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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...

Quantum Mechanics Is So Weird That Scientists Need AI to Design Experiments
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Quantum Mechanics Is So Weird That Scientists Need AI to Design Experiments

University of Vienna researchers have developed an algorithm that helps design experiments in quantum optics. 

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.

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.

Natural Selection: Mama Robot Builds Self-Evolving Baby-Bots
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Natural Selection: Mama Robot Builds Self-Evolving Baby-Bots

The theory of natural selection popularised by Charles Darwin has now been demonstrated in robots.

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.

The Telescope Looking For the Beginning of Time
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The Telescope Looking For the Beginning of Time

The universe is a big place.

Adios, Silicon: Why Exotic Designs Are the Future For the Chips in Your Gadgets
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Adios, Silicon: Why Exotic Designs Are the Future For the Chips in Your Gadgets

Most of us assume that smartphones and laptops will keep getting faster and better.

Inside the Multibillion-Dollar Quest to Make Faster, Cheaper Gadgets
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Inside the Multibillion-Dollar Quest to Make Faster, Cheaper Gadgets

Mark Bohr peers through the yellow-tinted windows outside D1D, one of Intel's secretive computer chip factories housed at its 300-acre campus here, about a 30-minute...
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