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The Eyes Have It
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The Eyes Have It

Eye-tracking control for mobile phones might lead to a new era of context-aware user interfaces.

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H-1b at 20: How the 'tech Worker Visa' Is Remaking It in America

The H-1B visa program turns 20 years old this month. Not everyone in IT is saying 'Best Wishes.'

Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients
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Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients

Life insurers are testing an intensely personal new use for the vast dossiers of data being amassed about Americans: predicting people's longevity.

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Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program

The German software engineer who in September was the first to report that a computer worm was apparently designed to sabotage targets in Iran said Friday that...

From ACM TechNews

Improving Economy Means Opportunities in It

Information technology hiring could be about to surge in 2011, according to the recent Robert Half Technology Salary Guide 2011. Professionals who can help a company...

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In Search of More Than a Few Good Geeks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity division has multiplied its employees by six in the past two years, but the agency is still understaffed...

From ACM TechNews

Survey of Women, Men in IT Shows Differing Views

A recent Technisource survey of men and women in information technology found differences in opinion in areas such as compensation and career challenges. Fewer...

At&t Prepares For the End to Iphone Exclusivity
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At&t Prepares For the End to Iphone Exclusivity

The end of 2010 is close and it looks like AT&T is beefing up its device portfolio and app offerings for a day when it isn't the only U.S. operator offering the...

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How Android Conquered the Mobile World in Just Three Years

The advent of the Droid seen by many as turning point for Google in mobile market.

Google Battles to Keep Talent
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Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of...

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Battling Over the Future of TV

When AT&T last week had to renew its contract with Scripps, the owner of popular lifestyle shows such as Rachael Ray and "House Hunters," it made a demand that...

From ACM TechNews

Why There Are So Few Women in Tech

Women with engineering or computer science degrees face a tricky career path at technology companies and often leave their jobs just as they near their career peaks...

Kinect's Future: A Game Controller in Everything
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Kinect's Future: A Game Controller in Everything

Kinect isn't just for gaming. Microsoft has plans to use the motion-based technology in phones, computers and more.

Watch Where You're Going
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Watch Where You're Going

Businesses are quietly buying mobile-phone data to discover the paths that consumers take.

Will the It Guy Learn to Love Apple?
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Will the It Guy Learn to Love Apple?

It's likely you've got an Apple product plugged into your ears when you're listening to music. Making a phone call? One out of every five people buying a smartphone...

Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America
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Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America

Among the scores of fabless chip companies and product design houses in Silicon Valley, Intel is a standout. It's an American high-tech company that not only...

Money For Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House
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Money For Scientific Research May Be Scarce With a Republican-Led House

Federal financing of science research, which has risen quickly since the Obama administration came to power, could fall back to pre-Obama levels if the incoming...

Web Firms Face Brutal Competition in China
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Web Firms Face Brutal Competition in China

In China's young Internet industry, competitors draw blood.

The New New Andreessen
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The New New Andreessen

With Andreessen Horowitz, visionary entrepreneur Marc Andreessen is trying to reinvent himself as a top-tier venture capitalist and world-class power broker.

Social Studies
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Social Studies

In MIT's Human Dynamics Lab, Sandy Pentland uses cellphones and wearable sensors to research nonverbal signals, information flow, and the value of face-to-face...
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