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Some Texting Bans Linked to Lower Traffic Deaths

Some Texting Bans Linked to Lower Traffic Deaths

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health examined the impact texting-while-driving laws have had on roadway crash-related fatalities, and the findings are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health.   Of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 years, 31 percent reported they had read [...]

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Is Your Data Safe? Why You Should Care More About Spam

The Center for Research on Electronic Commerce (CREC) at The University of Texas at Austin is working to protect consumer data by using a company’s spam volume to evaluate its security vulnerability through the SpamRankings.net project. “The goal is to alert companies that they are spamming [and] hold them accountable to stop spamming, thus enhancing [...]

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Thousands of Secret Keys Found in Android Apps

Thousands of Secret Keys Found in Android Apps

In a paper presented — and awarded the Ken Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award — at the ACM SIGMETRICS conference on June 18, Jason Nieh, professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, and PhD candidate Nicolas Viennot reported that they have discovered a crucial security problem in Google Play, the official Android app store where [...]

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Tool to Make the Internet of Things Safer

Tool to Make the Internet of Things Safer

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a tool that allows hardware designers and system builders to test security- a first for the field. One of the tool’s potential uses is described in the May-June issue of IEEE Micro magazine.   “The stakes in hardware security are high,” said Ryan Kastner, [...]

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Security and Privacy? Now They Can Go Hand in Hand

Security and Privacy? Now They Can Go Hand in Hand

Online identification and authentication keeps transactions secure on the Internet, however this has also implications for your privacy. Disclosing more personal information than needed online when, say, you log in to your bank website may simplify the bank’s security at the cost of your privacy. Now, thanks to research by the EU-funded project Attribute-based Credentials [...]

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Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

The news was not good. An underwater drone armed with the best technology on the planet had descended repeatedly to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, trying to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Time after time, it turned up nothing.   If Nina Mahmoudian has her way, the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) [...]

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Measuring Fine Dust Concentration Via Smartphone

Measuring Fine Dust Concentration Via Smartphone

Big cities in the smog: Photos from Beijing and, more recently, Paris clearly illustrate the extent of fine dust pollution. But what about our direct environment? What is the pollution concentration near our favorite jogging route? Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing a sensor that can be connected easily to smartphones. In [...]

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App Makes Cellphone a Medical Monitor

App Makes Cellphone a Medical Monitor

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen.   GaitTrack, an app developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U. of I. at Chicago, turns a smartphone into a sophisticated medical [...]

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Improving Optical Communications With New Device

Improving Optical Communications With New Device

Modulators are key components within optical fiber networks and serve to transfer information from an electrical current to a signal suitable for optical fibers. They function by turning a light beam on and off quickly and the faster they can do this, the more data that can be transmitted.   An increase in data traffic [...]

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Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5m Distance

Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5m Distance

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also shifted from wired to wireless. Now, researchers and engineers are trying to remove [...]

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