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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard
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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity. ...

Inside Russia's Social Media War on America
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Inside Russia's Social Media War on America

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington.

FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules
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FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era that could relax regulations on Internet...

Cinematography on the Fly
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Cinematography on the Fly

Researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones in capturing video for movies.

This Spy App Can See If You've Visited Whistleblowing Sites on the Dark Web
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This Spy App Can See If You've Visited Whistleblowing Sites on the Dark Web

New spyware can determine whether online users have visited whistleblowing sites on the Dark Web.

Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music
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Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music

Researchers say they have created the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip, based on OxRAM technology, that demonstrates the ability to compose music. ...

What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers
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What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers

Robots are replacing human workers at a faster pace than any other point in history. Most of these robots are in factories, but a new kind of mechanized worker...

A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer
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A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer

The world's largest genetics research center isn't at Harvard or Stanford or even the NIH. It's a 20-mile drive from Hong Kong International Airport, in the bustling...

Patching the Electric Grid
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Patching the Electric Grid

Electric grids worldwide are increasingly vulnerable to attack as new technologies like smart meters and analytical software are added to them, with mature systems...

Bigger Is Better: Quantum Volume Expresses Computer's Limit 
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Bigger Is Better: Quantum Volume Expresses Computer's Limit 

The race to build the first useful quantum computer continues apace. And, like all races, there are decisions to be made, including the technology each competitor...

Advancing Cancer Immunotherapy With Computer Simulations and Data Analysis
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Advancing Cancer Immunotherapy With Computer Simulations and Data Analysis

Researchers have developed a unique mathematical model to probe interactions between prostate tumors and common cancer immunotherapies.

Google's AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before
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Google's AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before

Google researchers have found a way to use artificial intelligence to produce entirely new sounds.

SDSC's Comet Helps Replicate Brain Circuitry to Direct a Realistic Prosthetic Arm
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SDSC's Comet Helps Replicate Brain Circuitry to Direct a Realistic Prosthetic Arm

Researchers used the San Diego Supercomputer Center's Comet system in applying a novel algorithm to replicate neural pathways for controlling limb movement.

Your Face Can Get You More than Just Toilet Paper in China
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Your Face Can Get You More than Just Toilet Paper in China

Now a number of female students at one of the country's top universities can use their face to open doors, according to news reports.

How to Make Fully Homomorphic Encryption 'Practical and Usable'
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How to Make Fully Homomorphic Encryption 'Practical and Usable'

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded Galois $1 million to make fully homomorphic encryption available to programmers.

NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments
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NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.

Should the Government Keep Stockpiling Software Bugs?
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Should the Government Keep Stockpiling Software Bugs?

As the dust settles from the global ransomware attack that has crippled systems in more than 150 countries since Friday, the U.S. government's shadowy process for...

The Cybersecurity Risks U.S. Election Systems Face Heading Into the 2018 Elections
From ACM TechNews

The Cybersecurity Risks U.S. Election Systems Face Heading Into the 2018 Elections

Cybersecurity experts are warning of U.S. voting systems' vulnerability to cyberthreats going into the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections.

Under Cyberattack: UH Researchers Look at How to Catch a 'Phisher'
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Under Cyberattack: UH Researchers Look at How to Catch a 'Phisher'

Researchers are studying why phishing attacks are so successful in an attempt to develop the next generation of email filters.

The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!
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The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!

If I asked you "how many computing devices do you own?" your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets...
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