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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. 

How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?
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How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?

You know that part about the FBI needing Apple's help to unlock a terrorist's iPhone 5C?

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.

Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking
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Apple Says Constitution 'forbids' What Fbi Is Asking

Apple shouldn't have to comply with a search order for an iPhone used by one the San Bernardino, California, terrorists because the Constitution forbids it, the...

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.

What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future
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What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future

Do androids dream of electric sheep? That's unclear, but I know for sure that every kid dreams of intelligent, thinking robots—certainly every kid who goes on to...

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.

For Virtual-Reality Movies, Old Methods Don't Fit New Medium
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For Virtual-Reality Movies, Old Methods Don't Fit New Medium

I'm standing on the bow of what looks to be a sunken pirate ship.

Mind-Controlled Telepresence Robots Could Restore Mobility to the Disabled
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Mind-Controlled Telepresence Robots Could Restore Mobility to the Disabled

It may not be able to do grocery shopping or hang out laundry to dry, but a project involving current telepresence technology could help people with limited mobility...

The Surreal Dreams of Google's Image Recognition Software
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The Surreal Dreams of Google's Image Recognition Software

Image recognition is a complicated business. For Google, that means an artificial neural network—software capable of learning.

The Secret Alliance That Could Give the Web a Massive Speed Boost
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The Secret Alliance That Could Give the Web a Massive Speed Boost

WebAssembly is a joint project among Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, and Apple to create a new Internet platform. 

Samsung, LG Smartwatches Give ­p Personal Data to Researchers
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Samsung, LG Smartwatches Give ­p Personal Data to Researchers

Researchers have shown they can extract personal information from two smartwatches because none of the data is encrypted. 

Americans Resigned to Giving ­p Their Privacy, Says Study
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Americans Resigned to Giving ­p Their Privacy, Says Study

I am not fond of depressing you. So I'm going to leave it to a new study performed by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School For Communication.

Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'
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Google on Eu Troubles: 'we Don't Always Get It Right'

Google is in hot water in Europe, and its head of European operations is trying to cool things off.

Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks
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Hbo's John Oliver Hits Snowden Hard on Nsa Leaks

Edward Snowden and an unlikely interviewer squared-off on HBO over the leaks that exposed the National Security Agency's extensive surveillance programs.

Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior
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Cars Could Learn to Drive Themselves from Human Behavior

Object recognition makes up one part of autonomous car technology, but then comes the question of what the car does in response to what it detects.

Tech Industry's Future Rooted in Blend of Design, Computer Science
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Tech Industry's Future Rooted in Blend of Design, Computer Science

Startups as well as large tech firms now realize their products need to be both visually appealing and deliver great user experiences.
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