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That Cell-Phone Cancer Study isn’t Quite As Scary as it Seems

Its findings are less compelling, and more confusing, than the headlines suggest.<p>This week, the National Toxicology Program released partial results of a study that found an increased incidence of cancer in male rats exposed to radiation from cell phones. The possibility that cellphones cause …

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Two-year, $25M study finds positive effect of cell phone radiation on some cancers in male rats

A major study conducted by the National Toxicology Program has found a slight, but significant, positive correlation between radio-frequency radiation exposure (like that given off by phones) and certain cancers in rats — though only male ones.<p>The two-year, peer-reviewed study involved thousands of …

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America’s nukes are still controlled by 8-inch floppy disks

America's nuclear arsenal is still controlled by an ancient computer system that takes 8-inch floppy disks, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>The title of the report on the government's information technology infrastructure — "Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging …

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Malware for Virtual Skimming Is Getting Scarier

In 2009, malware called “Skimer” surfaced and security firms took notice. Skimer is essentially malware that gives hackers full access to an ATM …

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Why you shouldn't buy Amazon's programmable IoT Dash button

Last week, Amazon released a new kind of Dash button we’ve all been waiting for: one you can program to merge just about any internet-connected devices together.<p>It all sounds great in theory and seemingly affordable for $20 – until you realize that the battery is not rechargeable or replaceable, …

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How this guy used Watson to tune out of conference calls

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> A 31-year-old California man has devised a way to tune out on conference calls while still appearing to participate.<p>Josh Newlan wrote a small piece of software he calls "Say What" that listens to meetings for him and alerts him if his name is called.<p>Newlan works for Splunk, a …

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Google’s Making Its Own Chips Now. Time for Intel to Freak Out

Google has built its own computer chip. And this won’t be the last.<p>The Internet’s most powerful company sent a few shock waves through the tech world …

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Google created a VR painting tool

Microsoft just sold Nokia to Foxconn

After making a big splash in 2014 by acquiring Nokia, Microsoft has effectively sold it off to Apple supply chain partner Foxconn for $350 million.<p>The actual buyer is listed as FIH Mobile Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Foxconn. In the deal, FIH will also get Microsoft’s phone manufacturing facility …

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All the Biggest Announcements From Google I/O 2016

01<p>Android N<p>The next version of Google’s mobile OS is almost done, and there are gobs of new features. Software updates now happen seamlessly in the …

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Is the Internet of Things a scary proposition for organizations?

​The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to be the ultimate technology disrupter. Companies are racing to build out Internet of Things businesses, but …

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Cyber security firm reportedly ties Bangladesh bank heist to Sony attack

A cyber security firm said in a report Friday that the malicious software used in the Bangladesh Central Bank heist in February is linked to the 2014 Sony hack attack.<p>BAE Systems said in a report that the initial hack looked like to be an isolated incident, but further investigations revealed it’s …

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$30K Retrofit Turns Dumb Semis Into Self-Driving Robots

The trucking industry is ready for revolution. Autonomous trucks aren’t as sexy as driverless cars, but they could have a bigger impact on our lives. …

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IBM is training Watson to hunt hackers

Watson, IBM's computer brain, has a lot of talents. It mastered "Jeopardy!," it cooks, and even tries to cure cancer. But now, it’s training for a new challenge: Hunting hackers.<p>On Tuesday, IBM Security announced a new cloud-based version of the cognitive technology, dubbed “Watson for …

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Microsoft Changes Windows 10 'Free Upgrade' Rules

Last week Microsoft warned that free Windows 10 upgrades will soon end – but fear not! Microsoft has now posted a new update revealing a rule change which will allow some users to enjoy free upgrades forever…<p>Taking to its Microsoft Developer blog, Senior Program Manager Daniel Hubbell explained:<p>“As …

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Apple Leak Reveals 'Edgeless Display' New iPhone

The iPhone 7 is going to be a disappointment. That’s the conclusion many are drawing after credible leak after credible leak revealed a device that’s a minimal upgrade on the iPhone 6S. But there might just be a very good reason for this…<p>Following news from ever reliable KGI Securities analyst …

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Google looking to hire self-driving car 'drivers'

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> If you've always wanted a job title that's an oxymoron, Google has the position for you: Self-driving car "driver."<p>Google needs drivers to sit behind the steering wheel for six to eight hours a day to road test its self-driving cars in Phoenix.<p>The drivers will need to be able to …

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Does Fingerprint Access Make Your Phone Less Secure?

By creating another type of entry mode to smartphones, phone makers created another vector of attack for would-be hackers.<p>Smartphone makers must perform a delicate balancing act between security and ease of use in their devices.<p>For example, the biometric fingerprint readers on newer phones are …

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This smart plug is like an IT guy for your home

You know how every smart-ass IT guy or customer service rep tells you to try turning your devices off and on to solve your issues? ResetPlug does just that, except automatically — and for your home Wi-Fi woes.<p>The $59.99 plug (yes, seriously) monitors your WiFi signal, and automatically toggles the …

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IBM just beat Google to a brand new type of computing

On Wednesday, IBM scientists will make a quantum computer available to the public as a cloud service for the first time.<p>Though the cloud service is geared mostly toward scientists and students, anyone interested in this strange new computer will be able to give it a try, Jerry Chow, one of the …

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Flaws in Samsung’s ‘Smart’ Home Let Hackers Unlock Doors and Set Off Fire Alarms

The nightmare scenario of the internet-connected smart home is real. The post Flaws in Samsung's 'Smart' Home Let Hackers Unlock Doors and Set Off …

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New Infosys AI tool could transform the way companies maintain complex systems

Like so many organizations today, Infosys, the Indian consulting giant, is a company in transition. For years it has made a good living helping customers manage legacy tools, but CEO Vishal Sikka, who took over 21 months ago saw a shifting landscape and he began implementing new systems immediately.<p>…

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This phone charging plant pot is an eco lovers' dream

A Barcelona company has managed to turn the humble house plant into a bonafide charging station for your smartphone.<p>Bioo Lite, made by Arkyne Technologies harnesses photosynthesis – something the plant does all by itself – to turn sunlight into electricity.<p>It’s currently smashed its Indiegogo fund …

Magic Leap demo shows Microsoft’s HoloLens will have a serious competitor

Google-backed Magic Leap has uploaded a fresh demo of its head-mounted VR (technically AR) on YouTube, and gives us hope that Microsoft’s HoloLens won’t have the augmented reality market all to itself.<p>In the video, we see the wearer opening a number of notifications; a list of which appears in a …

Waste the rest of your day with yet another awful Microsoft image detection bot

We’re pretty used to Microsoft unveiling image detection bots by now; so far we’ve seen How Old, Twins Or Not, and Project Oxford the emotion-detection bot – but its latest one is by far the least successful at detecting images.<p>Called the CaptionBot, the tool looks at the image you’ve uploaded to …

Google will let you navigate around your phone, hands-free

The Voice Access feature is geared toward people with certain disabilities, but anyone can use it to maneuver inside their phone via voice.<p>Need to …

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Publishers Strike Back at a Browser That Replaces Their Ads

JavaScript creator Brendan Eich’s plan to flip web advertising on its head just hit a legal snag.<p>Earlier this year, Eich’s company Brave Software …

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Facebook Messenger is about to make a change that could alter the way you use the internet forever

Facebook is going to add a whole host of robots to its Messenger app, in an attempt to change the way the internet works.<p>The company is widely …

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The Feds Battle With Apple Isn’t Over—It’s Just Moved to NY

The government backed down last month on its attempt to force Apple to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, but it’s not giving up its fight to compel …