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‘Space-aged’ Wine? How a microgravity environment could improve research and manufacturing

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Mmmmm… Space Aged. Not something you’d hear the typical wine taster say, yet. A French startup called Space Cargo Unlimited, just sent 12 bottles of wine up to the International Space Station (ISS) in a resupply rocket. This wine however, is not meant for astronaut consumption. Why...


The Global Internet Censorship Phenomenon

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The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) has been monitoring internet censorship around the world since 2012. OONI is a free software, global observation network for detecting censorship, surveillance and traffic manipulation on the internet. “They measure what's being blocked...

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Are Smart Home Devices Stealing Passwords?

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"Hey Alexa." Ok Google, are you listening? *Crickets chirp in the silence* Absolutely they are. While it may seem like the game of rock paper scissors you just played with Alexa is finished (apparently she plays), there could still be someone listening in through your Amazon Alexa or...

Stolen Staff Data Could be Your Biggest Security Risk

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Your company was recently breached, but no customer information was stolen. Whew! That was a close call. Does it mean you’re in the clear? While it might mean you aren’t headed into a class action lawsuit similarly experienced by Equifax and Capital One, it still doesn’t mean...

Could 3D Maps Lighten Congested LA traffic?

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A light at the end of the tunnel for traffic in Los Angeles? Oh wait, those are just high-beam headlights off in the distance… Kidding! There might actually be a small but visible light if the autonomous driving company Waymo has anything to say about it. It’s hard to imagine a...


A future with cashier-less shopping experiences, is there anything Amazon can’t do?

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Imagine walking down the aisle at the grocery store, casually placing items in your reusable bags and as you ‘round the corner for the ice-cream you get an emergency phone call necessitating a speedy exit. Do you put everything back? Or do you quickly hurry to the check stand and rush through...

Recent Ransomware Insurance Payouts Encourages More Cyber-Attacks.

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We can purchase insurance for just about anything. Pet Insurance, life insurance, insurance on an engagement ring or car, even Heidi Klum’s legs are insured for $2.2 million dollars (yes, we meant anything). We do it because these items have value, and so that if something happens to them we are...

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California’s Proposed Ban on Police Facial Recognition

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Recently cleared in the senate, a police facial recognition ban is about to head to the governor to sign. Why would we want to limit the scope of what’s used to catch the bad guys? Doesn’t facial recognition help put criminals behind bars? Why ban facial recognition? “Under the...


Coding Azure via Spring Boot?

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If you're a developer using Spring Boot to develop your applications and are interested in using Microsoft Azure as your base, check out this mini-series. It walks you through the advantages of Microsoft Azure as a platform for your applications and ways to leverage its unique advantages to get...

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“Face Data” Collected by Google?

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It’s no big secret that facial recognition software exits, or that it’s used to catch bad guys like we see in the big Hollywood movies. But what about when it's used by a smart-home device to activate YOUR account, even if the device is shared by other people in your home? Face...