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Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already
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Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says technology has a poor record of accommodating people with disabilities, and he would like to see more progress made...

Vint Cerf: It's On All of ­S to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News
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Vint Cerf: It's On All of ­S to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News

The father of the internet says social pressure -- people collectively saying, "This is wrong" -- is crucial to battling misinformation and harassment.

We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality
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We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality

Most Star Trek stories from the vaunted franchise turning 50 this week take place in a distant future we're not likely to see.

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web
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Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991--25 years ago today--the public gained access for the first...

Sense of the Stars: New Telescopes Poised to ­nlock the ­niverse
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Sense of the Stars: New Telescopes Poised to ­nlock the ­niverse

For nearly as long as we've walked the Earth, humans have tried to make sense of the stars.

This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold
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This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold

Timing is everything.

How Today's Farmers Got a Head-Start on Tomorrow's Tech
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How Today's Farmers Got a Head-Start on Tomorrow's Tech

Cory Anstey always wanted to be a farmer. It was the joy of riding in the tractor, "the smell of the dirt in the spring" that drew him to the fields.

­se Your Eyes, Voice—and Thoughts—to Replace Passwords
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­se Your Eyes, Voice—and Thoughts—to Replace Passwords

I'm sitting in an office at the University of California, Berkeley with an electrode strapped to my head. A black headband holds a connector to my forehead and...

The Advent of Virtual Humans
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The Advent of Virtual Humans

Justine Cassell has taken her virtual assistant Sara on a road trip.

Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking Hq
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Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking Hq

In a special video production, CNET takes you inside the hallowed halls of Bletchley Park, the stately home in Buckinghamshire, England where the Enigma code was...

IBM Memory Advances Could Speed ­p Your Phone
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IBM Memory Advances Could Speed ­p Your Phone

Ever wanted to pound your PC as it crawls through a restart or fumed that your phone takes much too long to launch an e-book app?  

Autofocusing Contact Lenses? Today's Chip Research Peeks Into Tomorrow's Gadgets
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Autofocusing Contact Lenses? Today's Chip Research Peeks Into Tomorrow's Gadgets

Belgian design organization Imec is expanding into new territory with its latest computer chip technology research projects. 

How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny
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How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny

The New Yorker magazine is using crowdsourcing algorithms to mine a massive volume of cartoon caption submissions to identify the funniest captions. 

Battery-Free Wearables of the Future Could Run Off Your Footsteps
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Battery-Free Wearables of the Future Could Run Off Your Footsteps

Researchers at the University of Southampton have designed an insole to sit inside a person's shoe and harvest energy from their footsteps.

Quantum Mechanics Is So Weird That Scientists Need AI to Design Experiments
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Quantum Mechanics Is So Weird That Scientists Need AI to Design Experiments

University of Vienna researchers have developed an algorithm that helps design experiments in quantum optics. 

Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game
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Techiest Super Bowl Ever: Silicon Valley's Stadium Girds For the Big Game

Levi's Stadium has been in beta since it opened a year and a half ago.

To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies
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To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies

Ed Catmull's office could be a window into the brain of Pixar.

Watch a Swarm of Drones Build a Rope Bridge
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Watch a Swarm of Drones Build a Rope Bridge

A team of drones has autonomously built a rope bridge, according to researchers at ETH Zurich. 

How Apple's Force Touch Could Change the Way You ­se Your Next Iphone or Ipad
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How Apple's Force Touch Could Change the Way You ­se Your Next Iphone or Ipad

Pressure-sensitive screens, haptic feedback: Why should you care?

To Inspire Software and Hardware Developers, Intel Gets Bold and Very Weird
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To Inspire Software and Hardware Developers, Intel Gets Bold and Very Weird

It was about 10 seconds into the robotic spider dance that you had to remind yourself you were watching a presentation by the world's largest chipmaker, Intel.
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