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First flaws in the Advanced Encryption Standard used for internet banking identified

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 17, 2011) — Researchers have found a weakness in the AES algorithm. They managed to come up with a clever new attack that can recover the secret key four times easier than anticipated by experts.

The attack is a result of a long-term cryptanalysis project carried out by Andrey Bogdanov (K.U.Leuven, visiting Microsoft Research at the time of obtaining the results), Dmitry Khovratovich (Microsoft Research), and Christian...

TechAndComputer (Aug. 17, 2011) — Researchers have found a weakness in the AES algorithm. They managed to come up with a clever new attack that can recover the secret key four times easier than anticipated by experts.

The attack is a result of a long-term cryptanalysis project carried out by...

Facing up to better face recognition

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 11, 2011) — Face recognition software of the kind incorporated into biometric identification tools, photo-gallery applications and social media websites can be very useful, but it also raises privacy concerns given the seeming ease with which faces in photos can now be tied to an individual. Researchers in Russia and Poland hope to take face recognition technology an important step forward with the even more powerful...

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Social media poised to drive disaster preparedness and response

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TechAndComputer (July 27, 2011) — Social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare may be an important key to improving the public health system's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, according to a New England Journal of Medicine "Perspective" article from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania to be published this week. From earthquakes to oil spills or other industrial accidents to...

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New technology allows disabled children to explore their creative side

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TechAndComputer (July 14, 2011) — Doodling, colouring in and drawing are all important parts of a child's development. But what if the child has a disability and does not have the use or control of their limbs?

A team of researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London are working with charity SpecialEffect to use innovative technology to design a computer programme to allow those with disabilities to be able to explore their creativity.

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Cracking the code of the mind

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TechAndComputer (July 12, 2011) — Machine logic is based on human logic. But although a computer processor can be dissembled and dissected in logical steps, the same is not true for the way our brains process information, says Mark Shein of Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering.

Doctoral student Shein and his supervisors, Prof. Yael Hanein of the School of Electrical Engineering and Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of the School of Physics...

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