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Citizens give up data in blockchain project to improve cities
New tech platforms can help give citizens a voiceNikada/GettyBy Matt ReynoldsActivism has never been so easy. Urban residents will soon be giving up their personal data – not to the usual social media...
Australia’s first Indigenous-led startup incubator opens today
“D:HIVE [digital hive] is the shining light of our future” says Leigh Harris, co-founder of the innovation hub that began operation today in far North Queensland. He continued, “digital technological...
Firestorm brewing as scientists work to create synthetic human DNA
These outcomes, of course, won't happen overnight. Boeke, who has spent years synthesizing yeast DNA, knows there will be plenty of technical hurdles. "Getting big pieces of DNA efficiently into mammalian...
See how much sharper Project Scorpio games could look, even without 4K
As E3 2017 fast approaches and its holiday release date not far behind, we're itching to know more about Microsoft's 4K-ready Project Scorpio, especially how it will make our games look with its powered-up...
Mega-canals could slice through continents for giant ships
Venice it ain’tPlainpicture/Sabine VielmoBy Fred PearceAFTER years of protest, the world’s biggest civil engineering project yet is now cleared for takeoff. Late last month, the Supreme Court in Nicaragua...
Iranian Americans Use Tech to Count Their Impact in US
Pirooz Parvarandeh, a longtime Silicon Valley executive, saw a problem. Although he has lived in the United States for more than 40 years, he knew little about the contributions and accomplishments of...
Project Scorpio's specs could be revealed sooner than you think
It’s looking increasingly less likely that we’re going to have to go through the long wait until E3 2017 to get some solid details on Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio console. According to a report...
Project Scorpio could let players stream and record gameplay in 4K
With the Nintendo Switch release behind us, the next big console launch we have to look forward to is almost certainly Microsoft’s Project Scorpio. The console recently got its very own product page on...
6 best free Linux firewalls of 2017
OPNsense is an easy-to-use open source firewall based on FreeBSD 10.1 to ensure long-term support. Obviously enough, the project’s name is derived from the words 'open' and 'sense', standing for: ‘Open...
Google reports “high-severity” bug in Edge/IE, no patch available
EnlargeCcetsnakebite reader comments 35 Share this story A member of Google's Project Zero security research team has disclosed a high-severity vulnerability in Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer...
Why Dell’s gamble on Linux laptops has paid off
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IBM’s Watson proves useful at fighting cancer—except in Texas
Enlarge / Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, MD, chief of oncology at Jupiter Medical Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, reviews recommendations generated by IBM Watson for Oncology.Jupiter Medical Center reader...
Can Google's internet-beaming balloons beat the wind?
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind.In doing so, the 4-year-old “Project Loon” says it will be able to...
Rich compensation at Google car project fueled talent departures
For a year, Google’s car project has been a talent sieve, thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts, new startup dreams and rivals luring self-driving technology experts. Early staffers had an unusual...
Huge salaries led staffers to quit Alphabet's car project, report says
The car project at Google-parent Alphabet paid some workers so much that they built a nest egg and ditched the company, according to a Bloomberg report. Some long-time staffers were paid so much that...
Channeling Steve Jobs, Apple seeks design perfection at new 'spaceship' campus
But constructing a building as flawless as a hand-held device is no easy feat, according interviews with nearly two dozen current and former workers on the project, most of whom would not be named because...
The world’s biggest telescope needs half a billion dollars more
reader comments 6 Share this story An artist's conception of the completed Giant Magellan Telescope. GMTO A view of the Giant Magellan Telescope summit at present. GMTO/Ricardo Alcayaga Future GMT living...
Google Parent Alphabet Drops Drone-Based Internet Project
With Project Titan gone, focus now on Project Loon balloon powered Internet effort. Google parent Alphabet’s semi-secret X division has quietly killed off Project Titan, a drone initiative that the company...
Two of Razer’s prototypes were stolen from its CES booth
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 0 Share this story All the news from Las Vegas' CES 2017 has been revealed and discussed now, but the show continues to shock—and not in a good way. Razer's CEO Min-Liang...
Razer's crazy gaming prototypes have been stolen from CES booth
CES 2017 is now coming to an end, with companies packing away their concepts and prototypes in preparation to continue working on them through the year. Unfortunately, that’s not going to be the case...
Razer demos a sorta cool, sorta ridiculous triple-monitor laptop concept
reader comments 14 Share this story Ars at CES 2013 Time to cash out: The last of CES RED has a 4K player for the coming wave of Ultra HD TVs OWC is readying a 2TB, 3.5-inch form-factor workstation SSD...
