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The United States again topped the list of nations that request user data from Google, according to last week's Google Transparency Report.
There was once a time when people distinguished between cyberspace, the digital world of computers and hackers, and the flesh-and-blood reality known as meatspace.
Talk about a headline that sings. "Google vs. Death." The Time magazine cover story from September 2013 heralded the creation of California Life Company, or Calico, a new firm incubated by Google with the audacious aim to extend…
The world’s spookiest philosopher is Nick Bostrom, a thin, soft-spoken Swede.
It was early 1954 when computer scientists, for the first time, publicly revealed a machine that could translate between human languages. It became known as the Georgetown-IBM experiment: an "electronic brain" that translated…
Anyone who has struggled to pinpoint his or her location in a mall, airport or urban canyon amid skyscrapers has experienced a GPS gap firsthand.
Virtual reality has grown immensely over the past few years, but 2016 looks like the most important year yet: it will be the first time that consumers can get their hands on a number of powerful headsets for viewing alternate…
Is string theory science?
After thorough examination, NASA managers have decided to suspend the planned March 2016 launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission.
Ten years ago, Amazon unleashed a technology that we now call, for better or for worse, cloud computing.
A recent Microsoft study details the use of Twitter bots to engage Twitter users with political activism.
China is on schedule to launch the world's biggest spook-proof quantum communications system in the next six months.
Nearly every U.S. state is using electronic touchscreen and optical-scan voting systems that are at least a decade old.
Researchers have developed a method for printing inexpensive, flexible, wireless graphene communication devices directly into clothing and skin.
Researchers at the University of Georgia think the eigenmannia, a small South American fish, could hold the solution to radio frequency interference.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft, cruising in its lowest and final orbit at dwarf planet Ceres, has delivered the first images from its best-ever viewpoint.
Fusion, MIT, and NASA are collaborating on a VR experience that will place users on Mars long before real astronauts reach the Red Planet in the 2030s.
Do androids dream of electric sheep? That's unclear, but I know for sure that every kid dreams of intelligent, thinking robots—certainly every kid who goes on to work at CNET, in any case.
Plasmonics technology has the potential to revolutionize laser printing, according to researchers at the Technical University of Denmark.
In a recent paper, researchers described a method of inexpensively producing a type of microelectromechanical system with desktop fabrication system.
Researchers have developed a way of generating "training images" that can be used to refine models of uncertainty about subterranean physical processes and structures.
Apple is getting ready to stake its claim in the rapidly growing person-to-person payments market.
The world's biggest tech firms—including Apple, Microsoft, and Yahoo—are pressing for changes to a proposed British law aimed at expanding the government's electronic surveillance powers.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting data and images from the mission's final close flyby of Saturn's active moon Enceladus. Cassini passed Enceladus at a distance of 3,106 miles (4,999 kilometers) on Saturday, Dec…
The relationship between data to space extends beyond the network equipment, services, and mobile devices that transmit and present information to a user.
For all the talk of machines becoming intelligent, getting a sophisticated robot to do anything complex, like grabbing a heavy object and moving it from one place to another, still requires many hours of careful, patient programming…
Researchers have outlined a strategy for next-generation experimental cybersecurity research in a report commissioned by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have devised a method of reliably "plucking" an individual particle of light out of a laser pulse.
Tel Aviv University researchers have developed TAUB, a locust-inspired robot that can jump twice as high as existing similar robots.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology researchers have developed an app to help people rein in their impulse to use smartphones.