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Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers
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Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers

Famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil joined Google last month to work on "some of the hardest problems in computer science," specifically machine learning and...

Iranian Military Able to Repel Enemy Jamming, Electronic Attacks
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Iranian Military Able to Repel Enemy Jamming, Electronic Attacks

A senior Iranian army commander lauded the achievements of the country's Armed Forces in electronic warfare, stressing that Iran's military units can maintain communications...

When Huygens Met Titan
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When Huygens Met Titan

Eight years ago, the European Space Agency's Huygens bounced, slid, and wobbled its way to rest on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan.

Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress
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Hp Ceo Whitman Dubs Windows 8 a Work in Progress

There are plenty of Meg Whitman doubters out there. Some say the former EBay chief executive officer doesn't have the requisite big company experience to run a...

Andrew Schwartz: Brain Control For Artificial Limbs
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Andrew Schwartz: Brain Control For Artificial Limbs

When Jan Scheuermann grasped a chocolate bar and raised it to her mouth last year, it was a neuroscience breakthrough.

Oculus Rift: Deep Inside the Immersive, Disorienting Virtual Reality Gaming Experience
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Oculus Rift: Deep Inside the Immersive, Disorienting Virtual Reality Gaming Experience

We just met with the team behind the Oculus Rift, which started out as a DIY project that quickly morphed into into a Kickstarter success story.

Nasa's Robotic Refueling Demo Set to Jumpstart Expanded Capabilities in Space
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Nasa's Robotic Refueling Demo Set to Jumpstart Expanded Capabilities in Space

In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM, aboard the ...

Rocra Espionage Malware Campaign ­ncovered After Five Years of Activity
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Rocra Espionage Malware Campaign ­ncovered After Five Years of Activity

For five years, it hid in the weeds of networks used by Eastern European diplomats, government employees and scientific research organizations, stealing data and...

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...
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