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Top500 Supercomputer Race Hits a Slow Patch
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Top500 Supercomputer Race Hits a Slow Patch

The performance of the world's fastest computers has been steadily growing for two decades, but the latest tally of their collective performance shows slowing progress...

A Tour of Bletchley Park: Codebreaking that Helped Win Wwii, and the Birthplace of the Modern Computer
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A Tour of Bletchley Park: Codebreaking that Helped Win Wwii, and the Birthplace of the Modern Computer

MI6 called it Station X.

All Hacking Eyes on the Prize Money at Cansecwest
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All Hacking Eyes on the Prize Money at Cansecwest

When it comes to hacking, it turns out that greed really is good.

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?

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...

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...

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?

Apple's A7 Chip Makes a Run at Intel
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Apple's A7 Chip Makes a Run at Intel

Is Apple simply engaging in PR puffery when it talks about its "desktop" A7 chip? Not so fast.

The Real Reasons Apple's 64-Bit A7 Chip Makes Sense
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The Real Reasons Apple's 64-Bit A7 Chip Makes Sense

Apple injected a lot of marketing hyperbole into its claims about the wonders of 64-bit computing when it showed off the A7 processor at the heart of the new ...

Otellini's Legacy of Intel Profit Marred By Arm Competition
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Otellini's Legacy of Intel Profit Marred By Arm Competition

When Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini retires in May, he'll leave a mixed record.

Steven Sinofsky: Microsoft's Controversial Mr. Windows 8
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Steven Sinofsky: Microsoft's Controversial Mr. Windows 8

Two years ago, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was working on a file synchronization technology that would make stashing and grabbing pictures, documents...

A Who's Who of Mideast-Targeted Malware
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A Who's Who of Mideast-Targeted Malware

What do Stuxnet, Duqu, Gauss, Mahdi, Flame, Wiper, and Shamoon have in common?

Slow, But Rugged, Curiosity's Computer Was Built For Mars
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Slow, But Rugged, Curiosity's Computer Was Built For Mars

The electronic brain controlling NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has far less horsepower than the microchips typically found in a modern smart phone.

Smart Shoes Step ­p the Wearable-Computing Pace
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Smart Shoes Step ­p the Wearable-Computing Pace

Researchers at the universities of Munich and Toronto have developed ShoeSense, a type of wearable computing system for smartphones.  

A Ride on MIT Media Lab's Digital Bandwagon
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A Ride on MIT Media Lab's Digital Bandwagon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab recently hosted its annual Inside Out conference where speakers from several projects discussed the future of...

Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon
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Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon

As robots seek to mimic humans' ability to see and hear, they have a secret weapon in Microsoft's Kinect game motion-sensing controller.

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...

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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