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August 27th, 2012 at 10:34 am

Are we ready for driverless cars?

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Governor Jerry Brown of California will most likely sign off soon on the proposed bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  It has been characterized by the Obama administration and its other supporters as an effective way to reduce highway congestion. These costs amount to more than $100 billion annually in wasted time and higher fuel expenses.



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August 24th, 2012 at 10:47 am

Top 10 most influential gadgets ever

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Technology is all about standing on the shoulders of giants, with companies taking and refining each others’ ideas.  But which technologies were truly transformative, blazing trails that the rest of the tech industry would soon follow?



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July 13th, 2012 at 10:06 am

Physicists invent ‘Spintronic’ LED

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What amazing new devices will utilize this invention?

University of Utah physicists invented a new “spintronic” organic light-emitting diode or OLED that promises to be brighter, cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the kinds of LEDs now used in television and computer displays, lighting, traffic lights and numerous electronic devices…
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July 6th, 2012 at 9:36 am

Automate or perish – has it come to this?

Robots made by Kiva Systems move product shelves on a warehouse floor.

Author and entrepreneur Christopher Steiner tells the story of stockbroker Thomas Peterffy, the creator of the first automated Wall Street trading system in the new book due next month, Automate This. Using a computer to execute trades, without humans entering them manually on a keyboard, was controversial in 1987—so controversial that Nasdaq pressured him to unplug from its network. Then, with a wink, Peterffy built an automated machine that could tap out the trades on a traditional keyboard—technically obeying Nasdaq rules. Peterffy made $25 million in 1987 and is now a billionaire.

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July 3rd, 2012 at 8:43 am

How an unemployed programmer kept sneaking into Apple to complete the job



When  an Apple programmer’s project got canceled, he wasn’t worried.  Ron Avitzur just kept sneaking into the office until the program was finished.

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May 29th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Leap Motion’s gesture-control module to compete with Microsoft Kinect for Windows

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A new rival is bringing some serious competition to Microsoft when it comes to bringing motion controls to desktop and laptop computers. Leap Motion has just launched a gesture-control device that may not be as powerful as Kinect for Windows, but is definitely cheaper.

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April 10th, 2012 at 10:43 am

New computer programming languages to watch

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Programming is about building a better mousetrap.

There are at least a dozen up-and-coming computer programming  languages vying to become the next C++ or Java today.

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March 20th, 2012 at 11:34 am

Your new tv could be watching you

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Samsung’s latest sets feature built-in HD cameras, microphone sets and face and speech recognition software.

Top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs by Samsung offer new features never before available within a television including a built-in, internally wired HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition. These new features give you unprecedented control over your HDTV, but the devices themselves are more similar than ever to a personal computer and may allow hackers or even Samsung to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data.

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March 17th, 2012 at 10:35 am

5 cool Lego inventions that really work



We’ve seen some pretty awesome Lego creations in the past, including a Volkswagen van, Angry Birds, and even the heart of the Large Hadron Collider. But what about Lego inventions that actually work? Here are some of our favorite, fully functional Lego creations. (pics and videos)

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January 11th, 2012 at 11:22 am

Less than one third of Americans will buy a new TV in 2012


3D technology hasn’t saved TV.

People are watching less broadcast and cable TV, according to a survey from Accenture. Less than a third intend to buy a new TV in 2012. Smartphones, tablets and computers are eroding traditional TV viewing — bad news for TV manufacturers and traditional content providers.

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November 28th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Fun-Vii: Toyota’s futuristic concept car a giant ‘smartphone on four wheels’


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A futuristic concept car resembling a giant smartphone was unveiled by Toyota’s president to demonstrate how Japan’s top automaker is trying to take the lead in technology at the upcoming Tokyo auto show.


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November 27th, 2011 at 10:47 am

Virtual schools growing, critics question effectiveness to educate children

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A virtual school delivers lessons online to a child who progresses at her own pace.

K12 Inc.. a Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight.


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