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German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones
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German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones

The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.

How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure
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How to Hack a Nation's Infrastructure

I'm watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London.

Robot Truck Platoons Roll Forward
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Robot Truck Platoons Roll Forward

Imagine cruising down a three-lane highway and rounding a bend to find four trucks rolling along in single-file. They are all traveling close together—perhaps too...

Electronic Warfare: The Ethereal Future of Battle
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Electronic Warfare: The Ethereal Future of Battle

The voice of the foreign military commander is sinister and gloating.

Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality
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Facebook 'likes' Predict Personality

Researchers at Cambridge University used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future
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Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future

For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.

'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014
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'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014

Five years ago mobile phones were at the forefront of technology, by 2010 the focus was on tablet computers and now billions of yen, dollars and pounds are being...

Smartphone Sensors Reveal Security Secrets
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Smartphone Sensors Reveal Security Secrets

Data captured by smartphone sensors could help criminals guess codes used to lock the gadgets, say security researchers.

Ticketmaster Dumps 'hated' Captcha Verification System
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Ticketmaster Dumps 'hated' Captcha Verification System

The world's largest online ticket retailer is to stop requiring users to enter hard-to-read words in order to prove they are human.

Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?
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Has Chip and Pin Had Its Day?

Go to a cash machine in Japan or Poland and there's a good chance you'll find a finger-sized scanner next to the keypad.

Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race
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Graphene: Patent Surge Reveals Global Race

Latest figures show a sharp rise in patents filed to claim rights over different aspects of graphene since 2007, with a further spike last year.

North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation
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North Korea: On the Net in World's Most Secretive Nation

There's a curious quirk on every official North Korean Website: a piece of programming that must be included in each page's code.

Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?
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Can Disguises Fool Surveillance Technology?

Stick on a fake moustache. Add some glasses. Dye your hair. And perhaps pop on a hat.

Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat
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Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat

The U.K. branch of an American company has developed a hi-tech software programme it believes can help detect and prevent potentially dangerous passengers and cargo...

Europe Hits Old Internet Address Limits
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Europe Hits Old Internet Address Limits

Ripe NCC, the governing body that hands out addresses to European Internet service providers and other organizations, has started strict rationing of IPv4 addresses...

Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study
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Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study

Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware—PC production lines.

Siemens 'flaw' Claim Sparks U.s. Power Plant Security Probe
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Siemens 'flaw' Claim Sparks U.s. Power Plant Security Probe

A security expert said that he had found a backdoor in hardware from a Siemens subsidiary, RuggedCom.

Mind Control Moves Into Battle
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Mind Control Moves Into Battle

Technology that taps into a soldier's thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield.

England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent
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England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent

Football's world governing body Fifa and other organisations are preparing to vote on something many fans of the game have been crying out for: goal-line technology...

Researchers ­se Spoofing to 'hack' Into a Flying Drone
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Researchers ­se Spoofing to 'hack' Into a Flying Drone

American researchers took control of a flying drone by hacking into its GPS system—acting on a $1,000 (£640) dare from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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