Razer’s planning an awesome ‘12K’ gaming laptop with 3 actual screens
In the laptop world, we’ve previously seen innovations on the multiple display front like Packed Pixels – essentially a system that allows you to bolt iPad Air wing mirrors onto your MacBook Pro – but...
Cyanogen Inc. shuts down CyanogenMod in Christmas bloodbath
The new home of the former CyanogenMod community. reader comments Share this story Cyanogen Inc., the company built around the CyanogenMod open source Android OS ROM project, declined a billion-dollar...
Google scales tiny mountain to hunt down crypto bugs
Enlarge / The view from Mount Wycheproof. It's not very spectacular.Prince Roy reader comments 2 Share this story Google's Project Wycheproof is a new effort by Google to improve the security of widely...
Google Test Suite Checks Open Source Cryptographic Library Security
Google's new Project Wycheproof will let software engineers look for previously known flaws in their open source cryptographic libraries. Google has released a set of tests that developers can use to...
Hydroelectric engineers find energy potential in centuries-old N.Y. mine
MINEVILLE, N.Y. -- Some look at an abandoned, centuries-old iron mine in New York’s Adirondacks and see a relic. An ambitious group of engineers sees the shafts in Mineville as a new way to provide a steady...
Sydney’s new light rail a bit of a fail
A Sydney tram stops at the Paddy's Market, Haymarket to pick up passengers. Picture: Craig Wilson THE NSW treasurer has stepped up to “take full responsibility” for a cost blowout in the Sydney CBD-eastern...
Drones Mapping Indian Cities - Where They're Allowed
Officials in one of India's fastest growing cities are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to update land records in a pilot project that could be rolled out across the country if rules governing the...
India’s grand plan to create world’s longest river set to go
Cooling off in the Ganges: no sign that the Indian government is doing the same on the inter-linking rivers project Rupak De Chowdhuri/ReutersBy TV PadmaEngineering projects don’t come any bigger than...
Startup Heptio to Work on Making Kubernetes Friendly
Two Former Google staffers the built the original Google Compute Engine and helped to create Kubernetes are launching their own company to fill a perceived gap in the container orchestration market. Heptio...
Reproducible Builds Effort Advances With Linux Foundation Support
Building software securely requires a verifiable method of reproduction and that is why the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative is supporting the Reproducible Builds Project. In an effort...
Microsoft Nixes Its Project Hobart Streaming Stick
Project Hobart, the company's $99 streaming device, met an unceremonious end as its hardware plans shifted. During the E3 2016 conference in June, Microsoft unveiled is trimmer, 4K video-enabled Xbox...
Microsoft recently abandoned an Xbox One streaming stick, but could it live on?
This week, thousands of streaming video fans around the country will get their hands on the all-new Chromecast Ultra, Google’s 4K HDR streaming device it unveiled at a special event held in San Francisco...
IBM Introduces Developers to Embodied Cognition With Project Intu
IBM's new Project Intu enables developers to apply its Watson cognitive computing technology to different form factors and devices. Just two weeks after hosting its World of Watson conference in Las Vegas,...
Alphabet slows drone project
[...] the team behind the technology is slowing down, trimming headcount and shelving initiatives as the experimental unit becomes the latest target of tightening budgets across parent company Alphabet....
Airbus takes a step closer to driverless ‘flying taxis’
In August, Airbus released an article claiming the project was making good progress. "Many of the technologies needed, such as batteries, motors and avionics are most of the way there," explained Airbus...
Microsoft's Project Olympus OCP Server Hardware Debuts
The company switches gears, contributing new server designs to the Open Compute Project much earlier during the development process. Microsoft is taking a new approach to contributing new cloud hardware...
OpenStack Security Project: Protecting Open-Source Cloud
The OpenStack Security project adds new tools and processes to help secure OpenStack technologies. The project technical leader offers insight on the program. Security is such a critical element of the...
Apple smart-car project stalls
Apple has reportedly scrapped plans to make a car. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images THE dream of an Apple Car has just hit a dead end with reports the technology giant has scrapped its plans to build...
Apple gives up on making a car, moves hundreds of employees off the project
Apple executives have given their secret car team, code-named Project Titan, until late 2017 to prove the feasibility of a self-driving vehicle and determine a final direction, according to a Bloomberg...
Apple car plans shift gear with autonomous driving platform goal
If you were hoping to take an Apple car for a spin any time soon, you might want to put those funds towards a nice sensible hatchback instead. A new report suggests drastic changes to Apple's automotive...
