TechRepublic Member | May 31, 2012
Editor's note Gina Smith looks at 10 patents awarded to Google, Microsoft, IBM and others that may give us a glimpse of future. Check out galleries below for more amazing tech patents. --Bill
10 wild new patents: The future of tech?
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Real-time BI for Faster Business Insight
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Wild computing devices from the late 1800s and early 1900s
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Fantastic folding laptop designs
Scenes from the Steampunk World's Fair 2012
The Steampunk World’s Fair was held May 18 - 20, 2012, in Piscataway, New Jersey. Take a look at some scenes from this year's event. View on site
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Scenes from WonderCon 2012
WonderCon 2012 was held in Anaheim, CA, on March 16-18. Take a look at the variety of costumes that were worn by attendees. View on site
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V-locity 3 Virtual Platform Disk Optimizer - 30 Day Trial (Condusiv Technologies)
Seven Keys to Success in Managing Your Business-Critical Cloud (Hewlett-Packard (HP))
Get Your Free Trial of Diskeeper 2011 - Server Edition (Condusiv Technologies)
Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher (Oracle)
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