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Testing for vulnerable IoT devices

Want to insure your IoT devices are not part of a botnet? Clicking a few links is all it takes to test for some common vulnerabilities.


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Gartner's top 10 near-term predictions for tech

Among Gartner's 10 predictions for the near term are a fast move to augmented reality, the decline of mobile apps, and a major shift away from web browsing to voice interaction.

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Deep dive: The Apple Watch Series 2 delivers on last year’s promise

This year’s Apple Watch Series 2 surpasses the previous model by addressing many first-generation flaws.


What drives you? Tesla can

Tesla is now producing all of its cars with full self-driving hardware.


Mars lander goes silent, but scientists remain hopeful

All seemed well as the European Space Agency's robotic explorer Schiaparelli closed in on its Mars landing Wednesday. Then it went silent.

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Tesla ratchets up fully autonomous cars; watchdog group wants tighter safety regs

On the same day Elon Musk said Tesla's new vehicles will have fully-autonomous capabilities, a consumer watchdog group called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to prohibit cars without human driver capabilities.

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Tesla's fully autonomous cars: How they work and when they'll be available

Tesla has announced that all new cars it manufactures will come with the hardware to be fully autonomous, but that doesn't mean the automaker is going to enable the software for fully self-driving cars just yet.

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Tesla cars to have full self-driving gear, but feature disabled for now

Tesla Motors’ cars will come fitted with full self-driving hardware, as the company jousts with tech rivals like Google and car makers like Ford that are making a pitch for the the autonomous car market.


This disinfection robot zaps away bacteria with radiation

The robot, made by Blue Ocean Robotics, uses UV-C light to destroy the nucleic acids within bacteria and disrupt their DNA.


Product security: Not just bells and whistles

The announcement this past week about the vulnerability in an insulin pump made by Johnson & Johnson was just one more of an ongoing series of vulnerabilities found in medical and other products. It seems that a common element...

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German arms maker Armatix to release second smart gun in U.S.

German firearms maker Armatix launched the first production semi-automatic pistol – a .22 caliber weapon -- three years ago, but gun owners and gun rights advocates pressured stores not to carry the weapon. Now, Aromatic is trying...

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Hackers create more IoT botnets with Mirai source code

Malware that can build botnets out of IoT products has gone on to infect twice as many devices after its source code was publicly released.

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MIT reactor sets nuclear fusion record on the day it's closed down

MIT researchers set a new record for plasma pressure in the world's smallest nuclear fusion reactor just days before the reactor was shut down for good due to defunding by the federal government.

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Gaining an “edge” in IoT

Creating IoT devices requires more than simply thinking about dumb sensors and minimal processing resources. What's needed to make IoT effective is processing "at the edge" that transforms things from data gatherers to...

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Apple bolsters A.I. division by hiring first ever director of A.I. research

Apple is actively working to improve its A.I. division by hiring Ruslan Salakhutdinov as its new director of A.I. research.

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Connected cameras will get smarter with new Qualcomm chips

Connected cameras are among the hardest-working IoT devices. They’re the target of chip and software enhancements that Qualcomm is introducing.

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Gartner: A.I. to become a top business investment priority

Mention artificial intelligence and a discussion about the robot wipeout of humankind is sure to follow. But it's also a technology that businesses will increasingly trust in decision-making, Gartner analysts said at the research...

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Tesla, Panasonic to jointly build solar cells

Already partners in lithium-ion battery production, Tesla will begin producing Panasonic photovoltaic cells at its Buffalo, N.Y. plant due to open in 2017

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Get ready for the bot revolution

Thanks to powerful platforms, bots are faster to develop than your average mobile app and cheaper to build and maintain. But will bots liberate IT from mundane tasks or will their development and upkeep only add to IT’s workload?

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