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Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools

With school districts rushing to buy computers, tablets, digital white boards, and other technology, a new report questions whether the investment is worth it.

How the ­.s. ­ses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly
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How the ­.s. ­ses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly

When American analysts hunting terrorists sought new ways to comb through the troves of phone records, e-mails, and other data piling up as digital communications...

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Administration Says Mining of Data Is Crucial to Fight Terror

In early September 2009, an e-mail passed through an Internet address in Peshawar, Pakistan, that was being monitored by the vast computers controlled by American...

If Our Gadgets Could Measure Our Emotions
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If Our Gadgets Could Measure Our Emotions

On a recent family outing, my mother and sister got into a shouting match. But they weren’t mad at each other—they were yelling at the iPhone’s turn-by-turn navigation...

Just Tap Here: Technology and Travel
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Just Tap Here: Technology and Travel

Goodbye, plastic hotel room key. So long, wallet. Farewell, camera.

Let's Play: Making Travel a Game
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Let's Play: Making Travel a Game

It was a Sunday afternoon in SoHo and while most New Yorkers were having brunch, Makeda Peters and her boyfriend were on a street corner craning their necks at...

Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity
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Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity

Name a target anywhere in China, an official at a state-owned company boasted recently, and his crack staff will break into that person's computer, download the...

Helper Robots Are Steered, Tentatively, to Care For the Aging
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Helper Robots Are Steered, Tentatively, to Care For the Aging

In the opening scene of the movie "Robot & Frank," which takes place in the near future, Frank, an elderly man who lives alone, is arguing with his son about going...

Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds
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Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds

The company revealed some new search tools on Wednesday at I/O, its annual developers conference.

After an iPhone Is Snatched, a High-Speed Chase
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After an iPhone Is Snatched, a High-Speed Chase

The woman was talking on her iPhone, and never saw coming her induction into a large and growing subset of crime victims.

New Chief at Intel Aims to Expand Chip Making
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New Chief at Intel Aims to Expand Chip Making

Brian M. Krzanich, who on Thursday was named Intel's next chief executive, knows he faces a hefty challenge when he takes over the world's biggest maker of semiconductors...

Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream
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Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream

Last week, engineers sniffing around the programming code for Google Glass found hidden examples of ways that people might interact with the wearable computers...

Scientific Articles Accepted (personal Checks, Too)
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Scientific Articles Accepted (personal Checks, Too)

The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading professional...

Fake Twitter Followers Become Multimillion-Dollar Business
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Fake Twitter Followers Become Multimillion-Dollar Business

Far from slowing, the market for fake Twitter followers seems to be taking off.

Mark Pincus Thinks Angry Birds Won't Hurt Your Kids
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Mark Pincus Thinks Angry Birds Won't Hurt Your Kids

You are the founder and C.E.O. of Zynga, a company responsible for addictive games like FarmVille and the forthcoming Draw Something 2. You know, every time I see...

New Test For Computers: Grading Essays at College Level
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New Test For Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the "send" button when you...

The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind
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The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind

I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.

The Mayor's Geek Squad
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The Mayor's Geek Squad

It was a case for a digital Sherlock Holmes.

Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax
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Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax

Before Napster and LimeWire, before Megauploads and the Pirate Bay, media companies' epic struggle against copying, piracy and generally losing control over their...

Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy
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Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy

Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people's privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords...
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