technology

  • January 8, 2013   BY Spencer Michels  

    Several hundred college level courses taught by top professors are now available online for free, and several million students around the globe are signing up to take advantage of the new phenomenon. The classes are called MOOCs, for massive open … Continue reading

  • January 8, 2013   BY Spencer Michels  

    Online learning at the university level comes in a variety of flavors. The hottest one right now is the MOOC, or massive open online courses, that are primarily given for free and do not, for the most part, carry transferrable … Continue reading

  • December 26, 2012   BY Rob Pegoraro  

    Rob Pegoraro tries to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through reporting, reviewing and analysis — from 1999 to 2011 as the Washington Post’s tech columnist, now for … Continue reading

  • October 31, 2012   BY Spencer Michels  

    Hundreds of years ago, map makers mistakenly represented California as an island off the west coast of North America. Today’s digital cartographers wouldn’t dream of making such a huge mistake, but they’re not perfect either. As maps become more advanced … Continue reading

  • October 9, 2012  

    Two of the largest telecom companies in the world are looking to expand to the U.S. market. But the House Intelligence Committee has charged that Huawei and ZTE have ties to the Chinese government and run a potential cyber-security risk, recommending their products and services should be avoided. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • August 24, 2012   BY News Desk  

    For the past year, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics have been locked in a showdown over dominance of a $200 billion-plus smartphone and tablet market. In April 2011, Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung, making accusations that the … Continue reading

  • July 13, 2012  

    Miles O’Brien examines power grid reliability in a neighborhood near Austin, Texas that uses “smart grid” technology to track – and control – its energy consumption. Continue reading

  • June 27, 2012  

    A recent battle involving University of Virginia’s president is highlighting the increasing pressures facing public universities. Jeffrey Brown discusses the national context with Gordon Gee of Ohio State University, George Cohen of University of Virginia Law School and Anne Neal of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Continue reading

  • June 13, 2012   BY Hari Sreenivasan  

    Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, announced they are changing up how they will bill for data services across devices. The new plan, called Share Everything, means new customers and current customers who choose to opt in have one … Continue reading

  • May 24, 2012  

    Part of his series on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman has been showcasing the future of technology from a recent conference run by a California think tank — things such as 3-D printing of prosthetic legs and iPhone heart tests. But the conference also resurfaced an age-old question about the future of human workers. Continue reading