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The next cyberattack could render your anti-virus and encryption software useless

But your devices are increasingly at risk from "side-channel" attacks, where an intruder can bypass traditional network entry points and use another way to compromise the device.<p>These side channels can involve measuring several of the device's characteristics, including its power consumption, the …

Cybersecurity

How GPS data derived from e-taxi platforms could improve road conditions in developing countries

A new initiative that uses GPS data derived from drivers on a number of e-taxi services has launched this week with a long-term view of improving transport services and easing traffic congestion around the world.<p>The Open Transport Partnership is a program being led by the World Bank, in conjunction …

Big data can’t bring objectivity to a subjective world

Simon Chandler Contributor<p>Simon Chandler is a writer and journalist, contributing articles on culture, politics and technology.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology<p>It seems everyone is interested in big data these …

Use Big Data to Create Value for Customers, Not Just Target Them

Big data holds out big promises for marketing. Notably, it pledges to answer two of the most vexing questions that have stymied marketers since they started selling: 1) who buys what when and at what price? and 2) can we link what consumers hear, read, and view to what they buy and …

Big Data And The Future Of Smart Cities

Although Big Data has a lot of buzz around it, I believe that in many ways it is still a relatively new and unexplored concept. However, its potential for human analysis is already obvious. This makes it a perfect and integral part of the planning and creation of smart cities.<p>As populations grow …

Smart Cities

600 million IP addresses are linked to this house in Kansas

A couple who say that a company has registered their home as the position of more than 600 million IP addresses are suing the company for …

Google's Self-Driving Car Guru Announces He's Leaving

Chris Urmson, who was instrumental in building Google's self-driving car project, said on Friday he is leaving the team after seven and a half years.<p>Alphabet's Google had named Urmson chief technical officer of the project after it hired former Hyundai executive John Krafcik to be chief executive …

Verifly launches drone insurance by the flight, and on-demand in the US

A startup called Verifly is making insurance on-demand, and per-flight, available to drone users today with a new mobile app and service that’s been in the works since late 2014. The service launches just in time to support a burgeoning consumer and commercial market for unmanned aerial vehicle use …

Facebook's massive solar-powered drone takes its first flight

Facebook has flown its full-sized solar-powered airplane for the first time, after years of anticipation.<p>The large drone — named Aquila — had a …

The Coup Attempt in Turkey Will Be Livestreamed

A new generation of livestreaming services played a starring role in Turkey’s attempted military coup on Friday.<p>Television and cable news networks …

Twitter pays up to $150M for Magic Pony Technology, which uses neural networks to improve images

Twitter today is taking another step to build up its machine learning muscle, and also potentially to improve how it delivers photos and videos across its apps: the company is acquiring Magic Pony Technology (that is really the name), a company based out of London that has developed techniques of …

New data shows Google has met with White House officials over 400 times since 2009

Google has long held close ties with politicians in Washington, D.C., and according to new data, nothing has changed. Watchdog group Campaign for Accountability has recently released new data detailing visits to the White House by various companies in the tech sector and other industries. According …

The White House

This Online Clothing Brand Created A 'Try-On Truck' To Park In The Street

Mobile Office Architects and Spiegel Aihara Workshop collaborated to design and develop a mobile retail store for online clothing brand, True & …

This open source tool from MIT Data Lab will change how you see big data

Data USA is an atlas that helps business, government agencies, and schools make better, faster decisions by visualizing big data in fresh ways.<p>In the …

Expresso app will show you everything wrong with your writing

If you want to see how well you’re writing, the free text-analyzer Expresso will give you a detailed breakdown of whatever you give it.<p>The web-based …

Samsung patents smart contact lenses with a built-in camera

In the future, we could all be wearing smart contact lenses, like the ones secret agents use in movies.<p>Samsung has been granted a patent in South …

North Korea now blocking Facebook, Twitter, other websites

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has officially announced it is blocking Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites in a move …

North Korea

How to feel like you're flying with a drone and virtual reality

Virtual reality and drones<p>The latest generation of drones are equipped with cameras capable of capturing spectacular 4K footage. Advanced drones such …

Big Data Privacy: What Privacy?

Personal privacy in conjunction with Big Data use is a much-debated topic in every company and country – and rightly so. It is a top global concern …

Facebook's AI maps will help bring the rest of the world online

Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is using AI to create high-resolution maps of 20 countries in order for it to understand how best it can deploy internet to the 10 percent of the world that isn’t connected.<p>As the technical side to Facebook’s Internet.org project, Connectivity Labs mostly work on things …

What Design Thinking Means for Data and Analytics

From industry giants like IBM to startups like Airbnb, design thinking undoubtedly is top of mind for business teams. The traditional “If you build …

Design

Company gives away free data, so users download 1,841 terabytes

Phone company giveth, customers taketh.<p>Australian telecommunications company Telstra made good on a promise on Sunday, giving mobile customers a day …

Big data privacy must be fixed before the revolution can begin

There won't be a 'big data revolution' until the public can be reassured that their data won't be misused.<p>Big data is an asset which can create tens …

This Is How Visualizing Open Data Can Help Save Lives

Identifying the location of pedestrian and cyclist injuries is a key first step for cities to reduce the occurrence.<p>Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to better inform the public.<p>Los …

Los Angeles

Encryption might be the reason we've never heard from aliens, says Snowden

Edward Snowden thinks he might have an answer to the Fermi paradox — the cosmological puzzle of why, given that the universe is so very old and so very big, we haven't heard from any aliens yet. Speaking with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the astrophysicist's <i>StarTalk</i> podcast (the relevant section starts …

Watch a swarm of drones build a rope bridge

Research on the use of drones in search-and-rescue situations is ongoing, but there's no denying that the small, lightweight aerial vehicles have potential.<p>New research by a team at ETH Zurich has proven that they could help humans navigate precarious terrain, too: A team of quadrocopters has …