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Rather than painstakingly typing in passwords on your smartphone, you may eventually just swipe a shape or other pattern on its display to authenticate yourself for everything from mobile banking to shopping.
Among Earth/s planetary neighbors, Mars has been the one on which humanity has most often, and most variously, projected its hopes and fears.
Declaring that strong encryption is essential to the nation's security, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a tech industry audience Wednesday that he's "not a believer in back doors," or encryption programs that leave openings…
IBM is expanding its Watson Analytics academic program and launching a new student version of Watson Analytics.
Carnegie Mellon University's Pokerbot won first place at the Annual Computer Poker Competition in the total bankroll category.
A team of University of Victoria students took first place at the third annual BattleSnake competition hosted by the university.
University of Delaware researchers have developed a method to reduce the amount of data associated with intelligent transportation systems.
It's a showdown that has the country mesmerized.
The digestive tract can be inhospitable terrain to examine.
Clear Channel Outdoor—one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the U.S.—is starting a new program called Radar that will use billboards to map real-world habits and behaviors from nearby consumers.
FBI and Apple officials spent Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill, debating American encryption laws with members of Congress. Prompted by a case related to the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the intense discussion…
Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne researchers say they have developed a new material that enables electronics to be stretched up to four times their original length.
Google says it has gained insights concerning a Feb. 14 accident in which one of its autonomous vehicles collided with a city bus in Mountain View, CA.
A growing number of technology professionals from the San Francisco Bay area are looking to leave Silicon Valley for other technology hubs, according to Indeed.com.
Carnegie Mellon University researcher Madeline Gannon has created the means to instruct a robot to perform tasks by following a human coder's motions.
U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity program manager Jacob Vogelstein discusses the economics of his agency using previously rejected algorithms.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch joined a parade of Obama administration officials to tech's home turf on Tuesday. Their message: National security depends on the industry’s cooperation.
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers report humans may put too much faith in robots for their own safety.
By watching how the light dims as a planet orbits in front of its parent star, NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered more than 1,000 worlds since its launch in 2009. Now, astronomers are flipping that idea on its head in the…
The Justice Department wants Apple to write special software to help it break into the iPhone used by one the San Bernardino terrorists.
The increasing popularity of life-like games and virtual reality technology is pushing the computing industry to develop better graphics technology.
Quantum dot solids, or crystals made out of crystals, have the potential to usher in a new era in electronics.
A new computer simulation grows realistic forests to determine how drought, warmer weather, and other climate-related changes will affect forests across North America.
Diffie and Hellman’s invention of public-key cryptography and digital signatures revolutionized computer security and made Internet commerce possible.
A federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Justice Department cannot use a 227-year-old law to force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked iPhone data, dealing a blow to the government in its battle with the company…
"A storied engineer who made some of the most important and early contributions to computer hardware design," McCluskey died recently at the age of 86.
Neural net advances improve computers' language ability in many fields.
Diverse technologies help farmers produce food in resource-poor areas.
Peter Naur, a Danish computer scientist and 2005 recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, died recently after a brief illness.
Classification algorithms can lead to biased decisions, so researchers are trying to identify such biases and root them out.