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The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.5 million grant to University of California, Berkeley robotics researchers Ken Goldberg and Pieter Abbeel and colleagues from four other universities to pursue research into…
The World Wide Web Consortium is mapping out enhancements for future versions of its HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications, which it recently declared "feature-complete."
Samsung Electronics is a company at the top of its game, having become the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer in the last year.
As the head of Windows product development at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green is responsible for a piece of software used by some 1.3 billion people worldwide.
Is it a bird, a plane, or a speeding car?
Swirling with lunacy and paranoia, the theories warn of mayhem and cataclysm.
There are times when I wonder why so many scientists are spending so much time trying to recreate something as fickle and full of fogginess as the human brain.
Joseph Schlesinger, an engineer living near Boston, thinks robotic toys are too expensive, the result of extravagant designs, expensive components and a poor understanding of consumer tastes.
Intel researchers have developed a touch-sensitive steering wheel that enables drivers to call up information that is displayed on the windshield.
A new generation of machines that learn, adapt, sense, and experience the world as humans do through the five basic senses is one of the technologies highlighted in IBM researchers' annual report on the five biggest technologies…
The Tor Project, which was created 10 years ago to hide the online activity of dissidents in countries that censor the Internet, has recently seen its popularity grow in the United States and Europe because of concerns over Internet…
INSEAD professor Philip M. Parker has patented a system that algorithmically compiles data into book form.
Intel researchers recently offered predictions on how workers and workplaces will change over the next 10 to 20 years. "Most people work 9-to-5 jobs, are self employed or employed by one company but not both, and most have colleagues…
What if a computer could let us "feel" the texture of a fabric before we buy clothes online? Or gives us a whiff—or even a taste—of a meal we're thinking of preparing?
Earlier this month, Google shared a fascinating statistic. The number of items in the company's Knowledge Graph—its database of people, places, and things, and the connections between them—had tripled in size over its first seven…
After years of being wallflowers at Silicon Valley's hottest tech conferences and Sean Parker's after-parties, enterprise technology firms are now part of the "in" crowd.
Anne Kelly Knowles loves places where history happened.
There's a curious quirk on every official North Korean Website: a piece of programming that must be included in each page's code.
Online identity and technology companies are collaborating to test whether consumers would trust a single, highly secure user-password combination for all of their online accounts.
University of Tokyo researchers have developed Kenshiro, a human-like musculoskelatal robot whose underlying structure closely mimics the human form.
The standards organization Open Group has created a standard for modeling security dependencies. The "Dependency Modeling Standard" will enable the military and other enterprises to model their reliance on technology, services…
When the Israeli army and Hamas trade virtual blows in cyberspace, or when hacker groups like Anonymous rise from the digital ether, or when WikiLeaks dumps a trove of classified documents, some see a lawless Internet.
The world is producing and storing data at such a rate that the day isn't far off when we will literally no longer have a proper way of describing it.
U.S. researchers say they have developed a robotic arm directly controlled by brain impulses that is superior to other robotic limbs in mimicking the fluidity and control of the human arm.
University of New South Wales professor Andrew Dzurak predicts that commercially available quantum computing will in arrive two decades, while demonstrations of complex modeling via quantum computing will emerge within 10 years…
University of Delaware researchers are developing power sources for flexible, stretchable electronics, which could find applications in biomedical, wearable, portable, and sensory devices.
Carnegie Mellon University robotics researchers have developed an algorithm that uses crowdsourcing to detect where people's gazes intersect. The researchers say the algorithm could be used by robots to evaluate social cues.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed Caesar, a computer system designed to provide students with feedback on their homework assignments and create more interaction between students, teachers, and alumni…
UCLA researchers have developed iTube, a lightweight device that attaches to a cell phone to detect allergens in food samples. iTube uses the cell phone's built-in camera and a smartphone application to run a laboratory-level…
The Internet needs to be transformed from a network that emphasizes where data is located to one that focuses on the nature of the data itself, according to former Palo Alto Research Center research fellow Van Jacobson.