The nation used Twitter to mark the second inauguration of President Obama and to get information on the Boston Marathon bombing, but the year's most retweeted tweet was about the sudden death of a TV star.
Problems persist on the back end of HealthCare.gov, which must process accurate enrollment information so insurers can receive premium payments and start coverage for consumers. Reconciliation of the data just started this week, as time to fix problems is running out.
The communications agency's commissioners voted 3-2 to consider new rules allowing voice calls while jetliners are in the air — something that's been forbidden on U.S. flights.
Ireland has made a concerted effort to grow its tech industry, through tax incentives and development programs. Officials credit the initiative with helping uplift the country's economy. But the country has also faces local and international criticism for its approach.
December 11, 2013 After a few moments of review, the top life events people reported in 2013 can read like a 10-sentence short story — perhaps a fable, or a coming-of-age tale. In the U.S., hot topics included the Super Bowl, Pope Francis, and the Harlem Shake.
December 11, 2013 The technology creates the illusion of taste by sending electrical and thermal stimulation to different parts of the tongue. Imagine tasting food on TV cooking shows, getting rewarded with a treat for succeeding in a video game or sharing a meal with a friend on social media.
December 11, 2013 Some of the best new digital apps are coming from the youngest tech innovators. Middle school students Xavier Manning and Ciara Chase created apps that make their community better: from improving garbage collection to finding missing teens. Guest host Celeste Headlee talk to the students, and their guidance counselor Carletta Hurt.
December 11, 2013 CBS This Morning used Toto's "Africa" as the song to play over a montage of photos showing the Nelson Mandela memorial service. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tweeted about it, and soon even Toto's co-founder was weighing in.
December 11, 2013 When it comes time to fertilizing a cornfield, most farmers use huge machines that weigh at least 10 tons. But three brothers in Minnesota have created a tiny robot they say can do the same job much more efficiently.
December 10, 2013 The Stanley Parable is an exploration game, as well as a narrative storytelling experiment, that puts into question the tried and true rules of video games and challenges the player's notions of choice and free will.
December 10, 2013 News that Microsoft was making a "smart bra" with sensors in it to stop women from overeating was too good to be true. But researchers say they're exploring sensor bracelets so that men too could potentially get alerts to stop them from emotional eating.
December 10, 2013 Also: Joan Didion on Martha Stewart; Alice Munro's Nobel interview; the difficulties of judging the National Book Awards.
December 9, 2013 The track record of products designed for digital privacy has been abysmal — at least until recently. Snapchat, wildly popular among teens, is changing assumptions about young people's desire for digital privacy. But it's not clear whether the trend will stick.