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Sharon Gaudin

Changes afoot as DARPA challenge robots prep for upgrade

As researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute make their humanoid robot more autonomous, they're getting ready to get an upgrade robot this fall.

What to expect in Facebook's earnings call today

With Facebook set to release its Q2 earnings today, it's a safe bet company execs will talk about mobile issues and user growth.

Google tried to buy music giant Spotify

Google reportedly tried to buy popular music streaming service Spotify late last year, but the talks broke down and the deal didn't go through.

Google updates the Maps Explore Nearby feature -- for some users

Google is trying out a new Google Maps feature said to provide people with more information about their destinations, or about nearby points of interest, reports say.

NASA upgrades humanoid robot in space

The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is in the midst of getting a series of upgrades, including new processors and software in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it.

Enterprises increasingly look to the private cloud

Companies interested in moving to cloud computing are increasingly choosing a private cloud for the increased security and, often, compliance features instead of the public cloud, according to a recent survey.

Amazon.com mulls unlimited e-book subscription offer

Amazon.com looks to be prepping a $9.99-a-month e-book and audiobook subscription service dubbed "Kindle Unlimited."

Without the cloud, Microsoft may lose grasp on the enterprise

Microsoft's renewed push into cloud computing, announced this week, doesn't change the fact that it faces unprecedented competition in a business that's critical to its future.

NASA: Finding life on other planets is within our grasp

Many scientists believe we're not alone in the universe, and NASA researchers say discovering if that's true is within their reach.

Google moves closer to selling smart contacts

Google has reached a deal with Alcon to work together on smart contact lenses that can monitor diabetics' blood sugar levels.

45 years after moon landing, NASA looks to next giant leap

Forty-five years after Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, NASA scientists are looking forward to the next giant leap for mankind, and that next leap is likely to be on Mars.

Google's 3D mapping tech flying to space station

After a successful Sunday launch, the Cygnus cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station, carrying a Google 3D smartphone, along with a flock of tiny satellites.

NASA to use Google's Project Tango to update space robot

Robotic spheres aboard the International Space Station soon will will be quite a bit smarter, gaining the ability to fly safely and adroitly around the orbiter.

IBM eyes new chips for a new digital age

IBM plans to spend $3 billion to develop new computer chips and chip architectures. So what's this non-silicon future look like?

Particle collider gets an overhaul to better seek out dark matter, God particle

Scientists are prepping the Large Hadron Collider for the start of its third two-year run next year.

Google goes mum on Glass release plans

Google executives are no longer saying whethert Glass will be ready for release in 2014.

Could you quit Facebook for 99 days?

What would you do with your time if you gave up Facebook for 99 days?

Are PCs dead? Certainly not, as demand for upgraded systems is set to explode

The rumors of the PC's demise have been greatly exaggerated, analysts say.

WPI scientists on the road to DARPA's robotics finals

With the DARPA robotics challenge finals less than a year away, roboticists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are already working on the robot they hope will not only win the challenge but one day act as a search and rescue worker.

Google's Larry Page talks of killing the 40-hour work week

Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page said we may someday see more part-time work weeks than we do today -- and that would be a good thing.

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Sharon Gaudin Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld.