Why Do Some Programming Languages Live and Others Die?

Google wants to change the way the world writes software. In recent years, the search giant has unveiled two new programming languages that seek to improve on some of the most widely used languages on the planet. Read More >>

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Steve Jobs’s Pentagon File: Blackmail Fears, Youthful Arrest and LSD Cubes

Steve Jobs thought someone might kidnap his daughter in order to blackmail him, according to a newly released Department of Defense document that was filled out in the 1980s when Jobs underwent a background check for a Top Secret security clearance. Read More >>

Flame Hijacks Microsoft Update to Spread Malware Disguised As Legit Code

It's a scenario security researchers have long worried about, a man-in-the-middle attack that allows someone to impersonate Microsoft Update to deliver malware - disguised as legitimate Microsoft code - to unsuspecting users. Read More >>

Chemists Outrun Laws in War on Synthetic Drugs

The war on drugs has a new front, and so far it appears to be a losing one. Read More >>

£6,500 iPad Prototype Was ‘Most Likely’ Stolen Property, Says eBay Seller

Auctioning off Apple prototypes is tricky business. If you're the seller, there's always the chance that Apple will try to shut you down, and ask for the device back. The man who was selling an iPad prototype with two dock connectors suspected this when he posted his eBay auction. Read More >>

Sergey Brin Finally Lets Someone Else Wear Google Glass

Sergey Brin has once again hit the town with Project Glass -- but this time he let someone else wear Google's augmented reality headset. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom wore the specs on The Gavin Newsom Show, and later told Wired about his brief experience with one of the world's most rarefied pieces of technology. Read More >>

This Rock Could Spy on You for Decades

America is supposed to wind down its war in Afghanistan by 2014. But U.S. forces may continue to track Afghans for years after the conflict is officially done. Palm-sized sensors, developed for the American military, will remain littered across the Afghan countryside -- detecting anyone who moves nearby and reporting their locations back to a remote headquarters. Some of these surveillance tools could be buried in the ground, all-but-unnoticeable by passersby. Others might be disguised as rocks, with wafer-sized, solar-rechargeable batteries that could enable the sensors to operate for perhaps as long as two decades, if their makers are to be believed. Read More >>

Meet ‘Flame’, The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers

A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation. Read More >>

All The World’s Subways Are Converging to a Single Optimal Layout

After decades of urban evolution, the world's major subway systems appear to be converging on an ideal form. Read More >>

Can Siri Find a Cure for Cancer?

Can Siri help you find a cure for cancer? As it stands, this is a bit beyond the skills of the talking virtual assistant on Apple's iPhone. But British Telecom is putting her through a kind of biomedical training. Last month, at a conference in Boston, BT's Bas Burger used Siri to launch a mock experiment that analysed data on the new cloud service the company build specifically for life sciences R&D. Read More >>

Google and Oracle Enter Round Two of Heavyweight Legal Fight

After the jury returned a partial verdict in the copyright phase of the Google-Oracle trial -- unable to decide whether Google's recreation of the Java platform constituted "fair use" of Oracle's copyright -- the trial has now entered the patent phase, where the same jury will seek to decide whether Google infringed on Oracle's patents. Read More >>

Everyone Has Been Hacked. Now What?

The attackers chose their moment well.

James Cameron Wants to Convert Everyone to 5D

James Cameron wants everyone to adopt "5-D," a term coined by the film and television industry to describe shooting in 2-D and 3-D simultaneously. Read More >>

SpaceX Forced to Delay Launch to Space Station

SpaceX has once again been forced to delay the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft. The latest launch date was scheduled for Monday, May 7 from Cape Canaveral in Florida and a new date hasn't been set. Issues with the software responsible for controlling the automated spacecraft have caused several of the past issues and are assumed to be responsible for these latest delays. Read More >>

Why iOS Apps Look Better Than Android Apps

You might think app design is app design, whether the software is being developed for iOS or Android. But, in fact, creating highly polished, elegant-looking apps is simply easier to do when developing for iOS. That's the prevailing conventional wisdom among developers who code for both platforms. Read More >>