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How Much Is the Internet of Everything Worth? Cisco Says $19 Trillion
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How Much Is the Internet of Everything Worth? Cisco Says $19 Trillion

Are you curious why everyone is talking about the Internet of everything?

Visiting Mauna Kea, the World's Best Spot For Stargazing
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Visiting Mauna Kea, the World's Best Spot For Stargazing

I was recently having lunch at a lovely and only slightly overpriced cafe overlooking the Pacific in the historic resort region of Kailua-Kona on the dry side of...

Humans Came Long After Aliens, Scientist Suggests
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Humans Came Long After Aliens, Scientist Suggests

I've never thought of humanity as being especially advanced.

Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names
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Icann Ceo Sets Off Explosion of New Internet Names

Starting next week, the Internet is going to look very different—and ICANN Chief Executive Fadi Chehade is the one who'll get both the credit and the blame.

At Super Bowl, Detecting Threats Is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack
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At Super Bowl, Detecting Threats Is Like Finding a Needle in a Haystack

Imagine this scenario: In the course of an hour this week, four different people involved in Super Bowl setup require emergency medical assistance, all for nausea...

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality (faq)
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Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality (faq)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday struck down rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010 meant to protect...

Faa Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development
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Faa Picks Six Projects to Tackle Drone Technology Development

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday designated six projects across the U.S. for research into drones, the unmanned aircraft that have the potential to...

Are We in the Matrix? Science Looks For Signs We're Not Real
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Are We in the Matrix? Science Looks For Signs We're Not Real

Over the years, some science fiction has popularized the notion that our world might not be what it seems—that we might all be living in the Matrix (to use perhaps...

Crackdown Successfully Reduces Spam
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Crackdown Successfully Reduces Spam

Two Google security researchers report that a pair of authentication standards designed to help combat spam and phishing attacks are being widely adopted. 

Old School vs. New School As Academic Publishers Brawl Over Web
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Old School vs. New School As Academic Publishers Brawl Over Web

The competition for prominence in academic publishing heated up this week as a traditional company, Elsevier, tangled with a Digital Era rival, Academia.edu.

Wave Fingers, Make Faces: The Future of Computing at Intel
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Wave Fingers, Make Faces: The Future of Computing at Intel

Intel's perceptual computing technology incorporates gestures, facial recognition, and voice recognition to make devices more "natural, intuitive, and immersive...

Imagine Your Face As Your Future Iphone Password
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Imagine Your Face As Your Future Iphone Password

You may one day be able to unlock your iPhone based just on your good looks.

Dart, Google's Controversial Web Language, Turns 1.0
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Dart, Google's Controversial Web Language, Turns 1.0

Google recently announced the availability of version 1.0 of Web programming language Dart.

Remembering Legendary Enigma Code Breaker Mavis Batey
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Remembering Legendary Enigma Code Breaker Mavis Batey

Cracking one of the most complicated cipher devices ever created—the Enigma machine—may not have been what Britain's Mavis Batey envisioned when she studied the...

Intelligence Chief Clapper Cites 'casablanca' in Dismissing Merkel Mess
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Intelligence Chief Clapper Cites 'casablanca' in Dismissing Merkel Mess

You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss, a spy is just a spy.

Ibm Seeks to Marry Biological and Artificial Computing
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Ibm Seeks to Marry Biological and Artificial Computing

IBM is seeking insights about biological and artificial computing by building next-generation systems that meld concepts from both worlds. 

How IBM Is Making Computers More Like Your Brain. For Real
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How IBM Is Making Computers More Like Your Brain. For Real

Despite a strong philosophical connection, computers and brains inhabit separate realms in research.

Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math
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Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math

Is Apple's A7 chip twice as fast at processing and graphics, as Apple promised when announcing the new iPhone 5S?

Baseball's Beacon Trials Hint at Apple's Location Revolution
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Baseball's Beacon Trials Hint at Apple's Location Revolution

As we neared the threshold of the gates in front of the walkway to the home of the New York Mets, a message popped up on developer Chad Evans' space-gray iPhone...

Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)
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Privacy Entrepreneur Turns Nsa Snooping Into Profit (q&a)

In a double dose of irony, the National Security Agency's prying has given a big helping hand to Phil Zimmermann's business, Silent Circle.
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