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From Touch Displays to the Surface: A Brief History of Touchscreen Technology
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From Touch Displays to the Surface: A Brief History of Touchscreen Technology

It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago, touchscreen technology could only be found in science fiction books and film. These days, it's almost unfathomable...

A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It
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A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It

Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration...

Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here's Why
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Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here's Why

Everybody's talking about Bitcoin these days, which is quite remarkable given the highly technical nature of the crypto-currency. So why is it such a big deal?

Save a Soccer Referee. Hire a Machine to Rule on Goals.
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Save a Soccer Referee. Hire a Machine to Rule on Goals.

Referees are the worst. Anyone who plays, coaches, or watches sports will agree. They call either too little or too much. They're blind, stupid, paid off, or just...

The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency
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The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency

A few days ago, the value of all the bitcoins in the world blew past $1 billion for the first time ever. That’s an impressive achievement, for a purely virtual...

Interview with Computing Pioneer Alan Kay
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Interview with Computing Pioneer Alan Kay

Born in 1940, computer scientist Alan Curtis Kay is one of a handful of visionaries most responsible for the concepts which have propelled personal computing forward...

Apple and the Mysterious Case of the Missing Moonshot
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Apple and the Mysterious Case of the Missing Moonshot

When John Morrell left his post at Yale University last year and decamped to Apple, some members of the robotics community were perplexed.

You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store
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You'll Never Believe the Data 'wiped' Smartphones Store

Few things are more precious, intimate, and personal than the data on your smartphone.

The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind
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The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind

I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.

The Story of My App
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The Story of My App

Recently, I created an app called Petting Zoo. It is an interactive app for iPhones and iPads, and creating it was a difficult but interesting process.

Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven
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Bitcoin May Be the Global Economy's Last Safe Haven

One of the oddest bits of news to emerge from the economic collapse of Cyprus is a corresponding rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Internet’s favorite, media-friendly...

The Chilling Effects of the Dmca
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The Chilling Effects of the Dmca

It was hard to believe, but the student insisted it was true.

Nolan Bushnell: 'steve Was Difficult,' Says Man Who First Hired Steve Jobs
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Nolan Bushnell: 'steve Was Difficult,' Says Man Who First Hired Steve Jobs

Somehow even when he's sitting still, Nolan Bushnell seems to be in constant motion.

What Next For the 'quantified Self'?
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What Next For the 'quantified Self'?

The quantified self movement—the idea that tracking metrics about yourself can lead to self-improvement—appears to be gathering steam.

Google's Self-Driving Robot Cars Are Ruining My Commute
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Google's Self-Driving Robot Cars Are Ruining My Commute

My hometown, Mountain View, Calif., has become the unofficial capital of the robotic car revolution.

Yahoo Buys News App from British Teenager For a Reported $30 Million
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Yahoo Buys News App from British Teenager For a Reported $30 Million

When Yahoo was founded in 1995, Nick D'Aloisio wasn't even born yet. He says he taught himself to program computers using books and video tutorials.

The Great Smartphone Conundrum
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The Great Smartphone Conundrum

Smartphones keep getting faster.

The Promise and Perils of a Datafied World
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The Promise and Perils of a Datafied World

In a former life I was a research assistant. After painstaking weeks spent gathering data, I was tasked with putting the numbers into a statistics application that...

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Stop Pagination Now

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine features a fascinating, 7,200-word epic profile of Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb. Like most NYT Magazine...

Are the Costs of 'Free' Too High in Online Education?
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Are the Costs of 'Free' Too High in Online Education?

Considering the economic implications as educational institutions expand online learning initiatives.
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