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Secret code is everywhere—in elevators, airplanes, medical devices.
A ruling the Europe Union’s highest court yesterday may create enormous headaches for US tech companies like Google and Facebook.
When Navy flyboy Tom Cruise got too close for missiles and switched to guns in the spring of 1986, what seemed like an entire nation got up to follow him.
The next time you're thinking of throwing away a used boarding pass with a barcode on it, consider tossing the boarding pass into a document shredder instead.
It was a bit of a surprise when the Rosetta probe, after a decade of travel around the Sun, approached the comet and sent the first decently resolved pictures of it back to Earth.
Apple has long touted the power and design of its devices, but recently the world's most valuable company has been emphasizing another feature: privacy.
If you want to understand the potential of 3D Touch, the new of method of tapping and pressing on the screens of the latest iPhones, forget about the marketing lingo.
Chris Strasburg discusses his role as computer protection program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.
In 1970, Life magazine published an article about a Stanford University research project that had resulted in the construction of what it called the first-ever "electronic person."
The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.
Readers and astrophysicists alike praised Andy Weir's The Martian for a fact-first approach to the sci-fi disaster model.
Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications.
On brains and bytes.
Online science education needs a new revolution.
The ability to adjust to various technical and business disruptions has been essential to IBM's success during the past century.
Reflections on the past to inform the future.
A recent Communications of the ACM article casts aspersions on the innovative concept of code academy, a fast-developing approach to …
Talented programmers will strive to structure chaos and write perfect code.
Tips for improving business IT communications.
A new high-precision technique can print small, soft objects in …
Technology recruiting firm Dice's analysis of 6 million U.S. job …
Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to …