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Google recently held a private technology gathering for innovators, and plans to share some of the discussions and related materials through the Web site WeSolveForX.com.
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a technique that combines GPUs and CPUs on a single chip, boosting processor performance by an average of more than 20 percent.
Imagine a scenario where your next job interview isn't face-to-face, but face-to-screen. There are no questions about your former work experience and office habits. There's simply a computer game.
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a computer made entirely from biomolecules that can decipher images encrypted onto DNA chips.
After logging in to the bank's real site, account holders are being tricked by the offer of training in a new "upgraded security system."
Juergen Steimle, working with developer Mo Khalilbeigi and his team at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, has developed a range of foldable displays that support novel user interactions.
On his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, Sam Brown was set on fire by an improvised explosive device. He survived, only to find himself, like thousands of other vets, doomed to a post-traumatic life of unbearable pain. Even…
Bernardo Huberman and colleagues at Hewlett-Packard's Social Computing Lab have developed an algorithm that can predict how popular new stories will become.
Astonishing conductivity helped the discoverers of graphene win the Nobel prize in physicsin 2010. Now a way to switch off the easy flow of electrons in this wonder form of carbon is bringing superfast graphene computers closer…
Sam Ramji met AT&T chief technology officer John Donovan on a speed date—or at least the tech world equivalent of a speed date.
New technologies will be the key to dealing with the coming flood of digital data, says HP Labs director Prith Banerjee.
European activists are taking a page from the recent U.S. Web protests to halt the progress of domestic antipiracy legislation, and applying similar pressure to stop the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
There are lot of hard jobs at Microsoft. But Sam Moreau just might have the hardest of all. Or at least the most harrowing. Over the past five years, he's taken on the tiny task of redesigning the operating system used by like…
Internet technology veteran David Farber projects that within a decade, computers will be outfitted with optical connections rather than pins for networking, and routers will be swamped by the sheer volume of transmitted data…
Stephen Wolfram, a 52-year-old scientist, software designer and entrepreneur, tends to go his own way—often with noteworthy results.
That next tweet you receive on Twitter may not be from a person but from a social bot, a tiny program designed to mimic real users and influence their behavior.
Days after buying his Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Nexus smartphone from Verizon Wireless, David Jacobs found himself switching off the fourth-generation broadband connection that had drawn him to the $300 device in the first…
Researchers from security vendor Symantec have identified a new premium-rate SMS Android Trojan horse that modifies its code every time it gets downloaded in order to bypass antivirus detection.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that starting next year members will be able to vote for the Oscars using electronic ballots instead of the existing vote-by-mail system. However, many computer…
Data routinely gathered in Web logs, such as IP address, cookies, operating systems, browser type, and user-agent strings can threaten online privacy because they can be used to identify the activity of individual machines, according…
University of Ljubljana researchers say they have developed an algorithm that can detect virtual communities better than existing state-of-the-art algorithms.
Although many AI researchers have adopted the idea that true intelligence requires a body, known as embodiment, a growing group of researchers, led by the University of Zurich's Rolf Pfeifer, say the notion of intelligence makes…
Several large companies that fund software research on university campuses are engaged in open source research in the hope of drawing a thriving developer community.
Late this January, some 75,000 people around the planet sat in front of their computers and pondered how to make anagrams from a bowl of alphabet soup.
If you have ever called your bank, your phone company or even your own office and slammed head-on into a voicemail system that has made you want to scream, this story is for you.
Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope linking four telescopes in Chile, so that they operate as a single device.
Researchers evaluating tweets found that Twitter users liked just 36 percent of the tweets they received and disliked 25 percent.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is heading for a comet.
University of Illinois researchers recently examined the benefit of matching passenger risk with security assets and found that intensive screening of all airline passengers makes the system less secure by overtaxing security…
A European Union consortium known as ALMA is developing a tool chain based on open source software designed to simplify the development of software for embedded multicore processors.