...

Researchers Land $3 Million to Build Cyberattack Defenses
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Researchers Land $3 Million to Build Cyberattack Defenses

Researchers at Clemson University are part of a team of computer experts from five universities to develop new defenses to protect data from computer hacking.

The Billion Dollar War Over Maps
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The Billion Dollar War Over Maps

During a test drive near Ford's Michigan headquarters, the team noticed something strange with its self-driving cars.

Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook
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Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook

Just when the cybersecurity world thinks it's found the limits of how far Russian hackers will go to meddle in foreign elections, a new clue emerges that suggests...

Robot Cars Can't Count on Us in an Emergency
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Robot Cars Can't Count on Us in an Emergency

Many automotive technologists are skeptical that autonomous cars will be able to trust humans in emergency situations.

App Uses Smartphone Compass to Prevent Voice Hacking
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App Uses Smartphone Compass to Prevent Voice Hacking

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed a smartphone application designed to stop voice hacking.

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
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Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam...
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