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Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party
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Facebook's New AI Can Paint, But Google's Knows How to Party

Facebook and Google are building enormous neural networks—artificial brains—that can instantly recognize faces, cars, buildings, and other objects in digital photos...

Can Google Fix Gesture Tech with Tiny, All-Knowing Sensors?
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Can Google Fix Gesture Tech with Tiny, All-Knowing Sensors?

Ivan Poupyrev looks like he's playing the world's smallest violin.

'deep Learning' Will Soon Give ­S Super-Smart Robots
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'deep Learning' Will Soon Give ­S Super-Smart Robots

Yann LeCun is among those bringing a new level of artificial intelligence to popular internet services from the likes of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.

This Little 3D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds
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This Little 3D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds

Careful what you leave in your lockers, high school students and gym-goers.

Holograms Could Bring Videogame-Like Navigation to Your Car
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Holograms Could Bring Videogame-Like Navigation to Your Car

There are plenty of ways to get directions in the car, but most have one big shortcoming.

Microsoft Shows Hololens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick
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Microsoft Shows Hololens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick

Microsoft demonstrated how far its augmented-reality HoloLens wonderland project has come.

Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere
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Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

Sometime next summer, you'll be able to watch a horror series that is exactly as scary as you want it to be—no more, no less.

Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image
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Google's Search ­pdated Will Remake the Web in Its Own Image

Some people are calling it Mobilegeddon.

Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi
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Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi

Seven years after the Federal Aviation Administration first warned Boeing that its new Dreamliner aircraft had a Wi-Fi design that made it vulnerable to hacking...

Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet
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Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet

Jason Mars built his own Siri and then he gave it away.

Stealing Data from Computers ­sing Heat
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Stealing Data from Computers ­sing Heat

Air-gapped systems, which are isolated from the Internet and are not connected to other systems that are connected to the Internet, are used in situations that...

Apple's Haptic Touch Makes Way for Tomorrow's Touchable ­Is
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Apple's Haptic Touch Makes Way for Tomorrow's Touchable ­Is

If you're into magic tricks, stop by an Apple Store and park yourself in front of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Click around on the trackpad for a while. Voila!

How to Sabotage Encryption Software (and Not Get Caught)
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How to Sabotage Encryption Software (and Not Get Caught)

In the field of cryptography, a secretly planted "backdoor" that allows eavesdropping on communications is usually a subject of paranoia and dread.

Spies Can Track You Just By Watching Your Phone's Power ­se
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Spies Can Track You Just By Watching Your Phone's Power ­se

Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal...

In the Future, Your Touchscreens Will Touch You Back
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In the Future, Your Touchscreens Will Touch You Back

You comfort your grieving friend online over chat, but you can't reach out and touch their shoulder.

How the Home Telephone Sparked the ­ser-Centered Design Revolution
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How the Home Telephone Sparked the ­ser-Centered Design Revolution

Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door's height, instead of right in the middle? Or why a washing machine is...

Hands-On With Microsoft's ­nbelievable New Holographic Goggles
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Hands-On With Microsoft's ­nbelievable New Holographic Goggles

It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.

Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision For Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations
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Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision For Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations

A new patent application titled Planar Waveguide Apparatus with Diffraction Element(s) and System Employing Same sounds like a scientific snoozefest, but just also...

Why the Silk Road Trial Matters
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Why the Silk Road Trial Matters

Ross Ulbricht is finally getting his day in court, 15 months after plainclothes FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library...

Our Brains Are Being 'continuously Reshaped' By Smartphone ­se
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Our Brains Are Being 'continuously Reshaped' By Smartphone ­se

Extensive use of smartphone touchscreens is changing the sensory relationship between our brains and our thumbs, a study published in Current Biology has revealed...
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