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Carriers May Be Handicapping Cell Phone Networks
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Carriers May Be Handicapping Cell Phone Networks

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research found that wireless operators may unknowingly be degrading performance on their networks as the...

Google, Opendns Add Geo Speed Boost to Net
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Google, Opendns Add Geo Speed Boost to Net

OpenDNS, Google, and Verisign have built new technology into their Internet operations that is designed to accelerate the delivery of data worldwide. 

How Ibm's 5150 Pc Shaped the Computer Industry
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How Ibm's 5150 Pc Shaped the Computer Industry

Most people in the Western world walk around with a powerful computer in their pocket or purse, otherwise known as a smartphone. It's not unusual to see someone...

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Black Hat: Legal Pitfalls of Investigating Mobile

Hackers today are testing mobile devices ever more strenuously, but the work often stands on shaky legal ground, according to Jennifer Granick, an attorney for...

Expert Hacks Car System, Says Problems Reach to Scada Systems
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Expert Hacks Car System, Says Problems Reach to Scada Systems

Researcher Don A. Bailey will be showing at the Black Hat security conference how easy it is to open and even start a car remotely by hacking the cellular network...

Microsoft Opens Garage to Spark Innovation
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Microsoft Opens Garage to Spark Innovation

It's typical for Microsoft to show off its latest wares at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference, if only to amp up partners' enthusiasm for hawking the software...

Kevin Mitnick Shows How Easy It Is to Hack a Phone
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Kevin Mitnick Shows How Easy It Is to Hack a Phone

British tabloid News of the World said it is closing down over a phone hacking scandal in which workers for the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper allegedly snooped...

Google+ Contributor and Mac Pioneer Talks with CNET
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Google+ Contributor and Mac Pioneer Talks with CNET

Thirty years ago, Andy Hertzfeld was a young computer engineer working at Apple Computer on the first Macintosh under the leadership of Steve Jobs. As Jobs had...

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Apple's New Multitouch Patent (faq)

Apple picked up a patent Tuesday that could come in very handy in today's thicket of smartphone-related intellectual property litigation.

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With Anonymous and Lulzsec, Is Anyone Believable?

For several months, hackers have been having a heyday taking down Web sites and leaking data from compromised servers with victims ranging from the CIA and U.S...

3D Printing Creating 'a Whole New World'
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3D Printing Creating 'a Whole New World'

Not long ago, I asked Scott Summit, a pioneer in using 3D printing in the design of custom prosthetics and an industrial design expert, who he would recommend...

New Technology Revs Up Pixar's 'cars 2'
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New Technology Revs Up Pixar's 'cars 2'

We all know what the reflections off cars or the roiling of the ocean are supposed to look like. So if you are tempted to believe that what you'll see in "Cars...

Microsoft Declares Webgl 'harmful' to Security
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Microsoft Declares Webgl 'harmful' to Security

Some researchers say that WebGL, a universal three-dimensional Web graphics standard that has been widely anticipated by Web programmers, could lead to significant...

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Can Wireless Networks Support the Promise of the 'cloud'?

Google, Apple, and Amazon are pushing more and more of your entertainment, your data—heck, your life—into the cloud. But what's it mean for the wireless network...

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Who Is Behind the Hacks?

Every day there's another report of a computer hack. Yesterday it was a video game company and a U.S. Senate database. And today it could be the Federal Reserve...

Arrests in Spain Don't Mean Sony's Troubles Are Over
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Arrests in Spain Don't Mean Sony's Troubles Are Over

The Spanish police say they've taken down three of the people allegedly behind the massive PlayStation Network security breach in April. But while it's probably...

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Css 2.1 Emerges as Official Web Standard

The CSS 2.1 standard for Web page formatting has been completed. Although much of the Web world has moved on to CSS 3, the CSS 2.1 standard has reached a key milestone...

Ipv6 Day: Kicking the Tires of a Next-Gen Net Today
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Ipv6 Day: Kicking the Tires of a Next-Gen Net Today

The computing industry has begun a major 24-hour test today to work the kinks out of IPv6, a disruptive but necessary overhaul of the Internet's inner workings...

W3c Officially Opens Html5 to Scrutiny
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W3c Officially Opens Html5 to Scrutiny

The World Wide Web Consortium recently announced that HTML5 has reached last call status, which opens the standard to industry scrutiny.

Webp, Google's Answer to Jpeg, Gets Better Quality
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Webp, Google's Answer to Jpeg, Gets Better Quality

Google has improved the quality of WebP, an Internet image format that Google says will make the Web faster, but now the company must convince people to use it...
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