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The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show
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The Easiest Way to Get Hacked: ­se Phone at Phone Show


Robots Can Build Cars; Now They Learn Not to Crush You
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Robots Can Build Cars; Now They Learn Not to Crush You

Robots long ago earned a place in factories, where their pneumatic pumps and steel welding arms help manufacture everything from cars to planes.

I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence
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I'll Be Back: The Return of Artificial Intelligence

The artificial-intelligence industry, a field that conjures up images of humanoid robots and self-aware computer systems, is making a comeback at Silicon Valley...

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen
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The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen

Cars are running out of screens.

Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish
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Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish

By Dec. 30, when search teams began to recover debris and bodies from the apparent crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the airline industry had begun to hear renewed...

The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records
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The Big Business of Selling Prescription-Drug Records

Since the days of 19th century remedies such as castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: Whatever...

Hadoop Wins Converts Outside Silicon Valley
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Hadoop Wins Converts Outside Silicon Valley

Two years ago, when the Detroit Crime Commission began collecting and analyzing the social media posts of suspected criminals, it found Excel wasn’t up to the task...

The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait
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The Weather Channel's Secret: Less Weather, More Clickbait

The writers and editors at the Weather Channel's weather.com don’t often talk about the weather.

A Newspaper's First Trip Into Virtual Reality Goes to a Desolate Farm
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A Newspaper's First Trip Into Virtual Reality Goes to a Desolate Farm

Against the odds, the Des Moines Register has just become one of the first newspapers to move into virtual reality.

Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture
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Tim Cook Interview: The Iphone 6, the Apple Watch, and Remaking a Company's Culture

Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs's office.

How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach
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How Main Street Will Pay For Home Depot's Data Breach

Federal law protects consumers from the cost of fraudulent charges incurred when thieves steal credit-card and debit-card numbers.

Korea ­ps Its Robots Game
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Korea ­ps Its Robots Game

In 1976 an animated film called Robot Taekwon V captured Korean kids' imaginations with its tale of a superhero robot fending off giant machines bent on world domination...

The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy
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The Amazon.com of Stolen Credit Cards Makes It All So Easy

On Sept. 1, the website Rescator.cc alerted customers to a big new batch of product about to hit its digital shelves. "Load your accounts and prepare for an avalanche...

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley
From ACM Careers

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots.

As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them
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As China Stalks Satellites, ­.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

In May 2013 the Chinese government conducted what it called a science space mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.

How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq
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How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq

In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.

Robots' Best Teachers Are Other Robots (in Cloud Networks)
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Robots' Best Teachers Are Other Robots (in Cloud Networks)

Earlier this year, a vaguely humanoid robot served juice to a researcher lying on a hospital bed.

Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile
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Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Samsung introduced new software for its tablets, called the Magazine UX.

Can Hp Build the Computer of the Future?
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Can Hp Build the Computer of the Future?

On June 11, Hewlett-Packard revealed plans to make a new kind of computer that it's playfully calling The Machine.

With 'the Machine,' Hp May Have Invented a New Kind of Computer
From ACM News

With 'the Machine,' Hp May Have Invented a New Kind of Computer

If Hewlett-Packard founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard are spinning in their graves, they may be due for a break.
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