Another type of airmail
MIT wants prospective students to know that it’s fully aboard the drone bandwagon, parlaying an army of delivery drones (and computer-generated imagery) for…
Compute and data must link
A team of MIT researchers have discovered a possible way to make multicore chips a whole lot faster than they currently are,…
One day, the organs themselves
A two-year-old girl born with a hole in her heart had a life-saving operation in London last month thanks to a 3D…
Et tu, MIT?
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a patent lawsuit against Apple and its suppliers this week, claiming that semiconductor wafers found in the…
Compass speaks Emoji!
Luminoso, a sentiment analysis startup with DNA from MIT’s Media Lab, says its new product can take consumer feedback from Twitter, Facebook, Google+…
It's all about the lists
A group of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have discovered a way for data structures to work more…
Calling students of all ages
Scratch is a programming language built to help children learn basic programming skills. But now edX, the MOOC (for Massive Open Online Course)…
Prosecutor stays on
The White House will not act on a petition filed to fire the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit and…
Goal: customer acquisition
Amazon definitely wants enterprises to adopt its cloud, but it’s still wooing little startups too. This week, it said it will issue $1,000 in Amazon…
Data is the universal language
Gigaom’s Structure Data conference is just three months away — March 18 and 19 in New York — and it’s looking like…
Doing good via tech
There’s never a shortage of big problems confronting the world — think the looming scarcity of fuel, food and water. Addressing such issues is…
Afraid of needles? The hypodermic variety may soon give way to ultra tiny needles that revolutionize the way we deliver drugs and vaccines.
If you doubt that Linux is the king of operating systems, check this out: 300,000 students signed up for a new edX class on Linux in August.
Finding ways to cut battery consumption is driving all kinds of innovations in semiconductors, including building chips that are less accurate as a way of saving power.
A research team has created an energy storage device that is highly flexible and stretchy, which could make it useful in wearable technology.
Twitter is funding a new research project at MIT called the Laboratory for Social Machines, giving the lab $10 million over five years and access to both the real-time firehose of Twitter data and its entire archive of existing tweets
Mike Rhodin, IBM’s Watson chief, talked candidly about the technology’s power — and challenges — this week at Emtech 2014 at MIT.
Soft robots can fit in especially tight corners and tunnels, which could be useful in a search and rescue operation. MIT researchers decided to build a bot that has no hard parts at all, further expanding its abilities.
Soft robots can be especially resilient when it comes to bad conditions. A new robot out of MIT can withstand ice, fire and being run over by a car.
Embr Labs claims its bracelet can enhance your “personal thermal comfort” and save in heat/energy costs, but a connected version could do even more, even enhance your movie-going experience.
A personal temperature regulator, an “espresso machine” for diet supplements, a power meter for cyclists, and a satellite propulsion system were among the standouts at MIT Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator Demo Day.
MIT researchers have developed a way to help drones predict how much fuel it has and the condition of its hardware. It also allows them to compute possible routes in advance to best handle problems.
Remember when Google was making a big deal about the next generation of enhanced geothermal tech? What happened?
Law enforcement and forensic teams could someday rely on minute movement caused by sound to recover audio from a video.
ScratchJr is a programming language customized to help very young kids build interactive games and storage. Now a new iPad app brings it to that audience.
The Fastpass system uses a centralized server called an arbiter that acts as an overseer of the entire network. The arbiter can intelligently select the best routes and times to distribute data center requests, thus reducing network congestion.
A low-power signal is enough to track the rise and fall of the chests of up to four people, opening up applications like monitoring people during search and rescue operations or simply ensuring a baby is OK overnight.
Got an Intel-powered laptop, tablet or phone? In the future, you may be able to charge it without wires over distance thanks to a new agreement between Intel and WiTricity.
The seventh Structure Launchpad finalist says Random Linear Network Coding can break the logjam clogging up our wireless connections.
A new system developed at MIT, which was inspired by how a group of super-fast quadcopter drones gathered information, uses a camera to analyze robots’ surroundings a 1,000 times a second.
