Purdue researchers use AI to predict students’ locations and friends from Wi-Fi data

Location-based check-ins reveal a lot about a person — and college students in particular, as it turns out. Researchers at Purdue University published a paper (“Exploring Student Check-In Behavior for Improved Point-of-Interest Prediction“) on the preprint server early last month describing how Wi-Fi access logs could be used to identify correlations between users, locations, […]

Gears & Gadgets

Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Back at the start of the year, a set of attacks that leveraged the speculative execution capabilities of modern high-performance processors was revealed. The attacks were named Meltdown and Spectre. Since then, numerous variants of these attacks have been devised. In tandem, a range of mitigation techniques has been […]


The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers

The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers ImageChristopher Savoie, founder and chief executive of the start-up Zapata, said he had offered jobs to three foreign scientists who specialize in quantum computing. He’s still waiting for their visas to be approved.CreditCreditTony Luong for The New York Times By Cade Metz Oct. 21, 2018 Christopher Savoie, […]

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Researchers say this technology could be the key to people taking hurricane warnings seriously

October 10 at 1:53 PM Thanks to immersive technology, it’s never been easier to set foot inside a hurricane without getting wet. Last month, a Weather Channel video using mixed reality technology demonstrated the effects of storm surge on an ordinary American neighborhood. The simulation — which is being used again with updated forecasts as […]

Emerging Tech

Drop that iPhone! Researchers suggest limiting kids’ screen time to 2 hours a day

Apple’s late co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs controlled how much his kids used screen-based technology. So did Microsoft’s Bill Gates. But how much of our concern is well-founded, and what impact does screen usage really have on the younger generation? Researchers from Canada have attempted to answer that question with a recent analysis of […]


Researchers found no evidence your phone is secretly recording you. But they did find that some apps secretly record your screen

A new study out of Northeastern University did not find any evidence that your phone secretly records you to serve targeted ads – a longtime conspiracy theory. But the researchers did find at least one case in which an app sent screen recordings and screenshots to a third-party mobile analytics company. The study had limitations, […]