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Researchers Plan to Demonstrate a Wireless Car Hack This Summer
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Researchers Plan to Demonstrate a Wireless Car Hack This Summer

A note of caution to anyone who works on the security team of a major automobile manufacturer: Don't plan your summer vacation just yet.

Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image
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Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image

Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.

Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi
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Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi

Seven years after the Federal Aviation Administration first warned Boeing that its new Dreamliner aircraft had a Wi-Fi design that made it vulnerable to hacking...

Snowden's 'sexy Margaret Thatcher' Password Isn't So Secure
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Snowden's 'sexy Margaret Thatcher' Password Isn't So Secure

Edward Snowden appears to have a thing for the late British conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher. And his obsession may even be clouding his famously paranoid...

Mlb Is Supercharging Its Stats System with Radar and AI
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Mlb Is Supercharging Its Stats System with Radar and AI

For all the Brad Pitt-fueled hype, sabermetric analysis is still only as good as the systems that capture data from the field—who hit what to whom.

This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash
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This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash

An old aviators' joke goes like this: In the future, airline cockpit crews will consist of one pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, the dog is there...

Nvidia's Powerful New Computer Helps Teach Cars to Drive
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Nvidia's Powerful New Computer Helps Teach Cars to Drive

As cars get smarter and creep ever-closer to driving themselves, the software that makes infotainment systems and adaptive cruise control work is becoming as important...

Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet
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Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet

Jason Mars built his own Siri and then he gave it away.

Stealing Data from Computers ­sing Heat
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Stealing Data from Computers ­sing Heat

Air-gapped systems, which are isolated from the Internet and are not connected to other systems that are connected to the Internet, are used in situations that...

The Philae Comet Lander Might Have Enough Power to Wake Up
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The Philae Comet Lander Might Have Enough Power to Wake Up

In November, a spacecraft made a dramatic, first-ever landing on a comet—three times.

A Robot That Collapses ­nder Pressure (in a Good Way)
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A Robot That Collapses ­nder Pressure (in a Good Way)

If NASA plans to send robots to other planets, it's going to need some new designs: ones that are easy to land, easy to move around, and easy to fix.

How to Sabotage Encryption Software (and Not Get Caught)
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How to Sabotage Encryption Software (and Not Get Caught)

In the field of cryptography, a secretly planted "backdoor" that allows eavesdropping on communications is usually a subject of paranoia and dread.

Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project For Developing Cyber Attacks
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Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project For Developing Cyber Attacks

"What we really need is a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity." It's a sentiment that swells up every few years in the wake of some huge computer intrusion—most...

Spies Can Track You Just By Watching Your Phone's Power ­se
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Spies Can Track You Just By Watching Your Phone's Power ­se

Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal...

The Hot Yet Little-Known Trend That'll Supercharge AI
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The Hot Yet Little-Known Trend That'll Supercharge AI

When Andrew Ng trained Google's army of computers to identify cat videos using artificial intelligence, he hit a few snags.

A Crypto Trick That Makes Software Nearly Impossible to Reverse-Engineer
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A Crypto Trick That Makes Software Nearly Impossible to Reverse-Engineer

Software reverse engineering, the art of pulling programs apart to figure out how they work, is what makes it possible for sophisticated hackers to scour code for...

DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web
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DARPA Is Developing a Search Engine For the Dark Web

A new search engine being developed by Darpa aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement...

Nsa Acknowledges What We All Feared: Iran Learns From Us Cyberattacks
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Nsa Acknowledges What We All Feared: Iran Learns From Us Cyberattacks

After the Stuxnet digital weapon was discovered on machines in Iran in 2010, many security researchers warned that US adversaries would learn from this and other...

AI Won't End the World, But It Might Take Your Job
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AI Won't End the World, But It Might Take Your Job

There's been a lot of fear about the future of artificial intelligence.

Hands-On With Microsoft's ­nbelievable New Holographic Goggles
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Hands-On With Microsoft's ­nbelievable New Holographic Goggles

It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.
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