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Pay with Your Fingerprint
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Pay with Your Fingerprint

Anyone with an iPhone 5 can use its fingerprint reader to unlock the device and pay for apps or music in Apple's iTunes store.

Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do
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Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do

Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time.

Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future
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Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future

It's been almost 30 years since the computer scientist Jaron Lanier formed VPL Research, the first company to sell the high-tech goggles and gloves that once defined...

An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling
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An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling

Igor Spetic's hand was in a fist when it was severed by a forging hammer three years ago as he made an aluminum jet part at his job.

Augmented Reality Gets to Work
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Augmented Reality Gets to Work

For Thomas Caudell, it started with a desire to make it easier to build airplanes.

Marginally ­seful
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Marginally ­seful

Bitcoin, a purely digital currency, is backed by no commodity and governed by no central bank, but it exists because a small number of humans have chosen to believe...

How to Design an Interstellar Communications System
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How to Design an Interstellar Communications System

University of California, Berkeley professor David Messerschmitt is studying the design of end-to-end communications between stellar systems. 

Yahoo Expands Research Labs in Search of Personalized, Mobile Experiences
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Yahoo Expands Research Labs in Search of Personalized, Mobile Experiences

There are many conflicting opinions about what troubled Web giant Yahoo must do to turn itself around, but critics and company leaders at least agree on one thing...

A Robotic Hand, This Time with Feeling
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A Robotic Hand, This Time with Feeling

A Dutch man who lost his left hand in a fireworks accident nine years ago is now able to feel different kinds of pressure on three fingers of a prosthetic, robotic...

'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers With Fake Secrets
From ACM TechNews

'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers With Fake Secrets

Researchers have developed an approach to cryptography that makes it difficult for hackers to determine when they have correctly deciphered a password.

'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets
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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers with Fake Secrets

Ari Juels, an independent researcher who was previously chief scientist at computer security company RSA, thinks something important is missing from the cryptography...

Not Ok, Glass
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Not Ok, Glass

PlaceAvoider is software that uses computer-vision techniques to identify potentially confidential or embarrassing pictures taken with new devices such as Google...

A 96-Antenna System Tests the Next Generation of Wireless
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A 96-Antenna System Tests the Next Generation of Wireless

Even as the world's carriers build out the latest wireless infrastructure, known as 4G LTE, a new apparatus bristling with 96 antennas taking shape at a Rice University...

How a Database of the World's Knowledge Shapes Google's Future
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How a Database of the World's Knowledge Shapes Google's Future

For all its success, Google's famous Page Rank algorithm has never understood a word of the billions of Web pages it has directed people to over the years.

Neural Nets: Now Available in the Cloud
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Neural Nets: Now Available in the Cloud

A new system called N2Sky sets up neural networks in the cloud so their services can be shared like other computing resources.   

Experimental Surgery Aims to Revive a Paralyzed Limb
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Experimental Surgery Aims to Revive a Paralyzed Limb

Doctors will attempt to reanimate a patient’s paralyzed arm with a pioneering surgery that involves capturing signals from his brain and restoring movement through...

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View
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How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

Google Street View has become an essential part of the online mapping experience.

Ok, Glass, Find a Killer App
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Ok, Glass, Find a Killer App

A select group of developers have been experimenting with Google Glass for months and have created apps that could indicate where the technology will go in the...

An App-Led Walk Down Memory Lane
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An App-Led Walk Down Memory Lane

The Memoir iPhone app accesses photos and status updates from a user's social networks based on the user's location, what is going on, and who else is around. 

An Artificial Hand with Real Feelings
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An Artificial Hand with Real Feelings

There have been remarkable mechanical advances in prosthetic limbs in recent years, including rewiring nerve fibers to control sophisticated mechanical arms (see...
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