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Machine Learning and Big Data Know It Wasn’t You Who Just Swiped Your Credit Card


You’re sitting at home minding your own business when you get a call from your credit card’s fraud detection unit asking if you’ve just made...

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    Irony: Samsung’s Pushing Apple to Make the iPhone Better Than Ever

    Samsung’s financial fate is in part tied to the iPhone. The more smartphones Apple sells, the better for Samsung’s bottom line, as the Korean company’s... Read more

  • The Asteroid Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in the asteroid belt. (NASA)

    New Law Gives Asteroid Mining Companies the Right to Keep Space Gold

    President Barack Obama signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act into law on Nov. 25, granting private companies property rights to objects they gather... Read more

  • "Moving from a cube design to just a surface without sacrificing performance opens up so many possibilities," says Richard Baraniuk. "We can make curved cameras, or wallpaper that's actually a camera. You can have a camera on your credit card or a camera in an ultrathin tablet computer." (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice)

    Camera Prototype Is Thinner Than a Dime

    A patented prototype called FlatCam is little more than a thin sensor chip with a mask that replaces lenses in a traditional camera. Sophisticated computer... Read more

  • An Epoch Times staff members views the Yahoo home page with the Adblock Plus app installed on her computer in New York on OCt. 1, 2015. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Mobile Carriers Explore Ad Control and Blocking Options

    Some mobile networks are about to crack down on what they deem to be annoying ads. The U.K. mobile network carrier O2 is looking to introduce... Read more

  • Canada’s financial establishment is about to be revolutionized by fintech—financial technology that puts loans, investment advice and a host of other services at the tip of a touchscreen. (The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)

    Uber Banking: Fintech Aims to Revolutionize Financial Services in Canada

    Fintech, applying cutting-edge technology to revolutionize financial services, is hot. As tech innovation disrupts industries like transportation and accommodation through companies like Uber and Airbnb... Read more

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    Apple Watch Users Complain After Device Causes Rashes and Burns

    Apple Watch users are complaining that the device causes rashes and even burns, and none seem to be able to get an official response from... Read more

  • Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., on July 30, 2014. The Paris terrorist attacks have renewed the debate between law-enforcement officials and privacy advocates over whether there should be limits to encryption technology. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Why Government and Tech Can’t Agree About Encryption

    NEW YORK—Your phone is getting better and better at protecting your privacy. But Uncle Sam isn’t totally comfortable with that, because it’s also complicating the... Read more

  • This picture shows damaged building following the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake on October 22, 2012 in the neighboring village of Onna. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Court Upholds Acquittal of Italian Scientists for Not Predicting Earthquake

    The Italian Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of six scientists who failed to predict a 2009 earthquake in central Italy that resulted in the death... Read more

  • The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the starboard of the International Space Station (NASA).

    This One-Pound Gamma-Ray Sensor Can Find Gold on Asteroids

    Precious earth minerals are rare on Earth but abundant in asteroids—the problem is, before they can be mined, they first have to be found. Researchers at... Read more

  • Personnel from Boulder, Colo.-based bizUAS Corp. demonstrate the use of a Cyberhawk octocopter drone for power line inspections at a New York Power Authority hydroelectric generating site in the Catskills, near Blenheim, N.Y., on Oct. 21, 2015. From routine inspections to catastrophic storm response, utilities are turning to drones to save money and improve safety in maintaining their networks of power lines and transmission towers, but remain hobbled by strict federal regulation of the aircraft. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)

    Utilities See Potential in Drones to Inspect Lines, Towers

    BLENHEIM, N.Y.—U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines and transmission towers but... Read more

  • A man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif., on Nov. 12, 2015. Teams in the workplace are most productive when they can count on each other for quality work, feel safe to take risks and believe in their mission. That’s according to new research at Google, a company that studies its own successes and failures as closely as it studies algorithms, refining interactions and teamwork among some of its employees with anthropological researchers and business scholars. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Google Searches Itself to Build More Productive Teams

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google coddles its employees with free food, massages and other lavish perks, yet some of its best engineers still grouse about their jobs... Read more

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    ISIS Says Anonymous Hacktivist Group Are ‘Idiots’ in Response to ‘Total War’ Declaration

    Terror group ISIS says the hacking group Anonymous is a bunch of “idiots” for declaring “total war” against them recently. A spokesman for Anonymous announced... Read more

  • A Google self-driving SUV is viewed in Austin, Texas, in 2015. Hustling to bring cars that drive themselves to a road near you, Google finds itself somewhere that has frustrated many before: Waiting for help from California's department of motor vehicles. Over the summer, Google expanded its road testing from Silicon Valley to Texas, where state law would not prohibit cars without pedals and a wheel. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

    Big Texas Welcome for Google Self-Driving Cars

    AUSTIN, Texas—With Google’s self-driving cars slowed in a gridlock of California regulation, Texas is offering a fast lane. Officials in Austin have embraced the technology,... Read more

  • People work inside the Real Time Crime Center, Thursday, July 22, 2010, at police headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    The Promise and Perils of Predictive Policing Based on Big Data

    Police departments, like everyone else, would like to be more effective while spending less. Given the tremendous attention to big data in recent years, and... Read more

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discuss the features of the new Apple iPad Air 2 and Apple Pay during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Apple Pay Expands as It Vies for Broader Acceptance

    NEW YORK—Apple’s year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries, banks and merchants, as it faces growing competition and some challenges before it becomes as... Read more

  • British Home Secretary Theresa May receives a tour of HMS Bulwark during the Valletta Summit on migration on November 11, 2015 in Valletta, Malta. ( Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

    Paris Attacks Prompt Possible Fast Track of UK Surveillance Bill

    British politicians have called for expediting the passage of a surveillance bill in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, which they argue is necessary... Read more

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