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I Was Hacked in Beijing
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I Was Hacked in Beijing

The reality--and my fears--dawned only slowly. For weeks, friends and colleagues complained I had not answered their e-mail messages. I swore I had not received...

Rethinking a Gospel of the Web
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Rethinking a Gospel of the Web

For about a decade now, ever since it became clear that the jungle of the World Wide Web would triumph over the walled gardens of CompuServe, AOL and MSN, a general...

You Don't Need an Ipad
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You Don't Need an Ipad

But once you try one, you won't be able to resist. I picked up my iPad at a San Francisco Apple Store early on Saturday morning, and I spent the rest of the weekend...

Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For

Reflections on the decline of mathematical tables.

Is Motion Control Patent a Powder Keg For Mobile?
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Is Motion Control Patent a Powder Keg For Mobile?

Here's a potentially noteworthy development in the patent litigation-riddled mobile device market. The patent is No. 7,679,604, "Method and apparatus for controlling...

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Beware the Nsa

Early this year, the big brains at Google admitted that they had been outsmarted. Along with 33 other companies, the search giant had been the victim of a major...

Toyota Hardware Defects/software Bugs
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Toyota Hardware Defects/software Bugs

Is embedded automotive software as buggy as a desktop operating system?

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Cisco's New Router: Trouble For Hollywood

Cisco's CRS-3 router made a bit of a splash when it was announced on March 9, but the power of this new device hasn't yet sunk in. Consider: The CRS-3, a network...

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The Ipad Paradox: Less Is More

The introduction of Apple's iPad predictably divided gadget fans into "love it" and "hate it" camps. The haters say iPad lacks multitasking, a Webcam, Flash support...

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Braking Bad

 The Obama administration has said that it may require automakers to install “smart pedals” on all new cars. This kind of system—already used in BMWs, Chryslers...

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Driving By the Numbers

In the wake of the U.S. Congressional hearings on the Toyota recalls, we have heard various proposals for countering unintended acceleration in automobiles. Transportation...

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Virtual Reality War

My battalion commander, Lt. Col. Michael Kurilla, gave the directive that my squad leaders, platoon sergeant, and myself had heard countless times: my platoon was...

Cars That Modify Driver Behavior
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Cars That Modify Driver Behavior

On-board diagnostics know how the car is being driven, for the sake of the driver's (and society's) own good.

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Apple's Multitouch Lawsuit Is Both Dumb and Dangerous

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at 2007's Macworld conference, he began by describing the device's groundbreaking user interface. "We have invented...

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Why It's So Hard For Toyota to Find Out What's Wrong

I won't lie to you: I was not a good engineering student. That's one of the reasons I went into journalism. But I managed to acquire a bachelor of sciences in mechanical...

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Why Can

All of the gloss and glitter doesn’t hide the fact that both Mac and Windows operating systems are still pretty geeky and difficult for many computer users to navigate...

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What Will Be Hot at Rsa 2010?

The show is one week away -- here's a prediction on which technologies will be buzzing.  In the midst of the global recession, I found the RSA 2009 Conference...

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Toyota

Whenever an airplane crashes, investigators focus on the black-box data, which may explain why the plane went down. Though most drivers don't realize it, two-thirds...

Google's Diplomatic Alliance with ­.s. Carries Risks
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Google's Diplomatic Alliance with ­.s. Carries Risks

Google Inc.'s mastery of Internet search technology is unrivaled, but the high-tech pioneer is in uncharted territory as it finds itself embroiled in U.S. diplomatic...

Humobots in Space
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Humobots in Space

Despite the cancellation of NASA's back-to-the-moon program, the next steps on the moon will likely be taken sometime in the next decade under human control. It's...
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