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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event
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Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Preview Builds Ahead of 'Windows 11' Event

Don't expect any significant updates in new Windows 10 preview builds for the next few weeks. It's all about testing the servicing pipeline with new cumulative...

How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients
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How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often misunderstood. Here's what it is, and how those with OCD can use technology to help navigate uncertainty.

Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist
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Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist

While use of the gaming technology for improving physical ailments is still in the early stages, it shows promise — and it's fun.

AI Could Soon Write Code Based on Ordinary Language
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AI Could Soon Write Code Based on Ordinary Language

Microsoft reveals plans to bring GPT-3, best known for generating text, to programming. "The code writes itself," CEO Satya Nadella says.

Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns
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Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns

Clearview AI has been marketing facial recognition software to law enforcement around the country. In Minnesota, some agencies are finding out the technology doesn't...

Going to the Moon via the Cloud
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Going to the Moon via the Cloud

The wide availability of high-performance computing accessed through the cloud is fostering creativity worldwide.

Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?
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Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?

The new 5G networks increase hacker access to the Internet of Things.

Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Helping Robots Learn What They Can and Can't Do in New Situations
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Helping Robots Learn What They Can and Can't Do in New Situations

University of Michigan researchers have developed a method of helping robots to predict when the model on which they were trained is unreliable.

Microsoft is Retiring Web browser Internet Explorer
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Microsoft is Retiring Web browser Internet Explorer

Some versions of the Windows operating system will continue to receive support for Internet Explorer.

Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely
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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against...

System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically
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System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically

A system developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology automatically cleans "dirty data."

Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag
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Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag

German security researcher stacksmashing was able to break into, dump, and reflash the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag object-location product.

Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead
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Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead

Researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a group of autonomous self-learning robots can change what they are doing in response to changing conditions...

This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?
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This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?

One 'boring but really important' change could improve your security posture significantly. But not everyone does it.

Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology
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Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology

A Microsoft security research unit discovered a number of poor memory allocation operations in code used in Internet of Things and operational technology.

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

Cyber-Securing the Home Office
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Cyber-Securing the Home Office

Patching the security holes that arise when working from home.
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