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Intel Touts
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Intel Touts

Intel has joined the parade of companies trying to beam video to your TV. The chipmaker is betting on “WiDi,” its technology for streaming media wirelessly from...

DARPA Wants to Create Brainiac Bot Tots
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DARPA Wants to Create Brainiac Bot Tots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding scientist Shane Mueller's efforts to expand upon the Turing test as part of an attempt to...

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Darpa Wants You To Build An Anti-Secrecy App

Usually the Pentagon expends time and technological effort to protect information. But now the far-out researchers at Darpa are looking for a few good futurists...

Apple Answers Questions About App Rejections, Raises Others
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Apple Answers Questions About App Rejections, Raises Others

Apple on Thursday published a set of rules about the types of content that aren't allowed in the iOS App Store, answering questions that have been bugging software...

DARPA
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DARPA

Tomorrow’s WikiLeakers may have to be sneakier than just dumping military docs onto a Lady Gaga disc. The futurists at Darpa are working on a project that would...

­.s. Escalates Air War Over Afghanistan
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­.s. Escalates Air War Over Afghanistan

There may not be quite as many bombs falling from the sky. But don’t let that fool you. The United States has dramatically escalated its air war over Afghanistan...

Insiders Doubt 2008 Pentagon Hack Was Foreign Spy Attack
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Insiders Doubt 2008 Pentagon Hack Was Foreign Spy Attack

In the fall of 2008, a variant of a three year-old, relatively benign worm began winding its way through the U.S. military's networks, spread by troops usingfirst...

Android Phones Can Substitute For Supercomputers
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Android Phones Can Substitute For Supercomputers

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Texas Advanced Computing Center have developed an Android application that can take simulations...

Nfl Considers Ball-Tracking Chips For Accuracy
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Nfl Considers Ball-Tracking Chips For Accuracy

From end zone to end zone, an NFL field is exactly 3,600 inches, and it’s easy enough for referees to spot a ball precisely when action stays within the bounds...

How Spies (and Counter Spies) Are Using The Cloud
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How Spies (and Counter Spies) Are Using The Cloud

Secret agents have long been at the cutting edge of technological developments. By studying how different spy agencies use technology, it’s often been possible...

Google, Verizon Propose Open vs Paid Internets
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Google, Verizon Propose Open vs Paid Internets

Google and Verizon announced a joint proposal on Monday that would allow ISPs to offer premium content bundles over an unspecified global network—an unexpected...

Holographic Displays, Robot Eyes Hint at Your Interactive Future
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Holographic Displays, Robot Eyes Hint at Your Interactive Future

The eyes may be the window to the soul. But what do you see when you look into robotic eyes so real that it’s almost impossible to tell they are just empty, mechanical...

Pentagon Demands Wikileaks
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Pentagon Demands Wikileaks

A Pentagon spokesman on Thursday demanded that the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks return and delete all the classified Defense Department documents in its...

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WikiLeaks Posts Mysterious 'Insurance' File

In the wake of strong U.S. government statements condemning WikiLeaks' recent publishing of 77,000 Afghan War documents, the secret-spilling site has posted a mysterious...

Researcher Demonstrates Atm 'jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference
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Researcher Demonstrates Atm 'jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference

In a city filled with slot machines spilling jackpots, it was a "jackpotted" ATM machine that got the most attention Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference...

Google, CIA Invest in 'future' of Web Monitoring
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Google, CIA Invest in 'future' of Web Monitoring

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time—and says it uses that information to predict the future.

Defcon Ninja Party Badge
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Defcon Ninja Party Badge

A hacker group known as the Ninjas has created what may be the best DefCon badge ever. The badge allows wireless ninja battle between badge holders. Unlike the...

High-Speed Laser Chips Move Data at 50 Gbps
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High-Speed Laser Chips Move Data at 50 Gbps

A new research breakthrough from Intel combines silicon chips and lasers to transmit data at 50 gigabits per second—and someday, maybe as fast as a terabit per...

Human Trials Next For Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm
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Human Trials Next For Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

Pentagon-backed scientists are getting ready to test thought-controlled prosthetic arms on human subjects, by rewiring their brains to fully integrate the artificial...

DARPA
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DARPA

Darpa’s leading advocate for crowdsourcing and other ways of tapping new talent is leaving to join Microsoft—after only a year at the Defense Department’s top R&D...
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