Graphene can be made in a high-temperature oven, where it grows on a sheet of metal. Researchers instead sandwiched a piece of metal between graphene to remove the need to transfer the unusual material.
Most people grok that they need to update their software and watch what they browse. But very few suspect that their own printer could do them in.
With all the fear, uncertainty and doubt swirling about data security in the wake of Edward Snowden, Target breaches and so on, it’s important for C-level execs to act, not retreat, according to speakers at the MIT CIO Symposium Wednesday.
Researchers out of Harvard, MIT and CERN got together to create a super-secure email program for privacy-focused users.
MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that learns what’s happening in videos by piecing together the things it sees into a complete picture. It could prove meaningful as more companies look to images and video to analyze everything from consumer behavior to health care.
The National Science Foundation just gave $15 million to three research projects trying to reinvent the internet. Here’s what those projects are doing and why they matter.
A compound discovered at MIT naturally has a feature known as a bandgap, which controls how electricity flows through it. Graphene does not have a bandgap, creating a challenge for adapting it to different applications.
A college campus, full of students already using meal points or campus cash, might be the perfect incubator for new ideas on how to use cryptocurrency.
Reports of the CIO’s demise were greatly exaggerated it turns out. Good CIOs are, in fact, strategic to corporate goals.
The Boston Globe unearthed details of the investigation that led to Aaron Swartz’s arrest and prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
This is a tough question that White House advisor John Podesta and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab brain trust wrestled with on Monday.
MIT has developed a system that will help robots act together in uncertain environments that takes into account multiple agents and unreliable communication. It might help make your home smarter too.
The problem with most heads-up displays now is if you move your head, the display goes poof. MIT researchers may have a solution.
The Kickstarter-funded film directed by Brian Knappenberger recounts Swartz’s campaign against the Stop Internet Privacy Act (SOPA).
MIT researchers have developed another interesting way to boost the efficiency of the typical silicon solar cell.
WiTrack could be used for new kinds of gaming or to trigger help for the elderly when they fall. It is an update to earlier work released by MIT in June.
A startup that’s recently been spun off from MIT — SolidEnergy — is making materials for lithium ion batteries for electric cars…
Researchers genetically engineered viruses to build nanowires the batteries rely on when they charge and recharge. The process is safer and more green than traditional techniques.
A new visualization platform, Timescape wants to extend the ways in which global organizations visualize narratives.
Where to begin? A silk construction using silk worms and advanced machinery; VR codes that embed video info in displays and — of course — robots! All courtesy of MIT Media Lab.
Harvard Business School is reportedly getting into online education with a new initiative called HBX.
IBM is teaming with MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to advance the state of the art in building smarter computer systems. Their research ranges from automatically classifying text and images to human-computer interaction.
Researchers at MIT have developed tools for non-programmers to develop mobile disaster apps — thanks to an old Google product.
An MIT professor has conducted some handy research that could help make applications run faster and use less energy by overcoming an…
Boston is worried that employment contracts that limit workers’ mobility is leading young entrepreneurs to move to California. In a “big shift,” it’s planning to change the law.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/08/swartz-foia-release Legal action by Wired.com reporter Kevin Poulsen has succeeded in getting the Secret Service to start releasing its file on deceased…
It turns out for all the democratization of the web, a mob mentality of sorts still exists. An MIT study shows that early positive recommendations for articles lead to more likes and upvotes.
Tynker, a Mountain View startup behind a visual programming language for kids, now offers a plot-driven, gamified way to learn how to code.
The university’s 180-page report says MIT did no wrong but could have done better handling the Aaron Swartz case.
While other meds-reminder apps require users to input data Nightingale is trying to solve the problem using the phone’s accelerometer and other sensors to learn users’ habits.
The Secret Service is set to release files related to the death of hacking activist Aaron Swartz, but now MIT has asked for a new delay in order to review the documents.
Researchers have long sought to build computers with the common sense that is innate to humans. An project out of MIT takes a shot at it by building a database of connected concepts and terms.
