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DARPA Has Seen the Future of Computing … And It's Analog
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DARPA Has Seen the Future of Computing … And It's Analog

By definition, a computer is a machine that processes and stores data as ones and zeroes. But the U.S. Department of Defense wants to tear up that definition and...

An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market
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An Empire Strikes Back: Intel Muscles Into the Mobile Market

Some of the biggest bets in the computing industry were made on the fifth floor of Intel's Robert Noyce Building, on the northeast corner of the chip giant's main...

Google's Dremel Makes Big Data Look Small
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Google's Dremel Makes Big Data Look Small

Mike Olson runs a company that specializes in the world’s hottest software. He's the CEO ofCloudera, a Silicon Valley startup that deals in Hadoop, an open source...

Nasa Pulls Off 350-Million-Mile Software Patch
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Nasa Pulls Off 350-Million-Mile Software Patch

If you think it's tough to keep your computer or smartphone's software updated, try keeping a space robot updated from 350 million miles away.

Martian Computing Is Light on Ram, Heavy on Radiation Shielding
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Martian Computing Is Light on Ram, Heavy on Radiation Shielding

NASA's Curiosity Rover has had a historic week on the surface of Mars, executing a flawless landing on the Red Planet and firing up for its mission. But under the...

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking
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How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed.

Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'
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Google Remakes Online Empire With 'Colossus'

More than a decade ago, Google built a new foundation for its search engine.

What Nasa's Next Mars Rover Will Discover
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What Nasa's Next Mars Rover Will Discover

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is on its way. In a little more than a month, the 1-ton rover, whichlaunched in November, will descend to the Martian surface.

­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes
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­.s. Needs Another 600 Humans to Fly Its Robot Planes

The Pentagon doesn't have nearly enough people to operate its growing fleet of flying robots. Right now, the U.S. Air Force is short nearly 600 drone pilots and...

'siri, Kill That Guy': Drones Might Get Voice Controls
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'siri, Kill That Guy': Drones Might Get Voice Controls

Future U.S. Air Force drone operators could talk to a drone and receive a verbal response, similar to the Siri-style two-way voice exchange.  

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet
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Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.

Israel's Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft
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Israel's Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft

While many of the boys in Idan Yahya's high school class were buffing up and preparing themselves for selection into elite combat units, this gawky teenager was...

Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center
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Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center

Unlike Google, Facebook believes the wimps have a future in the data center. As variousacademics and free-thinking startups seek to reinvent the server using ultra...

Intel Chefs Bake Wifi Into Mobile Chips
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Intel Chefs Bake Wifi Into Mobile Chips

Researchers at Intel have come up with a way to make WiFi faster and more energy efficient.

Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion
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Darpa Dodges Obama Budget Death Ray, Keeps Its $2.8 Billion

For most of the U.S. military's far-flung community of scientists and engineers, Monday was a day to pop a Xanax.

Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit
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Api: Three Letters That Change Life, the ­niverse, and Even Detroit

Sam Ramji met AT&T chief technology officer John Donovan on a speed date—or at least the tech world equivalent of a speed date.

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How the View From a Comet Might Look

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is heading for a comet.

Marines Want iPads to Control Robo-Copter Brains
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Marines Want iPads to Control Robo-Copter Brains

It's been less than a month since the Marines flew their first robotic supply helicopter on its debut combat mission in Afghanistan.

Risky Rescue for Crippled Air Force Satellite
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Risky Rescue for Crippled Air Force Satellite

It was an epic space rescue that, in audacity and risk, echoed NASA's campaign to save the astronauts aboard the doomed Apollo 13 moon mission.

Amazon Builds World's Fastest Nonexistent Supercomputer
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Amazon Builds World's Fastest Nonexistent Supercomputer

The 42nd fastest supercomputer on earth doesn’t exist.
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