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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...

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.

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.
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