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How to Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile, in 25 Infographics
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How to Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile, in 25 Infographics

Every day, millions of singles crawl dating sites and apps, flipping through photos and profiles of potential matches.

Judges Poised to Hand ­.s. Spies the Keys to the Internet
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Judges Poised to Hand ­.s. Spies the Keys to the Internet

How does the NSA get the private crypto keys that allow it to bulk eavesdrop on some email providers and social networking sites?

I Spent Two Hours Talking With the Nsa's Bigwigs. Here's What Has Them Mad
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I Spent Two Hours Talking With the Nsa's Bigwigs. Here's What Has Them Mad

My expectations were low when I asked the National Security Agency to cooperate with my story on the impact of Edward Snowden’s leaks on the tech industry.

Why Her Will Dominate ­i Design Even More Than Minority Report
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Why Her Will Dominate ­i Design Even More Than Minority Report

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze's new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.

The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure—and Often ­npatchable
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The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure—and Often ­npatchable

We're at a crisis point now with regard to the security of embedded systems, where computing is embedded into the hardware itself—as with the Internet of Things...

I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glass
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I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glass

An anecdote: I wanted to wear Google Glass during the birth of our second child.

Why We Can't Let American Tech Take Over the World
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Why We Can't Let American Tech Take Over the World

Whenever an app, a website, or a physical product like a gaming console is exported, it ships with a side of cultural influence.

Doom's Creator Looks Back on 20 Years of Demonic Mayhem
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Doom's Creator Looks Back on 20 Years of Demonic Mayhem

At the stroke of midnight on December 10, 1993, an executive at id Software uploaded a file to an FTP site on the University of Washington's network.

Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think
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Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think

"I've never loved anyone the way I've loved you," swoons Joaquin Phoenix, in the movie Her.

Answers to All the Tech Questions Your Family Will Ask You This Holiday
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Answers to All the Tech Questions Your Family Will Ask You This Holiday

Maybe it's your mom and/or dad. Maybe it's a sibling or a grandparent. Or maybe it's just that one friend who still uses a Motorola Razr from the early 2000s.

Software Is Reorganizing the World
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Software Is Reorganizing the World

For the first time in memory, adults in the United States under age forty are now expected to be poorer than their parents.

Why Companies Desperately Need to Make Wearables Cool
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Why Companies Desperately Need to Make Wearables Cool

Both consumer electronics and apparel are notoriously difficult businesses competing in mature industries. Wearable technology—everything from activity trackers...

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?

Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It
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Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It

The internet backbone—the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels—went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active...

Should Tech Designers Go With Their Guts—or the Data?
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Should Tech Designers Go With Their Guts—or the Data?

For many tech companies, design is no longer subjective.

How Steve Jobs Made the Ipad Succeed When All Other Tablets Failed
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How Steve Jobs Made the Ipad Succeed When All Other Tablets Failed

Steve Jobs's solution to Google's Android-everywhere strategy was simple and audacious: he unveiled the iPad.

Orson Scott Card Talks Ender's Game
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Orson Scott Card Talks Ender's Game

In Ender's Game, the Nebula Award-winning 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, a 6-year-old boy is taken from his family on Earth to an orbital military academy to be...

Inside Paul Allen's Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain
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Inside Paul Allen's Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain

In 2003, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen spent $100 million to build the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.

How to Design—and Defend Against—the Perfect Security Backdoor
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How to Design—and Defend Against—the Perfect Security Backdoor

We already know the NSA wants to eavesdrop on the Internet. 

The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends
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The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends

Before there was Jony Ive, there was Hartmut Esslinger.
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