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

Personal technology never stops changing.

Marking the Birth of the Modern-Day Internet
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Marking the Birth of the Modern-Day Internet

A long time ago, my colleagues and I became part of a great adventure, teamed with a small band of scientists and technologists in the U.S. and elsewhere.

How To Charge Your Laptop
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How To Charge Your Laptop

Whether they're in our computers, cell phones, or cars, the only time we think about batteries is when they're almost dead and we need to find some place to charge...

Five Developments That Could Rewire Your World
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Five Developments That Could Rewire Your World

Google is good at doing amazing.

Looking Back: The Five Most Important Security Stories of 2012
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Looking Back: The Five Most Important Security Stories of 2012

The dance among blackhat, whitehat, and grayhat hackers grew ever more intricate in 2012, thanks to a steady stream of exploits, vulnerability discoveries, and...

Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?
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Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?

Ford has caught the DIY revolution and now puts 3D printers at workstations for its engineers.

Social Media: Five Predictions For 2013
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Social Media: Five Predictions For 2013

When you think of social media these days, you probably think primarily of Facebook and Twitter, and perhaps Instagram. But while those services have massive—and...

Computer Code Frees ­S to Think in New Ways
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Computer Code Frees ­S to Think in New Ways

At the start of 2012, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York tweeted: "My New Year's resolution is to learn to code with Codecademy."

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
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Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

In a world where computers are increasingly powerful and are concealed within ever more glossy slabs of aluminum, the Raspberry Pi offers surprising proof for the...

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Sneaky Apps That Track Cellphones

A perversion of smartphone technology called "stalking apps"—precise, secretive trackings of the movements of cellphone users—is increasingly a matter of national...

How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics
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How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics

In 1979, I was an aeronautical-engineering major at San Jose State University, sneaking time in the laser lab to make holograms or running over to the computer...

Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year
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Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year

"Big Data" hasn't made any of the words-of-the-year lists I've seen so far. That's probably because it didn't get the wide public exposure given to items like "...

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?
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Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?

The outrage over Instagram's announcement that it is changing its terms and conditions has turned the spotlight on the relationship between websites and users who...

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
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The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

Conference-Journal Hybrids
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Conference-Journal Hybrids

Considering how to combine the best elements of conferences and journals.

What College Could Be Like
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What College Could Be Like

Imagining an optimized education model.

Five Lessons from Really Good History
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Five Lessons from Really Good History

Lessons learned from four award-winning books on the history of information technology.

Beyond Location
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Beyond Location: Data Security in the 21st Century

Viewing evolving data security issues as engineering problems to be solved.

How We Build Things
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How We Build Things: . . . and Why Things Are 90% Complete

It seems to be a law of software development that things always take longer than we expect. When a project manager talks to a designer, programmer, or tester...
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