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On Turbocharged, Heat-Seeking, Robotic Fishing Poles
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On Turbocharged, Heat-Seeking, Robotic Fishing Poles

There is a well-known proverb, "If you give someone a fish, they'll eat for a day; if you teach them how to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime." The point is obvious...

Life, Death, and the iPad: Cultural Symbols and Steve Jobs
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Life, Death, and the iPad: Cultural Symbols and Steve Jobs

In the days that followed Steve Jobs' death, he was frequently compared to Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. But Jobs was creating experiences, not technologies or...

The Most Ancient Marketing
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The Most Ancient Marketing

Before Apple, Steve Jobs famously went to India with a college friend. While I never had occasion to talk to Jobs about it, I have a theory I wish I had a chance...

Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence
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Google and Microsoft Talk Artificial Intelligence

Google and Microsoft don't share a stage often, being increasingly fierce competitors in areas such as Web search, mobile, and cloud computing. But the rivals...

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Take That, Adobe! Jobs Gets Last Laugh on Flash

In April, 2010, Steve Jobs devoted about 1,700 words to a public post ripping Adobe's Flash to shreds. His most cutting comments concerned the mobile version of...

Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots
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Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots

It's no surprise that uber-geek and iRobot CEO Colin Angle is a Star Wars fan.

Good Touch, Bad Touch
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Good Touch, Bad Touch

The iconic iPhone interface tarnishes the legacy of Steve Jobs.

Apple
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Apple

In his recent biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson says the Apple visionary revealed to him that he had finally "cracked" the problem with TV and was...

Web Security Expert Warns Of Cyber World War
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Web Security Expert Warns Of Cyber World War

Eugene Kaspersky is not given to easy hyperbole. But the Russian maths genius who founded an internet security empire with a global reach, clutched at his thick...

Web Security Expert Warns Of Cyber World War
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Web Security Expert Warns Of Cyber World War

Eugene Kaspersky is not given to easy hyperbole. But the Russian maths genius who founded an internet security empire with a global reach, clutched at his thick...

Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android
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Ice Cream Sandwich: A Deep-Dive Tour With Android

There are few things in this world I despise more than software updates. Downloading hundreds of files, waiting for the progress bar to fill, restarting the device—it’s...

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Wireless Demand Soon Outstripping Capacity

A new report from the Global Information Industry Center at the University of California, San Diego examines the projected disconnect between U.S. wireless infrastructure...

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Running Out of Bandwidth

At a time of slow economic growth and declining competitiveness, wireless technology remains a shining example of innovation. In the last 10 years, wireless communications...

Information Seeking: Convergence of Search, Recommendations, and Advertising
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Information Seeking: Convergence of Search, Recommendations, and Advertising

How to address user information needs amidst a preponderance of data.

Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research U­niversities
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Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research U­niversities

Nine teacher-oriented faculty in computer science departments at research universities in the U.S. or Canada describe how their positions work, how they contribute...

Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?
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Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?

Considering whether software engineering and engineering can share a profession.

What Gets Measured Gets Done
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What Gets Measured Gets Done

"U.S. broadband is terrible" has become a familiar meme. Given the growing importance of broadband Internet connections, a poor broadband infrastructure would...

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Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On

The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won’t match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should.

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Off-Shoring and Cyber Security

Big U.S. and European software companies are increasingly developing code for mainstream products overseas, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. But despite...

­se It Better: The Worst Trends in Tech
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­se It Better: The Worst Trends in Tech

Consumer technology doesn't always get better, faster and cheaper. Here are four bad moves that prove the future isn't always bright.
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