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Intel CP­s Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability
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Intel CP­s Impacted by New PortSmash Side-Channel Vulnerability

Researchers discovered a new vulnerability in Intel processors that can allow attackers to leak encrypted data from the internal process of a central processing...

Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?
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Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to train semantic parsers by mimicking the way a child learns language.

Google Says 'Exponential' Growth of AI is Changing Nature of Compute
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Google Says 'Exponential' Growth of AI is Changing Nature of Compute

Google software engineer Cliff Young explains how the explosion in deep learning algorithms is coinciding with a breakdown in Moore's Law, forcing new computer...

Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM ­nder New ­.S. Rules
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Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM ­nder New ­.S. Rules

It is now legal in the U.S. for consumers and repair companies to break an electronic device's digital rights management protections in order to to repair it.

China Has Been "Hijacking the Vital Internet Backbone of Western Countries"
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China Has Been "Hijacking the Vital Internet Backbone of Western Countries"

The Chinese government turned to a local ISP for intelligence gathering after it signed the Obama-Xi cyberpact in late 2015, the researchers say.

MIT Invention Builds Memory Walls to Protect Against Meltdown, Spectre Attacks
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MIT Invention Builds Memory Walls to Protect Against Meltdown, Spectre Attacks

A new system can more effectively protect modern PC architectures against vulnerabilities exploited by malware like Meltdown and Spectre, researchers say.

Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans
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Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans

Researchers have trained a neural network to reconstruct human acrobatics in YouTube video clips and manipulate a simulated humanoid to ape those movements.

Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code
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Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code

A study found 31% of developer time is wasted on routine maintenance work, draining $300 billion each year from global GDP.

What is Cyberwar?
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What is Cyberwar?

At its core, cyberwarfare refers the use of digital attacks by one country or nation to disrupt the computer systems of another with the aim of create significant...

Facebook, NY­ Aim to ­se AI to Speed ­p MRI Scans
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Facebook, NY­ Aim to ­se AI to Speed ­p MRI Scans

Facebook's artificial intelligence laboratory, working with the New York University School of Medicine, generated reliable magnetic resonance imaging scans with...

Zen and the Art of Data Structures: From Self-Tuning to Self-Designing Data Systems
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Zen and the Art of Data Structures: From Self-Tuning to Self-Designing Data Systems

Harvard University's Stratos Idreos is using what he calls a periodic table of data structures to map those structures and their characteristics and to probe their...

Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories
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Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories

Ford plans to offer exoskeleton technology to its factory employees worldwide.

IBM Watson Health Extends Partnership With ­.S. to Help Vets With Cancer
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IBM Watson Health Extends Partnership With ­.S. to Help Vets With Cancer

IBM Watson Health has extended its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help treat veterans with cancer using artificial intelligence. ...

Can Graphical Passwords Keep ­s Secure Online?
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Can Graphical Passwords Keep ­s Secure Online?

Researchers from the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China have developed an authentication method that uses semantically linked images.

Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices
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Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices

A team of researchers used boron arsenide crystals to cool electronic devices more effectively than current methods.

How Do Autonomous Vehicles Learn to Drive? Download This Self-Driving Dataset and See for Yourself
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How Do Autonomous Vehicles Learn to Drive? Download This Self-Driving Dataset and See for Yourself

The University of California, Berkeley has made available a massive dataset used by engineers in the development of driverless auto technologies.

Meet REM­S, the Robot That Discovered $17 Billion in Sunken Treasure
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Meet REM­S, the Robot That Discovered $17 Billion in Sunken Treasure

Two years ago, an autonomous underwater vehicle from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute located an underwater wreck containing $17 billion in sunken treasure.

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms
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Developers Favoring AWS, Microsoft Azure for Cloud IoT Platforms

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are increasingly popular as cloud Internet of Things platforms.

Sony, Carnegie Mellon Form Partnership to Research Cooking Robots
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Sony, Carnegie Mellon Form Partnership to Research Cooking Robots

Researchers are studying how artificial intelligence and robotics can be used to improve food preparation, cooking, and delivery.
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