As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.
Smartphones have transformed computing astonishingly quickly. Case in point: a billion devices with Google’s Android software were activated in just five years. No other technology ever drew so many users so fast, according to analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco.
Don’t expect self-driving cars to take over the roads anytime soon. Here’s what carmakers are really working on.
A mobile, one-armed robot that costs $35,000 is headed for research labs and maybe even some workplaces.
Qualcomm shows how a smart watch can make sense: by offering only limited functions.
A system used by ships worldwide to broadcast their location for safety purposes lacks security controls and is vulnerable to spectacular spoofing attacks, researchers show.
A wearable depth-sensing camera may soon give sightless people a better way to master their environment.
New outliners and authoring tools are machines for new thoughts.
A startup pays people around the world to log prices in their local stores each day, offering a real-time way to track how economies are doing.
As Microsoft prepares to absorb Nokia’s handset business, a new research strategy emerges.