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Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web
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Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web

Many years ago, long before the birth of the Web, there was a time when France was the happening-est place in the digital universe.

Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?
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Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?

Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner—the tale of a hunt for four dangerous "replicant" humans—is a classic...

Flame Malware Makers Send 'suicide' Code
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Flame Malware Makers Send 'suicide' Code

The creators of the Flame malware have sent a "suicide" command that removes it from some infected computers.

Willow Glass: Ultra-Thin Glass Can 'wrap' Around Devices
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Willow Glass: Ultra-Thin Glass Can 'wrap' Around Devices

Corning has developed Willow Glass, a flexible ultra-thin glass that can be wrapped around electronic devices.  

Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China
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Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China

Anyone who has ever written in Chinese on a computer, or composed a text message on their phone in that language, knows the typing process is not nearly as simple...

Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware
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Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware

Iran says it has developed tools that can defend against the sophisticated cyber attack tool known as Flame.

London 2012: The Importance of Olympic Timekeeping
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London 2012: The Importance of Olympic Timekeeping

Olympic timekeepers Omega are unveiling the latest technology that will be used at the London 2012 Games. It can monitor athletes' performance to the nearest one...

Web War Ii: What a Future Cyberwar Will Look Like
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Web War Ii: What a Future Cyberwar Will Look Like

How might the blitzkrieg of the future arrive? By air strike? An invading army? In a terrorist's suitcase? In fact it could be coming down the line to a computer...

The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats
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The World's Five Biggest Cyber Threats

Criminals do not stop at stealing someone's personal data.

Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Launch Using '3d Transistors'
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Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Launch Using '3d Transistors'

The American firm says the innovation allows it to offer more computational power while using less energy.

Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn
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Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn

Karen Sandler has a big heart. And that's not just because she is head of the Gnome Foundation—a non-profit community group dedicated to making and giving away...

Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?
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Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?

What is a quantum computer and when can I have one?

Will We Ever Create a Perfect Lie Detector?
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Will We Ever Create a Perfect Lie Detector?

To create machines that can always tell when someone is lying, we need to know much more about what goes on in our brains.

Dead Stars 'to Guide Spacecraft'
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Dead Stars 'to Guide Spacecraft'

German scientists are developing a technique that allows for very precise positioning anywhere in space by picking up X-ray signals from pulsars.

Cassini Spacecraft For Saturn Moon Pass
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Cassini Spacecraft For Saturn Moon Pass

The Cassini spacecraft is to make its lowest pass yet over the south pole of Enceladus, an active moon of Saturn which may harbour a liquid water ocean.

The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code
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The Spanish Link in Cracking the Enigma Code

A pair of rare Enigma machines used in the Spanish Civil War have been given to the head of GCHQ, Britain's communications intelligence agency.

Cebit's Pole-Dancing Droids and Other New Technologies
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Cebit's Pole-Dancing Droids and Other New Technologies

Robots everywhere, driverless cars, new eco-solutions, screens that "read" feelings, and smart museums and stadiums—just some of the "City of the Future" technologies...

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Four Telescope Link-Up Creates World's Largest Mirror

Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope linking four telescopes in Chile, so that they operate as a single device.

Self-Steering Bullet Researched By U.s. Weapons Experts
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Self-Steering Bullet Researched By U.s. Weapons Experts

A self-guiding bullet that can steer itself towards its target is being developed for use by the U.S. military.

Hackers Plan Space Satellites to Combat Censorship
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Hackers Plan Space Satellites to Combat Censorship

An organization of computer hackers is planning to launch its own communication satellites and bypass satellites controlled by governmental bodies and used to censor...
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