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Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?
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Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?

Ford has caught the DIY revolution and now puts 3D printers at workstations for its engineers.

Social Media: Five Predictions For 2013
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Social Media: Five Predictions For 2013

When you think of social media these days, you probably think primarily of Facebook and Twitter, and perhaps Instagram. But while those services have massive—and...

Computer Code Frees ­S to Think in New Ways
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Computer Code Frees ­S to Think in New Ways

At the start of 2012, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York tweeted: "My New Year's resolution is to learn to code with Codecademy."

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
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Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

In a world where computers are increasingly powerful and are concealed within ever more glossy slabs of aluminum, the Raspberry Pi offers surprising proof for the...

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants
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Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants

If China's ultimate aim in the sphere of technology is to become completely self-sufficient, it is well on the way to achieving this ambitious goal.

We Don't Need More Data Scientists; Just Make Big Data Easier to ­se
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We Don't Need More Data Scientists; Just Make Big Data Easier to ­se

Virtually any article today about big data inevitably turns to the notion that the country is suffering from a crucial shortage of data scientists.

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Sneaky Apps That Track Cellphones

A perversion of smartphone technology called "stalking apps"—precise, secretive trackings of the movements of cellphone users—is increasingly a matter of national...

How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics
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How Technology Has Restored the Soul of Politics

In 1979, I was an aeronautical-engineering major at San Jose State University, sneaking time in the laser lab to make holograms or running over to the computer...

Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year
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Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year

"Big Data" hasn't made any of the words-of-the-year lists I've seen so far. That's probably because it didn't get the wide public exposure given to items like "...

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?
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Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?

The outrage over Instagram's announcement that it is changing its terms and conditions has turned the spotlight on the relationship between websites and users who...

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter
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The Man Looking to Turn Samsung Into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter

Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.

The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed
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The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed

As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.

Five Big Tech Stories to Watch For in 2013
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Five Big Tech Stories to Watch For in 2013

We were dazzled by an array of smartphones. We were fascinated and then disappointed by Facebook's initial public offering. And we held our breaths as we awaited...

Quantum Networks May Be More Realistic Than We Thought
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Quantum Networks May Be More Realistic Than We Thought

The nice thing about buzzwords, though, is that some people take them seriously while also recognizing the problems inherent to the idea.

The Real Brothers Grimm Were Stranger Than Fiction
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The Real Brothers Grimm Were Stranger Than Fiction

Head over to Google's homepage on Thursday and you'll enjoy a scrollable comic strip telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

'the Idea We Live in a Simulation Isn't Science Fiction'
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'the Idea We Live in a Simulation Isn't Science Fiction'

If the universe is just a Matrix-like simulation, how could we ever know? Physicist Silas Beane thinks he has the answer.

Building My Own Laptop
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Building My Own Laptop

We are building an open laptop, with some wacky features in it for hackers like me.

How Hackers Exploit 'the Seven Deadly Sins'
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How Hackers Exploit 'the Seven Deadly Sins'

This isn't the high tech wizardry of Hollywood but is a good, old-fashioned confidence trick.

How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global
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How Google Is Taking the Knowledge Graph Global

Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and...

Intellectual Ventures: Why the Patent System Needs Aggregators Like ­S
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Intellectual Ventures: Why the Patent System Needs Aggregators Like ­S

The U.S. patent system borrowed from mainland Europe a concept that had evolved over hundreds of years: the "moral right" for inventors to protect their ideas....
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