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Microsoft's drive to integrate Kinect technology into a wide array of products is not slowing.
Tiffany Rad got interested in hacking cars because she wanted to drive her Land Rover off-road on rugged terrain without worrying about setting off the air bags.
Russia blamed radiation on Tuesday for a computer glitch that doomed its Mars moon mission, but space industry experts cast doubt on the findings of an investigation into the crash of what was to be Moscow's first deep space…
University of New South Wales scientists have published research suggesting that quantum electronics could be driven by the orbital nature of electrons, and not just the spin or charge as was previously believed.
Once in a while we're treated to a new Apple invention that virtually contains a new self-contained world of possibilities and vocabulary to enrich it.
Tablet computers and smartphones are designed to be used by a person's thumbs, but a new device developed by the Technical University of Berlin's Katrin Wolf enables people to use their other eight digits.
The FBI has raised eyebrows in the tech world with a public document that asks for advice on how to harvest information from social networking sites.
Chuck Bokath would be terrifying if he were not such a nice guy. A jovial senior engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Mr. Bokath can hack into your cellphone just by dialing the number.
Last Monday, Intel shelled out $125 million to buy Infiniband from Qlogic, a little-known maker of data-center networking switches and cards. At first blush, it seems like an odd move.
Researchers are exploring ways to improve the energy efficiency of microprocessor hardware and software as next-generation chips and languages grow even more power-hungry.
While automated software control systems are increasingly being used in vehicles, safety authorities do not have enough expertise to measure or regulate them, according to a recent U.S. National Research Council report.
Cambridge University researchers are working on the Transport Information Monitoring Environment (TIME) project, which aims to provide data that enables businesses, government, and the public to make better use of roads.
More than 50 collaborators at over 30 scientific organizations worldwide have developed a common standard that will enable scientists to share data from different databases.
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a method for creating elastic conductors made of carbon nanotubes, which they say could lead to the large-scale production of a new generation of elastic electronic devices…
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to develop a data-mining application that will enable the agency to monitor social media network activity for intelligence purposes, according to a request for information posted…
The anger many drivers feel from having to search and wait for parking spaces to open up might be quelled by arrays of networked sensors embedded in city streets, a solution that also could help reduce traffic accidents, pollution…
Carlos III University of Madrid researchers working on the Trilogy project have developed technology that enables Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) users to access Internet content that is currently only available to IPv4 users…
As crime-solving tools go, it may not have the same pedigree as, say, the oversize magnifying glass.
The big loser in the Pentagon’s new budget? Ordinary human beings.
The FBI is seeking to develop an early-warning system based on material "scraped" from social networks.
It does happen, says security firm BitDefender, and the result is more mutant than mutt.
Deluged by cyberattacks they've mostly hidden from the public, companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are being prodded by federal regulators to finally fess up to this fast-growing threat to their businesses and their customers…
Rutgers University researchers recently received a Lockheed Martin grant to continue their work using the Genetic Regulatory Analysis of Networks Investigational Tool Environment (GRANITE), a software platform designed to simulate…
Imperial College London computer scientist Simon Colton has created Painting Fool, software that can seek artistic inspiration and has basic creativity.
Microsoft senior researcher Danah Boyd, a professor at New York University, is focusing on children and teenagers' use of social media.
IBM researchers have developed a nine-nanometer carbon-nanotube transistor that performs better than any other transistor at its size.
Union Square Ventures recently posted an opening for an investment analyst.
Eight years after landing on Mars for what was planned as a three-month mission, NASA's enduring Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working on what essentially became a new mission five months ago.
The perfect secrecy offered by quantum mechanics appears to have been scuppered by a previously unknown practical problem, say physicists.
The design of aromas—the flavors of packaged food and drink and the scents of cleaning products, toiletries and other household items—is a multibillion-dollar business.