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Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions
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Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions

NBC and Google are conducting "war games" in at least three countries, to prepare for the possibility of hacker attacks or hardware malfunction disrupting the online...

Your E-Book Is Reading You
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Your E-Book Is Reading You

It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy on the Kobo e-reader—about 57 pages an hour.

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
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In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...

Google Fights Back in China
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Google Fights Back in China

Two giants on the world stage are battling over the future of information.

Bionic Brains and Beyond
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Bionic Brains and Beyond

The National Spelling Bee of 2023 started out like any other, but controversy enveloped the contest when Suzy Hamilton, an 8-year-old from Tulsa, emerged as the...

A New Home For Computer Screens: The Face
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A New Home For Computer Screens: The Face

Employees at eyeglasses designer Michael Pachleitner Group have no reason to consult desktop computers, tablets or old-fashioned paper binders to find items in...

Movie Magic to Leave Home For?
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Movie Magic to Leave Home For?

Someday, if the dreams of movie-technology designers come true, you'll flash your smartphone ticket, settle into your plush cinema seat and be greeted with a hyper...

Drone ­se Takes Off on the Home Front
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Drone ­se Takes Off on the Home Front

With little public attention, dozens of universities and law-enforcement agencies have been given approval by federal aviation regulators to use unmanned aircraft...

Beware Apps Bearing Unwanted Gifts
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Beware Apps Bearing Unwanted Gifts

As companies increasingly allow workers to use personal smartphones and tablets on the job, they are confronting a potential new security threat: malicious software...

Watching and Waiting
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Watching and Waiting

It is called an advanced persistent threat, and if it sounds like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, that's because it pretty much is.  

The '80s Called, and They Want Their Cellphones Back
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The '80s Called, and They Want Their Cellphones Back

Julie Barbour-Issa calls her eight-year-old cellphone "the dinosaur. It's a brick, and I could use it as a weapon in an emergency," says the 30-year-old Norwood...

Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them
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Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them

When Jeff Rae was arrested last October with hundreds of other Occupy Wall Street protesters during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge, he decided to fight the charges...

Google Gives Search a Refresh
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Google Gives Search a Refresh

Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market...

Fbi's 'sabu' Hacker Was a Model Informant
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Fbi's 'sabu' Hacker Was a Model Informant

As soon as he was caught, an influential computer hacker agreed to become a government informant and "literally worked around the clock" to help federal agents...

When Gaming Is Good For You
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When Gaming Is Good For You

A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception.

Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness
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Hackers Arrested as One Turns Witness

Federal prosecutors brought charges against a group of men allegedly behind "LulzSec"—a globe-spanning collective of computer hackers who wreaked havoc on companies...

Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web
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Over-the-Air Tv Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web

It's cool to have rabbit ears again.

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How to Tell If You're Being Tracked on Safari

If you're on an iPhone or iPad using the most recent version of Apple's operating system, click on the "Settings" icon, and then click on "Safari."

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How Google Tracked Safari Users

Google and other advertising companies have been following iPhone and Apple users as they browse the Web, even though Apple's Safari Web browser is set to block...

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Fast Phones, Dead Batteries

Days after buying his Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Nexus smartphone from Verizon Wireless, David Jacobs found himself switching off the fourth-generation broadband...
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