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Does Apple's Siri Threaten Google's Search Monopoly?
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Does Apple's Siri Threaten Google's Search Monopoly?

The future of search may look a little like Kirsten Goldenberg, a 14-year-old high-school student in Los Angeles. When she needs help with a homework problem,...

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IBM's 3 Big Chip Breakthroughs Explained

IBM has made three breakthroughs that could help chips continue following Moore's Law.

Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort
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Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort

The stealth C.I.A. drone that crashed deep inside Iranian territory last week was part of a stepped-up surveillance program that has frequently sent the United...

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Body-Sharing Robot Lets You Experience Another Place

Ever wished you could be in two places at once? Now you can share your body with a telepresence robot created by Dzmitry Tsetserukou of Toyohashi University of...

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Will the Kinect 2 Be Able to Read Your Lips?

How will users hack this one? The Kinect is a device that inherently grows and expands: Microsoft itself has come around to acknowledging that the oft-hackedreally...

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Studying Human-Robot Interactions

A few months ago, scientists at Willow Garage, a robotics company in Menlo Park, Calif., invited a few ordinary people into their labs and gave them an assignment...

IBM Makes Revolutionary Racetrack Memory Using Existing Tools
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IBM Makes Revolutionary Racetrack Memory Using Existing Tools

IBM researchers have developed the first prototype of racetrack computer memory, which combines on one chip all of the components needed to read, store, and write...

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How the 'internet Of Things' Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms

When city services can autonomously go online and digest information from the cloud, they can reach a level of performance never before seen. First up, water...

Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing
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Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing

Ever since the early days of modern computing in the 1940s, the biological metaphor has been irresistible.

Underwater Drones Giving More Eyes to Police Harbor Unit as Searches Grow
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Underwater Drones Giving More Eyes to Police Harbor Unit as Searches Grow

With President Obama in town last week, things were busy for the New York Police Department's Harbor Unit. Federal security agents were disseminating lists of...

Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon
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Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon

As robots seek to mimic humans' ability to see and hear, they have a secret weapon in Microsoft's Kinect game motion-sensing controller.

Squishy, Soft Robots Crawl Their Way to the Cutting Edge
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Squishy, Soft Robots Crawl Their Way to the Cutting Edge

A new breed of robots based on spineless creatures such as starfish and caterpillars could change the way humans interact with machines.

Supercomputers Take a Cue From Microwave Ovens
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Supercomputers Take a Cue From Microwave Ovens

To develop more efficient supercomputers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers are studying consumer electronics such as microwave ovens, cameras,...

Open Source System for Robot Hardware to Speed ­p Robot Development
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Open Source System for Robot Hardware to Speed ­p Robot Development

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology have launched an open source system for robot hardware designed to serve as a library that robot developers...

A High-Stakes Search Continues for Silicon's Successor
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A High-Stakes Search Continues for Silicon's Successor

In a cluttered chip-making laboratory on Stanford's campus, Max Shulaker is producing the world's smallest computer circuits by hand.

New Efforts to Extend Moore's Law
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New Efforts to Extend Moore's Law

Continually needing to add computing power to its microprocessors, Santa Clara behemoth Intel this year announced it was venturing beyond its traditional method...

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Enhance Your Senses: High-Tech Ways to Play

Sometimes the best inventions are just for fun. At the 2011 Siggraph Asia event, a leading conference on computer graphics and techniques, researchers will be...

Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3D
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Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3D

Glide over the giant asteroid Vesta with NASA's Dawn spacecraft in a new 3D video. Dawn has been orbiting Vesta since July 15, obtaining high-resolution images...

Dna Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data
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Dna Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data

BGI, based in China, is the world’s largest genomics research institute, with 167 DNA sequencers producing the equivalent of 2,000 human genomes a day.

A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution
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A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution

In an interview, Frederico Faggin, who led the design and development of the first microprocessor in 1970, says he sees a future in which quantum and cognitive...
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