June 12, 2013 TURNSTYLEThe last time most video game players were excited about virtual reality was the 1990s. But at the E3 gaming conference this week, game developers have been tinkering with Oculus VR's new hardware. It's not ready for consumers yet, but Oculus Rift holds the promise of reviving the dream of VR.
June 12, 2013 Tech companies that field National Security Agency data requests are currently barred from sharing those requests publicly. But Google, Microsoft and Facebook all have a financial interest in showing their users that the NSA does not enjoy unfettered access to their data.
June 12, 2013 The Estonian capital is dotted with medieval towers and Soviet architecture that belie its status as one of the world's most technologically advanced cities. Residents use a smart card to ride the bus, and mail packages and pay for parking with their phones.
June 12, 2013 The details about the NSA's foreign surveillance programs are still not fully understood. And for many people, neither are the terms associated with some of the stories. What, exactly, is "metadata"? What does an "algorithm" do? We've tried to explain.
June 12, 2013 Systems that turn a driver's speech into text are the most distracting. Drivers in a University of Utah test experienced a kind of inattention blindness that mean they sometimes overlooked potential hazards.
June 11, 2013 It's that time again, when the video game gods unveil the new beasts that they will soon release into the wild and see who comes out on top. But at its E3 presentation this week, Sony may have taken the early lead with its PS4, a next-generation system with features that seem aimed at those disappointed with Microsoft's Xbox One.
June 11, 2013 Citing its work to earn its users' trust, Google asks to reveal the numbers of national security requests it receives, including those made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
June 10, 2013 Young people readily share information about themselves online, but they nevertheless place a high priority on privacy.
June 10, 2013 More Americans are using the Internet than ever before, and smartphones could be bridging the divide among race and ethnic groups.
June 10, 2013 The former first lady, former secretary of state, and former (also future?) presidential contender started with a shout-out to the creators of a funny series of posts about her text messages. She's @HillaryClinton.
June 9, 2013 Revelations about government surveillance have motivated a lot of reactions, some of which take into account that we gain something for some of the data we give up in our day-to-day lives. But the transaction is different when the government is involved.