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From the crowd-funding explosion to the arrival of the first "next-generation" console, the games industry has had quite a time of it this year.
There's a simple answer: people.
I've grown accustomed to reading inaccurate accounts of my day job. I'm in political data.
Some questions can never be answered.
As 2012 comes to a close, it's time for our 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist—an in-depth look at the "spirit of the times" as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year.
Shapes fall from the sky, all you have to do is to control how they fall and fit within each other.
Zachary Lemnios, who was U.S. assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, gave up his Pentagon role to become IBM's vice president of research strategy.
That's not Photoshop.
Recently there's been a lot of comparison between Apple's Siri and Google's Voice Search. Microsoft's voice breakthroughs have also captured headlines.
In the few minutes it takes to read this article, chances are you'll pause to check your phone, answer a text, switch to your desktop to read an email from the boss's assistant, or glance at the Facebook or Twitter messages popping…
In mid-2010, thousands of centrifuges, enriching uranium at Iranian nuclear research facilities, spun out of control.
Soon we'll be able to engineer living things with mechanical precision, says Tom Knight, father of synthetic biology.
Four years ago developer Matt Biddulph jokingly coined "Silicon Roundabout" as a description of East London's small but growing startup scene—now it's become the de facto term for the area around Old Street.
Remember when a quad-core processor was the ultimate indicator of a super-smartphone?
Computation plays a crucial role in generating scientific results, but also adds to its complexity. The ability to reproduce code and data that generates results for peer review has been a problem since the 1970s and 1980s.
The rise of the machines has begun: Steve Sande’s household fan is now self-aware.
The universe we live in may not be the only one out there. In fact, our universe could be just one of an infinite number of universes making up a "multiverse."
Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free.
In many ways the Internet is the ultimate virtual laboratory.
DC Comics, Tyson explains, approached him for permission to use the Planetarium—as well as his likeness—in a story where Superman witnesses the destruction of Krypton, since the light from the distant planet is just now arriving…
The Internet has sustained some pretty intense assaults in the past couple of years. There was the heavy-handed attempt to stamp out content piracy with SOPA/PIPA, the Federal Communications Commission's Net neutrality ruling…
John T. Chambers has readied his last great act as the leader of Cisco Systems, fearing major changes in the technology business that could doom his company.
Although Intel is still the undisputed king of silicon, it's a surprising fact that the ARM processor design is in more 32-bit chips than Intel’s x86 design, thanks to ARM's dominance of mobile devices and tablets.
What does the future of computing look like? Justin Rattner has a better inkling than most.
If you read the newspapers on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, you would have been led to believe that Japan was poised to attack—but in Southeast Asia, not Pearl Harbor.
Writing prediction pieces is a funny thing because there is really no such thing as "next year."
The U.S. government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI, to snoop on the digital trails you create…
China's Lenovo is on a roll. It has just been named the world's number one PC seller, and it has rapidly won the number two spot in mobile phones in its home market.
Cyborg anthropology is the study of the interaction between humans and technology, and how technology affects culture.
It will take 10 years before the "Internet of things" catches on widely, said Nest Labs Chief Executive Tony Fadell, whose smart-thermostat startup embodies the technology.