Month: September 2016

Hacking Elections Is Easy, Study Finds

It’s no longer a question whether hackers will influence the 2016 elections in the United States — only how much they’ll be able to sway them. Leaked emails already have cost a Democratic Party chairperson her job, and the FBI last month issued a flash warning that foreign cyberadversaries had breached two state election databases. Those two states — most likely Arizona and Illinois — aren’t alone in having their voter information compromised. Voter registration databases from all 50 states are being hawked on Deep Web...

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GE, Bosch Combine Resources to Bolster IoT

GE and Bosch Software Innovations this week announced a partnership to jump-start the development of an open source Internet of Things platform. Open source will encourage greater interoperability and application development, the companies said. Both firms have sought help from the Eclipse Foundation to speed up the process. Under the agreement, the companies will create a core IoT stack comprised of open source software. Under the agreement, the companies will create a core IoT stack comprised of open source...

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Early Reviews Fuel High Hopes for Civilization VI

Early hands-on previews of Civilization VI came out Thursday, and those who had a chance to partake in the turn-based PC game found that it successfully built on the foundation of the past versions, while bringing some fresh changes to the experience. It has been 25 years since the Sid Meier classic debuted to great acclaim, and after 2010’s Civilization V raised the bar, it seemed that developer Firaxis would have to pull out all the stops with the next...

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Surviving the Internet's Troll Apocalypse

Social media has sharpened humans’ age-old appetite for public shaming, providing a stage and unlimited seating for a seemingly unending stream of immorality plays. Those who share even the simplest identifying details about themselves are vulnerable to being pushed into the glare of the spotlight. The anonymity the Internet provides frees many individuals of the consequences they might face offline for being abusive to other people, allowing Jekyll-and-Hyde netizens to transform into trolls to carry out their online...

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Google AI Gives More Context to Chinese-to-English Translations

Research at Google on Tuesday launched Google Neural Machine Translation system, now in production with Chinese to English — “a notoriously difficult language pair,” according to Quoc V. Le and Mike Schuster, research scientists on the Google Brain Team. GNMT already is powering the Google Translate mobile and Web apps for 18 million or so Chinese to English translations daily. Google will roll out GNMT to the rest of the 10,000 language translation pairs its Google Translate service supports in the coming...

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