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As social networks grow, so do issues regarding who can view the content. Researchers from England teamed up to conceptualize and design the Personal Agent for Access Control in Social Media (nicknamed “PACMAN”), a soon-to-be smartphone application. This novel approach employs machine learning algorithms to automatically make social media access...

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A team of Saudi Arabian researchers says they are developing software that can spot “fake news” before humans. The key, according to a newly published study, is a hybrid approach that measures both Twitter users’ reputations, as well as the tone of their tweets. Most online tools designed to measure...

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Social media platforms could play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. Qntfy, a company that researches the connection between technology, data analytics and mental health, has developed a method of interpreting social media activity through natural language processing and sentiment analysis. The data...

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When debating the ethics of responding to a cyberattack by hacking back in retaliation, proportionality and the potential for civil harm are the key factors that must be heavily weighed before a decision is made. That’s the opinion of two Purdue University researchers who examined various pieces of literature –...

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The same technology that allows online advertisers to target consumers as we browse the web could eventually play a key role in communication network security – even at the national-defense level. An award-winning group of researchers published a study in IEEE Xplore saying that advertising algorithms—frequently used by search engines...

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Energy efficiency has long been touted as one of the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT). Thanks to greater connectivity between devices, data analytics can lead to less waste and equipment can power down when it’s not needed. But what if the actual infrastructure that makes up the IoT—the...

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Hype surrounding 5G wireless networks may be more pervasive than the networks themselves, but new research is suggesting practical ways to overcome issues brought on by the very methods of expanding these networks. If the research—which addresses two of the most prominent wireless expansion methods, mass femtocells and millimeter-wavelength (mmW)...

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Lowering power consumption while improving functionality is the new Holy Grail for consumer technology designers. This is especially true in areas like wireless devices where gadgets such as mobile phones and tablets continue to shrink in size, yet are expected to perform more and more functions. Being able to reduce...

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Graphennas – a seemingly far-fetched idea of tiny antennas composed of graphene – are one step closer to revolutionizing nanotechnology thanks to recent tests published in IEEE Transactions on Communications. Or at least, they’re one step closer to reality. While the hypothetical concept of graphennas has been introduced in...

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In the world of wireless communications, the concept of the buffer-aided relay usually generates interest because some believe it could improve connectivity and eliminate the familiar “sorry-can-you-hear-me-now?” moments resulting from weak signals. But could it also hold the key to more-secure communications? In a paper recently published in IEEE Transactions ...

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