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Communications Archive

  • Digital Sketch Pad

    Software recognizes and interpret shapes sketched on a tablet computer, enabling designers to bypass paper.

  • Great Balls of Fire

    New software simulates the complex physics of combustion to produce convincing animations of flame and smoke.

  • False Hope for Stopping Spam

    Sure, there’s a new federal law, and e-mail filtering tools are getting better. But a growing alliance between spammers, hackers, and organized crime bodes poorly for the future of e-mail.

  • Walk the Talk

    Al Gross’s 1938 invention of the walkie-talkie launched mobile communications.

  • Letters

    Insights and opinions from our readers

  • From the Rooftop of the World

    Michael Hawley’s record-breaking photographic book on Bhutan is raising money for schools in the Himalayan kingdom.

  • Cleaning Your Windows

    If you’re stuck in the rut of the default settings that Microsoft applies to its software, you’re missing out: Here’s as guide to customizing your system to strip away annoying “features” and enhance usability.

  • The Smart Phone Moves Up a Grade

    PalmOne scores with the Treo 600: a powerful PDA that looks (and is marketed like) a cell phone. But software glitches mar its performance.

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