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H.p. Builds Servers With Cellphone Chips

Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday a new design for some of the world's largest computer centers and says it could reduce power consumption in some cases by...

How Your iPhone Chip Will Reinvent the Internet Data Center
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How Your iPhone Chip Will Reinvent the Internet Data Center

Jonathan Heiliger is the kind of guy you want running your data center.

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Arm Cto Predicts Chips the Size of Blood Cells

In less than a decade, that smartphone you're holding could have 32 times the memory, 20 times the bandwidth and a microprocessor core no bigger than a red blood...

The Future of Riots
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The Future of Riots

On 6 August, peaceful protests over the police shooting of a local man in London's Tottenham district exploded into full-blown riots. During four days of assaults...

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How Technical Glitches Foiled the Russian Sleeper Spies

Spying for Russia can be a hard life. The feds are on your trail, always trying to find out who you’re meeting with and talking to.

A New Chapter For E-Books
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A New Chapter For E-Books

The problem with the Harry Potter series, for me and many others, was that it had to end.

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Headless, Humanoid Robot Preps For Army Duty

Sauntering toward you like a mechanized zombie is the Army’s newest recruit: a robot with a blinking red light where its head should be.

A Deeper Look Into Space
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A Deeper Look Into Space

NASA hopes the James Webb Space Telescope, which can detect ancient light that its predecessors can’t, will reveal more information about the origins of the universe...

The Making of Arduino
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The Making of Arduino

How five friends engineered a small circuit board that’s taking the DIY world by storm.

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The Genius of Jobs

One of the questions I wrestled with when writing about Steve Jobs was how smart he was. On the surface, this should not have been much of an issue.

Microsoft Sees Screens Everywhere in Futuristic Video
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Microsoft Sees Screens Everywhere in Futuristic Video

Say what you will about Microsoft's execution in developing cool products and services consumers want, where rivals such as Apple and Google have stolen a beat...

Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android
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Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android

There are few things in this world I despise more than software updates. Downloading hundreds of files, waiting for the progress bar to fill, restarting the device—it’s...

Nasa in Final Preparations For Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby
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Nasa in Final Preparations For Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby

NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55 with antennas of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely flies past...

Researchers Couple Printed Logic With Printed Memory
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Researchers Couple Printed Logic With Printed Memory

Transistors have been combined with memory in a printed electronic device that offers an affordable way to read, write, and process small amounts of data by Palo...

Are Drones Creating a New Global Arms Race?
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Are Drones Creating a New Global Arms Race?

Plastic tanks and miniature models of fighter jets are on display in Steven Zaloga's home office, and his bookshelves are overflowing with volumes about the history...

Patents Emerge as Significant Tech Strategy
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Patents Emerge as Significant Tech Strategy

Technology companies' patent practices have shifted from using them to defend their own inventions to deploying them as an important part of competitive strategies...

Smarter Cameras Help You Take Slicker Snaps
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Smarter Cameras Help You Take Slicker Snaps

University of Glasgow researcher Stephen Brewster is developing a camera interface designed to make it easier for photographers to get pictures right on the first...

Ramcloud: When Disks and Flash Memory Are Just Too Slow
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Ramcloud: When Disks and Flash Memory Are Just Too Slow

Stanford University researchers have developed RAMCloud, a scalable, high performance storage approach that can store data in dynamic random access memory and aggregate...

How an Extinct Zebra Could Upend the Networking Market
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How an Extinct Zebra Could Upend the Networking Market

The Internet Systems Consortium has created a project to stabilize the code base for Quagga, an open source networking program, and offer commercial support to...

Transparent, Super-Stretchy Skin-Like Sensor
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Transparent, Super-Stretchy Skin-Like Sensor

Using carbon nanotubes bent to act as springs, Stanford researchers have developed a stretchable, transparent skin-like sensor that can be stretched to more than...
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