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How Technical Glitches Foiled the Russian Sleeper Spies

Spying for Russia can be a hard life. The feds are on your trail, always trying to find out who you’re meeting with and talking to.

Apple Patent ­ses 3d Gestures to Control an Ipad
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Apple Patent ­ses 3d Gestures to Control an Ipad

Forget relying solely on touch to control your Apple device. On future iPads, you may be able to control your tablet from across the room using 3D gestures, such...

Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android
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Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android

There are few things in this world I despise more than software updates. Downloading hundreds of files, waiting for the progress bar to fill, restarting the device—it’s...

Meet Arm's Cortex A15: The Future of the Ipad, and Possibly the Macbook Air
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Meet Arm's Cortex A15: The Future of the Ipad, and Possibly the Macbook Air

In addition to unveiling its Cortex A7 processor last Wednesday, the press event was also a sort of second debut for the Cortex A15. The A15 will go into ARM...

Air Force Insists: Drone Cockpit Virus Just a 'nuisance'
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Air Force Insists: Drone Cockpit Virus Just a 'nuisance'

The U.S. Air Force revealed new details Wednesday about the virus that’s been infecting the remote cockpits of its drone fleet—and insisted, despite reports from...

Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents
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Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents

The Supreme Court’s 2011–2012 term began Oct. 3 with arguments on the docket concerning everything from television profanity to warrantless GPS surveillance.

Which Telecoms Store Your Data the Longest? Secret Memo Tells All
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Which Telecoms Store Your Data the Longest? Secret Memo Tells All

The nation’s major mobile-phone providers are keeping a treasure trove of sensitive data on their customers, according to newly released Justice Department internal...

Inside Facebook's Bid to Reinvent Music, News, and Everything
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Inside Facebook's Bid to Reinvent Music, News, and Everything

Earlier this year, Daniel Ek, the CEO of the music service Spotify, was in a car with Mark Zuckerberg. Ek was visiting the Facebook founder in California while...

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Reading my RSS and Twitter feeds Tuesday night, I turned to a tech writer friend and said, "the Wintel Era just ended, and half of these people are fighting over...

How Microsoft Researchers Might Invent a Holodeck
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How Microsoft Researchers Might Invent a Holodeck

Deep inside Microsoft is the brain of a mad scientist.

Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can
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Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can

Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded—even when users block...

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Spies Want to Mine Your Tweets For Signs of the Next Tsunami

The intelligence community has seen the future, and the future is Google Trends. Actually, more like a highly sophisticated version of Google Trends, with Twitter...

Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War
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Army Seeks Social Media Gurus to Save Afghan War

Know how to Tweet? Or how to put words into the mouths of foreign security functionaries? If so, the U.S. Army wants you to help un-quagmire the Afghanistan war...

Bill Would Keep Big Brother's Mitts Off Your Gps Data
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Bill Would Keep Big Brother's Mitts Off Your Gps Data

The reauthorization of the Patriot Act looks like a forgone conclusion. But next month, a bipartisan band of legislators will try to mitigate a different kind...

Why Google Does Not Own Skype
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Why Google Does Not Own Skype

So Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest deal ever. It’s too soon to make a pronouncement on whether the purchase is an idiot move, a brilliant...

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Darpa Apes Nick Fury to Map Social Networks

If the military is going to disrupt insurgent cells or understand how revolutionary movements congeal, it needs to perceive the connections between people that...

May 5, 1992: Wolfenstein 3-D Shoots First-Person Shooter Into Stardom
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May 5, 1992: Wolfenstein 3-D Shoots First-Person Shooter Into Stardom

Id Software releases Wolfenstein 3-D, launching a huge computer-game category.

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Army Wants Its Computers Acting Like Human Brains

The brain is our body’s natural multi-system parallel processing organ. Its job, on a continuous basis, is to compute a huge onslaught of incoming data and spit...

Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business
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Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business

Cisco is shutting down a business unit that it bought for over half-a-billion dollars: the Flip camcorder division. That's a shame, considering how high the Flip...

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The 'Panda' That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google

Google's new update to its search engine addressed the growing complaint that low-quality content sites (derisively referred to as content farms) were ranked higher...
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