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Sharon Gaudin

Ready the robots! DARPA sets finals for robotics challenge

Scientists from at least 11 robotics teams have less than a year to prepare to compete in the DARPA robotics challenge finals.

Facebook emotional manipulation test turns users into 'lab rats'

Users and analysts were in an uproar over the news that Facebook manipulated users' News Feeds to conduct a weeklong psychological study that affected about 700,000 people.

Google focused on big data, real-time analysis in the cloud

When it comes to big data, many enterprises are getting slammed with big problems. Google plans to focus on helping those companies over the next year.

Google looks into a future with 3D tablets, interactive animation

In Google's vision of the future, tablets will provide a 3D view of the world and smartphones will have uses that haven't been thought of yet.

What happened to smart homes, Glass and robots at Google I/O?

Of all the things Google officials talked about during the annual developers conference keynote, the things that had a lot of people buzzing were those the company didn't mention.

Google targets business users with cloud, Docs advances

After focusing on Android during much of today's lengthy keynote, Google officials turned their attention to the enterprise.

Google unveils voice-controlled Android Auto

Google is bringing its Android mobile operating system to one more thing that you use every day -- your car.

Could robots walk on stage at Google I/O?

Will Google CEO Larry Page walk out with a 330-lb. robot when he takes the stage this week at Google I/O, his company's developers conference? With Google's purchase of eight robotics companies, it could happen.

As Google+ nears 3rd anniversary, where does it go from here?

With Google's social network coming up on its third anniversary, industry analysts are wondering if the company is rethinking Google+ and where it goes from here.

NASA to launch asteroid-grabbing spacecraft in 2019

NASA expects expects to launch a robotic spacecraft in 2019 to direct an asteroid into an orbit around the moon.

How the cloud can make IT shops more innovative

Jobs at many IT departments have been primarily about maintenance -- handling crashed email systems, ever-expanding security perimeters and users who bringing their own devices to the office

Facebook tries to stop Snapchat drain with Slingshot

Facebook took direct aim at social competitor Snapchat with its new mobile app, Slingshot.

NASA will use Hubble to search for targets beyond Pluto

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will begin searching for an object beyond Pluto that the New Horizons spacecraft can explore next summer.

A good robot is hard to find -- or build

In the first two days of the NASA robotics challenge this week, every team failed.

At NASA's robot challenge, don't mistake trouble for failure

After years of research and late nights, a team of scientists set up their robot Thursday to take on a NASA-funded autonomous robotics challenge.

NASA challenge tests autonomous robots

This week robots with no human handler will be making their way through a field, searching for hockey pucks, blue rocks, wooden cubes and the like.

Stretchable electronics could lead to robotic skin, computerized clothes

Researchers at Purdue University have made an advance in stretchable electronics that could lead to computerized clothing and robots with humanlike skin that can "feel."

Google buys satellite company for Maps, Internet access

Google is signing a deal to buy Skybox Imaging, a California-based satellite company, for $500 million in cash.

University building simulated city to test driverless cars

The University of Michigan is building a 32-acre simulated city center complete with building facades, stoplights, intersections, traffic circles, and even construction sites to test driverless cars.

NASA successfully tests laser space transmissions

NASA successfully transmitted a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth using a new laser communications instrument.

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