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Researchers Show How a Car's Electronics Can Be Taken Over Remotely

With a modest amount of expertise, computer hackers could gain remote access to someone's car—just as they do to people's personal computers—and take over the...

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Software Progress Beats Moore

One of the old jokes in computing is that what the hardware giveth, the software taketh away.

Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software
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Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software

When five television studios became entangled in a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against CBS, the cost was immense. As part of the obscure task of "discovery"—providing...

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Google Schools Its Algorithm

To humans, computer intelligence is a puzzle, as if the machines have split personalities. They can be so remarkably smart at times, yet so bafflingly dumb at...

The New Police Siren: You
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The New Police Siren: You

Joe Bader tried setting the two tones of his invention four notes apart on the musical scale, but the result sounded like music, not a siren. Same thing when...

Remapping Computer Circuitry to Avert Impending Bottlenecks
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Remapping Computer Circuitry to Avert Impending Bottlenecks

Hewlett-Packard researchers have proposed a fundamental rethinking of the modern computer for the coming era of nanoelectronics—a marriage of memory and computing...

Moonlighting Within Microsoft, in Pursuit of New Apps
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Moonlighting Within Microsoft, in Pursuit of New Apps

If you have a smartphone, you probably have apps on it to check the news, play games, help with shopping or further a hobby like travel or bird-watching. But...

Microsoft's Kinect: The New Mouse?
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Microsoft's Kinect: The New Mouse?

Could the Kinect technology, which recognizes gestures and voice commands, be the beginning of a new way of communicating with computers?

­U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office
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­U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office

President Obama, who emphasizes American innovation, says modernizing the federal Patent and Trademark Office is crucial to "winning the future." So at a time when...

Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter
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Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter

Like any aspiring filmmaker, Michael McDonald, a high school senior, used a blog to show off his videos. But discouraged by how few people bothered to visit,...

New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi ­sers
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New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi ­sers

You may think the only people capable of snooping on your Internet activity are government intelligence agents or possibly a talented teenage hacker holed up...

Facebook Officials Keep Quiet on Its Role in Revolts
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Facebook Officials Keep Quiet on Its Role in Revolts

With Facebook playing a starring role in the revolts that toppled governments in Tunisia and Egypt, you might think the company’s top executives would use this...

On 'jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural
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On 'jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural

In the end, the humans on "Jeopardy!" surrendered meekly.

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Mature Mobile Industry Moves to Keep Customers It Has

In the pioneer days of the mobile phone industry, wireless carriers raced to put phones in the hands of the unconnected masses. With cellphones now ubiquitous...

Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears
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Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears

At the dawn of the modern computer era, two Pentagon-financed laboratories bracketed Stanford University. At one laboratory, a small group of scientists and engineers...

The Dirty Little Secrets of Search
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The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

Pretend for a moment that you are Google’s search engine. Someone types the word “dresses” and hits enter. What will be the very first result?

Nasa
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Nasa

The last time NASA visited the Tempel 1 comet, it was with fireworks, on July 4, 2005. On that day, the Deep Impact spacecraft slammed an 820-pound projectile...

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Web Words That Lure the Readers

The Huffington Post has hired veteran journalists to beef up its news coverage. But a significant chunk of its readers come instead for articles like one published...

Innovation Far Removed From the Lab
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Innovation Far Removed From the Lab

Daniel Reetz loves trash bins. A big one in Fargo, N.D., was where he found most of the materials he used to build a scanner that was fast enough to scan a 400...

From ACM Opinion

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

In the category "What Do You Know?," for $1 million: This four-year-old upstart the size of a small R.V. has digested 200 million pages of data about everything...
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