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VPNFilter malware has infected a million routers — here's what you need to know

A recent discovery that new router-based malware, known as VPNFilter, had infected well over 500,000 routers just became even worse news. In a report …

Wi-Fi

Maryland researchers say they discovered 'Holy Grail' of machine learning

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>POTOMAC, Md. — A team of researchers from Maryland say they’ve invented a general artificial intelligence way for machines to …

Artificial Intelligence

When it comes to Apple's iPhone X sales, Wall Street got it wrong

Turns out the iPhone X isn't too pricey after all.<p>That's one major takeaway from Apple's earnings report Tuesday. The company, which many feared would report dismal iPhone sales and offer a soft sales forecast for the current quarter, ended up surprising just about everybody -- even Apple …

Wall Street

NASA completes full-power tests of small, portable nuclear reactor

Being able to generate power will be essential for long-term space travel. Powering a stay on Mars, for example, will require a lot of fuel, way more than we can pack onto a rocket. That's why NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Energy and a number of other groups have been …

How the internet tricks you out of privacy using 'dark patterns' of design - Science News - ABC News

The padlock is the internet's talisman of privacy and safety.<p>It's in the corner of your browser when you have a secure website connection. It appears …

What poaching Google’s former AI chief does for Apple

On April 3, Apple announced their hire of John Giannandrea, Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence. In charge of Apple’s machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy, Giannandrea will report directly to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook.<p>This sounds like good news for Apple. In terms of …

New Graphene Discovery Could Finally Punch the Gas Pedal, Drive Faster CPUs - ExtremeTech

By on April 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Few substances have excited the …

The One Router Setting Everyone Should Change (But No One Does)

The vast majority of home Wi-Fi users don't know the first thing about keeping their routers secure, a new survey finds.<p>Eighty-two percent of 2,205 …

Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows

A year ago, I visited the Apple campus in Cupertino to figure out where the hell the new Mac Pro was. I joined a round-table discussion with Apple SVPs and a handful of reporters to get the skinny on what was taking so long.<p>The answer, it turns out, was that Apple had decided to start completely …

Product Management

Netflix and YouTube streaming video is about to get a lot faster

Tech's biggest companies -- including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Cisco and Netflix -- have finished the first version of video compression technology called AV1, and now they're ready to use it to speed up your streaming video.<p>AV1 can match the quality of the prevailing video compression …

Open Source Software

Inside Apple's Secret Plan to Develop and Build its Own Screens

Apple Inc. is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California …

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

IBM

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other …

Nuclear Energy

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale prototype, it has the potential to be competitive with currently available lithium-ion batteries.<p>The …

Clean Energy

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.<p>First is the man often called "the father of the Internet," Vint Cerf. Between the early 1970s and early '80s, he led a team of …

Black Mirror

Supercomputer on a fingernail, artificial synapse ushers in new AI revolution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>There is nothing on Earth like the human brain, even today’s AI doesn’t come close, but now researchers have created an …

Today in Apple history: Mac creator complains about Steve Jobs

<b>February 19, 1981:</b> Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh project, sends a memo to Apple CEO Mike Scott, listing his many complaints about working with Steve Jobs.<p>He claims that Jobs, who joined the Mac team the previous month, is tardy, shows bad judgment, interrupts people, doesn’t listen and is a …

Ronald Reagan

Why even a moth’s brain is smarter than an AI - MIT Technology Review

One of the curious features of the deep neural networks behind machine learning is that they are surprisingly different from the neural networks in …

Machine Learning

Top tech myths people still believe in

We’ve come a long way. There was a time when proclaiming yourself as a tech doofus was a badge of honour. Today everyone is quite the tech whiz. The …

Gear & Gadgets

Scientists Have Developed a Way to Make Wood as Strong as Steel

And it can stop bullets, too.<p>Scientists have developed a new type of "super wood" that is more than 10 times stronger and tougher than normal wood - …

Engineering

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball<p>The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.<p>There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no …

Apple Needs to Make Siri Great at Something

With the HomePod showing up on my doorstep next Friday, I’ve been doing some thinking about Siri lately. Why is the overall impression of Apple’s digital assistant so negative? There are recent surveys and tests showing it as being competitive with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana in some …

Smart Homes

Snake Oil Salesmen Plague the Security Industry, But Not Everyone Is Staying Quiet

Adriel Desautels was suddenly in a serious mess, and it was entirely his fault.<p>Sitting in his college dorm room back in the mid-1990s, Desautels let …

A Chinese satellite just used quantum cryptography to make an unhackable video call between Beijing and Vienna

The feat marks another milestone for the satellite, officially called Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QESS)<p>The Chinese “Micius” satellite has …

Apple could use ARM coprocessors for three updated Mac models

According to a Bloomberg article, Apple could be working on three new Mac models for this year. All three of them could feature an ARM coprocessor to improve security. Apple isn’t switching to ARM chipsets altogether. There will still be an Intel CPU in every Mac, but with a second ARM …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

Breakthroughs

Facebook’s head of AI really hates Sophia the robot (and with good reason)

‘This is to AI as prestidigitation is to real magic.’<p>Sophia the robot is a bit of a <i>non-persona non grata</i> in the AI community. Its creators, Hanson Robotics, consistently exaggerate the bot’s abilities, pretending that it’s “basically alive,” rather than just a particularly unnerving automaton. For …

Stealthy OSX/MaMi malware discovered targeting Macs

The first nasty bit of undetectable malware of 2018 has been unearthed after it was found targeting Macs this week.<p>Security researchers revealed info about the new OSX/MaMi malware which is a lot like the popular DNSChanger malware from 2012 that infected millions of machines.<p>In a blog post …

CES Was Full of Useless Robots and Machines That Don’t Work

The event is meant to deliver a vision of the future. The technology on display is supposed to show you what the next generation of cars, TVs, …

Could decentralized systems replace Google?

The internet is ruled by a small number of massive corporations. Roger McNamee, Co-founder of Elevation Partners on CNBC, says, “Google, Facebook, Amazon are increasingly just super-monopolies, especially Google … The share of the markets they operate in is literally on the same scale that Standard …