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What the World Will Speak in 2115
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use.

Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked
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Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked

Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many...

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now

A growing stack of companies would like you to pay a monthly fee to read e-books, just like you subscribe to Netflix to binge on movies and TV shows.

Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution
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Billy Beane on the Future of Sports: A Tech-Driven Revolution

Baseball—my passion and profession for three decades—has been at the forefront of the analytics revolution sweeping through sports.

When Is It Ok to Check a Smartphone at the Dinner Table?
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When Is It Ok to Check a Smartphone at the Dinner Table?

Not long ago, I went to a nice restaurant with five friends. Good food. Better cocktails.

How to ­se Tech Like a Teenager
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How to ­se Tech Like a Teenager

Enough with complaining that young people these days are addicted to their phones. The question you should be asking is: What do they know that you don't?

How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...

Are Smartphones Turning ­s Into Bad Samaritans?
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Are Smartphones Turning ­s Into Bad Samaritans?

In late September, on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, a man shot and killed 20-year-old student Justin Valdez.

Should Students ­se a Laptop in Class?
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Should Students ­se a Laptop in Class?

There's a widely shared image on the Internet of a teacher's note that says: "Dear students, I know when you're texting in class. Seriously, no one just looks down...

Madden Turns 25: How the Video Game Sacked Its Rivals
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Madden Turns 25: How the Video Game Sacked Its Rivals

The year was 1988. George Michael's "Faith" was top of the pops. "Roseanne" was the number-one show on TV. Bruce Willis, starring in "Die Hard," still had hair.

Tech Essentials: How Cory Doctorow Gets Around
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Tech Essentials: How Cory Doctorow Gets Around

The co-editor of Boing Boing, novelist and fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation shares his tools for circumventing censorship in airports, easing back pain...

Q&a with Samsung's Mobile Chief
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Q&a with Samsung's Mobile Chief

Samsung Electronics Co. is coming off its strongest year ever, reporting record earnings, and leapfrogging Apple Inc. to become the world's biggest smartphone maker...

2013: Talk Gets Cheaper, Tv Gets Smarter
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2013: Talk Gets Cheaper, Tv Gets Smarter

Personal technology never stops changing.

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Confessions of an Iphone Data Hog

I'm not on the run yet. But I've been warned. AT&T doesn't like what I'm doing.

In 'cars 2,' John Lasseter Says Big Oil Is the 'uber Bad Guy'
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In 'cars 2,' John Lasseter Says Big Oil Is the 'uber Bad Guy'

"Cars 2" director John Lasseter talked with The Wall Street Journal in his office at the Emeryville headquarters of Pixar Animation Studios, where he is chief...

A Day With John Lasseter, King of Pixar
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A Day With John Lasseter, King of Pixar

In today's hyper-networked world, where anyone can reach anybody at any time, John Lasseter is something of an anachronism. Though he is routinely armed with...

Why I Don't Want an Ipad For Christmas
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Why I Don't Want an Ipad For Christmas

Everyone wants an iPad this Christmas, right?

On the Threshold of the Avatar Era
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On the Threshold of the Avatar Era

In a garage in Palo Alto, Calif., in the 1980s, some friends and I were the first humans to experience becoming avatars—that is, movable representations of ourselves...

Now Can We Have Instant Replay?
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Now Can We Have Instant Replay?

Two horrendous calls at the World Cup show the need for technology—but don't tell the 'slippery slopers'

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What Apple's Ipad Means For Your Wallet

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