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A New Secret Weapon For Electronics Shoppers
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A New Secret Weapon For Electronics Shoppers

There was a time not so long ago that buying a car was one of the worst shopping experiences. As you drove off the dealer's lot, you couldn't escape the feeling...

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Pentagon Fast-Tracks Hacker Research

The Pentagon has long had a love-hate relationship with computer hackers: On the outside, they can infiltrate vulnerable defense networks. On the inside, they...

A High-Stakes Search Continues for Silicon's Successor
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A High-Stakes Search Continues for Silicon's Successor

In a cluttered chip-making laboratory on Stanford's campus, Max Shulaker is producing the world's smallest computer circuits by hand.

New Efforts to Extend Moore's Law
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New Efforts to Extend Moore's Law

Continually needing to add computing power to its microprocessors, Santa Clara behemoth Intel this year announced it was venturing beyond its traditional method...

Facebook Auditions Kid Hackers with All-Night Codefest
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Facebook Auditions Kid Hackers with All-Night Codefest

"Yes! We have elegance!" says a student from the University of Waterloo. Then he pauses, and his shoulders slump.

Everything You Need to Know About Carrieriq
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Everything You Need to Know About Carrieriq

"Carrier IQ" is a company that sells software to wireless companies that reports how well networks are performing in real-time, by sending performance data from...

Gchq Aims to Recruit Computer Hackers with Code-Cracking Web Site
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Gchq Aims to Recruit Computer Hackers with Code-Cracking Web Site

Government intelligence service targets "self-taught" hackers with cryptic Web site that features no obvious branding.

The Search For Analysts to Make Sense of 'big Data'
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The Search For Analysts to Make Sense of 'big Data'

Businesses keep vast troves of data about things like online shopping behavior, or millions of changes in weather patterns, or trillions of financial transactions—information...

Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns
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Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns

Here in this once-thriving town of furniture makers and textile mills, where Main Street businesses have vanished, nearby fast-food joints have closed and unemployment...

Patent Office Highlights Jobs's Innovations
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Patent Office Highlights Jobs's Innovations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., recently unveiled an exhibit of 30 giant iPhone-like models honoring the inventions of the late...

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How Games Are Driving a Mobile Graphics Revolution

The needs of players are helping to push advances from chip makers like Qualcomm and Nvidia.

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The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time

The data revolution has turned customers into unwitting business consultants, as our purchases and searches are tracked to improve everything from Web sites to...

Did an Illinois Water ­tility Come ­nder Cyberattack?
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Did an Illinois Water ­tility Come ­nder Cyberattack?

And why was it connected to the Internet, anyway?

Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011
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Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011

 Colleagues recall the creator of C and codeveloper Unix, an unassuming but brilliant man who enjoyed playing practical jokes on his coworkers.

CSEdWeek Takes Hold
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CSEdWeek Takes Hold

Groups in more than 130 countries will participate in Computer Science Education Week this year.

Activism Vs. Slacktivism
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Activism Vs. Slacktivism

Today's activists are highly plugged into social media, mobile apps, and other digital tools. But does this make a difference where it matters most?

The Rise of Molecular Machines
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The Rise of Molecular Machines

The field of molecular computing is achieving new levels of control over biochemical processes and fostering sophisticated connections between computer science...

Georgia Tech Helps to Develop System That Will Detect Insider Threats From Massive Data Sets
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Georgia Tech Helps to Develop System That Will Detect Insider Threats From Massive Data Sets

Researchers at DARPA, the Army Research Office, and Georgia Tech are developing new approaches for identifying insider threats before a data breach occurs. 

Study Reveals Resistance to Strong Password Security
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Study Reveals Resistance to Strong Password Security

One would think that improving the security of your computer against intruders would be universally acceptable. However, an overwhelming number of users in a new...

Google's Lab of Wildest Dreams
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Google's Lab of Wildest Dreams

Google X is a top-secret lab where Google researchers are focusing on 100 blue-sky concepts, including reportedly the U.S. manufacture of driverless cars, space...
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