New system could improve software reliability and security

Computer scientists at Columbia Engineering say they've developed a system that makes multithreaded programs run more stably and efficiently.

Parents help kids lie to get on Facebook

Most underage Facebook users are joining the site with the full knowledge - and even help - of their parents.

Google explains why it's showing you that ad

Many of us must at some time or another have squinted suspiciously  at our screen while performing a search and wondered just why Google's showing us this particular ad.

Canonical wants Ubuntu on tablets and smartphones

Canonical has confirmed plans to expand its Ubuntu Linux distribution to tablets, smartphones and other mobile interactive devices.

Occupy the URL lets you protest from the comfort of home

If you can't make it to Wall Street - or can't be bothered - it's now possible to have all the fun of a protest demo without getting arrested or rained on.

Father of AI passes away at 84

Artificial intelligence (AI) researcher John McCarthy has passed away at the age of 84.

News popular on tablets - paying for it, not so much

Tablet owners spend more time reading the news than they do on Facebook - but they're not prepared to pay for that news, a survey shows.

AMD wants Android on x86 APUs

Google's popular Android operating system is typically associated with RISC-powered ARM devices such as smartphones and tablets.

MC Hammer to launch search engine

Yes, you read that right. Rapper MC Hammer has announced plans to launch a search engine called WireDoo.

Google kills off Buzz

Google's announced that it's to shut down its Buzz social network to focus on Google+.

Father of UNIX and C passes away at 70

Dennis Ritchie - the co-inventor of UNIX and C - has passed away at the age of 70.

Google engineer apologizes for 'rant'

The Google engineer who yesterday made the mistake of posting criticism of Google+ publicly has withdrawn what he calls a 'long opinionated rant'.

Google+ slammed by...Google engineer?

A Google engineer has publicly criticized the recently launched social networking platform on... Google+.

Apple rolls out iOS 5

iOS 5 - the latest iteration of Apple’s popular mobile operating system - is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Software identifies dodgy crime scene gawpers

It's true, apparently, that criminals - especially arsonists - often return to the scene of their crime, as do IED bomb makers in the Middle East.

How to run Android apps on Windows with BlueStacks

BlueStacks has rolled out the alpha version of its App Player for Windows. The software allows users to run their favorite Android apps on Windows-based PCs or tablets.

Google+ hemorrhages users as novelty wears off

Well, if you haven't got round to joining Google+, you now have a good excuse not to bother: many of those who did have abandoned it.

Facebook launches iPad app, at last

Facebook's finally launched its long-awaited iPad app, filling a gpaing hole in its lineup, and has also improved its mobile apps.

Google intros versatile Dart for web devs

Google wants you to know there is a new language on the block dubbed "Dart" - which Mountain View describes as a class-based, optionally typed platform for building web apps.

Whee! Google adds helicopter view for route planning

Planning a trip can be fun - but getting directions usually isn't. While it's one of the most-used features on Google Maps, it's all generally a bit of a chore.