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Technology for providing alerts when information on RFID tags is being accessed and controlling access to private information was on display during the recent CHI 2010 conference.
Researchers are developing ways to prevent hackers from accessing and remotely controlling medical devices that emit wireless signals.
The information technology and consumer electronics industries could make quantum leaps in terms of improving the power efficiency of electronic systems and devices, says HP researcher Parthasarathy Ranganathan.
A prototype of a handheld projector created virtual characters that interacted with the real world at the recent Virtual Reality 2010 meeting in Waltham, MA.
High performance collaborative network computing will allow musicians in distant locations to deliver successful performances, according to Jack Ox, co-creator of Gridjam, a new high-speed international optiphonic network.
For decades, shoppers have taken advantage of coupons. Now, the coupons are taking advantage of the shoppers. A new breed of coupon, printed from the Internet or sent to mobile phones, is packed with information about the customer…
This year, Netflix made what looked like a peculiar choice: the DVD-by-mail company decided that over the next two years, it would move most of its Web technology--customer movie queues, search tools and the like--over to the…
Sandy Bridge is arguably Intel's most important future technology. So, what is it exactly? Intel has been careful to reveal only snippets about the technology over the last 12 months or so. But enough is out there now to understand…
An international group of computer scientists, law professors, military leaders, and others recently met at Russia's Moscow State University for a conference on methods of deterrence for online hackers.
Multitoe, a system that turns a floor into a touchscreen, was on display at the recent CHI 2010 conference in Atlanta.
Security specialists from eight countries met at a Russian-sponsored conference on Internet security to discuss their differences on how governments view cyberspace.
Type "I don't get..." into Google and among the first suggestions the search engine makes to complete the sentence is, "I don't get Twitter," right above "I don't get no respect. "While that's funny," Twitter CEO Evan Williams…
Pew Internet & American Life Project director Lee Rainie discusses the results of a survey of experts on how technology will develop and impact society in the year 2020.
Georgia Institute of Technology student Peter Kinnaird has developed Connect 2 Congress, software that tracked how senators voted in the 110th U.S. Congress.
The Technology Academy of Finland has announced the finalists for the international Millennium Technology Prize.
Google and an alliance of privacy groups have come to Yahoo's aid by helping the Web portal fend off a broad request from the U.S. Department of Justice for e-mail messages, CNET has learned.
Networks that are resilient on their own become fragile and prone to catastrophic failure when connected, suggests a new study with troubling implications for tightly linked modern infrastructures.
If you are fed up with juggling too many incompatible devices, European researchers may have the answer. In their 'me-centric' world, you literally wear all your data and transfer what you need to whichever device you happen…
Columbia University has licensed to Adobe Systems a computer-generated imagery and graphic design technology that can simulate the natural movement and flexibility of strands as fine as a single human hair.
A Japanese research group at Tokyo University has created new software that allows hundreds of pages of a book to be scanned within minutes.
The technology industry, an engine of innovation and U.S. prosperity for more than half a century, is accelerating its recovery from the recession with earnings that have spurred companies to sharply ramp up their hiring.
Birds of a feather flock together. Or, in the Internet age, a customer's friend is a potential customer. Embracing those truisms, some big marketers, including Sprint and eBay, are turning to small start-ups to help them tap…
Pure randomness is surprisingly difficult to create, even if you draw on the inherent randomness of quantum mechanics. Now, though, a "true" random number generator is on the cards, which may help create the ultimatecryptographic…
ACM has announced Edward Lazowska as winner of its Distinguished Service Award and Moshe Y. Vardi as winner of its Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award.
University of Maryland professor Robert Finkelstein is building a robot designed to provide its own fuel source by grabbing sticks and branches, sawing them into pieces, and feeding them to a generator.
MIT researchers have developed Surround Vision, a system that works with Internet-connected handheld devices to enable TV viewers to see what is happening off screen.
NIST scientists have developed the world's most efficient single photon detector, which could bring improvements to secure electronic communication, advanced quantum computation and the measurement of optical power.
A cat can recognize a face faster and more efficiently than a supercomputer. That's one reason a feline brain is the model for a biologically-inspired computer project at the University of Michigan.
If Intel has its way, its technology will soon be inside not just your personal computer but inside another piece of technology that is way more ubiquitous: the panel you use to control the heat or air-conditioning in your…
A service launched last week by Skyhook Wireless will make it possible for other businesses to predict, with new accuracy, which local bars will be hot at 8 p.m. on Monday night, or how many people will walk past a particular…