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How to Make Almost Anything
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How to Make Almost Anything

A new digital revolution is coming, this time in fabrication. It draws on the same insights that led to the earlier digitizations of communication and computation...

James Bond Fails the Tech Test in Skyfall
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James Bond Fails the Tech Test in Skyfall

As a self-confessed technology geek, there have been numerous occasions when my enjoyment of a movie has been marred by technological impossibilities.

9 Wishes For Microsoft's Next Xbox, Whatever It's Called
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9 Wishes For Microsoft's Next Xbox, Whatever It's Called

Citing the usual sources-who-shall-remain-nameless, Bloomberg reports what everyone's been assuming all year—that Microsoft's going to launch its next game system...

Willow Garage Scientists Make Robots to Help Disabled People
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Willow Garage Scientists Make Robots to Help Disabled People

If you plan to visit the offices of robotics research scientists Kaijen Hsiao and Matei Ciocarlie in Menlo Park, a word to the wise: The nine PR2 robots they're...

Could a Syria-Style Internet Blackout Happen in the ­.s.?
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Could a Syria-Style Internet Blackout Happen in the ­.s.?

The ongoing Internet blackout in Syria, like the one that occurred in Egypt early in 2011, prompts curiosity as to whether such an event could happen in one's own...

Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company
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Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company

Jeff Hawkins has been a pioneer of mobile devices, a distinguished lecturer in neuroscience, and a published author of a revolutionary theory of how the brain works...

Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?
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Was a Texas Student Really Expelled for Refusing To Wear an RFID Chip?

The Texas school district that began requiring its students to wear RFID tracking chips this year is now facing a fight in federal court.

How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World
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How Martin Odersky Rewrote the Rules of Coding For a Mobile World

Next time you pull out your smartphone to use a popular application—whether it's to price check items in a store, to tweet or to check your cloud-based calendar—you...

Why We Must Fight For the Internet's Freedom
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Why We Must Fight For the Internet's Freedom

The Internet empowers each one of us to speak, create, learn, and share.

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How to ­se Technology to Make You Smarter

Can a calculator make you smarter?

'your Criticisms Are Completely Wrong': Stallman on Software Patents, 20 Years In
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'your Criticisms Are Completely Wrong': Stallman on Software Patents, 20 Years In

The large, bearded man bounded to the front of the room last Friday, hand thrust into the air, fingers shaking.

Security Guru Pledges to Strengthen Critical Computers
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Security Guru Pledges to Strengthen Critical Computers

Stuxnet, a piece of malicious software discovered in 2010, targeted industrial software controlling Iran’s uranium-enrichment centrifuges. But the code got loose—and...

Can Schools Survive in the Age of the Web?
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Can Schools Survive in the Age of the Web?

If you fancy a top-class education but can't afford the fee or the time, there is now an alternative.

Alan Turing Remembered
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Alan Turing Remembered

A unique firsthand account of formative experiences with Alan Turing.

Moods
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Moods

Recognizing and working with moods — your own, your team's, and your customers' — is essential to professional success.

Can More Code Mean Fewer Bugs?
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Can More Code Mean Fewer Bugs?

The bytes you save today may bite you tomorrow.

The Future of the Internet Is Intelligent Machines
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The Future of the Internet Is Intelligent Machines

As we know it today, the Internet has been largely about connecting people to information, people to people, and people to business.

In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books
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In China, 25 Million People ­se Only Their Cell Phones to Read Books

On vacation in China earlier this month, I stopped by Shanghai's seven-story downtown "Book City," bustling with activity on a weekday afternoon that, as a publisher...

Moral Machines
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Moral Machines

Google's driver-less cars are already street-legal in three states, California, Florida, and Nevada, and some day similar devices may not just be possible but mandatory...

Jeff Bezos Wants Amazon in Every Pocket
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Jeff Bezos Wants Amazon in Every Pocket

"People don't want gadgets, they want services," Jeff Bezos has declared.
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