Computerworld Sharon Gaudin News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:23:14 GMT 2014-07-29T20:23:14Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. NASA repositions Mars orbiters to avoid comet flyby With a comet rushing toward Mars, NASA scientists are working to protect their robotic orbiters from being damaged by comet debris. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:51:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-28T20:51:00Z Google's next frontier: What it means to be healthy Google has launched a new project, dubbed the Baseline Study, that seeks to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be healthy. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:38:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-28T19:38:00Z Changes afoot as DARPA challenge robots prep for upgrade As researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute make their humanoid robot more autonomous, they're getting ready to get an upgrade robot this fall. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:28:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-25T10:28:00Z What to expect in Facebook's earnings call today With Facebook set to release its Q2 earnings today, it's a safe bet company execs will talk about mobile issues and user growth. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:08:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-23T19:08:00Z Google tried to buy music giant Spotify Google reportedly tried to buy popular music streaming service Spotify late last year, but the talks broke down and the deal didn't go through. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:15:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-23T17:15:00Z Google updates the Maps Explore Nearby feature -- for some users Google is trying out a new Google Maps feature said to provide people with more information about their destinations, or about nearby points of interest, reports say. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:32:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-22T19:32:00Z NASA upgrades humanoid robot in space The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is in the midst of getting a series of upgrades, including new processors and software in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:19:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-22T18:19:00Z Enterprises increasingly look to the private cloud Companies interested in moving to cloud computing are increasingly choosing a private cloud for the increased security and, often, compliance features instead of the public cloud, according to a recent survey. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:47:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-17T19:47:00Z mulls unlimited e-book subscription offer looks to be prepping a $9.99-a-month e-book and audiobook subscription service dubbed "Kindle Unlimited." Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:23:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-16T21:23:00Z Without the cloud, Microsoft may lose grasp on the enterprise Microsoft's renewed push into cloud computing, announced this week, doesn't change the fact that it faces unprecedented competition in a business that's critical to its future. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:11:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-16T20:11:00Z NASA: Finding life on other planets is within our grasp Many scientists believe we're not alone in the universe, and NASA researchers say discovering if that's true is within their reach. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:03:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-15T20:03:00Z Google moves closer to selling smart contacts Google has reached a deal with Alcon to work together on smart contact lenses that can monitor diabetics' blood sugar levels. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:35:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-15T16:35:00Z NASA to use Google's Project Tango to update space robot Robotic spheres aboard the International Space Station soon will will be quite a bit smarter, gaining the ability to fly safely and adroitly around the orbiter. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:54:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-11T18:54:00Z IBM eyes new chips for a new digital age IBM plans to spend $3 billion to develop new computer chips and chip architectures. So what's this non-silicon future look like? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-11T10:30:00Z Particle collider gets an overhaul to better seek out dark matter, God particle Scientists are prepping the Large Hadron Collider for the start of its third two-year run next year. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:33:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-10T18:33:00Z Google goes mum on Glass release plans Google executives are no longer saying whethert Glass will be ready for release in 2014. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:06:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-09T20:06:00Z Could you quit Facebook for 99 days? What would you do with your time if you gave up Facebook for 99 days? Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:59:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-09T18:59:00Z Are PCs dead? Certainly not, as demand for upgraded systems is set to explode The rumors of the PC's demise have been greatly exaggerated, analysts say. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:16:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-08T20:16:00Z WPI scientists on the road to DARPA's robotics finals With the DARPA robotics challenge finals less than a year away, roboticists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are already working on the robot they hope will not only win the challenge but one day act as a search and rescue worker. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:49:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-08T19:49:00Z Google's Larry Page talks of killing the 40-hour work week Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page said we may someday see more part-time work weeks than we do today -- and that would be a good thing. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:26:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-07T20:26:00Z Google scoops up Songza and its modern version of the 80s mix tape Google will acquire music streaming service Songza, which offers customized playlists on its free mobile app. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:53:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-02T17:53:00Z Brain-decoding chip, algorithms give quadriplegic movement again Thanks to a computer chip, algorithms and nearly 10 years of research, a 23-year-old quadriplegic moved his fingers and hand with the power of his own thoughts. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-02T10:00:00Z Tech breakthroughs may mean 'digital everything' by 2025 Forget carrying a smartphone in your pocket. In about 10 years, we're likely to have digitally connected cars, smart homes, and refrigerators and dishwashers that can think for themselves. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:26:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-01T20:26:00Z Ready the robots! DARPA sets finals for robotics challenge Scientists from at least 11 robotics teams have less than a year to prepare to compete in the DARPA robotics challenge finals. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:13:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-01T11:13:00Z Facebook emotional manipulation test turns users into 'lab rats' Users and analysts were in an uproar over the news that Facebook manipulated users' News Feeds to conduct a weeklong psychological study that affected about 700,000 people. