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Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone
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Apple Issues Global Ios ­pdate After Attempt to ­se Spyware on Activist's Iphone

A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating...

Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online
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Your Battery Status Is Being Used to Track You Online

A little-known web standard that lets site owners tell how much battery life a mobile device has left has been found to enable tracking online, a year after ...

­se of Police Robot to Kill Dallas Shooting Suspect Believed to Be First in ­S History
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­se of Police Robot to Kill Dallas Shooting Suspect Believed to Be First in ­S History

For what experts are calling the first time in history, US police have used a robot in a show of lethal force.

Augmented Eternity: Scientists Aim to Let ­S Speak From Beyond the Grave
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Augmented Eternity: Scientists Aim to Let ­S Speak From Beyond the Grave

Augmented eternity, the posthumous preservation of a person's knowledge, beliefs, and personality, could be feasible within 15 to 25 years.

Face Recognition App Taking Russia By Storm May Bring End to Public Anonymity
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Face Recognition App Taking Russia By Storm May Bring End to Public Anonymity

If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past.

Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs to Read Texts, Listen to Calls and Track You
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Your Phone Number Is All a Hacker Needs to Read Texts, Listen to Calls and Track You

Hackers have again demonstrated that no matter how many security precautions someone takes, all a hacker needs to track their location and snoop on their phone...

'new Rembrandt' Unveiled in Amsterdam
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'new Rembrandt' Unveiled in Amsterdam

A portrait titled "the Next Rembrandt" is the end-product of an 18-month project that brought together data scientists, developers, engineers, and art historians...

The MIT Lab Flushing Out a City's Secrets
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The MIT Lab Flushing Out a City's Secrets

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers believe analyzing the contents of sewage could provide scientists with new insights into human health. 

Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'
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Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'could Leave Half of World ­nemployed'

Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial...

Is Blockchain the Most Important It Invention of Our Age?
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Is Blockchain the Most Important It Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

Meet the Woman Leading the Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer
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Meet the Woman Leading the Race to Build the World's First Quantum Computer

The University of New South Wales in Australia continues to make strides in developing the world's first practical quantum computer. 

Erica, the 'most Beautiful and Intelligent' Android, Leads Japan's Robot Revolution
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Erica, the 'most Beautiful and Intelligent' Android, Leads Japan's Robot Revolution

Researchers at Osaka and Kyoto universities and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International call "Erica" their most advanced humanoid.

How Software Developers Helped End the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone
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How Software Developers Helped End the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone

A team of software developers helped solve the problem of distributing wages to healthcare workers fighting the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. 

Robot Revolution: Rise of 'thinking' Machines Could Exacerbate Inequality
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Robot Revolution: Rise of 'thinking' Machines Could Exacerbate Inequality

More than one third of U.K. employees and nearly half of U.S. workers could lose their jobs to "thinking" machines over the next 20 years, according to a study.

A Manifesto For Algorithms in the Environment
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A Manifesto For Algorithms in the Environment

Researchers at Stockholm University researcher are developing a Biosphere Code Manifesto.

Lovin' Their Elevator: Why Germans Are Loopy About Their Revolving Lifts
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Lovin' Their Elevator: Why Germans Are Loopy About Their Revolving Lifts

As the paternoster cabin in which he was slowly descending into the bowels of Stuttgart's town hall plunged into darkness, Dejan Tuco giggled infectiously.

Connecting Artificial Intelligence With the Internet of Things
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Connecting Artificial Intelligence With the Internet of Things

Oblong Industries CEO John Underkoffler does not believe a connection between the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence will become a threat to mankind...

The Square Kilometre Array: Radio Silence in Western Australia For Most Powerful Telescope in History
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The Square Kilometre Array: Radio Silence in Western Australia For Most Powerful Telescope in History

In outback Western Australia, around 350k northeast of the small town of Geraldton, lies an area of land about the size of the Netherlands, but with only 100 humans...

Cockroach Robots? Not Nightmare Fantasy but Science Lab Reality
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Cockroach Robots? Not Nightmare Fantasy but Science Lab Reality

Texas A&M University researchers have fused a computer onto the back of a live cockroach in order to control the insect. 

British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors
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British Army Creates Team of Facebook Warriors

The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare...
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