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Type "Hello" To Amy, Your Plucky Digital Personal Assistant

Your friends won't know she's a robot, but you will save tons of time. The question is: when to fess up that "she" is not real.

9 Video Games for Grown Ups

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Not all video games are blood and gore. This list will introduce you the nuanced, mature side of the art form. 
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Varsity Video Gamers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Meet the first ever team of 'e-athletes' playing video games on a college scholarship. 
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Video Games Meet Middle Age Emotions

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Less blood and guts, more heart and soul. The first generation of video gamers are facing middle age with no plans to put down the controller. So the games are growing up too. 
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This Woman Saves Lives in Her Pajamas

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A new cadre of emergency volunteers is leaping into action to assist in disaster relief, often without ever leaving their living rooms, or even their bathrobes.
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Bill Binney and Ladar Levison Talk Cryptography

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Just how paranoid do we need to be of NSA spying? And what can we do about it? These guys know the threat first hand. 
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The Other Ed Snowdens

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ladar Levison and William Binney each paid the price for a moral stand against the U.S. government. And your digital privacy is slightly better for it. 
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Containing Disease Like They Did in This Video Game

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Governments need to be able to predict how outbreaks spread and grow. But that's not so easy. Here's how one bizarre and totally accidental video game incident made the modeling smarter.
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She'd Pay Anything to Go to Space

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lina Borozdina took out a second mortgage. Anousheh Ansari forewent motherhood. All either of them wanted was to see earth from above, and the way they tell it, it's worth the sacrifice.
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How Twitter Has Changed Nonfiction

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Harvested properly, social media status updates are a narrative gold mine for writers. Here are the clever tricks Nick Bilton used when writing the book about Twitter. 
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How the Techies Parent

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Parenting in world of screens means tough choices with no right answers. So we asked techies -- the people who design our apps and devices -- what rules they set for their own kids. 
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Robots at War

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

We have the war machines, but the laws of modern warfare aren't written in computer code. How can robots programmed to fight also carry out war in a more humane way?
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Why Live Music Won't Be Live For Long

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Is your favorite band really playing live when you go see them? Not so much. This isn't about Milli Vanilli. It's about something artists love called backing tracks.
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What Reading on Screens Does to Our Brains

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How should you read? Paper or screen? Your brain wants to choose one. Switching back and forth may not be effective. That is, unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain. 
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The View from Inside the Glass Cube

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We asked ex-Apple employees what they think of iPhone hype, product launch mania, and you.
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Ana and Mia: How Eating Disorders Evolved Online

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

This is the story of one lonely young girl who used the Internet to get better at starving herself behind her family's back, and the online moment that changed her course to recovery. 
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How to Be Smarter than Facebook

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Habits are powerful. Tech companies know that when they build you new gadgets and websites. But if you are wise to their tactics, you can drive your habits, not them.
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Learning To Code and Losing My Mind (Reprise)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Computer coding isn't for everybody. But we should all take at least a peek inside the computers and devices that power our lives. It's empowering.
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Me and My Girlfriend Texted Only in Emoji for a Month

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As one couple found out, visual texting is surprisingly good for emotional expression.
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The Way Colleges Teach Computer Science Hurts Women

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The ratio of women to men in tech is appalling. But it's not hopeless. One thing that works: quashing "the macho effect" in college. 

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Knowing Your N@ighbor, Hacking Your Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It’s not always so easy to make friends with your neighbors. Can technology help? 

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