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April 2014


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What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors

What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyber Warriors

The U.S. needs more cyber warriors, and it needs them fast, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.


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Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps

Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps

If you could quiz Watson, IBM's all-knowing supercomputer, from an app on your phone, what would you ask it?


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Justices Appear Divided on Cellphone Warrants

Justices Appear Divided on Cellphone Warrants

The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed torn as it considered a pair of cases about whether the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.


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Pig Farmers Get Smart

Pig Farmers Get Smart

The ALL-SMART-PIGS project is a European Union-backed research effort developing technologies for turning pig farms into smart farms. 


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Research Shows Smartphone Sensors Leave Trackable Fingerprints

Research Shows Smartphone Sensors Leave Trackable Fingerprints

Researchers have demonstrated that fingerprints exist within smartphone sensors because of imperfections during the hardware manufacturing process. 


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College Celebrates Half Century of BASIC Language

College Celebrates Half Century of BASIC Language

Dartmouth University faculty, students, and national experts today will  mark the 50th anniversary of the BASIC computing language developed at Dartmouth.


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New Material for Flat Semiconductors

New Material for Flat Semiconductors

Researchers have discovered a two-dimensional material whose properties are very similar to those of graphene, but with some distinct advantages. 


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Hackers Can Mess With Traffic Lights to Jam Roads and Reroute Cars

Hackers Can Mess With Traffic Lights to Jam Roads and Reroute Cars

The hacker in the Italian Job did it spectacularly.


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A System Detects Global Trends in Social Networks Two Months in Advance

A System Detects Global Trends in Social Networks Two Months in Advance

A new monitoring method identifies what information will be relevant on social networks as far as two months in advance. 


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This 3D Printer Technology Can Print a Game Controller, Electronics and All

This 3D Printer Technology Can Print a Game Controller, Electronics and All

The Rabbit Proto is an open source three-dimensional printer attachment that enables the device to make functioning electronic prototypes. 


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Ohio Surgeons Hope Chip in Man's Brain Lets Him Control Paralyzed Hand with Thoughts

Ohio Surgeons Hope Chip in Man's Brain Lets Him Control Paralyzed Hand with Thoughts

Chad Bouton snapped awake at 5 a.m.


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How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion

How to Build a Gesture-Controlled Web Game with Leap Motion

Modern smartphones have helped shed a light on the power of user interfaces that are driven by gesture and touch. It’s increasingly clear that touch will play a prominent role in the future of computing, but there are still challenges…


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Using Ultrasound to Feel Virtual Objects

Using Ultrasound to Feel Virtual Objects

A startup called Ultrahaptics aims to make gesture control and virtual reality more engaging by using ultrasound waves to let you feel like you’re touching virtual objects and surfaces with your bare hands.


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Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it's a shame more people don't learn to do it.


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Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm

Bitcoin Vies with New Cryptocurrencies as Coin of the Cyber Realm

At a bitcoin conference in Miami this January, Jeffrey Tucker, a laissez-faire economist and libertarian icon, made an unexpected observation.


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Few Consumers Are Buying Premise of Mobile Wallets

Few Consumers Are Buying Premise of Mobile Wallets

Millions of Americans use smartphones for tasks like hailing a taxi or checking in for a flight. But for buying something in a store?


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Microsoft Research Special Projects Group Tipped to Take on Google X

Microsoft Research Special Projects Group Tipped to Take on Google X

Microsoft Research's new Special Projects Group is tasked with working on disruptive technologies that could benefit both the company and society. 


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For Women in Tech, Pay Gap Is Unusually Small

For Women in Tech, Pay Gap Is Unusually Small

The pay gap between women and men in the technology sector is one of the smallest, according to newly released research.


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Stanford Bioengineers Create Circuit Board Modeled on the Human Brain

Stanford Bioengineers Create Circuit Board Modeled on the Human Brain

Stanford bioengineers have developed a new circuit board modeled on the human brain, possibly opening up new frontiers in robotics and computing.


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Flexible Battery, No Lithium Required

Flexible Battery, No Lithium Required

A new flexible material with nanoporous nickel-fluoride electrodes layered around a solid electrolyte can deliver battery-like supercapacitor performance. 


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Cyber Insurance is on the Rise

Cyber Insurance is on the Rise

Companies are discovering traditional insurance policies may not cover the costs of privacy breaches and data loss.


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Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches

Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches

The Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone, in two appeals that could define the parameters of law enforcement tapping into the trove of data stored on smartphones.


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Snowden Retained Expert in Espionage Act Defense

Snowden Retained Expert in Espionage Act Defense

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided journalists a trove of classified documents, retained a well-known Washington defense lawyer last summer in hopes of reaching a plea deal with federal…


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Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Most industrial robots are far less friendly than the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which is safe enough to be a surprisingly popular means of feline transportation.


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Conjuring Images of a Bionic Future

Conjuring Images of a Bionic Future

Dick Loizeaux recently found himself meandering through a noisy New York nightclub.


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Study: People Pay More Attention to the Upper Half of Field of Vision

Study: People Pay More Attention to the Upper Half of Field of Vision

People focus more on the upper half of their field of vision, according to a new study . 


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Homeland Security Struggles to Tempt, Retain Cyber Talent

Homeland Security Struggles to Tempt, Retain Cyber Talent

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is struggling to hire cybersecurity experts.


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Computer Program Could Help Solve Arson Cases

Computer Program Could Help Solve Arson Cases

Researchers say they have developed software that can cut the time needed to determine the cause of a deliberately set fire. 


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Microsoft Wants You to Educate Its Virtual Assistant

Microsoft Wants You to Educate Its Virtual Assistant

Microsoft's forthcoming mobile operating system upgrade will include Cortana, a virtual personal assistant designed to become more intelligent as people use it. 


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Researcher Proposes Alert Tool for Managing Online Privacy Risks

Researcher Proposes Alert Tool for Managing Online Privacy Risks

A Princeton University professor has proposed the creation of a "privacy alert" system to help the average Internet user better manage their privacy. 

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