Stories by Sharon Gaudin

Google's next frontier: What it means to be healthy

Google has launched a new project, dubbed the Baseline Study, that seeks to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be healthy.

Changes afoot as DARPA challenge robots prep for upgrade

As researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute make their humanoid robot more autonomous, they're getting ready to get an upgrade robot this fall.

What to expect in Facebook's earnings call today

With Facebook set to release its Q2 earnings today, it's a safe bet company execs will talk about mobile issues and user growth.

Google tried to buy music giant Spotify

Google reportedly tried to buy popular music streaming service Spotify late last year, but the talks broke down and the deal didn't go through.

Google updates the Maps Explore Nearby feature -- for some users

Google is trying out a new Google Maps feature said to provide users with more information about their destinations, or about nearby points of interest, reports say.

NASA upgrades humanoid robot in space

The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is in the midst of getting a series of upgrades, including new processors and software in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it.

Enterprises increasingly look to the private Cloud

Companies interested in moving to cloud computing are increasingly choosing a private cloud for the increased security and, often, compliance features instead of the public cloud, according to a recent survey.

Amazon.com mulls unlimited e-book subscription offer

Amazon.com looks to be prepping a $9.99-a-month e-book and audiobook subscription service dubbed "Kindle Unlimited."

Microsoft WPC 2014: Microsoft seeks help in pushing Cloud tech

Microsoft's renewed push into Cloud computing, announced this week, doesn't change the fact that it faces unprecedented competition in a business that's critical to its future.

NASA: Finding life on other planets is within our grasp

Many scientists believe we're not alone in the universe, and NASA researchers say discovering if that's true is within their reach.

Google moves closer to selling smart contacts

Google has reached a deal with Alcon to work together on smart contact lenses that can monitor diabetics' blood sugar levels.

45 years after moon landing, NASA looks to next giant leap

Forty-five years after Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, NASA scientists are looking forward to the next giant leap for mankind, and that next leap is likely to be on Mars.

Google's 3D mapping tech flying to space station

After a successful Sunday launch, the Cygnus cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station, carrying a Google 3D smartphone, along with a flock of tiny satellites.

NASA to use Google's Project Tango to update space robot

Robotic spheres aboard the International Space Station soon will will be quite a bit smarter, gaining the ability to fly safely and adroitly around the orbiter.

IBM eyes new chips for a new digital age

IBM plans to spend $3 billion to develop new computer chips and chip architectures. So what's this non-silicon future look like?