Dr. Amar Bose, one of the leading lights of acoustics has died. He was 83. A life long academic, he also started Bose Corporation in 1964. He is survived by his son, Vanu Bose.
Learning to program isn’t for everyone, but people are increasingly saying it should be considered an integral element of digital literacy. But perhaps new research from MIT might change that.
Further growth of online sales is inevitable. This continued shift from brick-and-mortar retail shops to the online world affects everyone from the manufacturer to the distributor. Those looking to stay competitive must understand a new set of consumer wants and needs, new business models emerging, and those technologies that hold the most promise for the future.
Smartphones and tablets are changing the way we cook food and decide where we eat out. E la Carte wants to extend that digital experience to the restaurant menu and dining table.
The International Monetary Fund will offer finance courses to government officials — and, eventually, the general public — through the Harvard- and MIT-backed online learning site edX.
As interest in massive open online courses (MOOCs) expands around the world, overseas startups like Berlin-based iversity want to take on American MOOC providers Coursera, edX and Udacity.
In his Disruptions column for the New York Times, Nick Bilton laments the echo chamber of Silicon Valley. When you live in an industry town like San Francisco, you start to see things with a narrower perspective that eventually makes you oblivious to the big picture.
CIOs may be the kings of the IT heap within their companies but they are also under siege — new technologies from outside, recalcitrant CEOs, budget-stealing CMOS. Some things to ponder.
The intersection between robots, makers and marketing has hit fever pitch with the creation of a robot mixologist built in partnership with Coke and Barcardi. Meet the Makr Shakr.
MIT will publish documents now under seal about the Aaron Swartz prosecution, but it will edit them to protect individuals’ privacy and the security of the school’s networks, according to MIT president Rafael Reif.
Web snooping busybodies may be a pain in the butt, but they serve a useful purpose, according to MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito.
Friends, family and colleagues memorialized computer activist Aaron Swartz and put MIT’s role in his prosecution front and center on Tuesday afternoon at MIT Media Lab.
A proposed MIT Media Lab project backed by Lab director Joi Ito would allow the lab’s corporate sponsors to fund work by promising graduates.
Say goodbye to the much-hyped artificial leaf from MIT-spin out Sun Catalytix. According to MIT Tech Review the startup is now building a flow battery, which is a major change in strategy for the venture capital and Department of Energy-backed company.
If you want robots and people to work together efficiently, you need to cross-train them to build teamwork, according to new research from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Do you have new ideas about advertising, social media or publishing that you’d like to try out at the New York Times? Now’s your chance. The company will take in three to five companies for a 4-month, in-house partnership.
As we become more and more reliant on silicon and bandwidth, the need for fundamental technology breakthroughs has never been more acute. Scientists are working on those solutions and the marriage of optical and silicon is an area of immense focus. Here are three notable breakthroughs.
MIT researchers are looking to make more efficient solar cells by creating a funnel-like structure in a semiconductor material in order to make use of a broader spectrum of sunlight.
Meraki, a San Francisco-based company that came out of MIT Roofnet project, has been acquired by Cisco for $1.2 billion in cash. With $100 million in bookings for 2012, Meraki was reflection of the growing demand for WiFi in a smartphone & tablet infested world
Two major trends could open the door to robotic care givers that help senior citizens stay in their homes longer. First, robots are getting more people friendly. And second: people are getting more robot friendly.
If you take a 3D printer, fill it with hydrogel, add a few cardiac rat cells and a novel design, you’d get this University of Illinois bio-bot, a self-propelled robot that is about a quarter of an inch long and may be the future of engineering.
There is no shortage of ambition in this class of startups. NDB Nano claims to turn air into water; Ovuline “makes” babies; Careport automates post-hospital care; BetterFit aims to take the trial-and-error out of medications; and Urban Hero has reinvented the spring.
Automation is becoming more prevalent in the military, in hospitals and even in our scaled out web systems. But so far, people still have to control or monitor these systems, which can be a pretty dull job. Research from MIT shows how to make it better.
As the availability and awareness of open educational resources grows, educators and open-content publishers are experimenting with hackathon-style content collaborations among subject-matter experts to create high school and college textbooks over the course of a few weekends.
