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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Does Not Fear Dropbox or an Office-Less Ipad
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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Does Not Fear Dropbox or an Office-Less Ipad

When Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer does his bounding these days, it's often in front of an 82-inch interactive display mounted on the wall of...

Cellphone Chips Will Remake the Server World. Period.
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Cellphone Chips Will Remake the Server World. Period.

Facebook recently ran an experiment. Inside a test lab, somewhere behind the scenes at the world's most popular network, engineers sidled up to a computer server...

Cloud Services Certification
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Cloud Services Certification

How to address the lack of transparency, trust, and acceptance in cloud services.

The Value of Microprocessor Designs
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The Value of Microprocessor Designs

Applying a centuries-old technique to modern cost estimation.

Divided By Division
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Divided By Division

Is there a "best used by" date for software?

Talking, Walking Objects
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Talking, Walking Objects

Meeting Simon for the first time was one of the most sublime experiences I've had. With every coy head nod, casual hand wave and deep eye gaze, I felt he already...

Meet the Man Who Would Make Blackberry Apps Cool
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Meet the Man Who Would Make Blackberry Apps Cool

Alec Saunders needed a little bait.

Becoming Biohackers: Learning the Game
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Becoming Biohackers: Learning the Game

When you have lunch courtesy of the FBI, you are offered chicken Caesar salad, hamburger, or fish.

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Google's Approach to Government Requests For ­ser Data

Today, January 28, is Data Privacy Day, when the world recognizes the importance of preserving your online privacy and security.

Why We Should Build Software Like We Build Houses
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Why We Should Build Software Like We Build Houses

Architects draw detailed plans before a brick is laid or a nail is hammered. Programmers and software engineers don't. Can this be why houses seldom collapse and...

Innovation Is Messy Business
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Innovation Is Messy Business

Nine years ago, Boeing Co. BA executives decided to take the biggest leap in airliner technology in a generation and develop the 787 Dreamliner.

Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity
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Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity

Ray Kurzweil's vision of the "singularity"—when nanobots make humans immortal and computer progress is so fast that the future becomes profoundly unknowable—is...

Don't Divorce Design from Manufacturing
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Don't Divorce Design from Manufacturing

The software company Autodesk doesn't manufacture anything.

Neil Degrasse Tyson: Science Funding Can 'guarantee Your Economic Future'
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Neil Degrasse Tyson: Science Funding Can 'guarantee Your Economic Future'

Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Washington on Wednesday to deliver the science-specific version of President Barack Obama's second inaugural address.

IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave
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IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave

At year's end, IBM selects a new innovation that has the potential to change the world.

Crapware Won't Crap Out
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Crapware Won't Crap Out

For a few years now, I've been expecting to write an obituary for crapware. Or not an obit, exactly—I was hoping to dance on its grave.

Apple Shouldn't Make Software Look Like Real Objects
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Apple Shouldn't Make Software Look Like Real Objects

Last fall Apple fired executive Scott Forstall, considered by many to be a Steve Jobs protégé.

Jill and Scott Kelley on the Petraeus Scandal and Loss of Privacy
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Jill and Scott Kelley on the Petraeus Scandal and Loss of Privacy

We woke up on the morning of Nov. 9 expecting the usual: for one of us, the tending to patients; for the other, the morning rush of packing lunches and getting...

Why Subtraction Is the Hardest Math in Product Design
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Why Subtraction Is the Hardest Math in Product Design

Simple doesn't just sell, it sticks.

What Makes a Mind? Kurzweil and Google May Be Surprised
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What Makes a Mind? Kurzweil and Google May Be Surprised

After writing about Ray Kurzweil’s ambitious plan to create a super-intelligent personal assistant in his new job at Google (see "Ray Kurzweil Plans to Create a...
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