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It's a Man vs. Machine Recovery
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It's a Man vs. Machine Recovery

The U.S. produces almost one-quarter more goods and services today than it did in 1999, while using almost precisely the same number of workers.

3-D Chips Grow Up
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3-D Chips Grow Up

Researchers are starting to build chips in the third dimension, and many industry experts believe that this year the chip will start to become a cube. Building...

Robots Put You in Two Places at Once
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Robots Put You in Two Places at Once

Mike Fennelly isn't easily surprised by cutting-edge technologies, but when he started as an IT guy at a Silicon Valley startup called Evernote, he was caught...

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Gartner Slashes 2012 Global IT Spending Forecast

Happy New Year. IT market-research outfit Gartner has some sour news to start off 2012: It has just slashed its growth forecast for global on tech spending.

Hackers Plan Space Satellites to Combat Censorship
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Hackers Plan Space Satellites to Combat Censorship

An organization of computer hackers is planning to launch its own communication satellites and bypass satellites controlled by governmental bodies and used to censor...

Apple Power Adapters Could Remember Your Passwords
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Apple Power Adapters Could Remember Your Passwords

Apple has worked out a way in which the power cords for computers or smartphones can help people recover their forgotten login passwords—or the answers to secret...

Risky Rescue for Crippled Air Force Satellite
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Risky Rescue for Crippled Air Force Satellite

It was an epic space rescue that, in audacity and risk, echoed NASA's campaign to save the astronauts aboard the doomed Apollo 13 moon mission.

Nasa Rover Mission Marks 8 Years on Mars
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Nasa Rover Mission Marks 8 Years on Mars

While people on Earth have just finished celebrating the arrival of a new year, two NASA robots a world away are marking a big milestone of their own: eight years...

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Apple Patent Describes New Type of Face-Recognition Tech

Swipe to unlock could be a thing of the past for next-gen iOS devices. Like current Galaxy Nexus users, iOS users could soon be using facial recognition technology...

Five Open Source Technologies For 2012
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Five Open Source Technologies For 2012

Five open source projects could become the basis for new businesses and industries in 2012. 

Scientists Create Brain-Like, Massively Parallel Computer from Molecules
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Scientists Create Brain-Like, Massively Parallel Computer from Molecules

If you thought Japan was merely the master of miniaturization, tentacles, and creepy robots, think again: A group of Japanese scientists have built a massively...

Computer Chips That Repair Themselves
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Computer Chips That Repair Themselves

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers have created a self-healing method that fixes cracks or failures in the circuits of computer chips.

Rise of the Drone: From Calif. Garage to Multibillion-Dollar Defense Industry
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Rise of the Drone: From Calif. Garage to Multibillion-Dollar Defense Industry

In 1980, Abraham Karem, an engineer who had emigrated from Israel, retreated into his three-car garage in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles and, to the bemusement...

The Touchy-Feely Future of Technology
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The Touchy-Feely Future of Technology

In 1975, when then-composer and performer Bill Buxton started designing his own digital musical instruments, he had no way of knowing he was helping to spark...

Processors: What to Expect From Cpus in 2012
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Processors: What to Expect From Cpus in 2012

Analysts expect that the next generation of central processing units will offer more speed and consume less power. 

Revamping Storage Performance
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Revamping Storage Performance

Great strides are being made in finding fast alternatives to the slow disks that dominate storage systems, but fast media are not nearly enough.

How Ibm Saw 2012 in 2007: Where's My Mind-Reading Cellphone?
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How Ibm Saw 2012 in 2007: Where's My Mind-Reading Cellphone?

The brainiacs at IBM made some pretty far-out predictions this week: In five years, they say, you won't need passwords, there will be no more digital divide,...

No More Access to Google's Hadoop Cloud For Researchers
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No More Access to Google's Hadoop Cloud For Researchers

Google announced it is ending its Academic Cloud Computing Initiative, a joint program with IBM and the National Science Foundation that gave researchers access...

Self-Healing Electronic Chip Tests May Aid Space Travel
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Self-Healing Electronic Chip Tests May Aid Space Travel

Self-repairing electronic chips are one step closer, according to a team of U.S. researchers, creating a circuit that heals itself when cracked thanks to the...

Logging In With a Touch or a Phrase (anything but a Password)
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Logging In With a Touch or a Phrase (anything but a Password)

Passwords are a pain to remember. What if a quick wiggle of five fingers on a screen could log you in instead? Or speaking a simple phrase?
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