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Cat Pics Highlight Internet Privacy Problem

Posting pictures of your cat to the internet may seem like one of the most innocuous (and fun) things to do. But did you know that doing so can give away the location of your feline and, by extension, you too?<p>Even if you are aware of that, you may not realize exactly what can be done with that …

Nanowires three atoms wide could lead to paper-thin gadgets

What's that odd shape, you ask? That's the world's thinnest nanowire -- and it could be the key to a future wave of flexible devices. In blasting single-layered, semiconducting materials with an electron beam, Vanderbilt University student Junhao Lin has created wires that measure just three atoms …

Zuckerberg and Musk back software startup that mimics human learning

Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names are backing a hitherto low-profile tech startup that aims to recreate the human neocortex as computer code.<p>Vicarious, a four-year-old San Francisco-based startup, claims to be “building software that thinks and learns like a human”. According to the Wall …

Who is winning the 'crypto-war'?

<b>In the war over encryption between the NSA and privacy activists, who is winning?</b><p>Ladar Levison sits exhausted, slumped on a sofa with his dog Princess on his lap. He is surrounded by boxes after he moved into a new house in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, the previous day.<p>He describes his new home as …

Privacy

Smart Vending Machine Scans Your Face to Serve Up Snacks

Just how well does your office soda machine know you? A network of smart, connected vending machines will soon use facial recognition, NFC and a membership program to market and sell everything from food to electronics on their giant touch screens. The product of software giant SAP, these new …

This iPhone-Sized Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate

Auto makers have long downplayed the threat of hacker attacks on their cars and trucks, arguing that their vehicles’ increasingly-networked systems are protected from rogue wireless intrusion. Now two researchers plan to show that a few minutes alone with a car and a tiny, cheap device can give …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

As artificial intelligence grows, so do ethical concerns

Now that Google is delving even deeper into artificial intelligence, the minds behind "Don't be evil" might face real questions of right and wrong.<p>This week the Mountain View search titan snatched up DeepMind, which develops artificial intelligence software. The price tag and the specifics of the …

Google buying AI startup DeepMind for a reported $400 million

Google appears to be building on its already massive interest in AI and robotics. <i>Re/code</i> reports that the search company is in the process of acquiring DeepMind Technologies for $400 million as part of a concerted talent acquisition effort. We've reached out to Google for confirmation.<p>According to …

This Apple iWatch Concept Design Is Simply Incredible

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Everyone's hearts go aflutter at iWatch rumors, the supposed wearable wrist computer that Apple could launch as early as this year.<p>A designer named Todd Hamilton took a stab not only at what the still-speculative watch might look like, but how it …

China Wants Internet Users Who Upload Videos To Use Real Names

The situations for which a Chinese Internet user can maintain an anonymous online profile are getting less and less.<p>Yesterday, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Film, Radio and Television issued a notice that requires those who upload a video online to use their real names …

Actually Two Attacks In One, Target Breach Affected 70 to 110 Million Customers

The latest reports from Reuters indicate that six additional large U.S. retailers have ongoing point of sale (POS) data breaches that have been reported to law enforcement but not yet made public. Security firm iSIGHT Partners has announced that it has been working with the U.S. Secret Service and …

Target Breach Of 70 Million Customers' Data Used Bargain Basement Malware

The massive data breach at Target during the 2013 holiday shopping season which the retailer now admits affected 70 customers used an inexpensive “off the shelf” malware available online for as little as $1,800, reports Krebs on Security. This malware, known as BlackPOS is likely of Russian origin …

Yahoo says some ads on its European sites spread malware

(Reuters) - Some advertisements on Yahoo Inc’s European websites last week spread malicious software, Yahoo said on Sunday, potentially infecting thousands of users.<p>The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California April 16, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith<p>On …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos promises half-hour shipping with Amazon Prime Air

Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman. Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to 5 pounds to your house in less than half an hour. They're technically octocopters, as …

New Medical Device Treats Epilepsy With A Well-Timed Zap

Imagine a tiny computer embedded under your scalp that's constantly tracking your brain activity and zapping you when it senses something awry.<p>That might sound like science fiction, but a medical device that does that was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an option for people …

World record setting experiment brings quantum computing a step closer to reality

Despite recent successes in the field, creating a quantum computer is <i>really</i> hard. For one thing quantum bits in a super positioned state (or qubits, the basic unit of data for quantum computing) have a hard time surviving at room temperature. Typically, these superposition states last for only a …

MIT’s inFORM uses Kinect to physically interact through a computer

The Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab created a "self-aware computer" that allows users to affect physical space in front of the monitor, Fast Company reports.<p>The device is called inFORM and functions with the use of a pin board; each pin is connected to a motor made mobile by a computer. …

New command center will protect L.A. infrastructure from cyberattacks

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has set up a new command center to minimize the threat that hackers, terrorists or foreign enemies will disrupt water, power, transportation and public safety systems.<p>In an executive directive creating the Cyber Intrusion Command Center, Garcetti cited warnings from …

Google: self-driving cars safer than professional drivers - Roadshow

<b>Google has said that its data reveals self-driving cars are safer than any human driver on the road.</b><p>Speaking at the RoboBusiness robotics conference …

Warrantless surveillance law may face test in criminal case

Federal prosecutors intend to use information gathered through the government's warrantless surveillance program in a criminal trial, setting up a possible court test of the constitutionality of such eavesdropping.<p>The Justice Department filed notice (PDF) late Friday that it plans to use …

Apple’s first warehouse was Steve Jobs’ bedroom as seen in this rare 1976 image

A recent auction of an Apple 1 computer has allowed an image to surface of 50 cardboard boxes containing early Apple computers from 1976 in a rare photo believed to be taken by Steve Jobs himself, according to <i>The Daily Mail.</i> Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, of course, built the first Apple computers …

Dash is a free coding course that'll teach you how to make CSS robots

General Assembly has launched a new online service that teaches basic web development for free, in your browser. It's called Dash, and it lets users learn how to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS by working through four projects of increasing difficulty.<p>As you progress through the projects — starting …

How Harvey Mudd Transformed Its Computer Science Program — And Nearly Closed Its Gender Gap

Harvey Mudd is known as one of the most elite science, engineering and mathematics colleges in the world. But historically, its computer science department hasn’t exactly been known as a paragon of gender diversity — in 2006, only 10 percent of Harvey Mudd’s computer science majors were female.<p>But …

The Apple team behind the original iPhone recalls its stressful, terrifying development

One day before the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, <i>The New York Times Magazine</i> has published a captivating recollection of the terrifyingly stressful two-year development of the first iPhone. The piece is an excerpt from journalist Fred Vogelstein's upcoming book, <i>Dogfight: How Apple and Google</i> …

Adobe Hacked, 2.9 Million Customer Accounts Compromised

Adobe today announced that hackers have managed to obtain information on approximately 2.9 million of its customers that have downloaded its software, including customer IDs, encrypted passwords, customer names, encrypted credit/debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information on …