Spotify goes mobile with free music streaming
Spotify extended its free music streaming service to smartphones and tablets on Wednesday, ramping up a challenge to rivals such as Pandora.
AP-GfK poll: Strong opposition to in-flight calls
As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
Outcry over French bill giving wider access to personal data
An association grouping web giants such as Google and Facebook on Wednesday slammed the adoption in France of a bill that gives intelligence agencies wider access to personal data without prior authorisation ...
Amazon grocery delivery rolls into San Francisco
Amazon.com Inc.'s grocery delivery service is rolling into San Francisco.
New system allows for high-accuracy, through-wall, 3-D motion tracking (w/ Video)
Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.
Leaner Fourier transforms: Algorithm separates signals into their individual frequencies using minimal number of samples
The fast Fourier transform, one of the most important algorithms of the 20th century, revolutionized signal processing. The algorithm allowed computers to quickly perform Fourier transforms—fundamental ...
German prosecutor: Still weighing NSA probe
Germany's chief federal prosecutor says he hasn't decided whether to open an investigation into alleged surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency but is suggesting that he's skeptical.
Engineers zap bridges with electricity to test for corrosion
(Phys.org) —Rust is a civil engineer's nightmare. Motorists in the United States make more than 200 million trips across bridges rated structurally deficient or in need of significant maintenance and yearly ...
Smartphone users value their privacy and are willing to pay for it, economists find
Average smartphone users are willing to pay up to $5 extra for a typical application—or "app"—that won't monitor their locations, contact lists and other personal information, a study conducted by two economists at the ...
Hipster, surfer or biker? Computers may soon be able to tell the difference
(Phys.org) —Are you a hipster, surfer or biker? What is your urban tribe? Your computer may soon be able to tell. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are developing an algorithm ...
Q&A: Animals and robots develop an unlikely scientific partnership
Collaborations between robotics specialists and biologists have never been so successful. The former draw their ideas from animal morphology while the latter have found in technology a useful tool for studying ...
Over 2M Xbox One units sold in first 18 days
Microsoft says more than 2 million of its Xbox One consoles have been sold since the system's launch 18 days ago.
Computational linguists predict TIME's "Person of the Year" using computer model
On Wednesday 11 December the American TIME Magazine will announce its 'Person of the Year' 2013. An international team of computational linguists has now built a quantitative model that has predicted the ...
NREL reports soft costs now largest piece of solar installation total cost
Two detailed reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) find that solar financing and other non-hardware costs—often referred to as "soft costs"—now comprise up to 64% of the total ...