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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...

Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture a Marketing Link
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Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture a Marketing Link

As Electronic Arts prepared to market Medal of Honor Warfighter, the latest version of its top-selling video game released in October, it created a Web site that...

In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get ­p to Speed
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In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get ­p to Speed

Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside. Google’s secret sauce is that it finds what you...

The Future, as Imagined by Google
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The Future, as Imagined by Google

In Eric E. Schmidt's future, his life will be a lot easier.

Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device
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Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device

Stuart Crabb, a director in the executive offices of Facebook, naturally likes to extol the extraordinary benefits of computers and smartphones. 

At Casino, Fuming Gamblers Leave Behind Maimed Machines
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At Casino, Fuming Gamblers Leave Behind Maimed Machines

Along with over 5,000 blinking, whirring digital gambling machines, the new Resorts World Casino, opponents predicted, would bring a surge of crime to Queens when...

How Depressives Surf the Web
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How Depressives Surf the Web

In what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your email compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications—from...

Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even For Experts
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Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even For Experts

Just how hard can it be to verify the age of a person online?

Freaks, Geeks, and Microsoft
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Freaks, Geeks, and Microsoft

When the Kinect was introduced in November 2010 as a $150 motion-control add-on to Microsoft's Xbox consoles, it drew attention from more than just video-gamers...

A Ballooning Megabyte Budget
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A Ballooning Megabyte Budget

Everyone knows how long a minute is.

Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality
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Behind the Google Goggles, Virtual Reality

It wasn't so long ago that legions of people began walking the streets, talking to themselves. On closer inspection, many of them turned out to be wearing tiny...

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Apropos Appropriation

One recent afternoon in the offices of the Midtown law firm run by David Boies and his powerful litigation partners, a large black clamshell box sat on a conference...
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