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Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm
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Google Introduces New 'hummingbird' Search Algorithm

Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet's dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it...

Trigger Finger: Apple Fires Biometrics Into the Mainstream
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Trigger Finger: Apple Fires Biometrics Into the Mainstream

By adding a fingerprint scanner to its newest mobile phone, Apple Inc. is offering a tantalizing glimpse of a future where your favorite gadget might become a biometric...

Carmakers Look to Video Games For New Routes to Market
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Carmakers Look to Video Games For New Routes to Market

The spoiler popped up automatically when the speedometer of the new Audi RS7 Sportback moved past 130 kilometers an hour on Charles Bridge in central Prague, creating...

Nsa to Cut System Administrators By 90 Percent to Limit Data Access
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Nsa to Cut System Administrators By 90 Percent to Limit Data Access

The U.S. National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent...

Nsa Revelations Could Hurt Collaboration with 'betrayed' Hackers
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Nsa Revelations Could Hurt Collaboration with 'betrayed' Hackers

The U.S. government's efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private...

How Samsung Is Beating Apple in China
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How Samsung Is Beating Apple in China

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook believes that "over the arc of time" China is a huge opportunity for his pathbreaking company. But time looks to be on the side of...

U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback
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U.s. Cyberwar Strategy Stokes Fear of Blowback

Even as the U.S. government confronts rival powers over widespread Internet espionage, it has become the biggest buyer in a burgeoning gray market where hackers...

From Hackers to Security Experts, the Balkan It Sector Is Booming
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From Hackers to Security Experts, the Balkan It Sector Is Booming

After hacking the Pentagon, NASA and Britain's Royal Navy for fun, TinKode got a real job as a computer security expert for a Romanian cyber safety consultancy.

Ahead of the Curve: But Bendable Screens Still Seek Breakthrough
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Ahead of the Curve: But Bendable Screens Still Seek Breakthrough

The touted arrival this year of wearable gadgets such as computer displays strapped to wrists and in wrap-around glasses is just a step towards a bigger revolution...

Tech ­pstarts Threaten Tv Broadcast Model
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Tech ­pstarts Threaten Tv Broadcast Model

Two fledgling technologies could dramatically reshape the $60 billion-a-year television broadcast industry as they challenge the business model that has helped...

Radio Frequency Chip Makers Tune In to Smartphone Race
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Radio Frequency Chip Makers Tune In to Smartphone Race

Radio frequency chip makers are set to gain as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc unveil ever more sophisticated smartphones and tablets to battle for the...

Rethinking Objects and Form Are Key to 3D Printing Revolution
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Rethinking Objects and Form Are Key to 3D Printing Revolution

3D printing has already changed the game for manufacturing specialized products such as medical devices but the real revolution will come when designers start to...

Apple and Samsung, Frenemies For Life
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Apple and Samsung, Frenemies For Life

It was the late Steve Jobs' worst nightmare. A powerful Asian manufacturer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, uses Google Inc's Android software to create smartphones...

Iran Strengthened Cyber Capabilities After Stuxnet: U.s. General
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Iran Strengthened Cyber Capabilities After Stuxnet: U.s. General

Iran responded to a 2010 cyber attack on its nuclear facilities by beefing up its own cyber capabilities, and will be a "force to be reckoned with" in the future...

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Malicious Virus Shuttered Power Plant: Dhs

A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a power company when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping...

U.s. Warns on Java Software As Security Concerns Escalate
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U.s. Warns on Java Software As Security Concerns Escalate

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to hundreds of...

China Tightens Internet Controls, Legalizes Post Deletion
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China Tightens Internet Controls, Legalizes Post Deletion

China unveiled tighter Internet controls on Friday, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain "illegal" information and requiring service...

Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Gets Closer Than Ever to Human Limb
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Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Gets Closer Than Ever to Human Limb

Researchers in the United States have developed a robotic arm controlled directly by thought with a level of agility closer than ever to a normal human limb.

Fbi ­ses Twitter, Social Media to Look For Securities Fraud
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Fbi ­ses Twitter, Social Media to Look For Securities Fraud

The FBI sees social media as a potential breeding ground for securities fraud, and has agents scouring Twitter and Facebook for tips, according to two top agents...

Facebook's New Pitch to Brand Advertisers: Forget About Clicks
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Facebook's New Pitch to Brand Advertisers: Forget About Clicks

Facebook Inc., stung by doubts that advertising on the social network delivers enough bang for the buck, is preparing to unveil data to counter its critics and...
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