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BlackBerry slices off juiciest bits, bottles them in ‘Tech Solutions’
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BBM doesn’t make the cut, but does at least go GA on Windows Phone BlackBerry has sliced off its juiciest bits and will preserve them in a new unit called “BlackBerry Technology Solutions” (BTS) that it hopes will deliver a jolt of growth.…

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DARPA wants future tanks to use technology in place of armor
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Tanks and other land-based fighting vehicles are typically fitted with layers upon layers of armor for protection, but they move real slow as a result. Since more advanced weapons are being developed to punch holes through thick plating anyway, DARPA…

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No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever
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Dystopian fiction is a warning, and if it makes people pay attention, then good—that’s the point. People shouldn’t fear technology, but they sure as hell better consider its effects.

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A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it
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We’ve all had this first-world problem, but USB is still leagues better than what came before. Sheepfilms Like all technology, USB has evolved over time. Despite being a “Universal” Serial Bus, in its 18-or-so years on the market it has spawned multiple versions with different connection speeds and many, many types of cables. The USB […]

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Scott Sanchez on OpenStack: Shifting a Mindset
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OpenStack, which turned 4 years old this summer, began as a twinkle in Scott Sanchez’s eyes. He was determined to turn the fledgling Infrastructure as a Service platform he helped create into a thriving resource for public and private clouds. OpenStack is an open source project. Its technology consists of a series of interrelated projects […]

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Stop Writing Dystopian Sci-Fi—It’s Making Us All Fear Technology
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But for their capacity to change the way people think and feel about technology, the stories we tell ourselves can save us—if we can just escape the cool veneer of our dystopian house of horrors.

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How Verizon lets its copper network decay to force phone customers onto fiber
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Aurich Lawson The shift from copper landlines to fiber-based voice networks is continuing apace, and no one wants it to happen faster than Verizon. Internet users nationwide are clamoring for fiber, as well, hoping it can free them from slower DSL service or the dreaded cable companies. But not everyone wants fiber, because, when it comes […]

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Microsoft Gets the Jitters Out of Time-Lapse Video
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Microsoft has some good news for action-cam fans who like to capture their outdoor adventures in video. It’s found a way to bring time-lapse photography to first-person video footage. Called “Hyperlapse,” the technology can shrink hours of video into minutes without the jitter, shake and artifacts previously associated with the time-lapse process. That can be […]

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We Need to Reform Our Drone Policies (But This Isn’t About Privacy)
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Like crossbows, longbows and bombers before them, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), referred to more colloquially as “drones,” are often viewed as a disruptive technology. The facts about the advantages and disadvantages of drones are incredibly nuanced, but at the end of the day, drones are tools that are here to stay.

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