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Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites
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Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called "accessibility" lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access...

Google Working on Large-Scale Video Displays
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Google Working on Large-Scale Video Displays

Google's advanced-projects lab, Google X, is developing a giant display consisting of smaller screens that fit together to create a seamless image. 

Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age
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Replay: New Wizardry Keeps Pinball Rolling in the Internet Age

At the recent Battle at Stonehedge pinball tournament here, Jessie Carduner cursed her ninth-place finish and vowed to get professional help.

Google Backs Second Quantum Computing Effort
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Google Backs Second Quantum Computing Effort

Scientists can't seem to agree on what a quantum computer is. But the uncertainty hasn't deterred Google from backing a second major effort in the field.

For Google's Self-Driving Cars, It's a Bumpy Trip
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For Google's Self-Driving Cars, It's a Bumpy Trip

The future of Google's pursuit of fully autonomous vehicles is being put into question by new California rules that forbid such vehicles from driving on public...

D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push
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D-Wave Wins More Funding For Quantum Computing Push

D-Wave Systems, which has been developing a radically different kind of computer since 1999, has installed a grand total of two systems outside its premises. But...

Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening
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Chainsaws, Gunshots, and Coughs: Our Smartphones Are Listening

From chainsaws whirring in rainforests to snoring that sounds like chainsaws, entrepreneurs are finding all sorts of creative ways to detect sounds using smartphones...

Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones
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Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones

It took Chuck Pell less than a minute to build his drone.

Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage
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Baggage Claim: Airlines Are Winning the War on Lost Luggage

The number of bags delayed, damaged or lost by airlines has fallen by more than half since the industry hit a low point for lost luggage six years ago.

New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones
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New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
From ACM TechNews

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

The United Nations on Tuesday began its first-ever multinational convention on "lethal autonomous weapons systems." 

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations
From ACM News

It's Judgment Day For Killer Robots at the ­nited Nations

Has the age of the Robocop and Terminator arrived?

U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet
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U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international...

Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins
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Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European...

The Future of Brain Implants
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The Future of Brain Implants

What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant...

Missing Malaysia Jet Adds Fuel to 'live Black Box' Debate
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Missing Malaysia Jet Adds Fuel to 'live Black Box' Debate

Regardless of what caused a Malaysia Airlines jet to disappear from the sky over the weekend, air-safety experts predict it will reignite debate over new technology...

Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback
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Mt. Gox Disappears From Web in New Setback

Bitcoin suffered a major setback Tuesday as the website of Mt.Gox, the once dominant trading platform for the virtual currency, was all but shut down.

Can 'robotic' Pills Replace Injections?
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Can 'robotic' Pills Replace Injections?

The adage "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning" is destined for a futuristic makeover.

Attempting to Code the Human Brain
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Attempting to Code the Human Brain

Somewhere, in a glass building several miles outside of San Francisco, a computer is imagining what a cow looks like.

How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...
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