Mobile technology and social networks aren’t just disruptive to existing industries like communications and media, they are also helping the change the way that students learn and how education is delivered both in North America and around the world. And the disruption is just beginning.
Sure, Baxter the Robot can pack boxes or maybe even assemble furniture. But he — er, it — may one day help senior citizens stay in their homes longer. Rethink Robotics’ Baxter made his public debut Wednesday at EMtech 2012 at MIT.
Given the world’s inability to stem the flow of CO2 in the atmosphere — or even put a price on that flow — new scenarios to mitigate global warming are coming to the fore. Pumping sulfuric acid into the stratosphere could help, says Harvard’s David Keith.
In photojournalist Rick Smolan’s latest book, The Human Face of Big Data, he shares more than 100 stories revealing the concrete, mind-blowingly powerful ways big data is changing how we consume energy, receive healthcare, monitor the environment and more. Take a look at five examples.
10gen, the company behind the popular MongoDB database, is working with the nonprofit open source education initiative edX to offer free online MongoDB courses. 10gen CEO and co-founder Dwight Merriman will teach one of the classes.
A two-way partnership will allow the Boston Globe to tap into the research prowess of a university. The arrangement may be another way to reinvigorate traditional news outlets.
It is hard to imagine that it has only been five years since the smartphone revolution started in earnest. The sensor driven modern marvels are not only redefining how we interact with the world, but they are also having unintended consequences. Like helping make cheaper robots.
A new research study shows that carriers may be charging for mobile data that you don’t actually consume. A test of two U.S. mobile networks found that carriers count every byte they ship you even if your phone is incapable of receiving that data.
After offering its own online course, Power Searching with Google, the search giant is releasing the technology it used to support the class as an open source online learning project. The Course Builder software lets anyone with basic technical expertise to create an online class.
Some of the names on this year’s Technology Review list of 35 innovators under 35 are SUNY Buffalo materials chemist Sarbajit Banerjee, Lookout Mobile Security’s John Hering, as well as some familiar folks like Dropbox’s Drew Houston and Pinterest’s Ben Silbermann.
MIT grad students studying Robust Robotics designed a plane that can operate in tight spots — avoiding pillars and low ceilings — without a GPS or outside help. The plane uses an on-board laser range finder and inertial sensors to fly right.
During a Formula 1 race a driver experiences wrenching forces of more than 4.5G. His heart rate may exceed 180 beats per minute…
Cheap, abundant, natural gas in the U.S. is remaking the American energy landscape. Can turning it into chemicals make one startup – and its new investors, which include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – filthy rich?
Ginger.io, an up-and-coming Boston area health IT startup, is opening an office in San Francisco. The company, which grew out of MIT, will retain its Cambridge, Mass. headquarters but morph into a bi-coastal effort, according to CEO Anmal Madan.
Freemium can only offer the hope that customers will fall in love with your product and be willing to pay for it later. This is a scattershot approach to monetization. Rags Srinivasan argues that it’s time to take a deliberate and more targeted approach.
The high-tech industry, heck industry in general, would be better off if academic researchers could bring the fruits of their labor to market faster. That’s an old argument, brought up anew in a blog by Matt Welsh, a software engineer at Google.
Funding innovation and manufacturing (and job creation) is a big theme in this election year for Obama’s administration. The DOE announced Tuesday that it’s giving away $54 million to 13 projects for technologies that will help manufacturers reduce energy use and lower production costs.
Anyone who has used Microsoft Excel since 1993 has likely dabbled at least once with VBA, or Visual Basic for Applications. Now, a pair of MIT students have created an plug-in alternative to VBA called IronSpread, which uses the cross-platform Python scripting language.
The greater Boston area’s bid to be the go-to big data hub will get a boost as Intel and MIT will announce the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data as well as bigdata@CSAIL, a research group for MIT academics and industry researchers.
In an interview about the future of the media industry, Google’s head of news products Richard Gingras said that newspapers are like old-fashioned internet portals such as AOL and Yahoo, and that unless they can adapt to the web instead of fighting it they are doomed.
