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Mind Control Moves Into Battle
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Mind Control Moves Into Battle

Technology that taps into a soldier's thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield.

England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent
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England V Germany: Goal-Line Technology Decision Imminent

Football's world governing body Fifa and other organisations are preparing to vote on something many fans of the game have been crying out for: goal-line technology...

Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web
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Minitel: The Rise and Fall of the France-Wide Web

Many years ago, long before the birth of the Web, there was a time when France was the happening-est place in the digital universe.

Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China
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Why Talking-to-Text Has Taken Off in China

Anyone who has ever written in Chinese on a computer, or composed a text message on their phone in that language, knows the typing process is not nearly as simple...

Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware
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Iran 'finds Fix' For Sophisticated Flame Malware

Iran says it has developed tools that can defend against the sophisticated cyber attack tool known as Flame.

How Hackers Are Caught Out By Law Enforcers
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How Hackers Are Caught Out By Law Enforcers

The Internet has gained a reputation as somewhere you can say and do anything with impunity, primarily because it is easy to disguise your identity.

Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'
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Social Apps 'harvest Smartphone Contacts'

Twitter has admitted copying entire address books from smartphones and storing the data on its servers, often without customers' knowledge.

Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems
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Hackers Outwit Online Banking Identity Security Systems

After logging in to the bank's real site, account holders are being tricked by the offer of training in a new "upgraded security system."

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Hewlett Packard Opens Doors to Its HP Labs ­.K. Research Base

The year is 2015, and in a government-owned data centre somewhere in southern England thousands of servers are humming away, hard at work keeping the country running...

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Sopa: Sites Go Dark As Part of Anti-Piracy Law Protests

Thousands of Internet sites are taking part in a "blackout" protest against anti-piracy laws being discussed by U.S. lawmakers.

Driverless Car: Google Awarded ­.s. Patent For Technology
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Driverless Car: Google Awarded ­.s. Patent For Technology

The intellectual rights relate to a method to switch a vehicle from a human-controlled mode into the state where it takes charge of the wheel.

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales on the Internet's Future
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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.

IBM Bets on Data-Centric Computing
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IBM Bets on Data-Centric Computing

Jai Menon, chief technology officer and vice-president for technical strategy for IBM's Systems and Technology Group, holds 52 patents and is arguably most famous...

Intel Recruits Sci-Fi Writers to Dream Up Future Tech
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Intel Recruits Sci-Fi Writers to Dream Up Future Tech

Chip maker Intel has commissioned leading science fiction authors to pen short stories that imagine future uses for the firm's technology.

Mobile 'Pinging' Claim Raises Legal Questions
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Mobile 'Pinging' Claim Raises Legal Questions

A former News of the World journalist's allegation the newspaper paid police to track mobile phones raises serious questions about the U.K.'s eavesdropping laws...

IBM at 100: From Typewriters to the Cloud
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IBM at 100: From Typewriters to the Cloud

Say IBM—and you probably still think of computers. But today, the firm that was once all about hardware, makes its living from more intangible technology.

U.k. Seeks Cyber Security Champions
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U.k. Seeks Cyber Security Champions

Britons who can defend the nation's networks armed only with a keyboard are being sought in a national competition.

The Man Who Invented the Microprocessor
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The Man Who Invented the Microprocessor

Ted Hoff saved his own life, sort of. Deep inside this 73-year-old lies a microprocessor—a tiny computer that controls his pacemaker and, in turn, his heart.

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Google Goes Shopping For Patents

Google has made a $900m bid for the patent portfolio of Nortel Networks, the bankrupt Canadian telecom equipment maker. The patents could help arm it against...

China 'to Overtake ­.s. on Science' in Two Years
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China 'to Overtake ­.s. on Science' in Two Years

China is on course to overtake the U.S. in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013—far earlier than expected. That is the conclusion of a major new study by...
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