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There's a curious thing happening in the smartphone space at this year's CES.
Through the National Institutes of Health, American taxpayers have long supported research directed at understanding and treating human disease.
Before Sept. 11, 2011, there were 16 intelligence agencies in the United States.
Last October the well-known hacking group Chaos Computer Club revealed that the German state police had been monitoring the computers of ordinary citizens using specially designed surveillance software.
Microsoft researchers have developed WiFi-NC, a type of Wi-Fi network that runs at peak performance even when interference is present.
Intel application engineer Travis Bonifield has been working closely with Hawking to communicate with the world for a decade.
Did Prime Minister Manmohan Singh underplay China's superiority over India in the field of science, research, and technology?Analysis of new data shared at the National Science Congress shows that China has been far ahead…
Gadget fans may be focused on the CES trade show this week, but there’s something else notable going on today: It’s the iPhone’s fifth birthday.
The assignment was one of the biggest challenges in the field of artificial intelligence: build a computer smart enough to beat grand champions at the game of "Jeopardy."
I want to translate the Web into every major language: every Webpage, every video, and, yes, even Justin Bieber's tweets.
Turing, Colossus, and even the Jacquard Loom still matter to the iPad generation.
If you're looking for a New Year's resolution, let me suggest an idea that you might not have considered: You should learn computer programming. Specifically, you should sign up for Code Year, a new project that aims to teach…
How many taxis are there in New York City? You either know how to answer that question or you don't.
From the streets of Tunis to Tahrir Square and beyond, protests around the world last year were built on the Internet and the many devices that interact with it. Though the demonstrations thrived because thousands of people…
Over the past 10 years, Apple has done a rather amazing job of disrupting quite a few industries.
Here's my take on what I've begun calling the "knowosphere"—a word intentionally echoing the more allegorical "noosphere," the "planet of the mind" of Vladimir Vernadsky and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
Construction workers please note: Somebody just built a 20-foot tower using flying robots. The demo took place in a warehouse-like art gallery called FRAC, just outside Paris.
A body-tracking camera system built into Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor could be used to monitor the weight of astronauts in space, says Eurecom computer scientist Carmelo Velardo.
The next big advances in technology include the replacement of desktop computers with smartphones, the emergence of nanotech batteries, and the rise of augmented reality.
In 1984, Canadian movie director James Cameron imagined a world in which computers achieved self-awareness and set about systematically destroying humankind.Skynet, the Terminator series computer network, was to go live in…
It was a tough year for Nintendo. Revenue at the venerable game company plunged. Its stock price was cut in half. And initial sales of its new 3DS handheld game machine were so disappointing it dropped its price less than…
2011 was top-notch gadget-wise, but there's always room for improvement. Here, some hopes and wants for the new year.
Observations on cognitive diversity and team performance.
Looking back at three decades of PC platform evolution.
Examining the recurring conflicts between copyright and technology from piano rolls to domain-name filtering.
Stephen A. Cook, winner of the 1982 A.M. Turing Award, reflects on his career.
Increasing the visibility and access to underlying file structure on consumer devices can vastly improve the user experience.
Just because a ranking is computable doesn't mean that it's right.
To measure or to not measure, that is the question. Ask programmers and many will tell you that measurement is …
Contrary to expectations, online lab classes during our current pandemic may actually have some benefits over their in-person counterparts.
Check-in computers unable to accommodate record turnouts were mainly to …
Researchers at Norwegian security company Mnemonic found an undocumented backdoor …
Right under our noses, the Internet's most-used website has been …