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Sri International Is an Innovation Powerhouse Trying to Rise Above the Noise of Apple, Google, and Facebook
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Sri International Is an Innovation Powerhouse Trying to Rise Above the Noise of Apple, Google, and Facebook

When Intel worried years ago that its marvelous innovation wasn't being noticed by consumers-at-large, it launched the ubiquitous "Intel Inside" campaign.

Researchers at Parc Give ­S a Glimpse of the Future
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Researchers at Parc Give ­S a Glimpse of the Future

It was a high-tech speed-dating session, Silicon Valley-style: I would sit in the storied memorabilia-laden Room 2306 in the bowels of PARC, the former Xerox research...

Smartphones Put a Translator in Your Pocket
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Smartphones Put a Translator in Your Pocket

The days of madly flipping through bilingual phrase books while trying to converse with somebody in another language is fast giving way to a technological alternative...

Peter G. Neumann: Top Cop on the Hair-Raising Cybersecurity Beat
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Peter G. Neumann: Top Cop on the Hair-Raising Cybersecurity Beat

The threat is always there—in your car, at the office, on the table next to where you sleep at night: a near-biblical plague of worms, phisher kings, identity thieves...

Cloud ­se Grows, and So Does Security Threat
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Cloud ­se Grows, and So Does Security Threat

Holding everything from highly personal medical and social media material to confidential financial and corporate documents, Internet-based cloud services are gathering...

Does Rise of Biometrics Mean a Future Without Anonymity?
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Does Rise of Biometrics Mean a Future Without Anonymity?

Long envisioned as an alternative to remembering scores of computer passwords or lugging around keys to cars, homes and businesses, technology that identifies people...

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting
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Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting

Some of chip colossus Intel's biggest customers and partners are exploring a competing microprocessor design, signaling the start of a much-anticipated tech donnybrook...

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting
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Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting

Some of chip colossus Intel's biggest customers and partners are exploring a competing microprocessor design, signaling the start of a much-anticipated tech donnybrook...

New Chips Help Bring High-Definition Sound to Smartphones and Other Devices
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New Chips Help Bring High-Definition Sound to Smartphones and Other Devices

Smartphone owners can surf the Web, pay bills, watch videos, enjoy music, and send email. But while their gadgets have been designed to handle increasing amounts...

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Scratching Your Head Over Sopa?

As Wikipedia and other Websites go dark Wednesday in what backers are calling the largest Internet protest ever, the epic battle between Silicon Valley and Hollywood...

Intel Unveils New Chips For Smartphones and Tablets
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Intel Unveils New Chips For Smartphones and Tablets

Intel's chips have dominated the PC era, but when it comes to post-PC devices, such as smartphones and tablets, the company is less than an also-ran.

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Silicon Valley Fighting Proposed Law Pushed By Hollywood

Silicon Valley is making one of its biggest lobbying pushes ever, as it fights a proposed law championed by Hollywood called the Stop Online Piracy Act. But whether...

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Intel Faces Colossal Clash

Written off by some critics as a doomed dinosaur, stuck in the tar pit of a stalling personal computer market, Intel is headed for a colossal clash as it scrambles...

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Popular Websites Share ­ser Information, Email Addresses, Stanford Study Finds

By signing onto many of the most popular sites on the Web, you may be unknowingly sharing your email address or name with other websites and data collection companies...

Apple's Design Wizard Has Not Left the Building
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Apple's Design Wizard Has Not Left the Building

He was the resident wizard at 1 Infinite Loop, the guy sporting minimalist attire, closely cropped hair and a mischievous smile as he pulled one delightful new...

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A Turbulent End to the Pc Era

The personal computer recently celebrated its 30th birthday. Then last week, Silicon Valley staged the PC's funeral.

Major Breakthrough Claimed in Wireless Technology
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Major Breakthrough Claimed in Wireless Technology

Dropped calls, unsent texts, painfully slow Internet connections and overcrowded Wi-Fi hot spots have become a bane of modern life. But veteran valley entrepreneur...

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Marvell Tapped By China to Develop Mobile Phone Standard

Chipmaker Marvell, whose top management is based in Santa Clara, has been tapped to help China achieve the goal of creating its own mobile technology standards...

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How to Stay Safe Online While Traveling

 Taking a trip with always-on digital devices can be like traveling with your safe—and forgetting to lock it.

Recruiters Outnumber Job-Seekers at Hacker Fair
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Recruiters Outnumber Job-Seekers at Hacker Fair

Tom Sherlock demonstrated his wearable computer. Steven Neff, hemmed in by a scrum of recruiters from Google, Rackspace and Pulse News, showed off his art-filled...
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