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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...

The Web Way to Learn a Language
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The Web Way to Learn a Language

The young woman seated next to us at the sushi bar exuded a vaguely exotic air; her looks and style, we thought, made it likely that she was not American born. ...

In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent
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In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent

On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the...

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If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It Hackme

Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports...

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Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...

Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards
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Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards

LAS VEGAS — To the dismay of safety advocates already worried about driver distraction, automakers and high-tech companies have found a new place to put sophisticated...

Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity
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Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity

Nearly seven months after highlighting the vulnerability of banking, energy and communications systems to Internet attacks, the White House on Tuesday is expected...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...

Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite
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Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite

An optimistic outlook has returned to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) 45 years after the pronouncement by computer scientist John McCarthy that a thinking...

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Google Offers Peek at Operating System, a Potential Challenge to Windows

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google began lifting the veil on its planned Chrome operating system on Thursday, but it said that computers powered by the software would...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
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Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

Designing a Ride and Learning Math at Epcot
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Designing a Ride and Learning Math at Epcot

Can children who do not know how many sides a triangle has get excited about learning math and engineering? Maybe a field trip to an amusement park will do the...

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data
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Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man
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Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have spurred a group of computer scientists to consider whether research that might lead to a loss of human control over...

Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity
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Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity

The computer industry has a lot riding on your fingers. Companies have dabbled with the touch-screen technology for years. Apple elevated such technology from a...
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