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The Internet Engineering Task Force is working on the next generation of Hypertext Transfer Protocol, says Mark Nottingham, chairman of the IETF HTTP working group.
In an interview, U.S. NCSA director Merle Giles discusses the findings of a study to determine whether improvements in the science inside applications and other factors could help industrial HPC users.
Tsinghua University researchers have developed TransOS, a cloud computing operating system that stores its code in the cloud, which enables a connection from a bare terminal computer.
The Supreme Court closed a 6-year-old chapter Tuesday in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s bid to hold the nation’s telecoms liable for allegedly providing the National Security Agency with backdoors to eavesdrop, without…
Ray Kurzweil is looking forward to the year 2029.
University of Aberdeen researchers are developing technology that can automatically translate sign language into text.
China's Commerce Ministry announced Tuesday it "strongly opposes" a report that alleged Chinese telecommunication companies Huawei Technologies Inc. and ZTE Corp. posed national security threats in the United States.
RSA researchers have developed a system that splits passwords in two and stores each half in different locations.
Quantum cryptography has the potential to offer unconditional security, but it is limited by its short transmission distance and slow speed.
NYC has launched a pilot program designed to teach computer skills to students from underserved communities.
In the latest development to highlight the sensitive terrain that the United States and China are navigating on economic issues, a House committee issued a blistering bipartisan report on Monday that accused two of China’s largest…
Everyone knows that texting while driving kills, but that’s not enough to incentivize many people, especially teens, to keep their eyes on the road. Now a new mobile app, DriveScribe, awards motorists the equivalent of "frequent…
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland for experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.
In the remote Australian outback, scientists have launched the world's fastest radio telescope which will exponentially increase astronomers' ability to survey the universe, mapping black holes and shedding new light on the origins…
Google's recently developed learning software, which can identify specific objects by watching YouTube videos, is now being used to make Google's products smarter.
Northeastern University professor Matthias Felleisen recently received the 2012 Achievement Award from ACM's SIGPLAN for his work on Racket, which enables programmers to turn familiar vocabulary into a programming language.
The U.S. NSF and the National Institutes of Health recently announced about $15 million in new big data fundamental research projects that aim to develop tools and methods to extract and use knowledge from collections of large…
A device that controls light could lead to faster Internet downloading speeds, more affordable Internet transmission costs, and lower power consumption.
GCHQ director Iain Lobban recently gave a speech noting the many enduring lessons that could be drawn from Alan Turing's work.
When Jonathan Goldman arrived for work in June 2006 at LinkedIn, the business networking site, the place still felt like a start-up.
Ask a group of data scientists the toughest part of their job, and many will probably tell you–it's not the math but the work required to turn raw data into something their software can work with.
Chances are there is a graphics chip in your desktop computer, and it is fuelling a revolution.
Imagine how different the first pictures sent from the Mars Rover would have been if there had been a software failure.
NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis.
When Marc Guerin, a software salesman, drives the 38 kilometers from his home west of Paris to Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, he seeks out the fastest route for his Audi Q5 crossover and powers up his Coyote, a radar warning…
For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly.
Researchers have created a device that uses acoustic waves to sort a continuous flow of cells on a chip, and they believe it could lead to more efficient and less expensive analytic devices.
The role of AI in the development of technologies that promote safe independent living for older adults will be the focus of an upcoming symposium titled AI for Gerontechnology.
The attacks that recently disrupted website operations at Bank of America and at least five other major U.S. banks used compromised Web servers to flood their targets with above-average amounts of Internet traffic, according…
Georgia Tech researchers have developed ClockMe, a home-based software tool that allows adults to screen themselves for early signs of dementia.