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At last year's D9 conference, Sweden-based Tobii demonstrated cool eye-tracking technology that enables users to control a PC without hands.
"Gorgeous," raves The Huffington Post. "Best-looking smartphone operating system in the industry," gushes Slate. "Far superior to most if not all the Android smartphones," says TechCrunch.
A Department of Commerce report warns that certain aspects of the U.S. economy are losing their competitive edge. "Our ability to innovate as a nation will determine what kind of economy . . . our children and grandchildren…
The "Bring Your Own Device" philosophy spreading through enterprise these days is proving a real boon to Apple.
The recently approved U.S. defense budget sanctions the Department of Defense to engage in offensive cyberwarfare to protect U.S. interests and those of its allies, while also directing the military to improve cyberdefensive…
Ford is working with Cambridge University's Engineering Design Center to simulate visual impairments to improve the driving experience in its automobiles.
The U.S.'s supercomputing labs are having difficulty finding software developers who can program state-of-the-art machines, according to a recent Daily Beast article. The problem is that most undergraduate computer science courses…
University of California, Berkeley researchers are developing robots based on lizards, giving the robots tails to help them maintain balance. "Inspiration from lizard tails will likely lead to far more agile search-and-rescue…
An engine firing on Jan. 11 will be the biggest maneuver that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will perform on its flight between Earth and Mars.
How do you create public-service software? Run a contest.
The corporation isn't a sturdy species. In fact, only a tiny fraction reach the age of 40, according to study of more than six million firms by management professors Charles I. Stubbart and Michael B. Knight.
The TouchPad tablet from Hewlett-Packard was one of the most closely watched new gadgets of 2011—and quickly turned out to be the year’s biggest flop.
Can the government force you to give up your password in the course of an investigation against you? That’s the controversial debate that’s shaping up in U.S. District Court in Colorado.
Marina Jeaneth Machicao and colleagues at the University of San Paul in Brazil are using chaos to encrypt images. Their approach generates a pseudo-random signal via a cellular automaton.
"Especially at a time when unemployment is high and our economy is weak, we cannot afford to lose anyone with the technical skills to create a sustainable future," says University of Virginia professor Joanne McGrath Cohoon.
Password use needs an overhaul that is driven by understanding the damage that can be done when password security is compromised, and researchers need to quantify that harm, says Microsoft researcher Cormac Herley.
If you'd like to work on software projects that might one day send your code to Mars or on a deep space mission, NASA has some code for you to hack on.
Ten promising research projects that could lead to future consumer products include a solar-powered personal computer, three-dimensional images that respond to touch, and a robotic dog.
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will spend the next several months at a site informally named "Greeley Haven."
The U.S. produces almost one-quarter more goods and services today than it did in 1999, while using almost precisely the same number of workers.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a three-dimensional device that provides more accurate depth information than Microsoft's Kinect, has a greater range, and works under all lighting conditions.
Searches for "browser" no longer bring up the Google Chrome home page after Google applied a penalty against the page because of Google's own sponsored post campaign.
Soldiers could one day conduct covert operations in complete secrecy, now that Pentagon-backed physicists have figured out how to mask entire events by distorting light.
Reports coming out from the Pentagon revealed that the United States' military experts and officials are deeply worried about Tehran's access to the RQ-170 Sentinel drone that was downed in Eastern Iran on December 4 as it…
Researchers are starting to build chips in the third dimension, and many industry experts believe that this year the chip will start to become a cube. Building 3-D chips will enable chipmakers to shrink transistors and boost…
The developers of the Qbo robots continue to explore simulated consciousness. After training a Qbo to recognize itself in the mirror, Francisco Paz and his team have trained a pair of robots to recognize each other.
Mike Fennelly isn't easily surprised by cutting-edge technologies, but when he started as an IT guy at a Silicon Valley startup called Evernote, he was caught off guard by a robot rolling around the office.
Happy New Year. IT market-research outfit Gartner has some sour news to start off 2012: It has just slashed its growth forecast for global on tech spending.
The Internet will face several milestones this year as it undergoes a major technical upgrade, moving from IPv4 to IPv6. This transition could result in major changes in both who operates the Internet infrastructure and how…
The Apache Software Foundation has released Apache Hadoop 1.0, an open source software framework for reliable, scalable, distributed computing. "This is a release we feel that people can look at as very stable," says Apache…