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Benchmark Battle: Chrome vs. Ie vs. Firefox

There's no doubt the latest crop of stable browsers from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla are the best the companies have ever produced. But how do they perform...

2010: The Year Apple Also Became a Chip Company
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2010: The Year Apple Also Became a Chip Company

While changes in the ancient market-share rivalry between chipmakers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices were unremarkable in 2010, the emergence of Apple as a force...

Browser Communication Boost Back on Track
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Browser Communication Boost Back on Track

After a security problem derailed it last year, a technology to open a high-speed browser communications link is getting back on track again.

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Egypt's Internet Goes Dark During Political ­nrest

Egypt has gone offline.

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Apple: Disrupt or Perish

While the secret for Apple's success seems patently obvious to most&meash;as obvious as the form and function of the iPhone 4—a more subtle reason is the company's...

Researchers Turn Usb Cable Into Attack Tool
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Researchers Turn Usb Cable Into Attack Tool

George Mason University researchers were scheduled to demonstrate a computer device attack using a USB cable at the Black Hat DC conference. 

Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma
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Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma

Wolfram Research, a software company with deep mathematical and scientific expertise, is expanding to the broad education market with a range of mobile apps.

Senate to Try Again on Controversial Antipiracy Bill
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Senate to Try Again on Controversial Antipiracy Bill

The U.S. Senate judiciary committee will renew its effort to pass the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act this spring, which would give the government...

CES: Smart Grid Outshines Green Tech at CES
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CES: Smart Grid Outshines Green Tech at CES

Consumer electronics companies used to tout the energy efficiency of individual gadgets. Now many want to make your whole house more efficient.

Intel's 2nd-Gen Chip Arrives, with Hollywood in Tow
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Intel's 2nd-Gen Chip Arrives, with Hollywood in Tow

Intel is officially announcing its next-generation processor tomorrow—and Hollywood is playing a big role.

Android Programming's ­ps and Downs
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Android Programming's ­ps and Downs

As smartphones using Google's Android operating system become mainstream, James Steele and Nelson To are in a pretty good position.

Photo Project Aims to Preserve Time in 3D
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Photo Project Aims to Preserve Time in 3D

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology researchers have developed a method to preserve the world's treasures in three-dimensional life-like models using...

Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off
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Web Giants Get Bigger, Location Takes Off

The easiest way to sum up the Web in 2010 is that it was a year of growth. The big got bigger and smaller companies came out of the woodwork with new plays on...

Apple to Tap Intel's Graphics For Future Macbooks
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Apple to Tap Intel's Graphics For Future Macbooks

Apple has decided to use Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors in its MacBook line, a transition that will occur in 2011, squeezing out Nvidia's graphics processors...

Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks
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Wikileaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks

As its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure, WikiLeaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses in an attempt to become...

­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad
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­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad

Behind the fly-off-the-shelf popularity of products like Apple's iPad and iPhone are hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs—mostly overseas. Is it possible...

Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules
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Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski recently previewed new Net neutrality rules designed to preserve the Web "as a platform...

Ibm Chips: Let There Be Light Signals
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Ibm Chips: Let There Be Light Signals

IBM has achieved a major milestone in making the dream of silicon photonics, in which computer chips send signals of light rather than electricity, into reality...

Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance
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Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining "security measures, passwords, personalWikiLeaks...

Windows at 25: A Tech King with Growing Competition
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Windows at 25: A Tech King with Growing Competition

When the first Windows operating system was introduced by Microsoft, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, John Hughes was introducing touching teen stereotypes...
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