US launches voluntary cybersecurity plan (Update)
The US administration on Wednesday launched a cybersecurity plan which aims to use voluntary collaboration from the private sector to protect critical infrastructure from computer hackers.
Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers report
Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report.
Android extends gains on Apple, Windows Phone is third
The Google Android system extended its gains over Apple's iPhone globally in the last quarter of 2013, and Windows Phone grabbed the number three market position, a survey showed Wednesday.
Scents that are sent: oPhone delivers aromas
Say you forgot about Valentine's Day, and it's too late to send that certain someone some roses. Someday, you'll at least be able to send their scent.
House takes step toward ban on in-flight calls (Update)
Allowing airline passengers to make cellphone calls in-flight is asking for trouble, lawmakers said Tuesday as a House panel approved a bill to ban such calls.
Climate risk from wind farms is minimal, study says
Concerns that giant wind farms aimed at easing climate change in fact aggravate the problem are misplaced, a scientific study said on Tuesday.
Teaching robots linguistic hedges and discourse markers
(Phys.org) —Before long, robots will be giving us helpful advice, but we don't want them to be snippy about it. Research at Cornell and Carnegie Mellon universities suggests that if they sound a little ...
Cards with microchips could become more common
The "chip" is coming. Amid relentless revelations of cyberthieves stealing our credit card and other personal data, there's a renewed push to fortify the plastic cards sitting in millions of Americans' wallets.
Baby tech boom produces new technologies to help parents
Long before the dawn of the pacifier, parents of newborns and toddlers found ways to use surrounding resources to help soothe and distract tots into precious moments of peace.
Navy admiral relays concerns about NSA changes
If the U.S. government turns over the bulk collection of telephone data to an independent third party, higher costs and delays in identifying potential threats could result, the Navy admiral nominated to be the next head ...
Crowdsourcing search for missing plane is overloaded
A crowdsourcing effort to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines plane using satellite imagery overloaded the computer network with an "unprecedented" amount of traffic, the technology company said Tuesday.
Retailers turn to mobile apps to drive up sales
Tia Smith clutched her new phone in one hand and a phone case in the other as she shopped at a Best Buy in West Hollywood, Calif.
Apple asks record labels for exclusive iTunes releases
Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store - a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, ...
SoftBank chief woos US, with T-Mobile in view (Update)
SoftBank, eyeing a tie-up of its US wireless unit Sprint with T-Mobile, stepped up its campaign Thursday, claiming it could boost competition for Americans as it did in Japan.