What if one day you accidentally step on your smartphone and instead of it shattering, it simply bends? Research underway at the Los Alamos National Lab could give consumers more durable smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Macworld's Dan Moren offers a reason to be optimistic about the future of Apple's new CarPlay in-car, iPhone user interface after its less-than-enthusiastic reception: Apple's expertise in developing and updating software.
NASA's $17.5 billion proposed fiscal 2015 budget would maintain the U.S. space agency's plan to send humans to Mars by 2030, to study near-Earth asteroids and to send astronauts to the International Space Station.
Both MirrorLink and Apple's new CarPlay will eventually be able to duplicate some iPhone functions on a car's in-vehicle infotainment system. But MirrorLink can also handle Android, Windows and Blackberry phones.
Apple's CarPlay user interface will not only add complexity to existing in-vehicle infotainment systems, it would virtually take away the keys from automakers who plan their own systems and interfaces.
Smart cities aren't the stuff of science fiction. Governments -- in the heartland and on both coasts -- are using sensors, social media, big data and other technologies to provide better services to citizens.
Today, lawyers at times have as much influence as engineers, if not more, and patents are used to fend off competitors and to force them to pay licensing fees that can run to billions of dollars annually.
The so-called "Internet of Things" will be littered with multiple, warring, incompatible standards and systems for connectivity, making it very unlike the actual Internet, which is a shame, writes columnist Mike Elgan.