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Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits
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Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits

The small box inside Amanda Hubbard's chest beams all kinds of data about her faulty heart to the company that makes her defibrillator implant.

The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go
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The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go

You press a button and wait for your elevator. How long before you get impatient and agitated? Theresa Christy says 20 seconds.

In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm
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In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm

A Des Moines television station has turned off the lights on the city's Weather Beacon, igniting a tempest among residents who were raised to look downtown for...

New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates
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New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates

For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly.

Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't
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Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't

In 2010, Apple Inc. AAPL co-founder Steve Jobs proclaimed, "Mobile advertising really sucks." Now, however, the rule book for what works in mobile advertising is...

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.
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Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile asphalt roller coaster plunging and soaring across California's tawny Monterey highlands.

Smartphones Challenge Chip Limits
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Smartphones Challenge Chip Limits

Smartphones and other devices keep getting smarter, but that may change if a key step in manufacturing computer chips isn't updated soon.

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
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Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

Future of Data: Encoded in Dna
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Future of Data: Encoded in Dna

In the latest effort to contend with exploding quantities of digital data, researchers encoded an entire book into the genetic molecules of DNA, the basic building...

My Life as a Telecommuting Robot
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My Life as a Telecommuting Robot

I was strolling down the hall to a meeting on a Wednesday afternoon when I suddenly blacked out, coming to a halt.

Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century
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Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century

Samsung Electronics Co. recently leapfrogged Apple Inc. as the world's largest seller of smartphones.

Autopilots Take to the Ground
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Autopilots Take to the Ground

For decades, autopilots have controlled how planes climb, cruise and descend in the air.

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas
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The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas

Consumer-products companies are turning to new technology to overcome the biggest obstacle to learning what shoppers really think: what the shoppers say.

Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms
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Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms

With cybercriminals a greater threat to small businesses than ever before, more entrepreneurs like Lloyd Keilson are left asking themselves who is to blame for...

Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front
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Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front

The U.S. military is accelerating its cyberwarfare training programs in an aggressive expansion of its preparations for conflict on an emerging battlefield.

Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions
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Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions

NBC and Google are conducting "war games" in at least three countries, to prepare for the possibility of hacker attacks or hardware malfunction disrupting the online...

Next Cameras Come Into View
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Next Cameras Come Into View

Scientists at Duke University have built an experimental camera that allows the user—after a photo is taken—to zoom in on portions of the image in extraordinary...

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
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In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...

Bionic Brains and Beyond
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Bionic Brains and Beyond

The National Spelling Bee of 2023 started out like any other, but controversy enveloped the contest when Suzy Hamilton, an 8-year-old from Tulsa, emerged as the...

A Dive Into the Digital Deep
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A Dive Into the Digital Deep

When next winter's storms subside, a specialized ship will begin a slow crossing, lowering a skinny cable into its wake along a precisely prescribed path: the shortest...
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