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Blackhat Brings Some Hacking Realism to Hollywood, but to What Effect?
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Blackhat Brings Some Hacking Realism to Hollywood, but to What Effect?

During one scene in the upcoming hacker action movie Blackhat, a team is sent into the control room of a burned-out nuclear power plant to gather clues about the...

The Voice-Activated Video Game
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The Voice-Activated Video Game

When he was in grad school, the roboticist Daniel Wilson installed 150 binary sensors in his house.

9 of the World's Leading Designers Talk About What Matters Now
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9 of the World's Leading Designers Talk About What Matters Now

Design is in flux.

Rosie or Jarvis: The Future of the Smart Home Is Still in the Air
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Rosie or Jarvis: The Future of the Smart Home Is Still in the Air

The tech industry once again can't decide: When it comes to the home of the future, will it have a centralized computer telling you when to mop floors, clean windows...

Why the Silk Road Trial Matters
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Why the Silk Road Trial Matters

Ross Ulbricht is finally getting his day in court, 15 months after plainclothes FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library...

The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff—another Lesson from the Sony Attack
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff—another Lesson from the Sony Attack


Death By Robot
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Death By Robot

Imagine it's a Sunday in the not-too-distant future.

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)
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Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)

One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing...

Snowden: ­.s. Has Put Too Much Emphasis on Cyber-Offense, Needs Defense
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Snowden: ­.s. Has Put Too Much Emphasis on Cyber-Offense, Needs Defense

In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security...

Linux's Creator Wants Us All to Chill Out About the Leap Second
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Linux's Creator Wants Us All to Chill Out About the Leap Second

The leap second is the rare and obscure practice of occasionally adding a second to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) system that most of us use to set our watches...

A 100-Year Study of Artificial Intelligence? Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz Explains
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A 100-Year Study of Artificial Intelligence? Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz Explains

It's challenging enough to sustain any scientific study for a decade. Now Eric Horvitz, managing director of the Microsoft Research lab in Redmond, Washington,...

The Little-Known Programming Problem Inside Dynamic Scoring
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The Little-Known Programming Problem Inside Dynamic Scoring

Dynamic scoring, as adopted on Jan. 6 by the House of Representatives, seems like the ultimate no-brainer.

Why Cheap Cameras and Boring Sensors Make the Best Smart Home Stuff
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Why Cheap Cameras and Boring Sensors Make the Best Smart Home Stuff

The twin fixations of CES this year are, to no one's surprise, wearable technology and the internet of things.

This Mathematician Figured Out How to Solve For Zero
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This Mathematician Figured Out How to Solve For Zero

To mathematician Amir Aczel the most important number of all might just be zero.

How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow
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How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow

If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots.

Digital Connectivity Should Become as Much a Right as Access to School
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Digital Connectivity Should Become as Much a Right as Access to School

Speaking at the 102nd Indian Science Congress at Mumbai University, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India needs to nurture future generations of scientists....

What the World Will Speak in 2115
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use.

If the Supreme Court Tackles the Nsa in 2015, It'll Be One of These Five Cases
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If the Supreme Court Tackles the Nsa in 2015, It'll Be One of These Five Cases

Roughly a year and a half since the first Snowden disclosures, there's already been a judicial order to shut down the National Security Agency's bulk metadata collection...

The Biggest Security Threats We'll Face in 2015
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The Biggest Security Threats We'll Face in 2015

As the clock strikes midnight on the new year, so begins the countdown to a new round of security threats and breaches that doubtless will unfold in 2015. But this...

2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence
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2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence

The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine...
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