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Microsoft researchers are studying how touchscreen users could have a better experience by improving a device's latency.
Windswept from cloud to cloud until they flutter to Earth, snowflakes assume a seemingly endless variety of shapes.
No one knows when we'll spot life on another world, but everyone knows how it will happen.
The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyberweapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks even when those networks are not connected to the Internet, according to current and former U.S. officials…
Rebecca MacKinnon shares insights about Internet freedom, including the roles and responsibilities of citizens, corporations, and governments.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to see an alternative to passwords and is supporting work that would confirm a computer user's identity by the way he or she types on a keyboard.
Whitfield Diffie, a pioneer of public-key cryptography, told the recent Black Hat Europe conference that a good plan to secure software is needed in the age of the Internet.
Hefei University of Technology researchers have developed Movie2Comics, software that can automatically transform movie scenes into comic strips, without the need for human intervention.
A recent Computerworld survey of 357 IT professionals found that 46 percent of respondents are noticing a shortage of Cobol programmers, and 50 percent said the average age of their Cobol staff is 45 or older.
Northwestern University researchers have found they can influence smartphone users' movements by creating mobile games with incentives designed to steer user behavior, leading to opportunities to collect huge amounts of data.
University of Maryland, College Park computer scientist William Gasarch has re-run his poll on the biggest problem in computer science.
The CCC recently announced the launch of a Web site that makes available a large corpus of materials from a symposium held Feb. 16 that covered 20 years of coordinated federal investment in networking and information technology…
Although Oracle, Microsoft, and Apple have all developed successful programming languages, Google has yet to produce a language that ranks prominently in the Tiobe Programming Community Index, which measures a program's popularity…
Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions, researchers at MIT are working on a system that would enable them…
Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, have long played a role in military operations. But imagine thousands of drones flying over U.S. skies—something we may see in just a few years.
It's hard to find a better example of how technology is revolutionizing patient care than the tiny edible sensor Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City plans to begin selling this fall in the United Kingdom.
Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market share.
A new system from Microsoft can automatically translate documents in one language to any other language. Translator Hub makes use of a translation engine that resides on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.
The Internet Engineering Task Force is considering approving the Simple Cloud Identity Management scheme, which manages user identity in cloud-based applications and is supported by security software vendors, as a working group…
Washington, D.C., has replaced Silicon Valley as the locus for technology jobs as non-tech industries continue to add tech professionals, according to Dice.com.
While the U.S. Army knows its soldiers live in the modern world and carry location-aware, socially networked smartphones, it is reiterating the dangers of broadcasting too much information, because oversharing could cost lives…
The games industry was a very different place 10 years ago. Still dominated by Japanese games and Japanese games machines, Microsoft's plans to launch its own dedicated console were met with skepticism.
Humans have always made inferences about causes and effects, sometimes based on scanty information. Many machines do now, too, and Judea Pearl is frequently cited as a cause.
During the five-month period between October and February, there were 86 reported attacks on computer systems in the United States that control critical infrastructure, factories, and databases, according to the Department of…
University of California, Berkeley researchers are studying how babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn in order to program computers to think more like humans.
Chip designer ARM wants to put the internet in your fridge. And it insists this cliche of tech prognostication is no longer just talk. Really.
The embedded inertial sensors in many smartphones could be used to track the movement of smartphone users when indoors, even without global positioning systems.
National Center for Nuclear Research scientists are conducting research that could lead to the development of a field of mathematics focused on the theory of minority games.
Just as NASA is on the cusp of answering the most fascinating questions about Mars—is there, was there or could there be life there?—the money needed to provide the answers is about to be abruptly withdrawn, a victim of President…
High above the University of California, Berkeley campus, IT entrepreneurs are being given the opportunity to grow their startups in the four-month-old Skydeck startup incubator/accelerator.