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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...

In Video-Streaming Rat Race, Fast Is Never Fast Enough
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In Video-Streaming Rat Race, Fast Is Never Fast Enough

On average, YouTube streams 4 billion hours of video per month.

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.

The Future According to Google's Larry Page
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The Future According to Google's Larry Page

When Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, the giant advertising agency, visited Google this past fall, CEO Larry Page sent a car to pick him up at the Rosewood...

Berkeley Lab Contemplates Stepping Stone to Exascale Supercomputer
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Berkeley Lab Contemplates Stepping Stone to Exascale Supercomputer

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Berkeley Lab recently began installing Edison, a Cray supercomputer that will exceed two peak petaflops...

U.s. Warns on Java Software As Security Concerns Escalate
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U.s. Warns on Java Software As Security Concerns Escalate

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to hundreds of...

Leap Motion, Others Look Beyond the Mouse and Keyboard
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Leap Motion, Others Look Beyond the Mouse and Keyboard

There was a time when the mouse and keyboard were the two primary ways to interact with a computer. Then came touch screens, and the idea of "natural input" became...

Mobile Apps Drive Rapid Change in Searches
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Mobile Apps Drive Rapid Change in Searches

When the Federal Trade Commission decided last week to close its antitrust investigation of Google without charges, one important factor, though hardly mentioned...

A Peek Inside China's Internet Giants and Their Massive Scale
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A Peek Inside China's Internet Giants and Their Massive Scale

Here's the thing about China: It's very, very big.

How Fast Does 'Virtual Reality' Have to Be to Look Like 'Actual Reality'?
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How Fast Does 'Virtual Reality' Have to Be to Look Like 'Actual Reality'?

For decades now, virtual reality has been a pipe dream concept, well ahead of the technology needed to realize it.

Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks
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Mapping Malware's Genome to Fight Future Attacks

Every year a computer worm emerges to stalk the Internet, each one seemingly bigger and badder than the last (see diagram).

New 2-D Material for Next Generation High-Speed Electronics
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New 2-D Material for Next Generation High-Speed Electronics

Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and RMIT University have developed a two-dimensional material they say could revolutionize...

Can This Man Save Pinball?
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Can This Man Save Pinball?

The last guys who tried to save pinball bet all their quarters on a bunch of 3D aliens.

Student Suspended For Refusing to Wear Rfid Tracker Loses Lawsuit
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Student Suspended For Refusing to Wear Rfid Tracker Loses Lawsuit

A Texas high school student who claimed her student identification was the "Mark of the Beast" because it was implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip...

Vint Cerf: Internet Competition Has 'evaporated' Since Dial-­p
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Vint Cerf: Internet Competition Has 'evaporated' Since Dial-­p

Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet, said he is troubled by the prospect of companies like AT&T avoiding government regulation after the transition from traditional...

U.s. Nuclear Lab Removes Chinese Tech Over Security Fears
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U.s. Nuclear Lab Removes Chinese Tech Over Security Fears

A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components...

It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines
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It's All About the Genes and the Brain Machines

The amount of time and money needed to sequence genomes continued to fall in 2012, perhaps to no one’s surprise.

Feds Requiring 'black Boxes' in All Motor Vehicles
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Feds Requiring 'black Boxes' in All Motor Vehicles

While many automakers have voluntarily installed the devices already, the National Transportation Safety Agency wants to hear your comments by February 11 on its...

China to Build Another 100-Petaflops Hybrid Supercomputer By 2014?
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China to Build Another 100-Petaflops Hybrid Supercomputer By 2014?

The Chinese Ministry of Science has commissioned a new 100-petaflop supercomputer to be used in space exploration and health care research, according to a VR-Zone...

North Korean Students Show Google Chief How They Search Web
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North Korean Students Show Google Chief How They Search Web

Students at North Korea's premier university have showed Google's executive chairman how they look for information online: they Google it.
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