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Interview With Alan Kay
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Interview With Alan Kay

A.M. Turing Award winner Alan Kay says many programmers who code for money have a lack of awareness of the roots of their culture. He contends that "the Web . ....

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The End of Privacy?

Cellphones, email, and online social networking have come to rule daily life, but Congress has done nothing to update federal privacy laws to better protect digital...

Why There Are Too Many Patents in America
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Why There Are Too Many Patents in America

Recently, while sitting as a trial judge, I dismissed a case in which Apple and Motorola had sued each other for alleged infringement of patents for components...

Why We Need a Standard for the Internet of Things
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Why We Need a Standard for the Internet of Things

The Internet of things is supposed to connect every aspect of our lives from our homes and cars to the objects we wear and the goods we consume. It's even connecting...

With Apple
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With Apple

Late last summer, I was introduced to a new special someone. I wasn’t looking to meet this new muse; it all just kind of happened.

Talking To Your Mac: The Coolest Feature of Mountain Lion, and the Future of Computers
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Talking To Your Mac: The Coolest Feature of Mountain Lion, and the Future of Computers

Mountain Lion, the next big software cat for your Mac, has a gazillion new features. Too many to name, and frankly, to care about. But there's one you should pay...

The Sun Shines on 'the Cloud'
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The Sun Shines on 'the Cloud'

What's the real lesson to be learned from Amazon's cloud computing failure two weeks ago, the one that knocked Netflix and other Websites offline?

Why the Days Are Numbered For Hadoop As We Know It
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Why the Days Are Numbered For Hadoop As We Know It

Hadoop is everywhere. For better or worse, it has become synonymous with big data. In just a few years it has gone from a fringe technology to the de facto standard...

How to Fly the ­.s.'s Trillion-Dollar Stealth Fighter Jet
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How to Fly the ­.s.'s Trillion-Dollar Stealth Fighter Jet

The first rule of flying the world's most advanced fighter jet: Do not push the red button until you absolutely mean to.

Future Planetary Rovers May Make Their Own Decisions
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Future Planetary Rovers May Make Their Own Decisions

It's a hot summer day, and your eyes spot an ice cream cart up ahead. Without even really thinking, you start walking that direction. Planetary scientists would...

We Already ­se Wi-Fi More Than Cellular; Why Not Continue the Trend?
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We Already ­se Wi-Fi More Than Cellular; Why Not Continue the Trend?

We think of our mobile phones as connecting to mobile networks, but that’s really not the case. When it comes to mobile data, our smartphones are far more reliant...

The Robot of the Future That's About to Explore the Deep Past of Mars
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The Robot of the Future That's About to Explore the Deep Past of Mars

I want to tell you about a special place on the surface of Mars. Back in the solar system's early days, a large object slammed into the red planet, leaving behind...

Steve Jobs on Programming, Craftsmanship, Software, and the Web
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Steve Jobs on Programming, Craftsmanship, Software, and the Web

In 1995, Steve Jobs gave a rare interview to Robert Cringely for a PBS special called Triumph of the Nerds to talk about the genesis of the personal computer.

Why Google Glass Is the Next Frontier For Developers
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Why Google Glass Is the Next Frontier For Developers

When Google co-founder Sergey Brin demoed Google Glass, the search giant's attempt to build a next-generation wearable computer, with skydivers live streaming their...

What the Well's Rise and Fall Tell ­S About Online Community
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What the Well's Rise and Fall Tell ­S About Online Community

In the late 1980s, decades before the term "social media" existed, in a now legendary and miraculously still living virtual community called "The WELL," a fellow...

Automate or Perish
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Automate or Perish

In Automate This, a book due out next month, author and entrepreneur Christopher Steiner tells the story of stockbroker Thomas Peterffy, the creator of the first...

Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'
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Google Shaman Explains Mysteries of 'compute Engine'

Google started work on the Google Compute Engine over a year and a half ago, and it was all Peter Magnusson could do to keep his mouth shut.

Is ­.s. Government Reading Email Without a Warrant?
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Is ­.s. Government Reading Email Without a Warrant?

Does the U.S. government read your email? It's a simple question, but apparently there's no simple answer. And the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service...

Google Glass Team: 'wearable Computing Will Be the Norm'
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Google Glass Team: 'wearable Computing Will Be the Norm'

Even though I followed Google's I/O Conference from across the country, the event made it obvious that a company created with a strict focus on search has become...

Would Apple Iglass Be Better Than Google's Glasses?
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Would Apple Iglass Be Better Than Google's Glasses?

Apple just got awarded a new patent that may become the wearable version of the iPad one day: eyeglasses that would display apps, video, images, and overlay information...
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