Free the seed: OSSI nurtures growing plants without patent barriers
Google's Street View address reading software also able to decipher CAPTCHAs
Instant messaging will get Tor treatment in TIMB
What's behind a No. 1 ranking? Open-source LineUp software enables granular analysis of subjective ranking systems
Behind every "Top 100" list is a generous sprinkling of personal bias and subjective decisions. Lacking the tools to calculate how factors like median home prices and crime rates actually affect the "best ...
New smartphone app helps blind find their way inside buildings
How to program unreliable chips
As transistors get smaller, they also become less reliable. So far, computer-chip designers have been able to work around that problem, but in the future, it could mean that computers stop improving at the ...
Unlocking the potential of simulation software
With a method known as finite element analysis (FEA), engineers can generate 3-D digital models of large structures to simulate how they'll fare under stress, vibrations, heat, and other real-world conditions.
Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada
He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking ...
Researchers jailbreak iOS 7.1.2
Security researchers at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) have discovered a way to jailbreak current generation Apple iOS devices (e.g., iPhones and iPads) running the latest iOS software.
Review: Android Wear is about simplifying future
In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification.
Software renders Earth's atmosphere in 3-D splendor
As an atmospheric scientist, Martin Jucker found it frustrating that the Earth's atmosphere typically appears as a consistent, two-dimensional plane when scientists visualize atmospheric data. Horizontal ...
Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods (Update 2)
Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, ...
Malware worms its way into more apps, study finds
Malicious software is increasingly making its way into mobile phones through "cloned" versions of popular apps, and software weaknesses in legitimate ones, security researchers said Tuesday.
US Supreme Court tosses 'abstract' software patent
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.