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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...

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...

Cybersecurity Sleuths Learn to Think Like Hackers
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Cybersecurity Sleuths Learn to Think Like Hackers

About 35 high-school students sit at neatly arranged rows of tables in the university's gym. Another 115 college-level contestants surround the high schoolers.

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?

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...

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.

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 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. 

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.

Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals
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Nature's Patterns: Golden Spirals and Branching Fractals

Certain patterns, such as the fractal, are repeated over and over in nature—with some spectacular contrasts on wildly different scales.

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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