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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In
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How Real Is Spike Jonze's 'her'? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In

In Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated, futuristic film 'Her,' computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously,...

How You Might Be Tracked For Ads in a Post-Cookie World
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How You Might Be Tracked For Ads in a Post-Cookie World

The Web cookie may be dying, but that doesn’t mean it is the end of consumers being tracked online.

Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It
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Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It

Amazon.com knows you so well it wants to ship your next package before you order it.

What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You
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What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You

Fan Zhang, the owner of Happy Child, a trendy Asian restaurant in downtown Toronto, knows that 170 of his customers went clubbing in November.

Robotics Expert Warns Future 'is Coming Much Faster Than We Think'
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Robotics Expert Warns Future 'is Coming Much Faster Than We Think'

Robotic technology itself may not be as challenging as the emerging social, ethical, and economic issues, says one robotics expert.

Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'botnet'
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Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'botnet'

For months, investigators at Microsoft Corp. hunkered down in front of their computer monitors, patiently stalking the shadowy figures behind what the company says...

Inside a Twitter Robot Factory
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Inside a Twitter Robot Factory

One day last month, Jim Vidmar bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for $58 from an online vendor in Pakistan.

Body Sensors Measure Impact of Blasts on Soldiers
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Body Sensors Measure Impact of Blasts on Soldiers

Along with the heavy body armor and weapons they carry in the field, U.S. troops may soon be wearing another piece of equipment: a lightweight canvas pouch with...

The Brain's Crowdsourcing Software
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The Brain's Crowdsourcing Software

Neuroscientists are discovering how groups of cells in the human brain cooperate to produce certain results, in a manner similar to crowdsourcing software. 

Israel’s Idf Lures Female Recruits For Computer Corps
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Israel’s Idf Lures Female Recruits For Computer Corps

Israel's military is working to draw more women into its computer division. 

Wearable Gadgets Transform How Companies Do Business
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Wearable Gadgets Transform How Companies Do Business

Big companies are putting wearables to work.

Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking
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Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking

The end could be near for cookies, the tiny pieces of code that marketers deploy on Web browsers to track people's online movements, serve targeted advertising,...

First-of-Its-Kind Online Master's Draws Wave of Applicants
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First-of-Its-Kind Online Master's Draws Wave of Applicants

Since implementing a new low-cost online master's program in computer science based on MOOC technology, Georgia Tech has received almost twice as many applications...

Memo to Workers: The Boss Is Watching
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Memo to Workers: The Boss Is Watching

Dennis Gray suspected that workers in his pest-control company were spending too much time on personal issues during the workday.

Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security
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Huawei Executive Talks About Cyber Security

As the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, Huawei plays a part in the technology industry's efforts to ensure network security...

An Early Report Card on Massive Open Online Courses
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An Early Report Card on Massive Open Online Courses

Massive open online courses could help transform education, but face challenges to realizing their full potential. 

In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?
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In Digital Era, What Does 'watching Tv' Even Mean?

We spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television.

When Google Brainstorms, Online World Shudders
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When Google Brainstorms, Online World Shudders

Is Google about to do to online privacy what body scanners did to airline travelers?

Utilities Try to Learn From Smart Meters
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Utilities Try to Learn From Smart Meters

Utilities have installed more than 60 million smart meters in North America in the past decade.

Say Goodbye to the Password
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Say Goodbye to the Password

Here's the fundamental problem with passwords: They are most effective in protecting a company when they are long, complicated and changed frequently. In other...
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