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His Other Car Is on Mars
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His Other Car Is on Mars

On Earth, Scott Maxwell drives his red Prius without paying much attention to the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.

Meet the Man Who Put the '@' in Your Email
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Meet the Man Who Put the '@' in Your Email

Who invented email? That's a bit like asking, "Who invented the Internet?" Even those with intimate knowledge of its creation can’t agree on the moment it actually...

Here's Why Tablets (yes, Tablets!) Will Replace the Smartphone
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Here's Why Tablets (yes, Tablets!) Will Replace the Smartphone

I'm sure to get the "you're off your rocker" commentary on this one, but I make a living by looking ahead in the world of mobile technology. And what I see now...

Neil Degrasse Tyson on the Future of ­.s. Space Exploration After Curiosity
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Neil Degrasse Tyson on the Future of ­.s. Space Exploration After Curiosity

In two days, NASA's Curiosity rover will hopefully survive its "seven minutes of terror" and land safely on the surface of Mars. What comes next for U.S. space...

How Fbi Technology Woes Let Fort Hood Shooter Slip By
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How Fbi Technology Woes Let Fort Hood Shooter Slip By

On November 5, 2009, an Army psychiatrist stationed at Fort Hood, Texas shot and killed 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian Defense Department employee while wounding...

Why Siri Is Still the Future
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Why Siri Is Still the Future

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S last year, the new phone looked just like the previous one. It had a better camera and a faster chip, but it could do only one...

Suggestions For an Apple Shopping List
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Suggestions For an Apple Shopping List

Question: What would you do if you had $117 billion?

Is Algebra Necessary?
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Is Algebra Necessary?

A typical American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra.

Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle
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Far from Silicon Valley, Tech Industry Finds an Oracle

Anand Shimpi is one of the most influential tech industry figures you've never heard of.

E-Reading: A Midterm Progress Report
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E-Reading: A Midterm Progress Report

E-readers have been around long enough now that the novelty has largely worn off.

The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference
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The Frightening Things You Hear at a Black Hat Conference

Here is a look at some of the highlights and scarier happenings taking place at the annual Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week.

Tagging and Tracking Espionage Botnets
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Tagging and Tracking Espionage Botnets

A security researcher who's spent 18 months cataloging and tracking malicious software that was developed and deployed specifically for spying on governments, activists...

Why Shooting Games Make Your Brain Happy
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Why Shooting Games Make Your Brain Happy

Modern videogames are obsessed with guns, and there are a lot of reasons why.

Should Computer Scientists Change How They Publish?
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Should Computer Scientists Change How They Publish?

One of the most popular panels at Snowbird was "Publication Models in Computing Research: Is a Change Needed? Are We Ready for a Change?"  

Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer
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Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer

Timing is everything for Peter Hürzeler, a man for whom "good enough" simply isn't.

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The Public Is Left in the Dark When Courts Allow Electronic Surveillance

A big part of Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith's job in Federal District Court in Houston is to consider law enforcement requests for cellphone and email records...

What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean
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What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean

Anyone who's looked at the "Seven Minutes of Terror" trailer for next month's Mars landing might have wondered whether the planners behind NASA's $2.5 billion Mars...

Xerox: ­h, We Didn't Invent the Internet
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Xerox: ­h, We Didn't Invent the Internet

Who invented the Internet?

The Ethics of Software Engineering Should Be an Ethics For the Client
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The Ethics of Software Engineering Should Be an Ethics For the Client

Viewing software engineering as a communicative art in which client engagement is essential.

Internet Elections
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Internet Elections: Unsafe in Any Home?

Experiences with electronic voting suggest elections should not be conducted via the Internet.
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