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If I Can Get Wi-Fi Here, I Can Get It Anywhere
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If I Can Get Wi-Fi Here, I Can Get It Anywhere

New York has ambitious plans for its extensive network of pay telephones.

Google and Edx Put ‘youtube For Courses’ Platform on Hold
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Google and Edx Put ‘youtube For Courses’ Platform on Hold

Their collaboration opens the edX platform to some new organizations, but individuals will have to wait a while longer.

Alternatives For the Mouse-Averse
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Alternatives For the Mouse-Averse

Controlling computers with gestures offers greater potential than a mouse ever could.

Adding Depth to Mobile Imaging
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Adding Depth to Mobile Imaging

Google's Project Tango aims to provide an additional dimension to the next generation of mobile devices.

Atoms Show The Way
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Atoms Show The Way

A "quantum compass" will offer precise positioning data in places GPS cannot go.

Robots Compete in Disaster Scenarios
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Robots Compete in Disaster Scenarios

The DARPA Robotics Challenge pitted teams from around the world against each other in a series of disaster-themed tasks.

Tcp/ip Turns 40
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Tcp/ip Turns 40

Pioneers gather in Palo Alto to commemorate a foundational Internet technology.

Mind the Gap
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Mind the Gap

Are there too few skilled computer and IT workers for the jobs available? If so, what can be done about it?

The Next Generation of Mobile
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The Next Generation of Mobile

By 2020, everyone will know what '5G' means.

Is Fingerprint Security Reliable?
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Is Fingerprint Security Reliable?

The strength of biometric locks on Apple's and Samsung's new phones may lie in their convenience.

Can AI Design a Video Game?
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Can AI Design a Video Game?

Researcher Michael Cook thinks his ANGELINA software can design a video game—and that's not all.

How the Incite Project Allots Supercomputer Hours
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How the Incite Project Allots Supercomputer Hours

Researchers vie for some of the billions of computer-hours available on two of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

2014 Bower Award Goes To… Validation
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2014 Bower Award Goes To… Validation

Edmund Clarke will receive the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science.

The Good Judgment Project
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The Good Judgment Project

A team of researchers tries to determine the best approach to predicting world events by making a game out of it.

The World of Perks
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The World of Perks

Companies are offering more and more creative extras to entice and retain employees, but there can be a downside.

Dark Fiber Is Lighting ­p
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Dark Fiber Is Lighting ­p

After years of scarce activity, laying fiber is big business once again.

Better Thinking Tools
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Better Thinking Tools

A new book calls for human-computer interfaces that better support thinking and learning.

Wearable Robots Are No Longer Science Fiction
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Wearable Robots Are No Longer Science Fiction

Exoskeletons will address military, medical, commercial applications.

Crm For Cities
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Crm For Cities

New mobile apps improve citizen-government communications.

Tech Stars Get the Superhero Treatment
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Tech Stars Get the Superhero Treatment

A new line of comic books tells the life stories of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and other leaders in high technology.
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