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Next week, the robots face off. Seventeen metal titans built by humans will duke it out at the preliminary rounds of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, where teams from around the world will show off designs and software that could end up in real-life rescue robots in the coming decades.
Ever wish Google's Street View extended into your back yard, or the little museum down the street, or your favorite hiking trail? Make your fantasy a reality by doing it yourself with a few of Android's "photo spheres" and a new online tool.First, you'll need to take a few dozen pictures.
New York City is rolling out what Mayor Michael Bloomberg says will be the nation’s largest continuous free outdoor public Wi-Fi network, covering 95 blocks in Harlem.
Today, the Twitter app for iOS and Android received a small tweak, with the biggest change coming to how users communicate via direct message (DM).
Twenty years ago Tuesday, id Software released "Doom," and the world of gaming has never been the same. While it wasn't the first shooter, it was inarguably one of the most influential, kicking off a new tradition both of complexity of gameplay — and of highly stylized, graphic violence.
Forget the North Pole. This Christmas, the gifts are coming from Cupertino, Calif., delivered by Apple to your iPhone or iPad.All you need to do: Download the free 12 Days of Gifts iOS app, then check in every day between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6 for a free song, app, book or movie from the iTunes store.
Just when you thought video game humor couldn't possibly get more puerile, there's a new mobile game that might just manage to outdo the upcoming "South Park" console game. "Family Guy," in partnership with the mobile game company TinyCo., is coming to iOS and Android.
We spent hours poring over spec sheets and reading reviews to determine that the $1,700 configuration of the Toshiba Qosmio X75 is the gaming laptop we'd buy because it has the right high power, high value components, at a great price.
Earlier this year, Cody Wilson, the 25-year-old founder Defense Distributed, a Texas-based group that promotes the use of 3-D printed guns, fired a .380 caliber bullet from a plastic gun called the "Liberator.
Telltale Games, the studio behind acclaimed narrative-driven games like 2012's "The Walking Dead" and this year's "The Wolf Among Us," has teamed up with HBO to create a new game based on the hit novel and television series "Game of Thrones.
As Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces claim control of a major highway needed to remove toxic chemicals by the Dec. 31 deadline, the country is experiencing almost complete outages for both Internet and telephone service, tech tracking firms observed Monday. As of 9:30 a.m.
While Americans were busy "Liking" each other's pet photos, Facebook was working behind the scenes, counting and ranking how many times users mentioned the year's most prominent people, places and events. Today, Facebook officially unveiled its 2013 Year in Review.
Eight Web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance.
SAN FRANCISCO — The startup is housed in a garage-style space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.
If you were upset about all the productivity-sucking, user-unfriendly features of Windows 8, take heart. Microsoft has heard your cries and responded … sort of. With Windows 8.1, the Redmond, Wash.
A secret unmanned reconnaissance aircraft built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. military has already begun test flights and could be ready for prime-time duty by 2015, according to a report in Aviation Week & Space Technology.
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S.
The Nikon 1 line is a bit of a mystery — are the compact interchangeable lens cameras for pros or amateurs? Photographers or filmmakers? The trouble is, very little sets them apart from fancier, better-performing cameras.