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Competition in automotive technology has long been about who's got the most horsepower, the best towing capacity or the fastest acceleration. These days, though, it's all about having the slickest infotainment systems and most…
If you work anywhere near anything that might be described as "Big Data" and have ever had trouble explaining to someone you care about why what you do matters, the obvious gift to give this holiday season is "The Human Face…
A new digital revolution is coming, this time in fabrication. It draws on the same insights that led to the earlier digitizations of communication and computation, but now what is being programmed is the physical world rather…
As a self-confessed technology geek, there have been numerous occasions when my enjoyment of a movie has been marred by technological impossibilities.
Citing the usual sources-who-shall-remain-nameless, Bloomberg reports what everyone's been assuming all year—that Microsoft's going to launch its next game system sometime in late 2013.
If you plan to visit the offices of robotics research scientists Kaijen Hsiao and Matei Ciocarlie in Menlo Park, a word to the wise: The nine PR2 robots they're working with to help improve the lives of the severely disabled…
The ongoing Internet blackout in Syria, like the one that occurred in Egypt early in 2011, prompts curiosity as to whether such an event could happen in one's own country.
Jeff Hawkins has been a pioneer of mobile devices, a distinguished lecturer in neuroscience, and a published author of a revolutionary theory of how the brain works.
The Texas school district that began requiring its students to wear RFID tracking chips this year is now facing a fight in federal court.
Next time you pull out your smartphone to use a popular application—whether it's to price check items in a store, to tweet or to check your cloud-based calendar—you might thank Martin Odersky.
Can a calculator make you smarter?
The Internet empowers each one of us to speak, create, learn, and share.
New ways to develop technologies for the emerging growth markets.
Reflections on the legalities and economics of preserving animations and games in Europe.
The bytes you save today may bite you tomorrow.
A proposal for an international group focused on broadening participation.
A unique firsthand account of formative experiences with Alan Turing.
Sanjeev Arora talks about proof, intractability, and finding the best way to approximate problems.
Recognizing and working with moods — your own, your team's, and your customers' — is essential to professional success.