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No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking
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No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking

The rise of the machines has begun: Steve Sande’s household fan is now self-aware.

Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple Ceo Speaks
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Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple Ceo Speaks

Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive...

Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?
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Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?

In many ways the Internet is the ultimate virtual laboratory.

How the ­nited Nations Could Ruin the Internet
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How the ­nited Nations Could Ruin the Internet

The Internet has sustained some pretty intense assaults in the past couple of years. There was the heavy-handed attempt to stamp out content piracy with SOPA/PIPA...

Planning His Legacy, Cisco Chief Maps an Expansion
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Planning His Legacy, Cisco Chief Maps an Expansion

John T. Chambers has readied his last great act as the leader of Cisco Systems, fearing major changes in the technology business that could doom his company.

ARM R&D Chief: Intel Can’t Beat ­s Without A New Business Model
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ARM R&D Chief: Intel Can’t Beat ­s Without A New Business Model

Although Intel is still the undisputed king of silicon, it's a surprising fact that the ARM processor design is in more 32-bit chips than Intel’s x86 design, thanks...

Intel Tech Chief Rattner Peers Into the Future
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Intel Tech Chief Rattner Peers Into the Future

What does the future of computing look like? Justin Rattner has a better inkling than most.

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At Dawn We Sleep

If you read the newspapers on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, you would have been led to believe that Japan was poised to attack—but in Southeast Asia, not Pearl Harbor...

11 Big Tech Trends You'll See in 2013
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11 Big Tech Trends You'll See in 2013

Writing prediction pieces is a funny thing because there is really no such thing as "next year."

No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data
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No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data

The U.S. government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the...

Lenovo's Quest to Be Cool
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Lenovo's Quest to Be Cool

China's Lenovo is on a roll. It has just been named the world's number one PC seller, and it has rapidly won the number two spot in mobile phones in its home market...

Cyborg Anthropologist: We Can All Be Superhuman
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Cyborg Anthropologist: We Can All Be Superhuman

Cyborg anthropology is the study of the interaction between humans and technology, and how technology affects culture.

Nest Ceo Fadell: Internet of Things Is a Decade Away
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Nest Ceo Fadell: Internet of Things Is a Decade Away

It will take 10 years before the "Internet of things" catches on widely, said Nest Labs Chief Executive Tony Fadell, whose smart-thermostat startup embodies the...

The Next Big Os War Is in Your Dashboard
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The Next Big Os War Is in Your Dashboard

Competition in automotive technology has long been about who's got the most horsepower, the best towing capacity or the fastest acceleration. These days, though...

Eight Questions For Rick Smolan About the Human Face of Big Data
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Eight Questions For Rick Smolan About the Human Face of Big Data

If you work anywhere near anything that might be described as "Big Data" and have ever had trouble explaining to someone you care about why what you do matters,...

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...
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