Information Technology

The Importance of Openness to the Internet of Things
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Consumers today are in an awkward position. Personal privacy is being wiped out by the Internet. At the same time, new technologies that interconnect our devices with our homes and office environments are offering stupendous advantages. Welcome to the Internet of Things’ new world of openness. “Openness” means something different depending on whether you’re basking […]

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Millions of Gmail Users Victims of Latest Password Heist
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About 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords have been published on a Russian bitcoin security forum as a text file. Sixty percent of the 4.93 million credentials in the file were valid, claimed the poster, who used the online handle “tvskit.” The information reportedly was dumped on several Russian cybercrime forums and shared through a […]

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Couples Can't Keep Their Hands Off Each Other's Phones
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Worried about the NSA spying on your smartphone? How about online hackers? Truth be told, the greatest threat to your confidential information is a lot closer to you — namely, your partner. That’s what a recent survey of more than 13,000 people in the United States revealed. Avast last week reported its findings. Among them: […]

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US opens first commercial plant that converts corn waste to fuel
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So far, the largest biofuels efforts have involved the age-old process of converting sugars in plants into ethanol. If biofuels are ever to make a significant dent in fossil fuel use, however, they’re probably going to have to be made from something that can’t also be used as food (either by us or our farm […]

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Ralph Lauren Takes a Swing at Fitness Tech
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Ralph Lauren this week merged the tech and fashion worlds with a new smart Polo shirt. Knitted into the Polo Tech shirt’s core are sensors that read biological and physiological information. The company partnered with Msignal to develop a “black box” that includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, which capture movement and direction. Data is captured […]

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Robo Brain Teaches a Robot to Fish
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A team of university researchers have been busy building Robo Brain, a large-scale computational system that collates information from the Internet, as well as data from computer simulations and real-life robot trials, and learns from it. That knowledge base will be used to drive prototypes for robotics research, household robots and self-driving cars. The researchers […]

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FCC not quite sold on Comcast TWC gobble
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Won’t let things be, sees a little controversy, asks for docs before saying yes sirree The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requesting more information from cable giant Comcast on its planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC).…

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How to Save the Net: Break Up the NSA
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The NSA has too many missions: a military mission dedicated to network attacks and political espionage, a law enforcement mission focused on individual bad actors across the globe, and a defensive mission devoted to protecting the nation’s information infrastructure.

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Crave giveaway: Zcan+ Scanner Mouse, a mouse that scans
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This week’s freebie, a Design to Innovation mouse with a built-in scanner, lets you scan information and directly import it into searchable, editable files.

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