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Ken Calvert, chair of the University of Kentucky Computer Science Department, and Jim Griffioen, director of the Laboratory for Advanced Networking, say the greatest opportunities for computer science over the next several years…
The large, bearded man bounded to the front of the room last Friday, hand thrust into the air, fingers shaking.
Stuxnet, a piece of malicious software discovered in 2010, targeted industrial software controlling Iran’s uranium-enrichment centrifuges. But the code got loose—and it continues to spread: Chevron, for example, said last week…
If you fancy a top-class education but can't afford the fee or the time, there is now an alternative.
I live in Brooklyn, where President Obama won 81 percent of the vote this month. It's hard to find anywhere in the country that is more Democratic-leaning.
The Internet is often seen as a place of chaos and disorder, a borderless world in which anonymous trolls roam free and vigilante hackers wreak havoc.
The notion of the United Nations making the rules and governing the Internet should send shivers down the spine of anyone who uses a cell phone, laptop or search engine%mdash;not to mention anyone who earns a living in the tech…
As we know it today, the Internet has been largely about connecting people to information, people to people, and people to business.
When he isn't chairing the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski enjoys a seat at a poker table.
On vacation in China earlier this month, I stopped by Shanghai's seven-story downtown "Book City," bustling with activity on a weekday afternoon that, as a publisher, I found exceptionally gratifying.
Google's driver-less cars are already street-legal in three states, California, Florida, and Nevada, and some day similar devices may not just be possible but mandatory.
"People don't want gadgets, they want services," Jeff Bezos has declared.
Every day and night, beneath the streets of San Francisco, huge wheels turn, pulling cable cars to their far-flung destinations and back again, as if weaving them across the city in loops.
Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, abruptly left the company on November 12, shortly after introducing the latest version of the company's flagship operating system, Windows 8.
Okay, great: we can control our phones with speech recognition and our television sets with gesture recognition.
I haven't been shy about expressing my belief that tablets represent the reinvention of the personal computer.
Scientific R&D stands to lose 31,000 jobs and face a starvation diet of reduced funding if politicians fail to halt march towards the fiscal cliff's sequestration of federal funds.
With Paul Otellini heading in May to the nearest 18-hole course, speculation is rampant about who will replace him.
David J. Kappos, director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is thoughtful, patient, even genial in interviews. But he was showing some pique in a speech on Tuesday morning in Washington that addressed the smartphone…
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was once asked what market research went into the creation of the iPad.
With the recent launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablets, Microsoft has reversed its user interface strategy.
Voice-controlled smartphone searches are slowly becoming all the rage, thanks to tools like Apple's Siri and Google's "enhanced" voice search.
The NCSA Blue Waters system is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, but it won't appear on the TOP500 list—nor will it be taking part in the HPC Challenge awards.
The term cyberwar has become a catch-all used by politicians, talking heads and others to encompass just about any online threat, regardless of the attacker or the target.
Since 1978, the Chinese economy has seen phenomenal growth. While that’s not in dispute, the reason why China has managed to grow so fast and whether it can maintain that growth is far less clear.
You are in the future with technologies more advanced than today's.
James Dyson leaps out of his chair like a restless child and picks up a big yellow-and-gray vacuum—one of several Dyson contraptions congregated around the podium at the Wired Business Conference last May.
When Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini retires in May, he'll leave a mixed record.
You have a secret that can ruin your life.
In 1987, when Judge Robert Bork was enmeshed in a partisan struggle over his Supreme Court nomination, a reporter for an alternative weekly in Washington, D.C., got a tip that the judge was a patron of a local video store.
There is a growing trend to treat very difficult problems in computer science as purely engineering problems where solutions are …
Ethics for Tech must address how professional issues play out in the workplace, in real life.
What can an individual do on a day-to-day basis to ensure that her/his environment fosters inclusiveness?
The Top 500 supercomputers in the world run Linux.
A star-crossed mission nearly 20 years in the making that …
The search for extraterrestrial life is fairly synonymous with the …