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iPhone Celebrates 5th Birthday
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iPhone Celebrates 5th Birthday

Gadget fans may be focused on the CES trade show this week, but there’s something else notable going on today: It’s the iPhone’s fifth birthday.

Welcome to the 'knowosphere'
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Welcome to the 'knowosphere'

Here's my take on what I've begun calling the "knowosphere"—a word intentionally echoing the more allegorical "noosphere," the "planet of the mind" of Vladimir....

Flying Robots Build a Tower
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Flying Robots Build a Tower

Construction workers please note: Somebody just built a 20-foot tower using flying robots. The demo took place in a warehouse-like art gallery called FRAC, just...

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2011 Was a Terrible Year For Tech

If you read tech criticism often, there’s a good chance that you’ve come upon a staple of the form that I like to call the "mommy dearest" review.

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The Man Who Saves Stephen Hawking's Voice

Sam Blackburn has been responsible for the technology which allows Stephen Hawking to communicate for the past five years. Now he's moving on. The challenge for...

Why Windows 8 Tablets Will Surprise Everyone
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Why Windows 8 Tablets Will Surprise Everyone

Windows-based tablets haven't been treated kindly by the test of time. Those released in the Windows XP era relied on wonky, stylus-based data entry, and even...

An Interview with Stephen A. Cook
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An Interview with Stephen A. Cook

Stephen A. Cook, winner of the 1982 A.M. Turing Award, reflects on his career.

Interfaces For the Ordinary ­User
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Interfaces For the Ordinary ­User: Can We Hide Too Much?

Increasing the visibility and access to underlying file structure on consumer devices can vastly improve the user experience.

The IBM PC
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The IBM PC: From Beige Box to Industry Standard

Looking back at three decades of PC platform evolution.

The Difference Engine
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The Difference Engine

Observations on cognitive diversity and team performance.

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The Future of Moral Machines

A robot walks into a bar and says, "I’ll have a screwdriver." A bad joke, indeed. But even less funny if the robot says "Give me what’s in your cash register."...

Why Apple's Acquisition of Anobit Matters
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Why Apple's Acquisition of Anobit Matters

Apple reportedly acquired the Israeli flash memory design firm Anobit in a deal that cost the company $500 million.

Five Questions with Astronaut Rex Walheim
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Five Questions with Astronaut Rex Walheim

Rex Walheim is an astronaut. He's gone to space three times, including on the last flight of the space shuttle. He has spent an accumulated 36 hours outside the...

Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech
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Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech

Peter Beckman, director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, recently spoke with Computerworld...

Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech
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Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech

Peter Beckman, director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, recently spoke with Computerworld...

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Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech

The international competition to build an exascale supercomputer is gaining steam, especially in China and Europe, according to Peter Beckman, a top computer...

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Q&a: Exascale Now a Global Race For Tech

The international competition to build an exascale supercomputer is gaining steam, especially in China and Europe, according to Peter Beckman, a top computer...

Doctoral Program Rankings For U­.S. Computing Programs
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Doctoral Program Rankings For U­.S. Computing Programs: The National Research Council Strikes Out

A proposal for improving doctoral program ranking strategy.

The Grounding Practice
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The Grounding Practice

The skill of making and recognizing grounded claims is essential for professional practice. Getting objective data to support your conclusions is not enough.

Debugging on Live Systems
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Debugging on Live Systems

It is more of a social than a technical problem.
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