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At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With...04/20/15
Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.
Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet...
Researchers at Purdue are using software to mine tweets for data that can help warn that a dangerous storm is approaching. But the data may not always be reliable and analyzing it can be tricky.
VW Camper Van Gets An Electric Makeover
Talk about a time warp! The iconic VW camper is getting a modern reboot. This time, it's electric.
This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque
The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.
Netflix Adds Audio To Bring 'Daredevil' To Life For The...
After releasing the new Marvel superhero series, Daredevil, which features a blind hero, Netflix has added audio description options to the show.
Company's Secret Weapon To Make Videos Go Viral
Videos don't always go viral just because they're clever or show a cat prancing on a skateboard. Often a company finds the video, promotes it and sells its licensing rights to media buyers.
What Does It Take To Feel Secure?
Computer security expert Bruce Schneier says there's a big difference between feeling secure and being secure. He explains why we worry about unlikely dangers while ignoring more probable risks.
Boston Marathon Surveillance Raises Privacy Concerns Long...
Boston jurors in the marathon bombing trial watched a nine-minute video pieced together from different surveillance cameras — some with surprisingly high resolution.
The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket, And Why You Can't...
Most smartphones have a built-in FM chip. But whether or not it's activated is in the hands of the mobile carriers, who profit when you stream radio. The broadcast industry is pushing to change this.
Experts Divided Over Iran's Cyberactivity Since Start Of...
The U.S. government and cybersecurity companies agree that Iran has greatly improved its cyberattack capability over the past two years.
On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble...
The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.
Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election...
Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As voting equipment ages, new concerns are being raised.
European Union Charges Google With Antitrust Violations
After a nearly five year investigation, European Union officials on Wednesday charged Google with antitrust violations and opened an investigation into its Android operating system.
Online Crafts Marketplace Etsy Prepares For Public Offering
Etsy — the company best known for selling handmade goods — is going public. The financial media is having a lot of fun with this IPO, even mocking it as "artisanal." But it's actually serious business. The company has grown steadily and is considered...
Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be...
Genetic profiling of cancer cells can help guide treatment, but such profiles can be ambiguous. Results would be more accurate if all labs tested normal cells from each patient, too.
EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations, Will Also...
Saying that Google abused its dominant position in the search market "by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product," a European panel releases a list of antitrust charges.
European Union Accuses Google Of Abusing Its Market...
The European Union has been looking into whether Google favors its own products in online searches. EU officials have filed a complaint against Google. The tech giant has not yet formally responded.
'Overly Attached Girlfriend' Meme Star Turns Online Fame...
Laina Morris is the real person behind the Internet meme known as the "Overly Attached Girlfriend."
Russia Bans Some Internet Memes That Mock Public Figures
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Kevin Rothrock, who wrote the article, "The Kremlin has declared war on memes" for Global Voices and Quartz.
Once The Cream Of The Crop, Zynga Zigzags To Adapt To...
Zynga's former CEO is back, less than two years after leaving the company he founded. The company had a smash hit with Farmville on Facebook, but has struggled to stay current in new markets.
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