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No matter what the future may contain, one thing is certain: just about everything in it, including us, will increasingly be under surveillance.
People have been waiting for the Facebook Phone for years. Not real people, mind you, just technology reporters.
Before the Internet, there was the ARPANet, a closed computer network that pretty much shut down on weekends and over holidays.
"She told him that she loves me, which is an important data point."
It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago, touchscreen technology could only be found in science fiction books and film. These days, it's almost unfathomable how we once got through our daily tasks without a trusty tablet…
Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration hopes to launch with $100 million of public funding and…
A few days ago, the value of all the bitcoins in the world blew past $1 billion for the first time ever. That’s an impressive achievement, for a purely virtual currency backed by no central bank or other authority.
Everybody's talking about Bitcoin these days, which is quite remarkable given the highly technical nature of the crypto-currency. So why is it such a big deal?
Referees are the worst. Anyone who plays, coaches, or watches sports will agree. They call either too little or too much. They're blind, stupid, paid off, or just simply out to get us. (I know, I used to be one.)
Born in 1940, computer scientist Alan Curtis Kay is one of a handful of visionaries most responsible for the concepts which have propelled personal computing forward over the past thirty years—and surely the most quotable one…
When John Morrell left his post at Yale University last year and decamped to Apple, some members of the robotics community were perplexed.
The distinctive feature of MOOC marketing in 2013 is the shift from being an exciting experiment to being offered as a working solution to budgetary and access crises. The flaws in MOOC quality are open secrets.
Few things are more precious, intimate, and personal than the data on your smartphone.
I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.
Harnessing computing and communication technologies in fragile, conflict-stressed nations.
Seeking insights into cyberattacks associated with China.
Lawmakers misunderstand user experience of technology interface.
Considering the economic implications as educational institutions expand online learning initiatives.
One programmer's extension is another programmer's abuse.
The comparison between organic viruses and computer viruses is compelling. But why?
Is a skill-based, multi-level win-win, and (almost) zero-cost model for undergraduate science and engineering programs in a research university plausible?
The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.
Researchers at IBM have developed a reconfigurable parallel processing system …
Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers.
New software can determine whether your smile is real or …