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5 Nerds to Watch in 2013
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5 Nerds to Watch in 2013

When Steve Jobs died, there was a lot of talk about who would be the next Steve Jobs. But the truth is, rarely can one person reshape the future. And breakthroughs...

The Father of Fractals
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The Father of Fractals

In nature,technology and art the most common form of regularity is repetition: a single element repeated many times, as on a tile floor. But another form is possible...

What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?
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What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?

I couldn't help thinking of John Le Carré's spy novels as I awaited my rendezvous with Jaron Lanier in a corner of the lobby of the stylish W Hotel just off Union...

10 Raspberry Pi Creations That Show How Amazing the Tiny Pc Can Be
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10 Raspberry Pi Creations That Show How Amazing the Tiny Pc Can Be

The Raspberry Pi, the $35 credit card-size computer, has lived an interesting life despite being less than a year old.

2013: Talk Gets Cheaper, Tv Gets Smarter
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2013: Talk Gets Cheaper, Tv Gets Smarter

Personal technology never stops changing.

How Big Data Can Solve America's Gun Problem
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How Big Data Can Solve America's Gun Problem

Big data might have stopped the massacres in Newtown, Aurora, and Oak Creek.

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.
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