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November 2011


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Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots

Irobot Ceo: Enough with the Gimmick 'bots

It's no surprise that uber-geek and iRobot CEO Colin Angle is a Star Wars fan.


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The Court's Gps Test

There were no GPS tracking devices when the framers wrote the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches. But that does not mean this sometimes intrusive technology can be used against Americans without meeting…


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The End of the Credit Card?

A new app called Card Case foretells a world without cash and plastic.


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Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales on the Internet's Future

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales on the Internet's Future

Censorship is the biggest threat to the development of the Internet, according to Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales.


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Good Touch, Bad Touch

Good Touch, Bad Touch

The iconic iPhone interface tarnishes the legacy of Steve Jobs.


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These Are the Greatest Geek Books of All Time, Readers Say

These Are the Greatest Geek Books of All Time, Readers Say

We revealed our ultimate reading list in "9 Essential Geek Books You Must Read Right Now" last month. Now Wired.com readers have spoken, voting for their favorites from the list and submitting many awesome literary picks of…


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Why Siri Is a Google Killer

Why Siri Is a Google Killer

It has now been a couple of weeks since Siri debuted as part of Apple’s iPhone 4S. The response from most people has been very positive.

However, Siri is tremendously undervalued. People see it as it is today, which is already…


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Why Microsoft Embraced Gaming

Why Microsoft Embraced Gaming

When the original Xbox video-game console went on sale in 2001, it wasn't clear why Microsoft, known for staid workplace software, was branching out into fast-paced action games.


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Apple

Apple

In his recent biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson says the Apple visionary revealed to him that he had finally "cracked" the problem with TV and was working on what he called an "integrated television set."


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5 Wishes For the Next Generation of Consoles

So what do Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have in store for us with the next generation of consoles? When will we see the Xbox 720, the PS4, and the Wii-2, and what will they bring to the table to entice the consumers?


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Web Security Expert Warns Of Cyber World War

Web Security Expert Warns Of Cyber World War

Eugene Kaspersky is not given to easy hyperbole. But the Russian maths genius who founded an internet security empire with a global reach, clutched at his thick mop of hair with both hands.


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The Joke's on Your Computer: The Latest Humor Coded Into Software

In Google Maps, the distance-measuring tool offers a choice of three unit systems: Metric, English or "I’m Feeling Geeky." If you click the third one, you’re offered a long list of, ahem, somewhat uncommon measurement units…


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Why Your Next Phone Might Be Bendable

Why Your Next Phone Might Be Bendable

As we enter the final months of 2011, the thoughts of tech watchers like me are turning to what we can expect in 2012. Voice recognition in all our devices? Touch control replacing the mouse and keyboard? The death of the…


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Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?

Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?

Considering whether software engineering and engineering can share a profession.


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Gender Demographics Trends and Changes in U.S. CS Departments

Gender Demographics Trends and Changes in U.S. CS Departments

Using the past 10 years of Taulbee Survey data to evaluate female student enrollment across varied academic institutions and departments.


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Information Seeking: Convergence of Search, Recommendations, and Advertising

Information Seeking: Convergence of Search, Recommendations, and Advertising

How to address user information needs amidst a preponderance of data.


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Security Risks in Next-Generation Emergency Services

Security Risks in Next-Generation Emergency Services

Sounding the alert on emergency calling system deficiencies.


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What Gets Measured Gets Done

What Gets Measured Gets Done

"U.S. broadband is terrible" has become a familiar meme. Given the growing importance of broadband Internet connections, a poor broadband infrastructure would indeed be cause for concern. As it turns out, however, much of this…


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Why the Google Book Settlement Failed - and What Comes Next?

Why the Google Book Settlement Failed - and What Comes Next?

Assessing the implications of the Google Book Search settlement.


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Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research Universities

Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research Universities

Nine teacher-oriented faculty in computer science departments at research universities in the U.S. or Canada describe how their positions work, how they contribute to education, and how departmental policies can influence their…

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