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Computing Archive

  • TagYoure It

    From baggage to tires to beer, industry is rapidly embracing RFID as the ultimate tracking technology. Can reality match the hyped expectations?

  • Broadband Power Surge

    Electric utilities are beginning to offer Internet service. But some see static in the plans.

  • Bombay Awakes!

    Immigration, global capitalism, and new media technologies are opening Western markets to Indian movies and music.

  • Digital Image Sensor

    How the latest digital-camera sensors create sharper color photographs.

  • Hearing Steps

    An unobtrusive, brick-sized box analyzes the footstep patterns of the elderly to detect when they have fallen and to give early warning of certain diseases.

  • Cheaper Radio Tags

    3M is developing nonsilicon radio-frequency identification chips that could be cheaply integrated into shampoo bottles, soup cans, and other products.

  • Spinning a (Silk) Yarn

    Who needs spiders? An arachnoid-mimicking device turns out strong, light, flexible fibers.

  • Nanotech Briefs

    …and other key developments in the technology and business of the ultra-tiny.

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