Orwell's nightmare vision of technology wedded to tyranny was fatally flawed.
With eBay's purchase, online payment technology comes of age.
Instant messaging products are everywhere, but the proliferation is turning the Internet into a tower of Babel. New technologies that promise interoperability are trying to change that.
Networks say watching TV without the ads is theft. Will blipverts be next?
The lesson from West Africa: good computers and fast modems don't matter if you can't get a dial tone and the power keeps going out.
Take a tour through a magnetic random-access memory cell.
Computers will really understand what you say when they know how you feel when you say it.
The human immune system is still the best resource for fighting disease. After a decade of failed promise, drugs that exploit it are finally flooding the market.
Despite its flaws, the system does protect inventors against big companies who might usurp their ideas.
From coal mining to computer networks, sometimes the bathwater is worth more than the baby.