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How Atomic Scale Devices Are Transforming Electronics
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How Atomic Scale Devices Are Transforming Electronics

After more than a decade of advances in nanoscale electronics, we are learning to measure and manipulate matter to create fundamentally different electronic devices...

Google Glass Team: 'wearable Computing Will Be the Norm'
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Google Glass Team: 'wearable Computing Will Be the Norm'

Even though I followed Google's I/O Conference from across the country, the event made it obvious that a company created with a strict focus on search has become...

Would Apple Iglass Be Better Than Google's Glasses?
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Would Apple Iglass Be Better Than Google's Glasses?

Apple just got awarded a new patent that may become the wearable version of the iPad one day: eyeglasses that would display apps, video, images, and overlay information...

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Are Guidelines Issued By Drone Industry an Attempt to Avoid Government Regulation?

The growing use of drones in the United States is facing firm opposition from civil liberties groups and some legislators, like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. ...

Jobs vs. Gates, Redux
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Jobs vs. Gates, Redux

It’s difficult to find two people who have had a greater influence on people’s lives than Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. 

Battle Plan: Apple vs. Microsoft vs. Google
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Battle Plan: Apple vs. Microsoft vs. Google

In the past few weeks, the tech industry's biggest players have shown off their newest software and hardware, all aiming to make big moves before the end of the...

How to Break Into Security, Schneier Edition
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How to Break Into Security, Schneier Edition

I asked noted cryptographer, author and security rock star Bruce Schneier for his thoughts. Schneier: I regularly receive email from people who want advice on how...

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Why Learn C?

Though C has been around for decades, it's still consistently ranked at the top of any list of programming languages used and studied today.  

­gly Buttons
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­gly Buttons

I can't figure out how to watch my brother's TV. He's explained it to me a hundred times, but that's the curse of the baby-sitting uncle: It's harder to work a...

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'lightweight' Drm Isn't the Answer

The world doesn't need another DRM platform, regardless of whether it's called "lightweight." DRM is annoying for customers and provides a false sense of security...

Think Smartphones Are ­biquitous Now? Just Wait a Few Years
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Think Smartphones Are ­biquitous Now? Just Wait a Few Years

Five years after the first iPhone went on sale, the sales of smartphones—loosely defined as phones that can run third-party "apps," and access the Internet directly—now...

How To Make a Viral Hit in Four Easy Steps
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How To Make a Viral Hit in Four Easy Steps

Last Wednesday, BuzzFeed's Jack Shepherd published an irresistible piece called, "21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity." The post is exactly as...

'a Perfect and Beautiful Machine': What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence
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'a Perfect and Beautiful Machine': What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence

Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.

You Will Want Google Goggles
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You Will Want Google Goggles

At first glance, Thad Starner does not look out of place at Google. A pioneering researcher in the field of wearable computing, Starner is a big, charming man with...

The Man Who Keeps Facebook Humming
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The Man Who Keeps Facebook Humming

Jay Parikh is happy to never get a call from Mark Zuckerberg. Why? It means he's doing his job well. As the vice president of infrastructure engineering at Facebook...

A Weapon We Can't Control
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A Weapon We Can't Control

The decision by the United States and Israel to develop and then deploy the Stuxnet computer worm against an Iranian nuclear facility late in George W. Bush's presidency...

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Microsoft Is the Most Exciting Company in Tech, Hands Down

I never thought I'd ever hear myself utter such words post-1995. But after the reveal of the Surface tablet—complete with an ultra-thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard...

Three Questions For Patti Maes
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Three Questions For Patti Maes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Patti Maes recently spoke with Technology Review to discuss the future of mobile technology.  

The First Five Years of the Iphone Obsession
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The First Five Years of the Iphone Obsession

The big question: Is the iPhone a "bicycle for the mind," as the late Steve Jobs said about the first Mac, or a crutch that does too much of our thinking for us...

Free Speech For Computers?
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Free Speech For Computers?

Do machines speak? If so, do they have a constitutional right to free speech?
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