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dateMore Than a Year Ago
subjectHuman Computer Interaction
authorThe New York Times

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You Want My Personal Data? Reward Me For It
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You Want My Personal Data? Reward Me For It

Life, as they say, imitates art. And the way things work commercially today across much of the Web recalls that chapter in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” where...

Did a Speeding Car Just Jump Out of My Cellphone?
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Did a Speeding Car Just Jump Out of My Cellphone?

Smartphones are getting smarter. Now some new models even offer games or television broadcasts in three dimensions—and you don’t need special glasses to see the...

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Google's Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software

Google is bringing Android software development to the masses. The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people...

Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality
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Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality

Middleshcool students are champion time-wasters. And the personal computer may be the ultimate time-wasting appliance. Put the two together at home, without hovering...

Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot
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Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot

The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion. The two hit it off quickly—unusual for the 6-year-old, who has autism—and the boy is imitating...

Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity
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Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity

The Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet’s dog problem.

A Soft Spot For Circuitry
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A Soft Spot For Circuitry

Robots designed to provide companionship are making strides, and falling costs may help lead to their wider use. 

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery
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To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery

The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida.

Roll-­p Computers and Their Kin
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Roll-­p Computers and Their Kin

Digital reading technology has evolved from the original Amazon Kindle, which cost $400 and displayed four shades of gray, to devices that are much less expensive...

Star Pitchers in a Duel? Tickets Will Cost More
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Star Pitchers in a Duel? Tickets Will Cost More

When the San Francisco Giants noticed a sudden surge in ticket sales for the team’s Memorial Day game with the Colorado Rockies, they did something seemingly more...

Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech
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Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech

"Hi, thanks for coming," the medical assistant says, greeting a mother with her 5-year-old son. "Are you here for your child or yourself?" The boy, the mother replies...

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Singapore Gets Wired For Speed

This island city-state, thanks to its small size and a big public investment, could soon be the first country blanketed with a fiber optic infrastructure so fast...

Merely Human? That
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Merely Human? That

On a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for...

The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In
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The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In

While waiting for an elevator at the Fair Oaks Mall near her home in Virginia recently, Janice Im, who works in early-childhood development, witnessed a troubling...

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Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price

When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it. Not just for a day or two, but 12...

The Ipad Pulse Reader Scales the Charts
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The Ipad Pulse Reader Scales the Charts

Much has been made of the opportunity presented by Apple’s iPad to big media companies. But surprisingly, it is a $3.99 application created by two Stanford graduate...

Cellphone in New Role: Loyalty Card
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Cellphone in New Role: Loyalty Card

Loyalty cards--those little paper cards that promise a free sandwich or coffee after 10 purchases, but instead get lost or forgotten--are going mobile.

Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech
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Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech

Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in...

As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot
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As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot

A captain returned to the cockpit after taking a bathroom break and found the first officer facing away from the instruments and talking to a flight attendant....

Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls
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Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls

She taps out her grocery lists, records voice memos, listens to music at the gym, tracks her caloric intake and posts frequent updates to her Twitter and Facebook...
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