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A decision on Tuesday by the European Union’s highest court, striking down an agreement between the E.U. and the United States that allows companies like Facebook and Google to store the personal data of European users on servers…
Last Thursday, John Legere, the C.E.O. of T-Mobile, joined the ranks of the dozens of chief executives who, in the past few years, have had to inform their customers that their personal information has been stolen.
In the recent surge of electronic building toys, my early favorite was LittleBits. The individual pieces each have a specific job, and they magnetically interlock to create little linear machines.
The new movie "Steve Jobs" provides yet another take on the well known business celebrity. Thomas Streeter, professor of sociology at the University of Vermont, explores why in a new paper published in the International Journal…
Our universe is actually really simple, it's just our cosmological theories that are getting needlessly complex, argues one of the world's leading theoretical physicists.
Landing in U.S. theaters last week, Ridley Scott's The Martian is being acclaimed as one of the most realistic portrayals of human space exploration ever filmed.
Secret code is everywhere—in elevators, airplanes, medical devices.
A ruling the Europe Union’s highest court yesterday may create enormous headaches for US tech companies like Google and Facebook.
When Navy flyboy Tom Cruise got too close for missiles and switched to guns in the spring of 1986, what seemed like an entire nation got up to follow him.
The next time you're thinking of throwing away a used boarding pass with a barcode on it, consider tossing the boarding pass into a document shredder instead.
It was a bit of a surprise when the Rosetta probe, after a decade of travel around the Sun, approached the comet and sent the first decently resolved pictures of it back to Earth.
Apple has long touted the power and design of its devices, but recently the world's most valuable company has been emphasizing another feature: privacy.
If you want to understand the potential of 3D Touch, the new of method of tapping and pressing on the screens of the latest iPhones, forget about the marketing lingo.
Chris Strasburg discusses his role as computer protection program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.
In 1970, Life magazine published an article about a Stanford University research project that had resulted in the construction of what it called the first-ever "electronic person."
The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.
Readers and astrophysicists alike praised Andy Weir's The Martian for a fact-first approach to the sci-fi disaster model.
Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications.
On brains and bytes.
Online science education needs a new revolution.
The ability to adjust to various technical and business disruptions has been essential to IBM's success during the past century.
Reflections on the past to inform the future.
The demand for CS teachers is growing. Now we have to figure out how to increase the supply.
The potential for a Sino-American cyber arms control agreement is intriguing, despite three very troubling flaws.
Weighing in on the most consequential changes anticipated in the workplace.
On Tuesday, when Max Schrems won a landmark privacy case …
A new study from the team behind NASA's Mars Science …
When Emad Eskandar talks about one of his neurosurgery patients …