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Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms
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Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms

Look around your office hallway or college campus and you'll see people holding interactive panes of glass.

Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?
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Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?

In a world of high youth unemployment, where the supply of skilled labor often fails to match employer demand, Germany believes help can be found in its Dual Vocational...

In Silicon Valley, Hardware Is Hot Again
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In Silicon Valley, Hardware Is Hot Again

Since the mid-1990s Liam Casey, PCH International's chief executive officer, has helped technology companies with the nastiest task in Silicon Valley: building...

H-1B Visas Hit the Cap, Sending Companies to Plan B
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H-1B Visas Hit the Cap, Sending Companies to Plan B

For Silicon Valley, a day of ritual disappointment came on June 12: The U.S. announced that the slots for 2013 H-1B visas had all been filled.

Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences
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Apple vs. Google: Starkly Different China Experiences

In China, sometimes having the first-mover advantage is often no advantage at all. Case in point: Apple vs. Google.

'Adaptive Radio': The Next Big Thing in Wireless?
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'Adaptive Radio': The Next Big Thing in Wireless?

James Collier is loping in a broad circle on the Midsummer Common in Cambridge, England, holding aloft a two-foot fiberglass antenna.

Nine Things You Should Know About Facebook's Ipo
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Nine Things You Should Know About Facebook's Ipo

The social network priced its shares at $38 apiece, valuing the company at $104 billion.

How Much Is a Tweet Worth?
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How Much Is a Tweet Worth?

The question has an almost koan-like quality. And yet at a time when the ranks of billion-dollar social-media companies keep growing (Instagram being the latest)...

The Education of Google's Larry Page
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The Education of Google's Larry Page

Larry Page is surrounded.

Apple's War on Android
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Apple's War on Android

In her black robe and strand of white pearls, Lucy Koh projects the serious, deliberate demeanor befitting a U.S. District Court judge.

An App That Helps You Cozy ­p to Strangers
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An App That Helps You Cozy ­p to Strangers

Paul Davison is in a hurry. Not just to board the plane that's about to take him to his father's retirement party in San Diego, or to get through the talking points...

From ACM News

Garmin Finds a New Direction

In the pantheon of seemingly obsolete technologies, automobile navigation devices might seem ready to join laser discs and pagers.

From ACM News

Jobs FBI File Notes Drug Use, Tendency to 'Distort Reality'

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a decades-old file it kept on Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs that noted his past drug use and cites interviews with...

From ACM News

Who Does Google Think You Are?

A tool tells users what the company infers about your interests and age.

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Steve Ballmer Reboots

They had his dining room waiting. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive and one of the richest men in the world, often eats privately at a Bellevue (Wash.)...

It's a Man vs. Machine Recovery
From ACM News

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.

From ACM News

Spam Works

Every day three-quarters of all e-mail that flies across the Internet is spam. Some of it tricks customers into installing a virus or forking over personal information...

Flight of the Warbots
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Flight of the Warbots

How a save-the-earth maker of solar-powered aircraft became the world's most prolific manufacturer of military drones.

John Rogers's Bendable Microprocessors
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John Rogers's Bendable Microprocessors

John Rogers was in his lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign six years ago, testing new ways to make electronic circuits, when one of his team...

Ibm Expects Holographic Phone Calls, Air-Powered Batteries By 2015
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Ibm Expects Holographic Phone Calls, Air-Powered Batteries By 2015

By 2015, your mobile phone will project a 3D image of anyone who calls and your laptop will be powered by kinetic energy. At least that’s what International Business...
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