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Khan Academy & Comcast team up to bring affordable Internet to low-income families

The problem with online education is that it’s so limited to people with high-speed Internet access.<p>The poorest and most rural communities, who could stand to benefit most from free online education, often lack reliable broadband. So Comcast, the maligned cable company, is making its largest …

Terahertz Scanner Lets Smartphones See Through Objects

UT Dallas electrical engineers have designed an imaging chip that could let mobile phones peer through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects.<p>…

FISA request roundup: Who has Uncle Sam asked to see your data, and how often?

As much as the federal government would like it to, the public outrage at the scope of its PRISM program has yet to die down, despite any good the program may have served in the interests of national and local security. The revelations made by Edward Snowden have cast a bright light on the powers …

Speaking of Big Data…by Michael Keller Wikibon, a professional community solving technology and business problems through an open-source sharing of knowledge, has published an interesting infographic...

<b>Speaking of Big Data…</b><p>Wikibon, a professional community solving technology and business problems through an open-source sharing of knowledge, has …

Worried Who’s Watching Your Web Browsing? Adafruit’s Onion Pi Tor Proxy Project Creates A Private, Portable Wi-Fi Access Point

Adafruit Industries has put together a weekend project for people worried the NSA is monitoring how many reruns of Seinfeld they watch on their tablet. The Onion Pi Tor Proxy is a weekend project that uses the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, along with a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create “a …

NSA fears spark traffic surge on DuckDuckGo search engine

Media coverage of the US National Security Agency's Prism electronic surveillance program, as well as wider publicity for online privacy issues, is …

Chinese supercomputer is world's fastest at 33,860 trillion calculations per second

A Chinese university has built the world's fastest supercomputer, almost doubling the speed of the US machine that previously claimed the top spot and underlining China's rise as a science and technology powerhouse.<p>The biannual TOP500 listing of the world's fastest supercomputers released yesterday …

Cracked in 50 Seconds: Researchers Easily Crack iOS Generated Hotspot Passwords

When setting up a personal hotspot on their iPad or iPhone, users have the option of allowing iOS to automatically generate a password. Now, …

The Samsung Mega becomes the first officially certified 802.11ac Wi-Fi device

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>The Wi-Fi Alliance this week kicked off its certification program for the latest and greatest Wi-Fi technology, 802.11ac, and …

Ready for the Industrial Internet? GE Announces “Predictivity” Platform, New Partnership With Amazon Web Services

At the recent <b>D: All Things Digital</b> conference earlier this month, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt talked a lot about the savings that could be …

Report: China Now Has The World's Fastest Supercomputer

Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, achieved processing speeds of 33.86 petaflops (1000 trillion calculations) per second on a benchmarking test, earning it the number one spot in the Top 500 survey of supercomputers.<p>The tests show the machine …

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iOS Personal Hotspot passwords vulnerable to brute force attacks

The Personal Hotspot feature employs WPA2-PSK encryption, which is generally regarded as secure for WiFi. However, the short list of known passwords …

Kim Dotcom: All Megaupload servers 'wiped out without warning in data massacre'

Kim Dotcom has accused the US government and Leaseweb, one of the hosting providers of former file-sharing site Megaupload, of deleting millions of …

A startup looks to stop fraud with a new method for 'fingerprinting' phone calls

Pindrop Security is using acoustic analysis tech to stop social engineering<p>One of the most cherished and time-honored traditions of computer security conferences like Def Con has been the Social Engineering contest. It's a simple but satisfying hacker bloodsport — contestants sit inside a glass …

Flying cars: Radical concept design aims high

An ambitious firm has revealed their plans for a new type of personal air transport vehicle that takes off and lands like a helicopter. Will the idea fly?<p>I received an email this week from a researcher based in Los Angeles, who I wanted to interview. “I hope to be back before 4pm,” it read. “Of …

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Cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s

Compounds in the spice shown to prevent “tangles” in brain cells that are typical of disease.<p>Cinnamon: Can the red-brown spice with the unmistakable fragrance and variety of uses offer an important benefit? The common baking spice might hold the key to delaying the onset of –– or warding off –– the …

How killer bees can kill a human

<i>By Jennifer Viegas<br>Discovery News</i><p>Larry Goodwin, a 62-year-old farmer in Moody, Texas, met a painful death last Monday when he accidentally disturbed a hidden hive of Africanized honebees, a.k.a. "killer bees," as he drove his tractor on a neighbor's land.<p><b>NBC News report: Killer bees leave Texas man</b> …

Did government scientists really create a secret quantum internet?

Technological advances lead to new discoveries in vision science

Our Algorithms Can Predict Future Disasters — Now What?

California is studded with a network of sensors that can perceive almost any motion in the ground, including the slightest perturbation of the …

RightScale sizes up Google Compute Engine

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Tartos/Shutterstock<p>The availability of Google Compute Engine has certainly shaken up the cloud infrastructure world. …

Researchers Crack iOS-Generated Hotspot Passwords in 50 Seconds

When tethering an iPhone or an iPad, iOS users have the option of using an automatically generated password for their personal hotspots, which Apple implemented to provide all users with a secure password option.<p>According to researchers at Germany's University of Erlangen (via <i>ZDNeT</i>), the way that …

NSA head defends spying, says it has disrupted more than 50 plots | Ars Technica

In Congressional hearing, officials call people like Snowden "a huge problem."<p>In testimony before a congressional intelligence committee on Tuesday, …

Defiance S01E10 The Bride Wore Black : Teaser Trailer

We’ve got our hands on the trailer of “The Bride Wore Black”, the upcoming episode of the surprising science-fiction TV series Defiance:<p>Defiance 1.10 …