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Steve Mann: My 'augmediated' Life
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Steve Mann: My 'augmediated' Life

Back in 2004, I was awakened early one morning by a loud clatter. I ran outside, only to discover that a car had smashed into the corner of my house.

Why the Pencil Is Still the Most Important Tool For Digital Designers
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Why the Pencil Is Still the Most Important Tool For Digital Designers

Looking for digital inspiration, or staring at an empty computer screen?

Can Your Boss Read Your Email?
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Can Your Boss Read Your Email?

Harvard faculty members responded with shock after the Boston Globe revealed that theuniversity’s administration had searched 16 faculty deans’ email accounts to...

Kim Dotcom Is the Anti-Zuckerberg: Share Nothing, Encrypt Everything, Be Happy
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Kim Dotcom Is the Anti-Zuckerberg: Share Nothing, Encrypt Everything, Be Happy

Appearing like a retro-futuristic apparition, digitally transmitted through pneumatic tubes from a future that was but will never be, the disembodied head of Kim...

How Samsung Broke Away from the Android Pack
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How Samsung Broke Away from the Android Pack

As successful as Samsung's Galaxy S franchise is now, it's easy to forget the Korean consumer electronics giant's first attempt at the American smartphone market...

Sxsw: Google's Amit Singhal Talks Natural-Language Search, Mobile
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Sxsw: Google's Amit Singhal Talks Natural-Language Search, Mobile

How do you build a search engine that's more attuned to natural language, capable of divining what you mean, and giving back what you want?

Tim Berners-Lee on the Making of New Worlds
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Tim Berners-Lee on the Making of New Worlds

The Internet should be open.

Miyamoto: I Couldn't Have Imagined Where We've Ended ­p
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Miyamoto: I Couldn't Have Imagined Where We've Ended ­p

Where do you go when you're arguably history’s most famous video game designer in a medium that's witnessed explosive growth since its halcyon days?

Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You
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Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You

Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you're pregnant or divorced or trying...

Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future
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Lars Rasmussen: The Brains Behind Facebook's Future

For a man that made his career out of helping millions of people find their way around, Lars Rasmussen is frank about his own navigational shortcomings.

The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order
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The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order

In April 2003, British and U.S. researchers declared the Human Genome Project complete.

Google Glass: Is It a Threat to Our Privacy?
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Google Glass: Is It a Threat to Our Privacy?

If you haven't heard about the excitement around Google Glass—the head-mounted glasses that can shoot video, take pictures, and broadcast what you're seeing to...

6 Things I Want to Do with Nfc
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6 Things I Want to Do with Nfc

Tapping your phone on a console to pay for fries and a Coke is cool. Yet until the stars align, it's not how you'll be using NFC, the Near Field Communications...

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Shedding More Light on National Security Letters

Our users trust Google with a lot of very important data, whether it’s emails, photos, documents, posts or videos.

Are We Really Facing Cyberwar?
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Are We Really Facing Cyberwar?

A few weeks ago I was standing by a railway track in the small town of Gaithersburg in Maryland as a CSX freight train blasted through the level crossing; its horn...

Eye-Tracking Smartphones Have Arrived. What About the Privacy Implications?
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Eye-Tracking Smartphones Have Arrived. What About the Privacy Implications?

Last March, I wrote in Slate about eye-tracking, which could allow computers and smartphones of the future to collect information not only about what we read, but...

Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier
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Computer Interfaces: Tech's Next Great Frontier

Consider the tongue. It's sensitive yet muscular, packed with taste buds and nerves, and without its acrobatic ability humans wouldn’t be able to eat or talk. It's...

Google Services Should Not Require Real Names: Vint Cerf
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Google Services Should Not Require Real Names: Vint Cerf

In the face of increasing government-led crackdowns on social media, Google Inc. should not force Internet users to reveal their real names for some services, including...

What to Do After You've Been Hacked
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What to Do After You've Been Hacked

Evernote became the latest member of the "we’ve been hacked" club. And the thing is, what was once a pretty exclusive club now lets just about everyone in these...

The Best Books About Biotechnology
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The Best Books About Biotechnology

I've spent the last few weeks creating a syllabus for myself on the world—people, techniques, theory, history—of biotechnology. I've talked with some scholars,...
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