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Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?
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Will Your Next Phone Have No Screen?

Google is predicting a generation of screenless computing devices that rely on voice recognition, a senior engineer has said, emphasising that the company encrypts...

Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?
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Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?

Investigators are still studying what caused the derailment of a Metro-North commuter train on its way to Grand Central Terminal just over a week ago, killing four...

Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think
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Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think

"I've never loved anyone the way I've loved you," swoons Joaquin Phoenix, in the movie Her.

The Rise and Fall of Blackberry: An Oral History
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The Rise and Fall of Blackberry: An Oral History

In 1984, Mike Lazaridis, an engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and Douglas Fregin, an engineering student at the University of Windsor, founded...

Saving the Net from the Surveillance State: Glenn Greenwald Speaks ­p
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Saving the Net from the Surveillance State: Glenn Greenwald Speaks ­p

Big Brother may be watching you. But Glenn Greenwald is watching Big Brother.

Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android
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Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android

In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.

Is the Future of the Internet in Iceland?
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Is the Future of the Internet in Iceland?

When you clicked on the link to read this article, your computer, tablet or phone sent a request that traveled hundreds or perhaps thousands of miles at the speed...

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations
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Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

The fiasco with the $600 million federal health insurance website wasn't all bureaucratic.

23andme Is Terrifying, But Not For the Reasons the Fda Thinks
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23andme Is Terrifying, But Not For the Reasons the Fda Thinks

If there's a gene for hubris, the 23andMe crew has certainly got it.

Can You Hack It?
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Can You Hack It?

Wherever you're sitting right now, take a moment to note the connected devices around you.

Answers to All the Tech Questions Your Family Will Ask You This Holiday
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Answers to All the Tech Questions Your Family Will Ask You This Holiday

Maybe it's your mom and/or dad. Maybe it's a sibling or a grandparent. Or maybe it's just that one friend who still uses a Motorola Razr from the early 2000s.

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet
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My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

Internet security relies on the fact that our computers can't break its cryptosystems. But the quantum algorithm you devised has the potential to do just that.

Charlie Rose Talks to Nathan Myhrvold
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Charlie Rose Talks to Nathan Myhrvold

You worked for years at Microsoft, where things now look uncertain.

Software Is Reorganizing the World
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Software Is Reorganizing the World

For the first time in memory, adults in the United States under age forty are now expected to be poorer than their parents.

Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead
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Three Questions For Computing Pioneer Carver Mead

Computer scientist Carver Mead gave Moore's Law its name in around 1970 and played a crucial role in making sure it's held true in the decades since.

From MOOCs to SPOCs
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From MOOCs to SPOCs

Supplementing the classroom experience with small private online courses.

Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Wikipr
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Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Wikipr

On October 21, the Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement from Sue Gardner, our executive director, condemning the black hat practice of paid advocacy editing...

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?

Why Google's Fair Use Victory In Google Books Suit Is A Big Deal—And Why It Isn't
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Why Google's Fair Use Victory In Google Books Suit Is A Big Deal—And Why It Isn't

Federal judge Denny Chin rejected a copyright challenge Google’s practices of scanning books into digital format and presenting snippets of those scans in search...

Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
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Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?

Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.
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