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Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!
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Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!

What does Japan's earthquake mean for GPS? Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake was so powerful that it actually widened Japan. While parts of the country barely...

The Future of Mobile Gadgets
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The Future of Mobile Gadgets

I got my first cell phone a little more than a decade ago, just as I was finishing college and looking for my first job. I didn't need a mobile phone; none of...

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Is the Navy Trying to Start the Robot Apocalypse?

Whenever the military rolls out a new robot program, folks like to joke about SkyNet or the Rise of the Machines. But this time, the military really is starting...

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Wiring in a Wireless Age

Is Intel's Thunderbolt cable a brilliant innovation or a worthless grasp at the past?

Gadget Politics: Why Tech Fans Share the Love and Hate
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Gadget Politics: Why Tech Fans Share the Love and Hate

I’ve been a consumer technology critic for over 10 years. During that time, hate mail has been part of my job every day.

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Apple: Disrupt or Perish

While the secret for Apple's success seems patently obvious to most&meash;as obvious as the form and function of the iPhone 4—a more subtle reason is the company's...

Success of Verizon's Iphone Will Depend on Cdma Network Performance
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Success of Verizon's Iphone Will Depend on Cdma Network Performance

Professor P.K. Kannan at the University of Maryland, says the success of the iPhone 4 released by Verizon boils down to one word: "performance.  That is, the performance...

Arm Ceo on Microsoft, Tech's Rise
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Arm Ceo on Microsoft, Tech's Rise

ARM chief executive Warren East discusses major announcements from Microsoft, Nvidia, and Motorola involving his company and its chip architecture.

Why I Don't Want an Ipad For Christmas
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Why I Don't Want an Ipad For Christmas

Everyone wants an iPad this Christmas, right?

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Google Goes to the Cloud For New Idea in Pc System

In the personal-computer industry, where things change fast, one fact has been a constant for years: There are two major, mainstream operating systems for consumers...

­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad
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­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad

Behind the fly-off-the-shelf popularity of products like Apple's iPad and iPhone are hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs—mostly overseas. Is it possible...

New 'story of Stuff' Video Reminds ­S to Think Twice Before Buying New Gadgets
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New 'story of Stuff' Video Reminds ­S to Think Twice Before Buying New Gadgets

In the opening moments of the new Web video "The Story of Electronics," I found myself nodding in recognition as host Annie Leonard held up a tangled mess of...

IBM's Single-Processor Supercomputer Efforts
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IBM's Single-Processor Supercomputer Efforts

Imagine a CPU designed to issue and execute up to seven instructions per clock cycle, with a clock rate 10 times faster than the reigning supercomputer. This is...

Why China's New Supercomputer Isn't Actually the World's Fastest
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Why China's New Supercomputer Isn't Actually the World's Fastest

Peak performance doesn't equal sustained performance, and the NVIDIA GPUs in the Tianhe 1A are especially bad at the latter.

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Ray Ozzie: Dawn of a New Day

Five years ago, having only recently arrived at the company, I wrote The Internet Services Disruption in order to kick off a major change management process across...

Why Graphene Is the Stuff of the Future
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Why Graphene Is the Stuff of the Future

Everything in our three-dimensional world has a width, length and height. That was what we thought, at least. But this picture overlooks a whole class of materials...

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Robots vs. Suicide Terrorists

In February 2008, a pair of suicide bombers struck the Israeli town of Dimona. One of the attackers detonated his explosive vest, killing an Israeli, and injuring...

Future Internet Architecture: Clean-Slate Versus Evolutionary Research
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Future Internet Architecture: Clean-Slate Versus Evolutionary Research

Should researchers focus on designing new network architectures or improving the current Internet?

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Apple, Trackpads, and the Long Death of the Mouse

Another day, another envelope-pushing design from Apple intended to make us rethink the way we interact with our computers. Welcome to the Magic Trackpad.

Rights For Autonomous Artificial Agents?
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Rights For Autonomous Artificial Agents?

The growing role of artificial agents necessitates modifying legal frameworks to better address human interests.
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