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Space station gets HAL-like computer

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A voice-operated computer assistant is set to be used in space for the first time on Monday – its operators hope it proves more reliable than "HAL", the treacherous speaking computer in the movie 2001.

Lawmakers Aim to Protect Public Broadband

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Fourteen U.S. states have passed laws limiting municipal broadband services, with large Internet providers lobbying against city-offered services. Two U.S. senators have jumped into a growing debate about whether cities should be allowed to create tax-funded broadband services, with the two introducing a bill that would prevent states from outlawing municipal broadband projects.

Smart home dream could be for all

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Smart homes in which a single button controls lighting, heating, security, music, film - everything digital - has long been promised, but has never quite delivered... until now?

Cars that run on overnight charge catch valley VC's eye

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With oil prices hitting new highs, venture capitalists are considering a kind of car you can plug into your home power outlet at night. And one person they'll be hearing from soon is Palo Alto's Felix Kramer.

New Software Changes Wireless Technology Functions on Demand

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Taking wireless technology to the next level, NASA is leading the way in the field of Software Defined Radio, or SDR, a wireless technology that gives an electronic device the ability to quickly and easily perform new functions on demand.

Boy hailed for air safety gadget

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A 12-year-old Scots schoolboy has been praised by airport bosses after inventing a gadget which could help prevent plane crashes by warning pilots of dangerous material lying on runways before they prepare to land. It wouldn't take a great deal of investment to install this in airports - Daryn's model was made for around £100.

Rodents May Be Partly to Blame for Outage

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New Zealand's largest telecommunications provider was checking Tuesday whether rats gnawing a cable were partly to blame for an outage that disrupted mobile phone and Internet services and shut down the country's Stock Exchange on Monday.

Perplexed consumers dial up tech 'geeks'

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"Help! Send a geek!"

That's the growing cry of technology shoppers across the USA as they grapple with increasingly complex computers and other consumer electronics.

Taking a trip down memory-chip lane

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Renewed interest in old-school computing is more than just a trip down memory-chip lane. Early computers are a part of our technological heritage, and also offer a unique perspective on how today's machines work.

Burners' Bummer

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New Software Guards CDs From Copiers, and the Mix Culture Doesn't Like It.

In a move that risks alienating a dwindling customer base, the major record labels are tightening up restrictions on CDs.

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