The PC is still the backbone of the digital world, powering e-commerce and social networking and selling more than a million examples per day. But worldwide sales have slowed in recent years and the industry is looking to foreign markets and handheld gadgets to shore up their profit margins.
In a broad new cybersecurity strategy released Thursday, the Defense Department formally declared cyberspace a new warfare domain. As part of the plan, the Pentagon is developing more resilient computer networks so the military can continue to operate if critical systems are breached or taken down.
Upon first glance, USC’s Cyrus Shahabi’s maps contain the typical landmarks we've become accustomed to seeing on Yahoo or Google Maps. But a closer look reveals maps pulsing with images of moving cars, scenes of bustling people, and shifting colors of changing traffic patterns, all in real time. The concept of geo-immersion is beginning to blend the real and virtual worlds together.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state is restoring its computer system this week after a cyberattack that also targetted Battelle's corporate offices in Ohio and Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Virginia. Officials say they know the source and motive, but are not sharing that information yet.
Groups able to pay the $185,000 application can petition ICANN, the keeper of URL standards, next year for new updates to ".com" and ".net" with website suffixes using nearly any word in any language, including in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. The decision culminates six years of negotiations and is the biggest change to the system since ".com" made its debut in 1984.
Google, Apple and Facebook get all the attention. But the forgettable everyday tasks of technology — saving a file on your laptop, swiping your ATM card to get 40 bucks, scanning a gallon of milk at the checkout line — that's all IBM. And it’s now 100 years old.
At a global security conference in Paris Friday, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III outlined a pilot program in which the government helps the defense industry in safeguarding the information their computer systems hold. The program will share classified threat information and the know-how to employ it with participating defense companies or their Internet service providers.
What has made the Internet such a success could help change the way high-dollar and hazardous packages are tracked, according to Randy Walker of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
America's new cyber czar said Wednesday, ahead of an international cybersecurity summit in London, that international law and cooperation--not another treaty--was enough to tackle cybersecurity issues for now. Christopher Painter’s comments were in response to the urging of Michael Rake, chairman of one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, to begin forming a cyber nonproliferation treaty.
Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have succeeded in encoding data at a rate of 26 terabits per second on a single laser beam, transmitting them over a distance of 50 km, and decoding them successfully. This is the largest data volume ever transported on a laser beam.
Do scientists' job locations have any impact on the way their work spreads? According to a study co-authored by an MIT economist, yes, it does, even in the Internet age. Frequent job and location switches, for example, can increase citation frequency for published works. But what happens with patents is entirely different.
At the MobiSocial Lab, an engineering research team asks fundamental questions about the marriage of mobile communications and social networking, and begins to design the future of open-source social networking.
CiteULike has become a popular ranking system for white papers, and, much like conventional social bookmarking tools, has become indispensible for many researchers. A Thailand study team now claims there’s a better way to rank research. Their system, called CiteRank, combines two different ratings that measure quality and search similarity.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon Univ.'s Robotics Institute have leveraged the latest browser technology to create GigaPan Time Machine, a system that enables viewers to explore gigapixel-scale, high-resolution videos and image sequences by panning or zooming in and out of the images while simultaneously moving back and forth through time.
This month, thousands of middle-school students are going online to play an interactive video game. That might not sound surprising, by itself. But in this case, the game is a special science-mystery project, "Vanished," created by MIT researchers on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, as a novel experiment in alternative science education.
TextOre's licensing of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Piranha is enabling the Virginia-based company to introduce a powerful search and mining tool capable of processing large amounts of text data from the Internet.
According to fans at a sold-out basketball game at Duke University, the closer to game time, the more costly the ticket. But a Duke researcher who studies buying behavior and activities on websites like StubHub.com, says that ticket prices for even the most in-demand games tend to decline closer to game time.
A new laser device created at the Univ. of Central Florida could make high-speed computing faster and more reliable, opening the door to a new age of the Internet.
A new article written by a fellow at Rice Univ.’s Baker Institute for Public Policy calls on the intelligence community to jointly create a policy on cybersecurity and determine the degree to which the U.S. should protect intellectual property and national infrastructure of other nations.
The world will soon run out of Internet addresses as the number of devices connected to the Web explodes unless organizations move to a new Internet Protocol version. Only about 8-9% of ipv4 addresses are left as businesses prepare for a shift to the new ipv6 protocol in June.
More than half of midsize companies are planning to increase their information technology budgets over the next 12 to 18 months, according to an IBM global study of more than 2,000 midsize companies representing more than 20 countries. Two-thirds are adopting cloud technologies, and almost as many are pursuing analytics for greater insight and efficiency.
The Tianhe-1A supercomputer assumed top dog status in the global list of the 500 fastest supercomputers, but it won't stay there for long as IBM has a 20-petaflop machine up its sleeve. But with grid computing gaining traction, do we really even need supercomputers?
Over the weekend, an Iranian news agency reported that their Bushehr nuclear plant had been infected by the Stuxnet worm, an advanced piece of malware found this past summer that capitalizes on holes in both Microsoft Windows and a Siemens industrial control systems. What has software experts alarmed as much as the attack itself is what worm is designed to do.
Earlier this week, Wired editor Chris Anderson declared the death of the Web and the rise of everything else (on the Internet). It was a bit like twittering the death of your favorite celebrity on Twitter, except in this case it’s the one loved by billions.
Mozilla released Firefox 3.5, a major update to its free and open source Web browser. Coming one year after the launch of Firefox 3, Firefox 3.5 introduces new features, as well as support for a wide variety of Web standards.