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Asian handset makers HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday rebutted claims made by Apple Inc. that the iPhone 4's reception problems are shared by other global smartphone makers.
Google attempts to return relevant search results in the blink of an eye. But in future it could go one better, delivering search results to its users even before they know that they want the information.
European researchers have built a robot for 'on-demand' garbage collection—just make a call and it will soon arrive at your door. It's ideal for collecting waste in the narrow streets of many historical towns.
Eindhoven University of Technology researchers are developing the Robot Interaction Language (ROILA), a spoken language for robots that is meant to be easy for people to learn and easy for robots to understand.
Cybersecurity experts testifying at a recent U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing disagreed about whether the federal government should explore new ways to attribute the sources of cyberattacks.
Mathematicians and computer scientists are working on equations and algorithms that exhibit potential as terrorism countermeasures. These include powerful algorithms that mine volumes of data and extract hidden rules that govern…
The OSIRIS project is developing an international strategy for open and sustainable ICT research infrastructures.
Hewlett-Packard researchers are developing a composite material that use ambient light to create more vibrant colors for video-capable, low-power screens.
DARPA wants university-based researchers to come up with the next big computer science idea—for the military.
Smartphones are getting smarter. Now some new models even offer games or television broadcasts in three dimensions—and you don’t need special glasses to see the show.
Tools that benchmark performance promise to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of competing cloud providers.
Augmented reality tours of real monuments, instant visualization of virtual objects on living cityscapes, and user-generated, digital story telling around famous landmarks are a few of the applications made possible by research…
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers receive $2.3 million NIH grant to develop and validate virtual reality hardware, software for training and certifying laparoscopic surgeons.
Can Google keep a secret?
In a major step toward understanding the mysterious "pseudogap" state in high-temperature cuprate superconductors, a team of scientists have found a "broken symmetry," where electrons act like molecules in a liquid crystal…
Pentagon-backed scientists are getting ready to test thought-controlled prosthetic arms on human subjects, by rewiring their brains to fully integrate the artificial limbs.
UTHealth has reached an agreement with other institutions that will allow it to take the next step in commercially developing an innovative medical imaging system that uses night vision technology to tackle a common side effect…
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a method to use a botnet's own technology to defeat it.
U.S. computer scientists have demonstrated that by using information from Internet images and videos it is possible to determine the addresses and locations of the people in those images.
Social media is particularly useful for anyone who wants to track the present—or predict the future.
To understand a protein, it helps to get inside of it, and a University of Arkansas professor James F. Hinton has developed a virtual reality system that does just that.
Darpa’s leading advocate for crowdsourcing and other ways of tapping new talent is leaving to join Microsoft—after only a year at the Defense Department’s top R&D division.
Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have formed a partnership to accelerate the development and deployment of emissions reducing…
I have seen the future of military robotics, and it is autonomy.
A new approach to processing X-ray data could lower by a factor of ten or more the amount of radiation patients receive during cone beam CT scans, report researchers from the University of California, San Diego.
The Website Wikileaks publishes secret documents submitted by anonymous sources and makes them available to the public. The site, which went public in January 2007, has been compared to Daniel Ellsberg's leaking of the Pentagon…
Binghamton University physicist Michael Lawler and his colleagues have made a breakthrough that could lead to advances in superconductors.
Europe has overtaken Asia as the biggest source of email spam worldwide with Britain a major culprit, according to a new report by information technology security firm Sophos.
China's Green Dam software-filtering project has been staying afloat without government funds for the past year, but the project may now be in danger of collapse, according to reports.
To remain competitive in the growing clean energy race, the United States must implement a new public investment strategy with the overarching goal of making clean energy cheap in real, unsubsidized terms, an energy policy…