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'Network coding' could make the internet faster and more secure (Image: Shutterstock)

Researchers at Aalborg University, MIT and Caltech have developed a new mathematically-based technique that can boost internet data speeds by up to 10 times, by making the nodes of a network much smarter and more adaptable. The advance also vastly improves the security of data transmissions, and could find its way into 5G mobile networks, satellite communications and the Internet of Things.  Read More

Google has announced a new and well-staffed team tasked with finding software vulnerabilit...

When the Heartbleed security flaw was detected earlier this year, it was estimated that two-thirds of the world's servers were vulnerable to attack. Flaws such as this, that exist before they are detected, are known as "zero day" flaws. Now, Google has set up a team to combat them.  Read More

A demonstration of the LiveLight technology (Image: Carnegie Mellon University)

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed "LiveLight," a machine learning algorithm that can automatically scan through a video, understand what's happening and cut out the repetitive and boring parts. And it can do this without human supervision, saving you plenty of uneventful viewing time. This technology could be especially useful for reviewing security camera feeds or as a help in creating compelling video highlights.  Read More

Researchers used 'Playdrone' to reveal crucial security flaws in Google Play apps, includi...

Researchers at Columbia University School of Engineering performing a large-scale measurement study on the Google Play marketplace have revealed crucial security problems, including secret key data stored by developers in their apps that, if stolen, could be exploited to steal user data from the likes of Amazon and Facebook.  Read More

Sentri is a new smart home and security device

Smart home and security devices like the Piper and the Vivint Sky provide a host of clever and useful functions, but can be tricky to describe concisely. The same goes for new arrival Sentri, though its makers claim that it's the smartest around. Users can geofence their home, check in on a live video and audio feed, monitor ambient conditions, view trends and stats, set up alerts for "irregularities" at home, control other smart devices, and even personalize its appearance to blend in with the decor.  Read More

The Vivint Sky home automation system is centered on a 7-inch display and uses data analyt...

Channeling the many functions of the modern home into one centralized hub has been the focus of a growing number of home automation devices. With that said, many still rely on some form of manual control, be it through voice, touchscreen or gesture. Vivint is looking to ramp up the automation in home automation with Vivint Sky, a smart home system designed to learn and adapt to its users' habits.  Read More

A squiggly line like this may be more secure than your PIN

Many of us now use our mobile devices for things like online banking, in crowded public places ... the sort of places where it would be easy for sometime to sneak a peek as we enter our passcodes. Researchers from New Jersey's Rutgers University, however, are working on a possible alternative to those typed codes. They've discovered that passwords consisting of hand gestures used to draw free-form lines on a smartphone or tablet screen are much more difficult for "shoulder surfers" to copy after seeing.  Read More

Beach Vault screws into the sand underneath your towel to keep your valuables out of sight

Tossing the e-reader and iPod in your bag can be a great way to enjoy a day at the beach, but when you add it to your wallet, keys and cell phone that's a lot of valuables to leave unattended when you head out for a swim. The solution, according to the designers of Beach Vault, is to bury them.  Read More

The 'head' of the WatchStander system, incorporating a video camera and a 12 million candl...

Today's ships are equipped with radar systems that let them identify other ships from a distance, and while that works well enough for collision avoidance, those systems aren't the greatest at detecting small watercraft ... such as the low-slung skiffs often used by pirates. That's where WatchStander comes in. It's a radar system that's designed to pick out such boats, and then deter their crews before they can attack.  Read More

ProtonMail is a new secure email service created by scientists from CERN and MIT

The privacy of the data that we put online has been a hot topic over the last year. In order to protect against unwanted snooping, a group of scientists has created a new secure email service. ProtonMail provides end-to-end encryption, meaning that even the company itself can't even see the content of your messages.  Read More

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