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Flaws in smart toy back-end servers puts kids and their families at risk

Researchers from Rapid7 found privacy-invading vulnerabilities in the Web services used by the Smart Toy line of interactive stuffed animals and the hereO GPS watch for children.

New project aims to 'reverse-engineer' the brain

Teaching computers to learn the way we do is widely considered an important step toward better artificial intelligence, but it's hard to achieve without a good understanding of how we think. With that premise in mind, a new $US12 million effort launched on Wednesday with aims to "reverse-engineer" the human brain.

By Katherine Noyes | 04 February, 2016 05:23

Tags: Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Department, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS), brain, BRAIN Initiative, reverse-engineer

Google Fiber to be free for select affordable housing residents

Google Fiber has announced free gigabit Internet service for residents of selected public housing projects connected to its fiber optic service in U.S. cities.

Wait until April before relying on Privacy Shield, EU privacy watchdogs warn

Businesses that need to transfer European Union citizens' personal data to the U.S. should wait until at least mid-April before relying on the Privacy Shield to provide legal protection -- and in the meantime, they shouldn't count too much on alternative mechanisms for legalizing such transfers, Europe's data protection authorities warned Wednesday.

Cisco sees eight-fold increase in mobile data by 2020

Another new survey talks about the real costs of mobile management, which include carrier wireless network charges, hardware, IT resources needed for support and security.

Rackspace to resell PLUMgrid OpenStack SDN

Major endorsement for start-up from OpenStack founder

By Jim Duffy | 04 February, 2016 02:11

Tags: code, programmers, cisco, OpenStack

Socat vulnerability shows that crypto backdoors can be hard to spot

The Socat networking service used a non-prime number for its key exchange mechanism, potentially allowing attackers to eavesdrop on encrypted connections opened with the tool.

Startup mimics security analyst’s decision making, learns from humans

PatternEx says its Active Contextual Modeling is a form of artificial intelligence.

MIT takes a page from Tony Stark, edges closer to an ARC fusion reactor

MIT has been developing a small fusion reactor prototype, three of which could power the City of Boston if they were fully built. Though the project lost federal funding for its current fusion device, the school plans to press ahead on building a new, more advanced prototype.

Cheerp creator: Our C++-to-JavaScript compiler beats Emscripten

Cheerp 1.2 offers speedier compilation with no memory size limitations

Microsoft confirms SwiftKey buy, says it will continue developing Android and iOS apps

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones -- even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

Toyota, BMW, Volkswagen being investigated in the US for patent infringement

As car automation technologies like navigation and infotainment systems emerge as the next big opportunity for the automotive industry, patent disputes similar to those seen in the smartphone business have not unexpectedly surfaced in the industry.

Custom Web browser from Comodo poses security threat, researcher says

A customized version of Google's Chrome browser developed by security vendor Comodo has a jaw-dropping flaw, according to a researcher.

Microsoft reportedly buying AI-powered software keyboard maker SwiftKey

Microsoft will pay around $250 million to acquire SwiftKey, the company behind a popular keyboard for iOS and Android, according to a report in the Financial Times Tuesday.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 03 February, 2016 12:08

Tags: Microsoft

VR headset shipments are about to skyrocket

This will be the year millions of gearheads put on VR/AR headsets to explore their alter-egos, play games or watch 3D content.

By Agam Shah | 03 February, 2016 10:42

Tags: emerging technology, virtual reality

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