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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...

Making Science Leap From the Page
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Making Science Leap From the Page

When a college textbook, "Principles of Biology," comes out from the Nature Publishing Group in January, one place it won't be is on the shelves of school bookstores...

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Steve Jobs's Patents

The 317 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors offer a glimpse at his legendary say over the minute details of the company's products—from...

Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56
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Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56

Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies...

In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores
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In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores

Amy Furman, a seventh-grade English teacher here, roams among 31 students sitting at their desks or in clumps on the floor. They're studying Shakespeare's "As...

A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar
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A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar

When the Walt Disney Company bought Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in 2006, there was understandable concern that the media conglomerate that drove...
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