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The Ground-Breaking Tech of 'toy Story 3'
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The Ground-Breaking Tech of 'toy Story 3'

At Pixar Animation Studios, which will release "Toy Story 3," its 11th feature film, on Friday, each new movie is an opportunity both to notch huge box office numbers...

Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect
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Microsoft's Xbox Motion Control System Is Kinect

After more than a year of speculation, we finally know what Microsoft's new motion-control system is called. For those that have referred to it for a year as Project...

Flying Bots That Self-Assemble
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Flying Bots That Self-Assemble

Swiss researchers are developing a swarm of single-propeller robots that are able to self-assemble and take flight. 

Augmented Reality Edges Closer to Mainstream
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Augmented Reality Edges Closer to Mainstream

To an unenlightened observer, Ron Haidenger's demonstration of playing a video game by tilting a piece of cardboard back and forth looks more than a little bit...

Willow Garage Gets Robots Into Researchers' Hands
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Willow Garage Gets Robots Into Researchers' Hands

Willow Garage has given 11 teams from around the world the right to use its PR2 open source robots and operating system to develop new uses for the technology and...

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Google Rolls Out Encrypted Web Search Option

Google began offering an encrypted option for Web searchers on Friday and said it planned to roll it out for all of its services eventually.

MIT Gestural Gloves Bring Back the '80s
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MIT Gestural Gloves Bring Back the '80s

Somewhere in your closet there's a pair of gloves straight out of "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo."  Well, if you dust them off and fire up your Webcam, you'll have...

Legal Experts: LimeWire Likely Doomed
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Legal Experts: LimeWire Likely Doomed

A federal court judge has likely dealt a death blow to LimeWire, one of the most popular and oldest file-sharing systems, according to legal experts.

Computer Pioneer Palevsky Was Wary of Google, Games, Pcs
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Computer Pioneer Palevsky Was Wary of Google, Games, Pcs

Max Palevsky, the computer industry pioneer and early investor in Intel who died at age 85 last week, had, ironically, a fairly well-documented skepticism of...

Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets
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Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets

Intel on Tuesday announced its long-awaited Atom chip for smartphones and tablets, a crowded market populated by a host of formidable rivals--unlike the PC market...

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Jobs: Why Apple Banned Flash from the Iphone

In a rare open letter published Thursday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has detailed the technological reasons why his company refuses to let Adobe Systems':...

Inside NASA's World-Class Supercomputer Center
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Inside NASA's World-Class Supercomputer Center

If you're a materials scientist at NASA's Glenn Research Center, or an engineer at the Johnson or Marshall Space Centers studying Space Shuttle flow-control valves...

Nsa's Boot Camp For Cyberdefense
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Nsa's Boot Camp For Cyberdefense

If you're the kind of person who worries about the security of computer networks, you should know that the National Security Agency is worrying about it too. Since...

Microsoft Sponsors New Web Font Standard
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Microsoft Sponsors New Web Font Standard

Microsoft has become a sponsor of a World Wide Web Consortium effort to standardize Web-based fonts with technology called the Web Open Font Format (WOFF). 

The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge
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The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge

Sandy Bridge is arguably Intel's most important future technology. So, what is it exactly? Intel has been careful to reveal only snippets about the technology over...

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Google Backs Yahoo in Privacy Fight with Doj

Google and an alliance of privacy groups have come to Yahoo's aid by helping the Web portal fend off a broad request from the U.S. Department of Justice for e-mail...

Google Trying Anew for a 3-D Web
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Google Trying Anew for a 3-D Web

Google is breathing new life into its effort to bring hardware-accelerated three-dimensional graphics to the Internet. 

Playing It Safe With Two Networks
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Playing It Safe With Two Networks

To protect itself from hackers, Cryptography Research runs two unconnected networks—one for sensitive data and core engineering work that is not connected to the...

­.s. Cyber Command Prepped to Launch
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­.s. Cyber Command Prepped to Launch

Washingon's new U.S. Cyber Command is prepped and ready but is still waiting for Senate approval of its new commander before it can open for business.

Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid
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Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid

Intel wants you to take more interest in your energy use but isn't fussy about how you do it. The chip giant has developed a broad strategy to make money on smart...
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