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Building Responsive Web Sites: How to Handle Navigation Menus
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Building Responsive Web Sites: How to Handle Navigation Menus

The Web is moving rapidly away from its fixed-layout past into what it arguably should have been all along—a flexible medium that adapts to any screen size.

How Does Siri Knockoff Evi Compare to the Iphone's Original Digital Assistant?
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How Does Siri Knockoff Evi Compare to the Iphone's Original Digital Assistant?

Evi, the Siri knockoff that got attention last week for looking too much like Siri, has beendownloaded over 200,000 times, leading us to believe that this one might...

Social Media in 2012 Elections Will Make 2008 Look Like the Digital Dark Ages
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Social Media in 2012 Elections Will Make 2008 Look Like the Digital Dark Ages

Forget all the jibber-jabber in this presidential campaign about policy and strategy. The highlight for me of this election cycle came when the Obama campaign released...

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The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor...

Pinterest: Hot New Network or Another Quora?
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Pinterest: Hot New Network or Another Quora?

After a decade of struggle, the social networking battlefield has quietened down. Facebook is the undisputed champion, while Twitter serves for instant news and...

The Connected Human: How the World Is About to Get Even Smaller
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The Connected Human: How the World Is About to Get Even Smaller

It may be difficult to imagine a world where human beings are even more connected than we are now.  

The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces
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The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces

Toward user-defined gestural interfaces.

The Idea Idea
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The Idea Idea

What if practices rather than ideas are the main source of innovation?

Why Lightsquared Failed: It Was Science, Not Politics
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Why Lightsquared Failed: It Was Science, Not Politics

The seeds of LightSquared's failure to win government clearance to build a 4G-LTE network can, ironically, be found in the "approval" the company received just...

Tech Pioneer Channels Hard Lessons Into Silicon Valley Success
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Tech Pioneer Channels Hard Lessons Into Silicon Valley Success

Modern computer games and their fast-paced graphics require an incredible amount of computing horsepower. So much, in fact, that the kinds of chips commonly used...

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Graphic Designers Are Ruining the Web

What happens when you click on a Weblink? Here's one answer: A request goes from your computer to a server identified by the URL of the desired link. The server...

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Harvard Mapping My Dna Turns Scary as Threatening Gene Emerges

Four months after I walked into a lab at Harvard University and gave a vial of blood to have my genome sequenced, my search to understand my DNA led me to Mark...

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The Internet Is Broken; We Need to Start Over

Last year, the level and ferocity of cyberattacks on the Internet reached such a horrendous level that some are now thinking the unthinkable: let the Internet wither...

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Apple's Mountain Lion Makes the Mac More Like the Ipad

Apple's iPhones and iPads get most of the attention, but Apple is now directing the spotlight on the Mac.

Lightsquared Blew It, and Here's Why
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Lightsquared Blew It, and Here's Why

LightSquared may have had a great case for building its wireless network, but the fledgling company lacked the political tact to see it through.

A High-Tech War on Leaks
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A High-Tech War on Leaks

Back in 2006, before the Obama administration made leak prosecutions routine, a panel of three federal appeals court judges in New York struggled to decide whether...

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Researchers Detail Flaw in Online Cryptography, but Don't Panic

First, the bad news: A small number of active RSA public encryption keys, a popular type of encryption protocol that secures billions of online transactions, offer...

The Delivery Guy Who Saw Jeremy Lin Coming
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The Delivery Guy Who Saw Jeremy Lin Coming

The morning after Jeremy Lin sank a thrilling, last-second three-pointer that lifted the New York Knicks over the Toronto Raptors and gave "Linsanity" its latest...

Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'
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Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'

"When I see an old movie, like from the '40s or '50s or '60s, the people look so calm. They don't have smart phones, they're not looking at computer screens, they're...

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing
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What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing

Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services.
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