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Today Facebook, Tomorrow the World

With a dizzying array of announcements this week, it seems almost inevitable that the web will become, at least for the near future, an extension of Facebook. Like...

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App Rejected? There's a Rule For That.

The story could have been programmed to draw media coverage, were it not for its implausibility: Apple (a reader magnet) banned a future Pulitzer Prize winner's...

Cloud Computing and Electricity: Beyond the Utility Model
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Cloud Computing and Electricity: Beyond the Utility Model

Assessing the strengths, weaknesses, and general applicability of the computing-as-utility business model.

A Less Personal Computer
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A Less Personal Computer

In Web parlance, "chrome" is the part of the browser that surrounds the page: the address bar, the "Back" button, and those all-important bookmarks. Chrome is also...

Has Apple Reached the Limits of Industrial Design?
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Has Apple Reached the Limits of Industrial Design?

The next iPhone is going to look amazing. This is as close to a truism as you get in the tech industry--it's sort of like predicting that Warren Buffett will make...

Why Nasa Is Sending a Robot to Space That Looks Like You
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Why Nasa Is Sending a Robot to Space That Looks Like You

A humanoid robot will visit space for the first time in September aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA announced Wednesday. The Robonaut 2, which was co-developed...

I Was Hacked in Beijing
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I Was Hacked in Beijing

The reality--and my fears--dawned only slowly. For weeks, friends and colleagues complained I had not answered their e-mail messages. I swore I had not received...

Rethinking a Gospel of the Web
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Rethinking a Gospel of the Web

For about a decade now, ever since it became clear that the jungle of the World Wide Web would triumph over the walled gardens of CompuServe, AOL and MSN, a general...

You Don't Need an Ipad
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You Don't Need an Ipad

But once you try one, you won't be able to resist. I picked up my iPad at a San Francisco Apple Store early on Saturday morning, and I spent the rest of the weekend...

Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For

Reflections on the decline of mathematical tables.

Is Motion Control Patent a Powder Keg For Mobile?
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Is Motion Control Patent a Powder Keg For Mobile?

Here's a potentially noteworthy development in the patent litigation-riddled mobile device market. The patent is No. 7,679,604, "Method and apparatus for controlling...

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Beware the Nsa

Early this year, the big brains at Google admitted that they had been outsmarted. Along with 33 other companies, the search giant had been the victim of a major...

Toyota Hardware Defects/software Bugs
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Toyota Hardware Defects/software Bugs

Is embedded automotive software as buggy as a desktop operating system?

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Cisco's New Router: Trouble For Hollywood

Cisco's CRS-3 router made a bit of a splash when it was announced on March 9, but the power of this new device hasn't yet sunk in. Consider: The CRS-3, a network...

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The Ipad Paradox: Less Is More

The introduction of Apple's iPad predictably divided gadget fans into "love it" and "hate it" camps. The haters say iPad lacks multitasking, a Webcam, Flash support...

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Braking Bad

 The Obama administration has said that it may require automakers to install “smart pedals” on all new cars. This kind of system—already used in BMWs, Chryslers...

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Driving By the Numbers

In the wake of the U.S. Congressional hearings on the Toyota recalls, we have heard various proposals for countering unintended acceleration in automobiles. Transportation...

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Virtual Reality War

My battalion commander, Lt. Col. Michael Kurilla, gave the directive that my squad leaders, platoon sergeant, and myself had heard countless times: my platoon was...

Cars That Modify Driver Behavior
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Cars That Modify Driver Behavior

On-board diagnostics know how the car is being driven, for the sake of the driver's (and society's) own good.

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Apple's Multitouch Lawsuit Is Both Dumb and Dangerous

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at 2007's Macworld conference, he began by describing the device's groundbreaking user interface. "We have invented...
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