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The recent leaks of U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs could inspire authoritarian governments in developing economies to boost NSA-style data collection programs, according to a recent report.
Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.
The probe sails through space, traveling the distance of the LA-to-Chicago red-eye in a minute.
It's taken almost a decade, but the courts have finally handed down a ruling on Google's audacious project to scan millions of books to build a book search engine.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab's Big Data Initiative recently announced two new activities aimed at improving the use and management of big data.
Facebook has developed Presto, a distributed SQL query engine optimized for running ad-hoc interactive analytic queries against data sources ranging in size from gigabytes to petabytes.
Researchers have developed a method for tuning the radio frequency in smartphones and other wireless devices that reduces costs and improves the performance of semiconductors used in defense, satellite, and commercial communications…
A U.K. museum's quest to get a 5.5-ton computer up and running is about more than preserving a piece of computing history; it's about understanding the constraints of programming a 50-year-old system.
The U.S. intelligence community is pushing a leap forward in facial recognition software that will enable it to determine better the identity of people through a variety of photographs, video, and other images.
Welcome to the age of supercomputing for everyone.
David Soloff is recruiting an army of "hyperdata" collectors.
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn said in a court filing that the U.S. government has offered them only a "heavily redacted version" of its response to the FISA Court with regards to the companies' request for…
Carnegie Mellon University has announced the Simon Initiative, which will publicly launch the world's largest student learning database to determine best practices and standards for the use of technology in the classroom.
Academia at New York University, the University of Washington, and the University of California, Berkeley are collaborating on the Sloan Foundation's five-year Digital Information Technology program to create a data science culture…
The Internet Engineering Task Force recently met to discuss concerns about recent reports of the U.S. National Security Agency undermining cryptographic software and standards.
Google X is responsible for some of Google's most literally fantastic projects: Google Glass, self-driving cars, gigantic inflatable balloons that beam Internet down to the disconnected.
In the wake of typhoon Haiyan, disaster relief teams are descending on the Philippines from all over the world, trying to aid the victims. Volunteers are mining social media to provide aid workers with real-time maps to show…
When Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started up in 2008, particle physicists would not have dreamt of asking for something bigger until they got their US$5-billion machine to work.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is developing an Intercloud Testbed to show how various types of cloud computing environments can combine and exchange data.
You've just tossed a jar of peanut butter in your grocery cart when your smartphone buzzes.
NASA's champion planet-hunter, which recently suffered a fatal breakdown, is now looking on the sunny side.
NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.
Apple addressed some complicated security issues before releasing iOS 7 in September, thanks to A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research.
A new three-dimensional video game developed by Ohio State University researchers should make it easier for stroke patients to receive constraint-induced movement therapy at home.
Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago are testing a game-based asthma application designed for teenagers. Young people seem to be responding well, says Giselle Mosnaim, co-principal investigator for the…
Ten million people affected. Half a million displaced. Ten thousand feared dead.
Trying to derive a person's wants and needs—conscious or otherwise—from online browsing and buying habits has become crucial to companies of all kinds.
To defend themselves against hackers, some of America's largest corporations have adopted shadowy tactics usually reserved for government spies.
Tony Fadell is the founder and chief executive of Nest, a company that is trying to bring a high-end technology experience to some of the most prosaic areas of the home.