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'The Human Face of Big Data' shows how tech changes lives

"The Human Face of Big Data" offers a geek-out-worthy coffee-table book that aims to give readers, through photography and short articles, a glimpse of how powerful new data processing capabilities are changing people's lives.


Technology built into mannequins helping stores track customers

An Italian firm sells a mannequin that has a camera built into one of its eyes that ports data into facial recognition software that can tell the age, gender and race of people walking by.

Next up: exascale computers, expected to arrive by 2020

If the increase in supercomputer speeds continue at their current pace, we will see the first exascale machine by 2020, estimated the maintainers of the Top500 compilation of the world's fastest systems.

Hacking contest encourages women to enter tech

Computer security conferences tend to be male-dominated affairs. It's not that women aren't present, but just not anywhere near their normal proportional representation in society.


Have a new software idea? FundaGeek wants to help fund it.

This brand-new crowdfunding platform is targeted specifically at software developers.

ORNL Titan supercomputer

Titan supercomputer hits 20 petaflops of processing power

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has deployed a 20-petaflop supercomputer called Titan, which the lab hopes will give the U.S. an edge over China and Japan in the race to build the world's fastest computers.

World Standards Day celebrates consistent design

October 14 is World Standards Day, which recognizes the importance technical standards. It began with the early lesson of standard gear for firefighting, and continues today with standards online.


Hardware, chips picture looks bleak on Wall Street

Though tech stocks on the Nasdaq are up about 16 percent for the year, they were up about 25 percent for the year about a month ago.


Tech bets on Obama with campaign donations

In a survey of 222 C-level executives at tech firms, law firm DLA Piper found that 76 percent believe Barack Obama will win the Nov. 6 election, while 24 percent predict a win for Mitt Romney.

Xerox Mobile Scanner: A versatile companion for business travelers

Outfitted with an Eye-Fi SD Card, this lightweight portable scanner can wirelessly transmit JPG images and PDFs to computers, the Web, or your Android or iOS mobile device.