We’ve heard an awful lot about lean startups lately. Now it’s time to focus on Phat Startups — companies willing to take big risks to solve big problems — like clean energy and nuclear waste remediation, according to Jamie Goldstein, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners.
Charles River neighbors Harvard and MIT are working together on technology to power free, online coursework for students. The two schools will share ownership of the new $60 million edX initiative but the underlying MITx technology will be open-sourced for use by other schools.
In his quest to map the connections in the brain, MIT professor Sebastian Seung is turning citizen science into a game. In this video, he talks about his project, Eyewire, and how prior experience with coloring books is all you need to play.
The Digital Public Library of America, a Harvard-led initiative to create a national digital library, is an awesome idea whose implementation is difficult to understand. This chart helps.
Clarence Wooten had some words of wisdom for MIT Sloan School of Management grad students who might go the startup route. Wooten-backed startups include Image Cafe which debuted in 1998 and was bought for $23 million seven months later by Network Solutions/Verisign.
The chip industry has a problem — can looking to the architecture of the web help? The tradeoff between faster performance and power consumption has led the chip industry to add more and more cores to each chip to keep delivering more speed and features to users.
Here’s five ideas for powering the coming Internet of Things, including energy harvesting technologies like the sun, vibration, movement and temperature changes.
We’ve seen 3-D printers that create previously designed objects, but what about smart grains of sand that self-replicate things? It’s not science fiction: MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is demonstrating intelligent, 1 cm cubes that can assume any shape through magnetism principles and algorithms.
Curious about where mHealth and Health 2.0 innovations are headed? Check out the third annual Health Data Initiative Forum, aka Health Datapalooza, June 5–6. If the success of previous programs is any indicator, several hot new startups should emerge from this year’s event.
Tablets and smartphones are very personal devices, but software for them is built for the masses. What if you need a very specific app on your Android phone? You could build it yourself with the MIT App Inventor even if you have very little programming knowledge.
Tapping into computer models that can simulate chemical reactions between materials could significantly speed up the pace of progress for battery innovation.
Researchers from UC Santa Barbara, Intel and IBM have shown they can send data between servers without those pesky Ethernet cables, using 60 GHz wireless and bouncing radio signals off the ceiling. It’s crazy, but wireless could offer fat pipes economically over short distances.
MIT next spring will launch a pilot of MITx online-only courses geared to reach prospective learners around the world. And, the university plans to open source the underlying technology coursework infrastructure for use by other educational institutions.
Most venture capitalists obsess on the latest shiny object for youngish consumers. That’s remarkably shortsighted. The aging U.S. population is a potential gold mine for entrepreneurs that can build technologies to help this huge population remain active and stay in their homes as long as possible.
Efforts to modernize the U.S. grid in recent years have emerged as a hodgepodge of pilot projects, the installation of new technology and hefty financial backing from the U.S. government and private investors. How to plan for such a change is a daunting task.
The latest version of Affectiva’s mood-sensing wristband combines its sensor with Bluetooth so the device can broadcast your emotions to a web site. Granted, the $2,000 sensor is used primarily in research and certain medical situations, but it doesn’t have to stop there.
Exclusive: There are lots of great summer internships at Silicon Valley startups. But top engineering students often pass them up for the money and name recognition companies like Google can provide. So Kleiner Perkins has partnered with InternMatch to attract top-flight students to its portfolio companies.
Several of the young entrepreneurs at this week’s MIT Emtech 2011 conference were executives from established companies but many more were academic researchers who said the divide between “pure research” and commercialization is bigger than ever as the lengthy recession persists.
Most of the entrepreneurial pitches this week at MIT’s Emtech 2011 focused on elevating high-tech for markets that are already pretty tech saturated. Folks talked about smart vehicular networks that will allow cars to share information. Two entrepreneurs went the other way.
Imagine if your car could know about a huge pothole just ahead. Or a traffic snarl. Or both. Would that be of interest to you? USC researcher Bhaskar Krishnamachari is working to enable a peer-to-peer network of “smart” cars that share information as they travel.
