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Jobs's Departure as Ceo Puts Product Vision in Hands of Ive

Steve Jobs's departure as chief executive officer this week leaves Apple Inc. without the full- time attention of its technology visionary, putting pressure on...

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IBM Work With World's Thinnest Material Seen Creating Faster Pcs

A one-atom-thick layer of carbon may one day help International Business Machines Corp. and the U.S. military build more precise radar and computers that operate...

Taking a Disruptive Approach to Exascale
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Taking a Disruptive Approach to Exascale

A recent U.S. Department of Energy workshop concentrating on exascale challenges and current gaps in research and ideology offered insight for those seeking a disruptive...

Remaking American Medicine
From Communications of the ACM

Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Invasion of the Mobile Apps
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Invasion of the Mobile Apps

The market model pioneered by Apple and others is transforming the software world — and has profound implications for software companies and their customers.

Georgia Tech Proposes Internet Consumer Nutrition Label
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Georgia Tech Proposes Internet Consumer Nutrition Label

A recent Georgia Tech University study of Internet service providers (ISPs) concluded that ISPs should provide easy-to-understand information about service-limiting...

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Marvell Tapped By China to Develop Mobile Phone Standard

Chipmaker Marvell, whose top management is based in Santa Clara, has been tapped to help China achieve the goal of creating its own mobile technology standards...

David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project
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David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project

How do you improve on a computer that beat the world's best Jeopardy! players? Have Watson team up with humanity.

A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers
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A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers

On the deck of an aircraft carrier, where up to 60 aircraft are crammed into 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares), real estate is at a premium. While aircraft directors wave...

What Will We Watch As Drones Evolve?
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What Will We Watch As Drones Evolve?

Every week it seems there are reports about U.S. drones—unmanned, remote-controlled aerial vehicles—tracking down suspected terrorists in remote, unreachable...

Will Insect-Like Flying Machines Revolutionize Surveillance?
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Will Insect-Like Flying Machines Revolutionize Surveillance?

Research at the University of Oxford is playing a key role in the development of revolutionary insect-sized vehicles with micro-cameras, suitable for different...

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Progress Hits Snag: Tiny Chips ­se Outsize Power

A research team recently presented a paper at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture that highlights the problem of developing smaller, more densely...

The Gps: A Fatally Misleading Travel Companion
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The Gps: A Fatally Misleading Travel Companion

In remote places like California's Death Valley, over-reliance on GPS navigation systems can be a matter of life and death.

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Blatter Signals Arrival of Goalline Technology

England's Premier League and any others who want to introduce goalline technology got the go-ahead to do so from FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday, as...

Making Stuff with Molecular Precision
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Making Stuff with Molecular Precision

For more than a decade, scientists have been touting the promise of nanomaterials as a source of new and better products, from stronger structural materials to...

Space Station to Be Sunk After 2020
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Space Station to Be Sunk After 2020

Russia and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020 so as not to leave space junk, the...

Prof Says Tech Entering the Age of the Algorithm
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Prof Says Tech Entering the Age of the Algorithm

University of Texas at Dallas professor Andras Farago thinks that as algorithms become more important to software development, educational and career opportunities...

Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater
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Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater

NASA's next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale crater. The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, is scheduled...

Smartphones Get Smarter About Payments
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Smartphones Get Smarter About Payments

Paying for the morning commute will soon be accomplished by the wave of a smartphone. State and local governments are joining Internet, credit card, and wireless...

Life, Translated
From Communications of the ACM

Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.
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