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Sharon Gaudin

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.

Facebook: We can't and won't control emotions

Speaking about her company's controversial psychological experiment for the first time, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg apologized for upsetting users.

Google scoops up Songza and its modern version of the 80s mix tape

Google will acquire music streaming service Songza, which offers customized playlists on its free mobile app.

Brain-decoding chip, algorithms give quadriplegic movement again

Thanks to a computer chip, algorithms and nearly 10 years of research, a 23-year-old quadriplegic moved his fingers and hand with the power of his own thoughts.

Tech breakthroughs may mean 'digital everything' by 2025

Forget carrying a smartphone in your pocket. In about 10 years, we're likely to have digitally connected cars, smart homes, and refrigerators and dishwashers that can think for themselves.

7 things you need to know about Facebook's mood experiment

With the uproar continuing over Facebook's manipulation of users' News Feeds to conduct an experiment on emotions, there are several things people need to understand.

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.

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