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'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014
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'every New Car' Connected to Web By 2014

Five years ago mobile phones were at the forefront of technology, by 2010 the focus was on tablet computers and now billions of yen, dollars and pounds are being...

Will We Ever Simulate the Human Brain?
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Will We Ever Simulate the Human Brain?

For years, Henry Markram has claimed that he can simulate the human brain in a computer within a decade. On 23 January 2013, the European Commission told him to...

Rat-Size Ancestor Said to Link Man and Beast
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Rat-Size Ancestor Said to Link Man and Beast

Humankind's common ancestor with other mammals may have been a roughly rat-size animal that weighed no more than a half a pound, had a long furry tail and lived...

Self-Driving Cars More Jetsons Than Reality for Google Designers
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Self-Driving Cars More Jetsons Than Reality for Google Designers

Google Inc. sees self-driving cars being available to consumers in three to five years. Regulators and the insurance industry aren't so sure it can happen that...

NASA's 'Crazy' Robot Lab
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NASA's 'Crazy' Robot Lab

It's three in the afternoon, and in their NASA lab in Silicon Valley, California, two engineers are playing with a toy designed for toddlers.

Faster Video Streaming
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Faster Video Streaming

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications' Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) are developing new types of data transfer that enable networks to...

Internet Blackout in the U.s. a Near Impossibility
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Internet Blackout in the U.s. a Near Impossibility

An Internet blackout in the United States is all but impossible due to its variety of Internet service providers and access channels, says Renesys, which ratedView...

Amateur Effort Finds New Largest Prime Number
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Amateur Effort Finds New Largest Prime Number

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) project has scored its 14th consecutive victory, discovering the largest prime number so far.

Which iPhone App May Get You Into Stanford? The One You Make
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Which iPhone App May Get You Into Stanford? The One You Make

Standing out from the crowd of applicants vying to get into Stanford University's Computer Science undergraduate program is no easy task.

Invisible Fences
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Invisible Fences

When European farmers arrived in North America, they claimed it with fences.

A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers
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A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers

Raspberry Pi may sound like the name of a math-based dessert. But it is actually one of the hottest and cheapest little computers in the world right now.

­nseen, All-Out Cyber War on the ­.s. Has Begun
From ACM Opinion

­nseen, All-Out Cyber War on the ­.s. Has Begun

There's a war going on, and it's raging here at home—not in the streets or the fields, but on the Internet.

These Machines Will Be Able to Detect Smells Your Own Nose Cannot
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These Machines Will Be Able to Detect Smells Your Own Nose Cannot

Admittedly, it's a little hard to imagine smell scientists, but research published last week has those who study the sense of smell taking sides.

Smartphone Sensors Reveal Security Secrets
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Smartphone Sensors Reveal Security Secrets

Data captured by smartphone sensors could help criminals guess codes used to lock the gadgets, say security researchers.

Phreaks and Geeks
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Phreaks and Geeks

One of the most heartfelt—and unexpected—remembrances of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month at the age of 26, came from Yale professor Edward Tufte.

Broad Powers Seen For Obama in Cyberstrikes
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Broad Powers Seen For Obama in Cyberstrikes

A secret legal review on the use of America's growing arsenal of cyberweapons has concluded that President Obama has the broad power to order a pre-emptive strike...

Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest ­.s. Robot Market
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Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest ­.s. Robot Market

When the flying robots that loiter in Afghanistan's and Yemen's airspace come home, they won't just be headed for the local police station.

Drone Home
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Drone Home

A few months ago I borrowed a drone from a company called Parrot. Officially the drone is called an AR.Drone 2.0, but for simplicity's sake, we're just going to...

Palm-Size Nano-Copter Is the Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone
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Palm-Size Nano-Copter Is the Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone

British troops in Afghanistan are flying a drone that’s shrunk down to its essentials: a micro-machine that spies, built for a solitary user.

Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars
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Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars

In the past few years, Zhou Hongyi, the 43-year-old co-founder of Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360 Technology, has engaged in high-profile legal conflicts with...
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