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Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet, said he is troubled by the prospect of companies like AT&T avoiding government regulation after the transition from traditional phone technology to all-IP networks.
Researchers at Queen's University, Intel Labs, and Plastic Logic have developed PaperTab, a tablet computer that looks and feels like a sheet of paper. PaperTab is fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7-inch…
Geosocial networks such as the global positioning system traffic app Waze could aid the police in their effort to deploy resources to high-frequency accident locations, including in real time, according to Ben-Gurion University…
A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national security concerns, a document shows.
The amount of time and money needed to sequence genomes continued to fall in 2012, perhaps to no one’s surprise.
While many automakers have voluntarily installed the devices already, the National Transportation Safety Agency wants to hear your comments by February 11 on its proposal mandating them in all vehicles.
The Chinese Ministry of Science has commissioned a new 100-petaflop supercomputer to be used in space exploration and health care research, according to a VR-Zone report.
Iran is designing intelligent software that would give its citizens limited access to social networking Web sites, according to a local media report.
Columbia University researchers have found significant vulnerabilities in Cisco voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephones, and have demonstrated how they can insert malicious code into a Cisco VoIP phone and start eavesdropping…
Students at North Korea's premier university have showed Google's executive chairman how they look for information online: they Google it.
Mars and Antarctica have a lot in common: They're both cold, inhospitable places with terrible broadband service.
It's hard to believe you'd have an economy at all if you gave pink slips to more than half the labor force.
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Computer scientists and quantum optics researchers at the University of Singapore's Center for Quantum Technologies have demonstrated secure bit commitment, a communication system for users who do not trust each other.
In its 23rd annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted "hashtag" as the word of the year for 2012. Hashtag refers to the practice used on Twitter for marking topics or making commentary by means of a hash…
In an interview, Google Glass project leader Babak Parviz discusses where the wearable device is heading in the near future.
Several approaches to online education are emerging, and universities across the United States are increasing their online offerings. However, none of these programs have developed a method for turning their growing popularity…
Big data-related jobs ranked fourth among the top information technology skills hiring executives are looking for in 2013, according to a recent Dice.com survey of more than 1,000 tech-focused recruiters and hiring managers.
This year's Consumer Electronics Show is being dominated by the term "context awareness," which describes technology that enables products to pick up clues to users' desires and respond without the need for commands.
Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization have shown how enabling technologies have rapidly matured and that the Internet of Things is ready for mainstream influence.
Look up at the night sky and you'll see stars, sure. But the sky is also filled with planets—billions and billions of them at least.
National University of Singapore researchers have developed a method that automates the process of detecting text within video frames and extracting it from the background of a scene. The method could aid efforts to catalog…
Early admission statistics indicate that 2013 will be another difficult year for high school seniors to get accepted into the leading undergraduate computer science and engineering programs.
In our era of instant gratification, the world of medicine seems like an outlier.
To the delight of American satellite makers, communications satellites—which orbit Earth to relay phone calls, link ships to shore and broadcast television programs—will become legal for civilian export under legislation that…
Some companies are increasingly making use of controversial cybersecurity tactics involving the use of fake data on servers and Web sites meant to ensnare hackers.
High-tech telephones common on many workplace desks in the U.S. can be hacked and turned into eavesdropping devices, researchers at Columbia University have discovered.
Microsoft's C# programing language was ranked as the number one programming language of 2012, according to the PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language index.
The U.S. military is already using, or fast developing, a wide range of technologies meant to give troops what California Polytechnic State University researcher Patrick Lin calls "mutant powers." Greater strength and endurance…