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Intel CEO: Big Shift to Mobile
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Intel CEO: Big Shift to Mobile

CEO Paul Otellini said today that Intel is embarking on a big shift in focus, moving its center of gravity to the most power-efficient devices.

Andy Rubin: Why Android Is Only Quasi-Open
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Andy Rubin: Why Android Is Only Quasi-Open

Android is open-source software, but it doesn't come with much of an open-source community, and the Google leader of the project explained why.

Why Gadget Makers Wield a 'Kill Switch'
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Why Gadget Makers Wield a 'Kill Switch'

When you buy a video game from Best Buy, you don't give the retailer the right to barge into your house whenever it wants. So why do we give that permission to...

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SEC Is Pressed on Firms' Disclosures of Cyberattacks

A group of U.S. lawmakers wants the Securities and Exchange Commission to push companies to disclose when they have fallen victim to cyberattacks.

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System Enables Hands-Free Control of Electric Wheelchairs

People suffering from severe disabilities would be able to use a new recognition system to control an electric-powered wheelchair developed by a team at Essex University...

Kermit Helps Households Monitor and Manage Their Internet Speed
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Kermit Helps Households Monitor and Manage Their Internet Speed

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed Kermit, an application that enables home users to monitor and manage their Internet connection speed....

Considering the Chromebook
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Considering the Chromebook

Is Google's new Web-based laptop a game-changing computer or a warmed-over netbook?

Software Reveals Critical Crop Growth Stages
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Software Reveals Critical Crop Growth Stages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher Greg McMaster has developed the Phenology Modular Modeling System, software that can predict the growth stages of...

How Computers Got Us Into Space
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How Computers Got Us Into Space

When you look back at the past 50 years of human spaceflight, don't forget the computer scientists who helped make it possible.

Toughening Up Vulnerable Networks One Link at a Time
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Toughening Up Vulnerable Networks One Link at a Time

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology researchers have developed a computer model that shows how large technological networks can be significantly improved by making...

Foldable Display Shows No Crease After 100,000 Folding Cycles
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Foldable Display Shows No Crease After 100,000 Folding Cycles

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology researchers have developed a prototype seamless display that folds in half without a noticeable crease in the middle.

A World Full of Sensors
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A World Full of Sensors

Researchers at Technische Universitat Darmstadt and the University of Kassel are collaborating on a joint research project aimed at developing sensors that receive...

HP Advances Next-Gen 'Memristor' Memory Technology
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HP Advances Next-Gen 'Memristor' Memory Technology

Hewlett-Packard and University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have mapped out the basic chemistry and structure of what happens inside a memristor during...

Mars Landing Sites Narrowed Down to Final 4
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Mars Landing Sites Narrowed Down to Final 4

After years of poring through images from space and debating where on Mars the next NASA rover should land, it comes down to four choices.

A Business Analytics Engine that Began with the Military
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A Business Analytics Engine that Began with the Military

Big technology companies like Netflix and Facebook make clever use of the digital traces we leave online: their algorithms can make connections between data and...

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New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says

Math majors, rejoice. Businesses are going to need tens of thousands of you in the coming years as companies grapple with a growing mountain of data.

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Pressure Mounts on Western Washington University to Preserve Computer Science Department

The Washington Technology Industry Association and the Technology Alliance—two of the largest technology member organizations in the state—have joined the fight...

Toward Faster Transistors
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Toward Faster Transistors

In the 1980s and '90s, competition in the computer industry was all about "clock speed"—how many megahertz, and ultimately gigahertz, a chip could boast. But...

Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats
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Ralph Langner on Stuxnet, Copycat Threats

A year ago, Ralph Langner was plugging away in relative obscurity, doing security consulting work for the industrial control system industry in his Hamburg headquarters...

How bin Laden Emailed Without Being Detected by U.S.
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How bin Laden Emailed Without Being Detected by U.S.

Using intermediaries and inexpensive computer disks, Osama bin Laden managed to send emails while in hiding, without leaving a digital fingerprint for U.S. eavesdroppers...
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