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Autopsy of a Dead Social Network
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Autopsy of a Dead Social Network

Friendster is a social network that was founded in 2002, a year before Myspace and two years before Facebook.

Exposé of Chinese Data Thieves Reveals Sloppy Tactics
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Exposé of Chinese Data Thieves Reveals Sloppy Tactics

A beige office block in Shanghai's suburbs belonging to the Chinese army became world famous on Tuesday after Mandiant, a Washington-based computer security company...

How 'bullet Time' Will Revolutionize Exascale Computing
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How 'bullet Time' Will Revolutionize Exascale Computing

A new method for compressing output data without losing its essential features in exascale computing is based on a Hollywood special effects technique. 

The Browser Wars Go Mobile
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The Browser Wars Go Mobile

When surfing the Web on a smartphone, most of us stick with the browser that came with our handset.

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Software Predicts Tomorrow's News By Analyzing Today's and Yesterday's

Researchers have created software that predicts when and where disease outbreaks might occur based on two decades of New York Times articles and other online data...

An Internet For Manufacturing
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An Internet For Manufacturing

What is the industrial Internet?

Intel's New Interface Idea Is a Mash-up of All the Others
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Intel's New Interface Idea Is a Mash-up of All the Others

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, chipmaker Intel demoed its latest big idea: "perceptual computing."

The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene
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The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene

The next time you go shopping for a smartphone, you might see some unfamiliar software on the screens lining store shelves.

GM and Ford Open Up Their Vehicles to App Developers
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GM and Ford Open Up Their Vehicles to App Developers

Both Ford and General Motors announded at the 2013 International CES event that they want software developers to create apps for their cars, and that they will...

It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines
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It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines

The amount of time and money needed to sequence genomes continued to fall in 2012, perhaps to no one’s surprise.

Microsoft Brings Star Trek's Voice Translator to Life
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Microsoft Brings Star Trek's Voice Translator to Life

Microsoft has developed and publicly demonstrated nearly instantaneous Chinese-to-English spoken word translation software capable of preserving the distinctive...

Why You Can't Vote Online Tuesday
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Why You Can't Vote Online Tuesday

A decade and a half into the Web revolution, we do much of our banking and shopping online. So why can't we vote over the Internet? The answer is that voting presents...

Microsoft's Plan to Bring About the Era of Gesture Control
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Microsoft's Plan to Bring About the Era of Gesture Control

While most of the headlines about Microsoft this fall will concern its new operating system, Windows 8, and its new Surface tablet, the company is also working...

Preparing For Cyber War, Without a Map
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Preparing For Cyber War, Without a Map

The U.S. government's retaliatory capability in response to cyberattacks on critical infrastructure is limited by a dearth of technology.  

Computer Viruses Are 'rampant' on Medical Devices in Hospitals
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Computer Viruses Are 'rampant' on Medical Devices in Hospitals

Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel. These infections can clog...

Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna
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Genome Hunters Go After Martian Dna

Two high-profile entrepreneurs say they want to put a DNA sequencing machine on the surface of Mars in a bid to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life.

What Comes After the Touch Screen?
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What Comes After the Touch Screen?

In a few short years, the technologies found in today's mobile devices—touch screens, gyroscopes, and voice-control software, to name a few—have radically transformed...

The Measurement that Would Reveal the Universe as a Computer Simulation
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The Measurement that Would Reveal the Universe as a Computer Simulation

One of modern physics' most cherished ideas is quantum chromodynamics, the theory that describes the strong nuclear force, how it binds quarks and gluons into protons...

Artificial Intelligence, Powered by Many Humans
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Artificial Intelligence, Powered by Many Humans

University of Rochester researchers have developed Chorus, an approach to virtual personal assistants that creates a smart artificial chat partner from small contributions...

Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World
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Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real World

Researchers at Disney have demonstrated a computer interface that changes the way ordinary, everyday objects feel using a weak electric signal fed through a user's...
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