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:54:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-30T17:54:00Z Google focused on big data, real-time analysis in the cloud When it comes to big data, many enterprises are getting slammed with big problems. Google plans to focus on helping those companies over the next year. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:28:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-26T20:28:00Z Google looks into a future with 3D tablets, interactive animation In Google's vision of the future, tablets will provide a 3D view of the world and smartphones will have uses that haven't been thought of yet. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:21:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-26T19:21:00Z What happened to smart homes, Glass and robots at Google I/O? Of all the things Google officials talked about during the annual developers conference keynote, the things that had a lot of people buzzing were those the company didn't mention. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:05:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-26T02:05:00Z Google targets business users with cloud, Docs advances After focusing on Android during much of today's lengthy keynote, Google officials turned their attention to the enterprise. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:02:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-26T00:02:00Z Google unveils voice-controlled Android Auto Google is bringing its Android mobile operating system to one more thing that you use every day -- your car. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:57:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-25T17:57:00Z Could robots walk on stage at Google I/O? Will Google CEO Larry Page walk out with a 330-lb. robot when he takes the stage this week at Google I/O, his company's developers conference? With Google's purchase of eight robotics companies, it could happen. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:42:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-23T17:42:00Z As Google+ nears 3rd anniversary, where does it go from here? With Google's social network coming up on its third anniversary, industry analysts are wondering if the company is rethinking Google+ and where it goes from here. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:07:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-20T20:07:00Z NASA to launch asteroid-grabbing spacecraft in 2019 NASA expects expects to launch a robotic spacecraft in 2019 to direct an asteroid into an orbit around the moon. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:58:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-19T20:58:00Z How the cloud can make IT shops more innovative Jobs at many IT departments have been primarily about maintenance -- handling crashed email systems, ever-expanding security perimeters and users who bringing their own devices to the office Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:02:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-18T20:02:00Z Facebook tries to stop Snapchat drain with Slingshot Facebook took direct aim at social competitor Snapchat with its new mobile app, Slingshot. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:12:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-17T19:12:00Z NASA will use Hubble to search for targets beyond Pluto NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will begin searching for an object beyond Pluto that the New Horizons spacecraft can explore next summer. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:22:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-17T17:22:00Z A good robot is hard to find -- or build In the first two days of the NASA robotics challenge this week, every team failed. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:13:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-13T11:13:00Z NASA challenge tests autonomous robots This week robots with no human handler will be making their way through a field, searching for hockey pucks, blue rocks, wooden cubes and the like. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:03:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-11T20:03:00Z Stretchable electronics could lead to robotic skin, computerized clothes Researchers at Purdue University have made an advance in stretchable electronics that could lead to computerized clothing and robots with humanlike skin that can "feel." Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:51:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-10T21:51:00Z University building simulated city to test driverless cars The University of Michigan is building a 32-acre simulated city center complete with building facades, stoplights, intersections, traffic circles, and even construction sites to test driverless cars. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:49:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-09T10:49:00Z NASA successfully tests laser space transmissions NASA successfully transmitted a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth using a new laser communications instrument. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:33:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-09T10:33:00Z Hail cyborgs! The line between robots and humans is blurring As the science of robotics quickly advances, researchers say the lines between robots and humans is beginning to blur. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:50:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-06T18:50:00Z NASA looks to make science fiction a reality NASA is working to make science fiction a reality as it chose 12 advanced technologies to study, including a deep space submarine and the tech to capture a passing asteroid. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:31:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-06T10:31:00Z Google's autonomous car may be a boon to chip industry Googles autonomous car is expected to boost not only robotics research but the semiconductor industry as well. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:19:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-05T18:19:00Z After 5 years, Bing still trails Google -- but it has other plans Microsoft released Bing -- meant to be the great challenger to Google's ubiquitous search engine -- in June 2009. And while it remains mired in second place to Google, it's still looking for ways to grow. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:17:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-05T10:17:00Z NASA to beam video from space station with a laser beam In an effort to fundamentally change the way it will communicate with future deep space missions, NASA will use a laser beam to send a video from the International Space Station to Earth on Thursday. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 01:31:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-05T01:31:00Z Google looks to shed Glass 'geek' with designer chic Google is trying to take some of the geek out of Google Glass by adding a little designer chic. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:06:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-03T17:06:00Z U.S. research lab focuses on building computers of the future Computer scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have launched an effort to develop whole new types of computers that will be used 10, 25 or even 50 years from now. Fri, 30 May 2014 19:59:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-05-30T19:59:00Z Scientists are getting closer to 3D-printed, self-assembling robots Want a robot that you can print out and watch as it assembles itself? If so, a group of MIT scientists may have something for you Fri, 30 May 2014 17:17:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-05-30T17:17:00Z Google admits it's got work to do to achieve a diverse workforce Google executives say they're not satisfied that the company's workforce is largely made up of white males. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:42:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-05-30T10:42:00Z