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Is there technological solution for protecting people from online surveillance?
As recently as a few weeks ago, "metadata" was an obscure term known mainly to techies and academics.
There was a time when Melody Meckfessel juggled two wardrobes: one for one Google, and one for the rest of her life.
D-Wave has helped bring quantum computing into the spotlight, but critics continue to question the company's performance claims.
Quantum software has finally left the dark ages with the creation of the first practical, high-level programming language for quantum computers.
The sci-fi vision of police officers rushing to the scene of a crime before any crime has even been committed may be rather far-fetched but technology is increasingly playing a role in the modern police force.
Douglas Engelbart, creator of the computer mouse, died last week at his home in Atherton, CA.
Matt Valentine, head of Microsoft's enterprise solutions for Hong Kong, shares a key piece of advice with his five- and seven-year-old children: when it comes to downloading a mobile or Web application, you're the product, not…
A partnership between the European Union and Japan could lead to the creation of more-efficient networks that can handle vast amounts of data.
A new type of secure hardware component can disguise a server's memory-access patterns.
New computer-vision algorithms enable the humanoid robot Roboray to build real-time three-dimensional visual maps for more efficient movement.
Orbiting about 250 miles (400-ish km) above our heads is one of the most complex and expensive engineering projects that the human race has ever put together: the International Space Station (ISS).
Researchers have developed a process for grading a fingerprint for sufficient detail for subsequent identification.
Crisis Cleanup is a free, open source mapping tool that enables disaster relief organizations to coordinate cleanup and rebuilding efforts after catastrophes.
Scientists are beginning to study how memes are created, which ones fail, and how certain memes go viral.
Technology industry employees are significantly younger, on average, than those in the workforce overall.
Huawei Technologies Co. has made a name supplying network equipment to clients world-wide, but the Chinese company's emphasis on research and development over manufacturing its own hardware is a lesser-known fact.
Over the years, airline travel has been a prime testbed for advanced computing and data tools.
The phrase "vehicle-to-vehicle communications" might currently mean little more than a few choice words hurled through an open car window.
The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has made it the global leader in the surveillance game.
Teleportation is one of the more extraordinary phenomena in the quantum world.
Software developer is generally considered a pretty good job, and with good reason.
In 2 billion years' time, life on Earth will be confined to pockets of liquid water deep underground, according to PhD astrobiologist Jack O'Malley James of the University of St Andrews.
NIST NewsThrough-focus Scanning Optical Microscopy (TSOM) could become a crucial tool for improving computer chips. For decades, computer chips have resembled city maps in that their components are essentially flat, but designers…
Higher education institutions are working to encourage women to pursue majors in science, technology, engineering, and math.
A new software designed to play the game Concentration could lead to better computer security and a greater understanding of how the human mind works.
A new algorithm identifies the most dangerous pairs of failures among the millions of possible failures in a power grid.
More than 1,000 soccer-playing robots from 40 countries are competing against each other in the RoboCup soccer tournament.
Former Enron executive Vincent Kaminski is a modest, semi-retired business school professor from Houston who recently wrote a 960-page book explaining the fundamentals of energy markets. His most lasting legacy, however, may…
Never trust gadget-makers’ claims about battery life.