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Self-driving cars will come with a wide range of sensors, creating machine-to-machine data at the rate of 1Gbyte per second, according to BigData-Startups.com founder Mark van Rijmenam.
Researchers recently released a study on whether a community's sense of happiness could be determined from communications on Twitter. The study demonstrates that Twitter reveals the level of well-being at the community as well…
Harvard University researchers say they are developing computer graphics tools that narrow the gap between "virtual" and "real." One project tries to find better ways to mimic the appearance of a translucent object.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook believes that "over the arc of time" China is a huge opportunity for his pathbreaking company. But time looks to be on the side of rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which has been around far longer…
The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who were sure of their recollections, but DNA evidence later overturned…
There's nothing particularly difficult about cracking a smartphone’s four-digit PIN code.
In 1984, the Supreme Court rejected Hollywood's argument that the record button on the Betamax VCR made its manufacturer, Sony, liable for copyright infringement.
The Texas General Land Office is working with several Texas universities to preserve the Alamo through three-dimensional laser scanning and photogrammetry.
Nightingale is an easy-to-use app that can provide customized medication reminders.
Owners of Android-based smartphones and tablets can now "donate" surplus computing power from their devices to science.
A new system for testing the security of apps is designed to provide developers with individual reports for every app and operating system.
Enterprises increasingly are incorporating solid-state drive technologies into their data centers.
Georgia Institute of Technology is about to take a step that could set off a broad disruption in higher education: It's offering a new master's degree in computer science, delivered through a series of massive open online courses…
In late 2005, as Iraqi roadside bombings were nearing an all-time peak, the National Security Agency's newly appointed chief began pitching a radical plan for halting the attacks that were killing or wounding a dozen Americans…
Earlier this year, MIT researchers developed a way to easily and efficiently edit the genomes of living cells. Now, the researchers have discovered key factors that influence the accuracy of the system, an important step toward…
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove twice as far on July 21 as on any other day of the mission so far: 109.7 yards (100.3 meters).
A new robot is being designed to mimic the common sense of a three-year-old.
A breakthrough in the effort to build an artificial brain involves using neuromorphic chips to incorporate complex cognitive abilities into electronic systems.
The Raspberry Pi was designed to help children learn to code; nearly 1.5 million of the Linux-based devices have sold in 18 months.
The terminology of the Commerce Department's "short-form notice" privacy proposal is too ambiguous and confusing to be adopted.
Computer scientists are developing a procedure that will enable computers to learn to identify semantically relevant relationships within texts.
Disney researchers have developed computer models that learn an artist's drawing style.
IT employment has gone up and down over the past decade, but the only tech occupation that appears to have recovered to full employment is software developer, according to Economic Policy Institute analyst Daniel Costa.
Humans can distinguish among approximately 10,000 relatively high-level visual categories, but we can discriminate among a much larger set of visual stimuli referred to as features.
Beyond the security gate at the Johnson Space Center’s 1960s-era campus here, inside a two-story glass and concrete building with winding corridors, there is a floating laboratory.
Tabletop computers have not exactly taken the world by storm, as some predicted they would.
To its defenders, Intellectual Ventures is a revolutionary company unfairly viewed, in the words of its co-founder Peter N. Detkin, "as the poster child of everything that is wrong with the patent system."
A secret court on Friday extended the National Security Agency's authority to collect and store the phone records of tens of millions of American cellphone customers, the top U.S. intelligence official confirmed.
Educators and industry experts will gather July 25 at the Education Technology Innovation Summit to discuss new ideas and products in education technology.
Just days after Google said it had patched a QR code vulnerability affecting its Google Glass wearable computer, Symantec says it has found another vulnerability affecting the device.