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A New Secret Weapon For Electronics Shoppers
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A New Secret Weapon For Electronics Shoppers

There was a time not so long ago that buying a car was one of the worst shopping experiences. As you drove off the dealer's lot, you couldn't escape the feeling...

Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort
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Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort

The stealth C.I.A. drone that crashed deep inside Iranian territory last week was part of a stepped-up surveillance program that has frequently sent the United...

Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing
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Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing

Ever since the early days of modern computing in the 1940s, the biological metaphor has been irresistible.

Underwater Drones Giving More Eyes to Police Harbor Unit as Searches Grow
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Underwater Drones Giving More Eyes to Police Harbor Unit as Searches Grow

With President Obama in town last week, things were busy for the New York Police Department's Harbor Unit. Federal security agents were disseminating lists of...

Software That Listens For Lies
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Software That Listens For Lies

She looks as innocuous as Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s famous detective.

Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell
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Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell

The photographs of celebrities and models in fashion advertisements and magazines are routinely buffed with a helping of digital polish.

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Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It's Not Clear Why

Millions of Americans who got on a plane over the Thanksgiving holiday heard the admonition: "Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff."

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Turn On the Server. It

To satisfy our ever-growing need for computing power, many technology companies have moved their work to data centers with tens of thousands of power-gobbling...

Patent Office Highlights Jobs's Innovations
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Patent Office Highlights Jobs's Innovations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., recently unveiled an exhibit of 30 giant iPhone-like models honoring the inventions of the late...

Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees
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Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees

The world is even smaller than you thought.

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A New Perspective on Crime Scenes

In 2009, to better record crime scenes, the New York City Police Department began using the Panoscan, a camera that creates high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic...

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Pursuing a Piracy Claim Against Apple

David Gelernter is known for many things. As a pioneering computer scientist, he first earned renown by connecting computers together into collaborative networks...

Russians Fight to Save Mars Probe After Mishap
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Russians Fight to Save Mars Probe After Mishap

Russian space engineers scrambled Wednesday to salvage an ambitious science mission to Mars after the unmanned spacecraft became stranded in Earth orbit. If they...

It Started Digital Wheels Turning
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It Started Digital Wheels Turning

Researchers in Britain are about to embark on a 10-year, multimillion-dollar project to build a computer—but their goal is neither dazzling analytical power nor...

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Google Changes Search Algorithm, Trying to Make Results More Timely

Many Google search results will be more timely after Google made a significant change to its search algorithm last week that it said would affect about 35% of...

Catching a Wave, and Measuring It
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Catching a Wave, and Measuring It

James Gosling wants to network the world’s oceans.

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The Genius of Jobs

One of the questions I wrestled with when writing about Steve Jobs was how smart he was. On the surface, this should not have been much of an issue.

Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children
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Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children

Jaden Lender, 3, sings along softly with the "Five Little Monkeys" app on the family iPad, and waggles his index finger along with the monkey doctor at the warning...

How Revolutionary Tools Cracked a 1700s Code
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How Revolutionary Tools Cracked a 1700s Code

It has been more than six decades since Warren Weaver, a pioneer in automated language translation, suggested applying code-breaking techniques to the challenge...

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New Malicious Program by Creators of Stuxnet Is Suspected

The designers of Stuxnet, the computer worm that was used to vandalize an Iranian nuclear site, may have struck again, security researchers say.
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