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Carnegie Mellon University researcher Fred Stutzman has developed productivity apps designed to maintain workers' focus on tasks and prevent them from being distracted by the Web and social media.
Larry Page is surrounded.
If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from "Star Trek," don’t worry.
It is called an advanced persistent threat, and if it sounds like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, that's because it pretty much is.
Cornell research on Facebook users' behavior demonstrates that people base decisions on the variety of social contexts rather than on the number of requests received.
Wall Street JournalSome companies on the cutting edge of technology are combining data streaming with advanced data-analytics methods that let them tie information they already possess to what is happening now. This promises…
A draft law supported by the Civil Liberties Committee would criminalize the hacking of information technology systems and carry a minimum prison sentence of two years throughout the European Union.
The Tor Project is a free network run by volunteers that hides users locations and usage from surveillance and traffic analysis.
Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool.
Astronomers have released a picture containing more than one billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
In her black robe and strand of white pearls, Lucy Koh projects the serious, deliberate demeanor befitting a U.S. District Court judge.
Critics of ICANN's plan to create hundreds of new generic top-level domains are likely going to continue closely monitoring the organization now that it is clear that they have been unable to stop or delay the gTLD program.
A team at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia has developed a high-performance wall for visualizing and interacting with objects in 3D.
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, working with the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation and TopCoder, recently launched PatentLabeling2, the second in a series of phased innovation competitions aimed at modernizing…
When Maria Klawe became president of Harvey Mudd College in 2006, she was dismayed— but not surprised—at how few women were majoring in computer science.
Jeffrey Bigham's research uses Web-based applications and crowdsourcing to help people with disabilities in near real-time. Is it any surprise he won a NSF Career Award?
To join Facebook or not to join Facebook? You might think the decision depends on how many of your friends are already on the social-networking site.
Magnetic hard disks will soon be able to store one terabit (a trillion bits) per square inch.
Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using…
Biologists and computer scientists have begun to examine what restrictions the theoretical limits of computation place on the way living things operate, which could help reduce the amount of energy needed to process information…
Google has released version 1.0 of its Go programming language, which was initially introduced as an experimental language in 2009.
A participant in MIT's IDEAS Global Challenge is Wecyclers, a crowdsourced recycling platform that will operate in Lagos, Nigeria, and is designed to incentivize the collection of recyclable materials by slum residents.
Reading, writing, and—refactoring code?
A short new video takes viewers behind the scenes with the MIRI or the Mid-Infrared Instrument that will fly on-board NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
German scientists are developing a technique that allows for very precise positioning anywhere in space by picking up X-ray signals from pulsars.
An effort to build a radio telescope that can see back 13 billion years to the creation of the universe is prompting a five-year €32 million ($42.7 million) effort to create a low-power supercomputer and networks to handle the…
Should academic articles be available for free on the Web?
Scientific data is expanding at an unprecedented rate. While new tools are helping preserve this data, funding must be increased and policy coordination needs improvement.
Voice recognition programs like Siri are now capable of understanding spoken commands, recognizing a conversation's context, and answering questions in a personable manner.