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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...

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...

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.

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.

Behold! Jonathan Ive's Apple
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Behold! Jonathan Ive's Apple

Apple is today releasing the much-anticipated iOS 7, and with it, the biggest overhaul of its mobile operating system since it debuted in 2007 with the original...

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 ...

Nsa Claims It 'touches' Only 1.6 Percent of Internet Traffic
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Nsa Claims It 'touches' Only 1.6 Percent of Internet Traffic

Just hours after President Obama defended the National Security Agency's activities, the foreign surveillance agency released a document in which it claims to review...

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit in Shuttering Encrypted Email
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit in Shuttering Encrypted Email

Silent Circle shuttered its encrypted email service on Thursday, the second such closure in just a few hours in an apparent attempt to avoid government scrutiny...

Curiosity Brings the Science: The Rover's Top 5 Mars Discoveries
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Curiosity Brings the Science: The Rover's Top 5 Mars Discoveries


Google Boosts Handwriting Feature in Google Translate
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Google Boosts Handwriting Feature in Google Translate

With Google Translate's new handwriting tool, users can draw an unfamiliar word or character on their Android smartphone or tablet and get a translation. 

Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains
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Nvidia's Graphics Brawn Powers Supercomputing Brains

Nvidia, trying to move its graphics chips into the supercomputing market, has found a niche helping engineers build brain-like systems called neural networks.

The Next Big Thing in Tech: Augmented Reality
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The Next Big Thing in Tech: Augmented Reality

Augmented reality technologies have been in development in university labs and small companies for almost 50 years.
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