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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses
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Cybercriminals Are Misappropriating Businesses' Web Addresses

Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days.

Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World
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Chip Makers Push New Senses For Smartphones–mobile World

Smartphones are about to get smarter, chip makers say, exploiting technologies that recognize people, objects and sounds to boost security and take helpful actions...

Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots
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Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier, and often better...

What Clever Robots Mean For Jobs
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What Clever Robots Mean For Jobs

For a long time economists maintained that new technology would not result in a net loss of jobs, but some economists now think the situation is more nuanced than...

White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist
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White House Names Nation's First Chief Data Scientist

Taking a page from Silicon Valley's playbook, the White House said on Wednesday it had appointed the nation's first chief data scientist.

Apple Gears ­p to Challenge Tesla in Electronic Cars
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Apple Gears ­p to Challenge Tesla in Electronic Cars

Apple reportedly has several hundred of its employees working on a project to create a new Apple-branded electric vehicle. 

Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot
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Raspberry Pi 2 Review: A $35 Computer Can Do a Heck of a Lot

Our computers have become too easy to use.

In Image-Guided Operating Suites, Surgeons See Real-Time Mri, Ct Scans
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In Image-Guided Operating Suites, Surgeons See Real-Time Mri, Ct Scans

Surgeons sometimes fly blind when operating on hard-to-reach anatomical parts or hard-to-see conditions.

In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'
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In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting 'aibo'

Yahui and Tatsuo Matsui met because of their dogs, Ai and Doggy.

J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries
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J. Craig Venter on Dna and Life's Mysteries

J. Craig Venter is in the life business.

The Technology that ­nmasks Your Hidden Emotion
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The Technology that ­nmasks Your Hidden Emotion

Paul Ekman, perhaps the world's most famous face reader, fears he has created a monster.

Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's ­nder Debate
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Time to Change Global Clock Management? It's ­nder Debate

Does anybody really know what time it is?

IBM Wins Most Patents—again—but Google and Apple Climb in Rankings
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IBM Wins Most Patents—again—but Google and Apple Climb in Rankings

There was little change among the largest recipients of U.S. patents in 2014. But two big Silicon Valley names—Google and Apple—continued climbing the charts.

'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns
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'Internet of Things' Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns

By 2015, the world will have 25 billion smart thermostats, fitness bands, and other Internet-connected, data-spewing devices, according to the Federal Trade Commission...

Google Seeks Partners For Self-Driving Car
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Google Seeks Partners For Self-Driving Car

Google is seeking auto industry partners in its efforts to produce a fully autonomous car.

Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked
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Sony Made It Easy, but Any of ­S Could Get Hacked

Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many...

Artificial Intelligence Isn't a Threat – Yet
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Artificial Intelligence Isn't a Threat – Yet

New York University professor Gary Marcus says "superintelligent" machines are unlikely to arrive soon, but we already place a great deal of power in the hands...

Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the ­ber of X
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Trends to Watch in 2015: From Algorithmic Accountability to the ­ber of X

Year-end technology prediction lists can be dull fodder devoted to pie-in-the-sky concepts, outlandish marketing claims or rehashes of familiar trends.

Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff
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Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff

Smartphone makers' use of technology to encrypt their devices has provoked a standoff with the U.S. government, which sees such measures as impeding law enforcement...

Survey: ­.s. Adults Feel They Are Losing Control of Their Data
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Survey: ­.s. Adults Feel They Are Losing Control of Their Data

Adults living in the U.S. overwhelmingly believe that the government and private companies are violating their privacy, a new survey found.
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