The Jetson’s Rosie the Robot is not reality yet, but new-age robots are getting smarter and more adaptive given new toolsets, artifiical intelligence and good old-fashioned training, according to robotics experts at the Emtech 2011 conference at MIT this week.
We are moving from the information age to the insight age. So the computer industry is building chip with more cores to keep up with influx of data and the need to process it faster. But more cores means new ways of programming.
There’s nothing like a face-to-face conversation, but that hasn’t stopped businesses and technologists from bridging the distance that separates us using telephones, video conferencing, fancy robots, and now wormholes, to give the illusion of being there. So what do these services need to succeed?
As businesses rely more and more on analytics and data to make strategic decisions, they continue to struggle with some thorny issues, such as incorporating data into company culture and allowing employees to access the data they need, according to a recent study.
Thanks to the rating systems in place on such popular websites as Yelp, Amazon and eBay, many people are comfortable evaluating things in absolute terms: a two-star restaurant, a B movie and so on. But new MIT research says this approach is fundamentally flawed.
The Knight Foundation says it wants to help reinvent local and community-level media through the Center for Civic Media at MIT — the non-profit entity just announced new funding for the center, and a new director in online media pioneer and long-time Harvard University fellow Ethan Zuckerman.
The “uncanny valley”– the quality of an animation or robot looking close to, but not exactly like, real life — may be set to get even smaller. MIT researchers have developed new computing techniques for reproducing the slight natural blur of moving objects in animation.
A buzzy startup working on a battery that sandwiches molten salt between two layers of liquid metal, has gotten seed funding from Bill Gates. The company is called Liquid Metal Battery, and it’s the brainchild of MIT Professor Donald Sadoway.
MIT’s Media Lab is a hothouse of talent that helped usher in the digital revolution of the 1990s — but as the Internet has become dominated by large companies, its influence has waned. Now incoming director Joi Ito must help it regain its momentum.
People are complicated organisms that have evolved systems of feedback and governance to ensure our minds and out bodies perform well. As computers gain more cores, MIT scientists are building an operating system to create a similar system of feedback to ensure the machine performs well.
Silicon wafer production has been in existence for decades, yet there is stil room for improving the process. That’s the thinking behind a new venture undertaken by 1366 Technologies, which has raised $20 million to take its new technology out of the lab and into the factory.
MIT’s Technology Review magazine has released its annual list of the top young innovators under 35, a group that includes sociologist and Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd, Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp, telecom scientist Gabriel Charlet and David Kobia, co-founder of web-based emergency services network Ushahidi.
The “Internet of Things” (IoT) will likely be one of the most important technological advances of this century. The emergence of Cloud computing, meanwhile, has created the application and device management backbone needed to scale to and support billions of connected objects. Consumer, governmental and business trends are also pushing us toward the IoT. And despite inhibitors to growth, such as privacy issues and creating sustainable business models, we will see increasing benefits in our personal and community lives as the IoT takes hold.
I have encountered executives who were balls of fire mid-morning, but turned into stone by 4 p.m.; I’ve coached creative types who rocked the house in the early a.m. but were slackers at lunchtime; and I’ve seen consultants whose best work got done after dinner.
While the web is moving to video from text and is increasingly becoming more personal, we’re still viewing it on a flat screen — sometimes two or three flat screens. What if we could also interact with what we’re looking at, and in 3-D?
MIT’s Media Lab today showed off a thin LCD screen that can respond to both touch and gestures. They call it a bidirectional screen, or BiDiScreen for short. The tech on display uses LCDs with built-in optics and new algorithms to allow for gesture control.