Group announces first ‘space nation’
A plan to create a new nation in space could blast off in the next 18 months. A GROUP of scientists, engineers, businessmen, and lawyers has unveiled plans for the “first nation state in space” in an ambitious...
Cloud Native Computing Foundation Adds OpenTracing Project
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) today officially announced that the open-source OpenTracing project has been accepted as a hosted project. CNCF got started in July 2015 as a Linux Foundation...
Nevada issues semi-autonomous license to quadriplegic driver
Sam Schmidt (in the car) and the team of Arrow engineers with Project SAM in the pit lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Schmidt did some demo laps for the crowd on Carb Day. Arrow Schmidt, Robby...
Apache Spot to Fetch Open Network Insights
The project formerly known as Open Network Insights moves to the Apache Software Foundation and gets a new name—Apache Spot. It now includes support for DNS and Proxy in addition to Netflow. The Open...
Microsoft and BAML team up on blockchain-based trade finance project
LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have joined forces on a project to use blockchain technology to make trade finance transactions faster, cheaper, safer and more transparent,...
Geely becomes the main sponsor of Bloodhound SSC’s 1000mph land speed car
EnlargeStefan Marjoram reader comments 0 Share this story Further ReadingBloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?On Monday morning, the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group—which owns Chinese...
OpenDaylight Rolls Out 'Boron' SDN Platform Release
The industry consortium's fifth release of its SDN platform puts a focus on the cloud, NFV, performance and tools. The OpenDaylight Project effort to create a common platform for network virtualization...
Roboats Ahoy - Amsterdam Canals Picked to Test Self-driving Fleet
Self-driving boats and assemblies of robotic platforms will one day shuttle people and goods along Amsterdam's centuries-old canals - if a project part-funded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...
Google car project loses leaders, advantage as rivals gain
Chris Urmson, the mild-mannered robotics expert who ran Google’s self-driving car project, used to say that when his son reached driving age in 2019, the technology would be available so the teenager...
What’s next on the cards for Apple
Apple is developing its own self-driving technology. Apple may not become an automaker, but it still wants to develop its own self-driving technology. The iPhone-maker’s automotive project, long an open...
Oracle's NetBeans Headed to The Apache Software Foundation
Oracle's open-source NetBeans IDE could become the next former Sun Microsystems project to land at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). NetBeans has long been a rival to the open-source Eclipse IDE...
Trouble ahead for Google’s and Apple’s car projects?
EnlargeAurich Lawson reader comments 38 Share this story That Apple and Google would have an interest in cars is not surprising; the automobile of 2016 is as much a tech product as it is a vehicle. That...
Apple Reportedly Lets Go Dozens Working on Self-Driving Car Initiative
Apple's self-driving car initiative, reportedly referred to internally as Titan, has let go of dozens of employees, according to reports. Apple's self-driving car initiative is undergoing a "reboot,"...
OpenStack Summit in Barcelona will be Last Design Summit
Since my first OpenStack Summit back in San Diego in 2012, there has been one unique defining characteristic that made the event different than any other in the technology world - the event was where...
Google Suspends Project Ara Modular Smartphone Efforts
Google began Project Ara in 2013 to create phones that users could upgrade or customize by adding or swapping out various modules. Google's Project Ara smartphone initiative, which began in 2013 with...
OpenOffice, after years of neglect, could shut down
OpenOffice reader comments 3 Share this story OpenOffice, once the premier open source alternative to Microsoft Office, could be shut down because there aren't enough developers to update the office suite....
Google looks set to dismantle Project Ara modular smartphone plans
Google has apparently called time on its Project Ara modular smartphone line, shuttering the build-your-own phone before it ever even went on sale.Project Ara was conceived as a way to upgrade and customise...
Project Ara—Google’s modular smartphone—is dead
The original Project Ara concept render.Motorola reader comments 14 Share this story It sounds like Project Ara, the ambitious modular smartphone concept birthed in Google's ATAP division, is finally...
New approach to computing boosts energy efficiency
A research project has launched a set of tools that will make computer systems more energy efficient – a critical issue for modern computing. Using the framework of the project programmers has been able...
Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members
Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their...
DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off
Ke Jie deep in concentration during the first matchWU HONG/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Matt ReynoldsAlphaGo is at it again. Google DeepMind’s Go-playing AI has defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one player,...
Google's AlphaGo A.I. beats world's number one in ancient game of Go
This week's games between AlphaGo and Ke are being live streamed by Google online, but Chinese censors already block access to Google and its services, such as Gmail and YouTube, in the country. Chinese...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark