The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
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.
Thanks to Google, Minecraft players can now toy with quantum teleportation and Einstein's "spooky action at a distance."
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.
There is reason to doubt Edward Snowden's claim that Russian or Chinese spies have not seen the NSA files he leaked.
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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.