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Survey of Women, Men in IT Shows Differing Views

A recent Technisource survey of men and women in information technology found differences in opinion in areas such as compensation and career challenges. Fewer...

Web Developers Tackle Advanced Font Controls
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Web Developers Tackle Advanced Font Controls

The Cascading Style Sheets Web formatting standard is benefiting from new font technology, which is enabling developers to increasingly use a more polished look...

At&t Prepares For the End to Iphone Exclusivity
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At&t Prepares For the End to Iphone Exclusivity

The end of 2010 is close and it looks like AT&T is beefing up its device portfolio and app offerings for a day when it isn't the only U.S. operator offering the...

Will the It Guy Learn to Love Apple?
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Will the It Guy Learn to Love Apple?

It's likely you've got an Apple product plugged into your ears when you're listening to music. Making a phone call? One out of every five people buying a smartphone...

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W3c Seeks Help, Patience With Html5 Tests

The technology industry should focus more on helping the W3C improve its tests for HTML5 rather than trying to draw conclusions from the tests or from the results...

Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America
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Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America

Among the scores of fabless chip companies and product design houses in Silicon Valley, Intel is a standout. It's an American high-tech company that not only...

Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research
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Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research

A new breed of undersea robot promises to give oceanographers a deeper understanding of ocean life by going faster, farther, and longer than its predecessors—and...

Catching ­p with Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han
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Catching ­p with Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han

When it comes to the future of technology, Jeff Han literally has his finger on the pulse.

Ncsa Director: Gpu Is Future of Supercomputing
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Ncsa Director: Gpu Is Future of Supercomputing

The director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has seen the future of supercomputing and it can be summed up in three letters: GPU.

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A Day Seen Through Google Searches

Google likes to think of itself as the world's information barometer, the most complete repository of human intent as measured by the Internet search query. Around...

Study Finds Support For Presidential Net 'kill Switch'
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Study Finds Support For Presidential Net 'kill Switch'

Sixty-one percent of U.S. citizens believe the president should be authorized to control or even shut down portions of the Internet in the event key U.S. systems...

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Why Rare Earth Metals Matter to Tech

A diplomatic dispute between Japan and China led China in September to temporarily suspend shipments of rare earth elements to Japan, a move that caused a spike...

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Amid Criticism, Wikileaks Shifts Focus

When WikiLeaks launched with little fanfare in early 2007, its founders touted it as a unique collaboration that would rely on the same anyone-can-edit software...

Researchers Attack Transistors to Slay Vampire Power
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Researchers Attack Transistors to Slay Vampire Power

The European Union is sponsoring a multimillion-dollar research project to boost the efficiency of everyday electronics and choke the constant flow of wasted...

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How Google Tested Google Instant

In a world of data-obsessed number-crunching engineers, Google's John Boyd is the people person.

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Cell Phone Is 'gadget of Choice' For Americans

U.S. consumers crave their gadgets, but the cell phone rules them all, according to a new Pew Internet study.

Hey Robots, Census Wants to Know All About You
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Hey Robots, Census Wants to Know All About You

The Carnegie Mellon Robot Census 2010 has so far tallied 547 robots on the CMU campus.

Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw
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Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw

In a record Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released updates today for Windows, Internet Explorer, and the .NET framework that feature fixes for 49 holes, including...

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Eu Calls Stuxnet 'paradigm Shift' As U.s. Responds More Mildly

While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union's cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a "paradigm shift" in critical infrastructure...

Stuxnet: Fact vs. Theory
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Stuxnet: Fact vs. Theory

The Stuxnet worm has taken the computer security world by storm, inspiring talk of  a government-sponsored cyberwar, and of a software program laden with obscure...
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