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Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age
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Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age

At the recent Battle at Stonehedge pinball tournament here, Jessie Carduner cursed her ninth-place finish and vowed to get professional help.

Google Backs Second Quantum Computing Effort
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Google Backs Second Quantum Computing Effort

Scientists can't seem to agree on what a quantum computer is. But the uncertainty hasn't deterred Google from backing a second major effort in the field.

For Google's Self-Driving Cars, It's a Bumpy Trip
From ACM TechNews

For Google's Self-Driving Cars, It's a Bumpy Trip

The future of Google's pursuit of fully autonomous vehicles is being put into question by new California rules that forbid such vehicles from driving on public...

Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'
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Okcupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'unicorn'

Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of the IAC/InterActiveCorp.'s OkCupid, caused a stir recently when he responded to Facebook's news feed controversy with...

Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body
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Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body

Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.

D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push
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D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push

D-Wave Systems, which has been developing a radically different kind of computer since 1999, has installed a grand total of two systems outside its premises. But...

Nypd's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs
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Nypd's Facebook Page Shares Its Triumphs

The New York Police Department's Facebook page has taken on a role that was once largely limited to the city's press corps: publishing news articles.

Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening
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Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening

From chainsaws whirring in rainforests to snoring that sounds like chainsaws, entrepreneurs are finding all sorts of creative ways to detect sounds using smartphones...

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense
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Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense

John M. (Mike) McConnell says that technology alone isn't enough to secure corporate networks from pervasive and increasingly damaging cyberattacks.

Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones
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Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones

It took Chuck Pell less than a minute to build his drone.

Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage
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Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage

The number of bags delayed, damaged or lost by airlines has fallen by more than half since the industry hit a low point for lost luggage six years ago.

New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones
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New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.

How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy
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How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy

Recent research has shown the "uncanny valley" hypothesis for human-robot interaction is overstated.

Coding Schools Tone Down Rosy Job Script
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Coding Schools Tone Down Rosy Job Script

Learn to code. Get a job. Then what?

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
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It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

The United Nations on Tuesday began its first-ever multinational convention on "lethal autonomous weapons systems." 

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
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It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

Has the age of the Robocop and Terminator arrived?

The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home
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The Plug-and-Play Luxury Home

When it is completed in early 2018, Muse, a 49-story luxury-condo development in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., will have an automated parking system with push-button...

Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches
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Supreme Court to Weigh Cellphone Searches

The Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone, in two appeals that could define the parameters of law enforcement...

U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet
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U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international...

Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins
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Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European...
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