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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA
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Chinese Hacker Group Caught Bypassing 2FA

Dutch cybersecurity firm Fox-IT said in a report that a hacker group associated with the Chinese government has been bypassing two-factor authentication (2FA) in...

Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices
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Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices

MIT and IBM researchers have developed a new text-analysis method for rapidly narrowing down reading material from billions of online options. 

A Computer Made From DNA Can Compute the Square Root of 900
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A Computer Made From DNA Can Compute the Square Root of 900

A computer made from strands of DNA in a test tube can calculate the square root of numbers up to 900.

Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners
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Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners

Police called to investigate possible home intruders found a hard-working robotic vacuum instead.

Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet
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Russia Announces 'Successful Test' of Its Unplugged Internet

Russia's Ministry of Communications announced a successful test of a nationwide alternative to the Internet and claimed ordinary users did not detect any changes...

Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules
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Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules

Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program to all researchers and outlined the program's rules on its website. The maximum available bounty is $1.5 million...

Scientists Demo Chip-to-Chip Quantum Teleportation in Silicon
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Scientists Demo Chip-to-Chip Quantum Teleportation in Silicon

Scientists at the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have developed chip-scale devices that are able to harness the applications of quantum...

Israeli Government To Allocate $350 Million For Quantum Computing
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Israeli Government To Allocate $350 Million For Quantum Computing

Israel is entering the international quantum arms race, allocating approximately $350 million in an initiative to be a key quantum player over the next decade. ...

Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk
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Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk

Chinese researchers have developed a set of algorithms that significantly improves the accuracy of detecting space junk in earth's orbit.

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
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How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors
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India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors

India's government has approved the building and installation of 11 new supercomputers at research institutes across the country based on indigenously developed...

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...

Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices
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Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices

Apple Inc. has a secret team working on satellite technology that the iPhone maker could use to beam Internet services directly to devices, bypassing wireless networks...

Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android
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Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android

Facebook is building an operating system from scratch so that its hardware is not at the mercy of Google and the Android operating system.

Video Games Are Causing a National Crisis in South Korea
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Video Games Are Causing a National Crisis in South Korea

The World Health Organization's decision in May 2019 to add "gaming disorder" to its official catalog of illnesses has been called a vindication by some, though...

New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten
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New Study Shows Just How Bad Vehicle Hacking Has Gotten

A report from Israeli security firm Upstream paints a grim picture of the state of vehicular cybersecurity.

Tool Uses AI to Flag Fake News for Media Fact-Checkers
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Tool Uses AI to Flag Fake News for Media Fact-Checkers

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that could help social media networks and news organizations screen out fake news.

Many Facial Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study
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Many Facial Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study

A study found most commercial facial recognition algorithms are biased, and falsely identify African-American and Asian faces 10 to 100 times more frequently than...

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.

Trump Picks Computer Scientist to Lead NSF
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Trump Picks Computer Scientist to Lead NSF

U.S. President Donald Trump nominated computer scientist and Arizona State University vice president Sethuraman Panchanathan to be director of the U.S. National...
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