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Communications Archive

  • A Vaccine for Your Phone

    Your home and office computers are probably protected by antivirus programs and firewalls. But what about your new cell phone?

  • Playing Politics in Alphaville

    Disputed elections. Candidate mudslinging. Palm Beach voting irregularities. What happens when our online communities mirror reality too closely?

  • TiVo

    How digital video recorders like TiVo let viewers watch what they want, when they want.

  • Quiet Landing

    John-Paul Clarke’s new procedure could help reduce the noise from landing airplanes and bring relief to millions.

  • Five Killer Patents

    TR’s short list of 2003 U.S. patents with the potential to transform fields from security to cancer diagnostics. Plus: The 2004 TR Patent Scorecard.

  • Letters

    Insights and opinions from our readers

  • Communicating in Crisis

    New technologies could help avoid breakdowns like those of September 11.

  • Look, Listen, Walk

    “Augmented reality” researchers are using location-aware handhelds to change the way we experience the world around us.

  • A Flare for Prediction

    Magnetic storms touched off by the sun disrupt communications on earth, but John Foster’s research at Haystack Observatory will help mitigate those effects in the future.

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