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Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet
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Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet

Welcome to the age of supercomputing for everyone.

Making Robots More Like ­S
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Making Robots More Like ­S

On a recent morning Natanel Dukan walked into the Paris offices of the French robot maker Aldebaran and noticed one of the company's humanoid NAO robots sitting...

Bit By Bit, Virtual Reality Heads For the Holodeck
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Bit By Bit, Virtual Reality Heads For the Holodeck

While sitting in a stuffy Hollywood hotel conference room recently, I plotted my next move outside a snow-covered, ancient castle.

And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'
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And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'

The 55 miles from Campbell to San Francisco make for one of the nicest commutes anywhere.

How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them
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How Robots Can Trick You Into Loving Them

I like to think of my Roomba as cute and industrious.

Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status
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Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles For Status

Tien Wu, chief operating officer of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, has a problem: the brightest young people in Taiwan do not want to work in the island’s...

The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator
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The Boy Genius of ­lan Bator

Days before I was to meet Battushig Myanganbayar at his home in Mongolia, he sent me an e-mail with a modest request: Would I bring him a pair of tiny XBee wireless...

Intel's Extensive Makeover
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Intel's Extensive Makeover

While Apple talked about a couple of new products on Tuesday, Intel, with much less fanfare, talked about the transformation of a world, and itself.

Who Scores Games By Hand Anymore?
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Who Scores Games By Hand Anymore?

The first thing Bruce Levy did upon recent entry into Yankee Stadium while accompanied by his in-laws and teenage son was to purchase a program in the area of the...

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...

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...

A Digital Eye to Watch Soccer's Trouble Spots
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A Digital Eye to Watch Soccer's Trouble Spots

The organization at the heart of international soccer’s technological advancement is located in a generic two-story building just off the A4 highway here, a few...

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...

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.

Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns
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Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns

On the pilot's computer screen, planted at ground level a few yards from the airport runway here, the data streaming across the display tracked an airplane at 1...

Nielsen Adjusts Its Ratings to Add Web-Linked Tvs
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Nielsen Adjusts Its Ratings to Add Web-Linked Tvs

For media executives, there may be nothing worse than a viewer or listener who is not counted.

A Digital Paradise By the Dashboard Light
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A Digital Paradise By the Dashboard Light

The driver of the first Corvette, in 1953, was welcomed by a lovely fan of numbers—a sweeping, eye-catching speedometer denominated in 10-mile-per-hour intervals...
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