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Technology and Business in 2012
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Technology and Business in 2012

Although those of us following the Mayan long calendar may be heading into 2012 with some trepidation, for those taking a longer-term view here is our annual...

Why Apple's Acquisition of Anobit Matters
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Why Apple's Acquisition of Anobit Matters

Apple reportedly acquired the Israeli flash memory design firm Anobit in a deal that cost the company $500 million.

The Top 10 Tech Trends For 2012
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The Top 10 Tech Trends For 2012

A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era. And yet we can at least make a guess at what will happen in the early part of next year simply by looking at...

Space Elevators and Smart Machines: Life in the Year 2100
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Space Elevators and Smart Machines: Life in the Year 2100

In my book, Physics of the Future, I make scores of predictions for this century, based on interviews with over 300 of the world's top scientists, who are inventing...

Xbox 720: What Microsoft Should And Shouldn't Do
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Xbox 720: What Microsoft Should And Shouldn't Do

As whispers of a looming next generation Xbox announcement grow to a fever pitch, it's hard to open a browser window these days without encountering a screaming...

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Patents and the Public Interest

Next week, in a case closely watched both by analysts and retailers, the International Trade Commission will decide whether the handset maker HTC should be allowed...

Five Predictions For the Communications World in 2012
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Five Predictions For the Communications World in 2012

In the coming year, mobile Internet devices and in particular smartphones will continue to bring the biggest changes to the way we communicate. For the first...

A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution
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A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution

In an interview, Frederico Faggin, who led the design and development of the first microprocessor in 1970, says he sees a future in which quantum and cognitive...

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Who Needs Keys When Siri Has Been Hacked to Start Cars?

Last week we showed you how a developer had hacked Siri to operate his internet-connected thermostat. But that's not cool. Starting your car using Siri, now that's...

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Could 3D Printing End Our Throwaway Culture?

There's a tiny knob missing from my hands-free car kit, which I keep meaning to replace. The thing is, I don't think I can buy parts for it, so I probably need...

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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...

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The End of the Credit Card?

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

Why Microsoft Embraced Gaming
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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...

Apple
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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...

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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...

Web Security Expert Warns Of Cyber World War
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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...

Why Your Next Phone Might Be Bendable
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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...

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The Genius of Jobs

One of the questions I wrestled with when writing about Steve Jobs was how smart he was. On the surface, this should not have been much of an issue.

11 Most Startling Revelations in 'steve Jobs'
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11 Most Startling Revelations in 'steve Jobs'

Full disclosure: Steve Jobs was my white whale, the interview I wanted more than any other and the day he died I fashioned a black band across the Apple logo...

What Gets Measured Gets Done
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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...
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