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Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision For Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations
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Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision For Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations

A new patent application titled Planar Waveguide Apparatus with Diffraction Element(s) and System Employing Same sounds like a scientific snoozefest, but just also...

Why the Silk Road Trial Matters
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Why the Silk Road Trial Matters

Ross Ulbricht is finally getting his day in court, 15 months after plainclothes FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library...

The Leap Second Is About to Rattle the Internet. But There's a Plot to Kill It
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The Leap Second Is About to Rattle the Internet. But There's a Plot to Kill It

The Qantas Airways computers started crashing just after midnight.

A Cyberattack Has Caused Confirmed Physical Damage For the Second Time Ever
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A Cyberattack Has Caused Confirmed Physical Damage For the Second Time Ever

Amid all the noise the Sony hack generated over the holidays, a far more troubling cyber attack was largely lost in the chaos. Unless you follow security news closely...

Simple Pictures That State-of-the-Art AI Still Can't Recognize
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Simple Pictures That State-of-the-Art AI Still Can't Recognize

Look at these black and yellow bars and tell me what you see.

The Space Missions and Events We're Most Looking Forward to in 2015
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The Space Missions and Events We're Most Looking Forward to in 2015

This year will be another exciting one for space exploration.

This Year's 8 Smartest ­i Design Ideas
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This Year's 8 Smartest ­i Design Ideas

When your family gathered for the holidays this year, did you take note of the technology everyone was using?

Bots Now Outnumber Humans on the Web
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Bots Now Outnumber Humans on the Web

Diogo Mónica once wrote a short computer script that gave him a secret weapon in the war for San Francisco dinner reservations.

An Interface For Tracking Botnets That's Fit For a Sci-Fi Starship
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An Interface For Tracking Botnets That's Fit For a Sci-Fi Starship

What do you get when you ask a bunch of digital artists to dream up a state-of-the-art tool for fighting cybercrime?

A Googler's Quest to Teach Machines How to ­nderstand Emotions
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A Googler's Quest to Teach Machines How to ­nderstand Emotions

Quoc Le sees the world as a series of numbers.

Google Can Now Tell You're Not a Robot With Just One Click
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Google Can Now Tell You're Not a Robot With Just One Click

When Alan Turing first conceived of the Turing Test in 1947, he suggested that a computer program’s resemblance to a human mind could be gauged by making it answer...

What's Next For the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration
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What's Next For the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration

Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping.

How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap
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How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Staffers of Ross Perot have unearthed and restored a big chunk of ENIAC, the "Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer."

How Gravity Explains Why Time Never Runs Backward
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How Gravity Explains Why Time Never Runs Backward

We can't avoid the passing of time, even at the DMV, where time seems to come to a standstill.

Hackers Gather For Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim
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Hackers Gather For Cyberwar in an Intense 48-Hour Sim

Locked Shields is among the world's preeminent cyber attack simulations.

The ­npatchable Malware That Infects ­sbs Is Now on the Loose
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The ­npatchable Malware That Infects ­sbs Is Now on the Loose

It's been just two months since researcher Karsten Nohl demonstrated an attack he called BadUSB to a standing-room-only crowd at the Black Hat security conference...

The Man Who Will Build Google's Elusive Quantum Computer
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The Man Who Will Build Google's Elusive Quantum Computer

John Martinis is one of the world's foremost experts on quantum computing, a growing field of science that aims to process information at super high speeds using...

The Most Wanted Man in the World
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The Most Wanted Man in the World

The message arrives on my "clean machine," a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package.

Siri's Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask
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Siri's Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask

When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera.

Meet the Puzzle Mastermind Who Designs Def Con's Hackable Badges
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Meet the Puzzle Mastermind Who Designs Def Con's Hackable Badges

Def Con is one of the world's biggest hacker conventions, an annual gathering of security experts, cryptographers and at least a few people who could surreptitiously...
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