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Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand
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Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand

A new initiative aims to build low-cost artificial hands using widely available products such as cellphone cameras and sensors. 

The Mayor's Geek Squad
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The Mayor's Geek Squad

It was a case for a digital Sherlock Holmes.

Luring Young Web Warriors Is a ­.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game.
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Luring Young Web Warriors Is a ­.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano says her department is in dire need of computer hackers. 

Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns
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Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns

On the pilot's computer screen, planted at ground level a few yards from the airport runway here, the data streaming across the display tracked an airplane at 1...

Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy
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Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy

Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people's privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords...

Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web
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Algorithms Get a Human Hand in Steering Web

While the work computers do becomes increasingly complex, humans still may be called upon to provide the programs with context and nuance. 

You May Now Kiss the Computer Screen
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You May Now Kiss the Computer Screen

With a red embroidered veil draped over her dark hair, Punam Chowdhury held her breath last month as her fiancé said the words that would make them husband and...

And Now, From I.b.m., Chef Watson
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And Now, From I.b.m., Chef Watson

I.B.M.'s Watson beat "Jeopardy" champions two years ago. But can it whip up something tasty in the kitchen?

After M.t.a. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future
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After M.t.a. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future

For nearly 50 years, coins were the currency in New York’s subway and bus system. Tokens carried the next 40 years, until the MetroCard first slid into riders’...

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain
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The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain

The Obama administration is planning a multiyear research effort to produce an "activity map" that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human,...

Calling Out the Robocaller
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Calling Out the Robocaller

Last month, the Haggler was sitting at home when the phone rang.

Nielsen Adjusts Its Ratings to Add Web-Linked Tvs
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Nielsen Adjusts Its Ratings to Add Web-Linked Tvs

For media executives, there may be nothing worse than a viewer or listener who is not counted.

Google Searches For Style
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Google Searches For Style

Google is in discussions with online eyeglass retailer Warby Parker to create a more stylish version of its Google Glass frames.

Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.s.
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Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.s.

On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People's Liberation Army base for China’s growing corps...

Obama Order Gives Firms Cyberthreat Information
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Obama Order Gives Firms Cyberthreat Information

President Obama signed an executive order on Tuesday that promotes increased information sharing about cyberthreats between the government and private companies...

Hackers in China Attacked The Times For Last 4 Months
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Hackers in China Attacked The Times For Last 4 Months

For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters...

A Digital Paradise By the Dashboard Light
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A Digital Paradise By the Dashboard Light

The driver of the first Corvette, in 1953, was welcomed by a lovely fan of numbers—a sweeping, eye-catching speedometer denominated in 10-mile-per-hour intervals...

Facebook's Other Big Disruption
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Facebook's Other Big Disruption

Facebook made a potentially game-changing announcement.

Drivers With Hands Full Get a Backup: The Car
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Drivers With Hands Full Get a Backup: The Car

Car makers increasingly are adopting technologies for use in autonomous vehicles that take advantage of the array of optical and radar sensors in new cars. The...

Their Apps Track You. Will Congress Track Them?
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Their Apps Track You. Will Congress Track Them?

There are three things that matter in consumer data collection: location, location, location.
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