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Five Developments That Could Rewire Your World
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Five Developments That Could Rewire Your World

Google is good at doing amazing.

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...

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.

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...

What College Could Be Like
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What College Could Be Like

Imagining an optimized education model.

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...

Debunker of Doomsday: Nasa Scientist Tries to Talk Some Sense Into the World
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Debunker of Doomsday: Nasa Scientist Tries to Talk Some Sense Into the World

Swirling with lunacy and paranoia, the theories warn of mayhem and cataclysm.

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Internet Regulation Seen at National Level As Treaty Talks Fail

The world's major Internet companies, backed by U.S. policymakers, got much of what they wanted last week when many nations refused to sign a global telecommunications...

Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps
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Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps

There's a simple answer: people.

The Psychology of Tetris
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The Psychology of Tetris

Shapes fall from the sky, all you have to do is to control how they fall and fit within each other.

Best Inventions of the Year 2012
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Best Inventions of the Year 2012

That's not Photoshop.

How Design Can Help Voice Interaction Go Big
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How Design Can Help Voice Interaction Go Big

Recently there's been a lot of comparison between Apple's Siri and Google's Voice Search. Microsoft's voice breakthroughs have also captured headlines.

Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article
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Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article

In the few minutes it takes to read this article, chances are you'll pause to check your phone, answer a text, switch to your desktop to read an email from the...

'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'
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'biology Is a Manufacturing Capability'

Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.

Beyond Quad-Core: What's Next For Mobile Processing Power
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Beyond Quad-Core: What's Next For Mobile Processing Power

Remember when a quad-core processor was the ultimate indicator of a super-smartphone?

5 Reasons We May Live in a Multiverse
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5 Reasons We May Live in a Multiverse

The universe we live in may not be the only one out there. In fact, our universe could be just one of an infinite number of universes making up a "multiverse."

Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple Ceo Speaks
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Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple Ceo Speaks

Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive...
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