Computerworld Sharon Gaudin News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:29:06 GMT 2014-08-21T03:29:06Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. As Ebola death toll rises, scientists work on nanotech cure Scientists at Northeastern University are using nanotechnology to find an effective treatment for the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,200 people, and sickened even more. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:15:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-20T10:15:00Z Watch out Spotify; Google's building YouTube 'Music Key' Google is reportedly eying the creation of a YouTube music subscription service to take on the likes of Spotify and Pandora. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:26:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-19T18:26:00Z VC investors hot for the cloud, mobile and robots Venture capital fundraising has picked up steam in the U.S., with cloud computing, mobile technology and robotics getting solid backing. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:45:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-19T15:45:00Z Cosmonauts deploy nanosatellites during spacewalk Two Russian cosmonauts are in the middle of a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station, in part to release a nanosatellite that will take images of Earth. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:24:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-18T18:24:00Z Peer pressure! Business pushing the cloud on enterprise IT When you graduated from high school, you might have thought peer pressure was mostly over. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:04:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-08T20:04:00Z Scientists create self-assembling, working robots Scientists have found a way to cheaply and quickly build sophisticated robots that can automate their own design and assembly process. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:14:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-08T17:14:00Z Google goes after Amazon with same-day delivery Google announced that book buyers in three metropolitan areas in the U.S. will be able to order books from local Barnes & Noble stores and get them delivered the same day with Google Shopping Express, the company's fledgling online shopping and delivery service. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:28:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-07T19:28:00Z When astronauts breathe on Mars, they'll thank MIT professor When astronauts are living and working on Mars, they'll be able to thank MIT's Michael Hecht for their ability to breathe on the Red Planet. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:49:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-07T17:49:00Z After 10 years, and billions of miles, Rosetta catches its comet After a decade of traveling at about 34 thousand miles an hour through deep space , the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has become the first craft to rendezvous with a comet. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:43:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-06T19:43:00Z Mars rover Curiosity's top 5 scientific discoveries NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has already achieved its initial mission, proving that the Red Planet could have once sustained life, but one scientist says its greatest accomplishments could be in the year ahead. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:08:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-05T20:08:00Z NASA's Mars rover Curiosity closes in on ultimate destination As NASA's robotic rover, Curiosity, approaches its second year on Mars, it's also approaching its first good look at its ultimate destination. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:44:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-04T19:44:00Z Google offloads mystery barge to marine company The Boston-based barge and marine contracting company that bought one of Google's mystery barges is still trying to figure out what to do with it. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:16:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-01T19:16:00Z Update: Facebook back up after crash Facebook said its website is back up after suffering a widespread outage for nearly two hours today. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:35:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-08-01T18:35:00Z NASA plans next-gen scientific tools for 2020 Mars rover NASA has planned out the new and improved scientific instruments that will be included onboard the next robotic Mars rover. The instruments will look for signs of past life and the ability to create oxygen and rocket fuel on the Red Planet. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:02:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-31T20:02:00Z Vision-correcting display nixes your need for eyeglasses Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are working on computer screens that would adjust their images to accommodate individual user's visual needs. Think of it as a display that wears the glasses so users don't have to. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:43:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-31T10:43:00Z Stanford surgical students set sights on Google Glass Stanford University's medical school plans to start using Google's wearable computer, Glass, to help train students in surgery. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:00:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-30T21:00:00Z Google makes Hangouts more enterprise friendly Google is looking to make your work day a bit more social and is taking its Google Hangouts into the business arena. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:45:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-30T19:45:00Z 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