The leaders of several university energy departments were solidly optimistic about the prospects of the international climate talks that begin in Copenhagen…
For many people, it’d be difficult to find a relationship between farmers in Zacatecas, Mexico and mobile technology. But students at MIT’s…
Mad for Mitsubishi’s iMiEV: Mitsubishi Motors rose the most in almost five months on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today after a report…
Back before the stimulus package or the Waxman-Markey bill, when no one was sure whether tax credits for renewable energy would be…
Updated with additional information from MIT: The MIT students behind startup Levant Power have already won over some tough crowds, drawing interest…
When it comes to the warming of the planet, you never know how much of an effect a single, seemingly innocuous, policy…
There’s been a lot of people wondering how much authority Obama’s energy czar Carol Browner would wield. The administration created the new…
The issue of driving while talking on a cell phone has two distinct sides, and no matter which side of that issue…
Kevin was all over the rumors out of Asia yesterday that Apple (s aapl) is ready to produce a netbook this year.…
Can a car run on solar? Yes —as long as you don’t need to fit a whole lot in your trunk. And…
Every year, MacWorld and CES fall on the same week in January, and every year that week causes an explosion of gadget…
Researchers at Portugal’s Technical University of Lisbon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a device to tap the power…
Thin-film solar companies may not like questions about their conversion efficiency, but two new studies out this week from MIT and UCLA…
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say a shorter-term solution, with cheaper start-up costs, could help spread the use of carbon capture and storage at coal plants and still clean up a large amount of carbon dioxide.
The Firefox 3 “awesome bar” generally does a good job of finding the web page you want when you start typing into it. With its ability to look into your history, go to a URL, or trigger a search of the web, it offers multiple avenues to get to where you want to go. But it can still be improved. If you find yourself navigating around the web on a frequent basis (and what web worker doesn’t?) here are a selection of ways to supercharge your searching.
A startup out of MIT called 1366 Technologies, which is developing new ways to manufacture and design silicon-based solar cells, has moved…
Firefox users may have seen the blog announcement from Mozilla Labs last month introducing Ubiquity. Ubiquity is an “experiment into connecting the…
When it comes to all the gadget-y things that now fill up our world — from computers to mobile phones — we…
All tech startups need just a few ingredients to germinate: sophisticated money; first-rate technology universities; and a few template successes (a Google or a Facebook, and so on) to encourage founders to get off their duffs. Contrary to current wisdom, these ingredients exist in many communities outside of Silicon Valley –- in fact, they always have. Continue Reading.
Using nanorobots to build circuits is so last year’s fantasy. The latest technology of tomorrow uses viruses to construct everything from transistors…
Researchers at MIT say they have delivered a major breakthrough in storing solar energy, inspired by photosynthesis and using a catalyst made…
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said this week that they’ve found a way to etch pattern onto a chip lines…
WWD’s Mike Gunderloy covered Mozilla’s Weave project back in December, noting its usefulness in synchronizing bookmarks between a user’s various installations of…
Most solar companies use silicon to turn solar energy into electrical energy, but researchers at the University of Tel Aviv have recently…
In honor of Earth Day, we’re borrowing from our friends over at Earth2Tech in order to celebrate the infrastructure, gadgets and web…
Google Docs is a definite blessing to web workers. It allows for easy document creation with only a web browser and includes…
It’s a gorgeous day to work out in the back yard.
Like many people, I use more than one computer over the course of the day. Keeping my documents folder synced between machines…
I can’t claim to have tried this simply because I’ve shied away from Plaxo, but if you use the service, you can…
Following up on part 1 of my interview with the creative minds behind AppleGeeks.com, here’s what Ananth Panagariya had to say about…
So you splurged for a new Blackberry 8800 and you’re on a four-day workweek at 10 hours a day. You’re not going…
Boeing, the big airplane maker is rethinking its in-flight WiFi access service, Connexion. According to The Wall Street Journal, the service is…
Watch jkOnTheRun Audio Edition #19 here (WMV format, 320×240, 85.8 MB, 34:28 minutes) OK, we won’t win any Academy Awards for this…
Verizon is doing its very best to roll out IPTV services on its spanking new FIOS network. Its mega-billion dollar investment could…
Mark Evans hopes Vonage’s marketing campaign is going to kickstart the VoIP business in Canada, but is not that optimistic. Local calls…
We have all seen Mirra, the connected storage drive, and some of us have liked it as well. And that despite the…