Patrick Priebe's laser watch is capable of burning through plastic and popping balloons. The inventor made the James Bond-type device on a lark.
The smart industry is estimated to be worth $7.8 billion by 2019 but what are the risks of having devices that control all aspects of your home?
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has captured what it believes to be the first images of the female anglerfish known as the Black Seadevil.
A few months after Apple gave away a U2 album, it's teaming with frontman Bono again to fight AIDS.
A new device called Point combines microphones with environmental sensors to detect anything out of the ordinary in your home while you are away.
Technology touches all ages. Here are some gadgets aimed at the 18-and-under set.
Shrimp crawling around rock chimneys deep in the Caribbean Sea may hold clues to the kinds of life that can thrive in extreme environments on other planets.
Smart Business meets two young entrepreneurs who are taking the guess work out of music licensing for cover songs with their company, Loudr.
At last week's GigaOm conference, leading figures chose their favorite apps - ones which perfectly connect the user with the media they're accessing.
The way we control our finances is changing dramatically. Out with pin numbers, checks and credit card -- here come retina readers and banks inside cafes.
Internet comment sections are being deleted on sites like CNN, Re/code, Gawker and Reuters.
Flip phones are getting popular among the hipster set and other millennials, even in an age of the iPhone 6 and Android phablets.
Mexico has long owned one of the most advanced seismic warning systems in the world. Now, a tech entrepreneur is taking this technology to the masses.
After landing a probe on an icy comet, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now heading to scorching-hot Mercury with its BepiColombo spacecraft.
It's said that lending to friends is a good way to lose them, but how about lending to a complete stranger?
Snapchat may be the latest application to offer a mobile payment feature, but the idea that made it possible was spawned more than 7 years ago in Africa.
The drivers who ferry Facebook employees to and from work are unionizing.
One of Facebook's more popular, less attractive features is getting its very own app.
When Rosetta separated from its lander last week, it was the start of a cute, surreal and occasionally touching Twitter conversation between them.
The Taylor Swifts of the world can make out well on streaming sites, but many songwriters and musicians say music streaming isn't paying the bills.
NASA's chief scientist wants to land humans on Mars by 2035.
The Rosetta mission will reach its climax on Wednesday when scientists attempt to land a spacecraft on a moving comet. Here's why we should all be excited.
It's hard to top the tricky, first-ever landing on a comet, broadcast live on the Internet.
The sub-zero climes of northern Sweden are an unlikely outpost for the world's hippest tech firms, but that's where the likes of Facebook are setting up.
Bitcoin used to be the future. Are its best days in the past?
Thanks to climate change, you'll be more likely to get struck by lightning as the years pass, scientists say.
The technology that can give us the world's first affordable and easily pilotable flying car is almost here.
From avoiding traffic jams to finding the best public toilet in town, crowdsourcing apps are showing that many smartphones make for light work.
Amazon's Echo is a new smart speaker with a Siri-like smart assistant, and it's always listening.
Google Glass is teaming up with companies to bring the wearable to operating rooms, oil rigs, and commercial kitchens.
Got an idea on how to make a flying aircraft carrier? The Defense Department wants to know about it.
It's the most controversial issue since people started filming videos in portrait mode. Should tablets be used as cameras?
Martin Ford says the risk that you'll lose your job to machines is more immediate than you realize.
Gamers rejoice over debut of "Overwatch," the first new franchise in 17 years from "World of Warcraft" creator Blizzard Entertainment.
Facebook is giving its users more control over the posts and people they see most in their news feeds.
Album sales are struggling, vinyl sales are rising -- what does the future hold for music?
In his new book, Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes--and What We Can Learn from Them, Mark McClusky looks at how science and technology is revolutionizing sport
A new device lets you 3D print real food -- just load the ingredients.
Could an Amazon Prime membership become a first-class ticket to shopping across the Web? That seems to be what Amazon hopes.
The Oculus Rift isn't just for games -- it could revolutionize the way we communicate.
A soft toy for cribs lets babies post pictures of themselves to social media.
Lovers of vintage arcade games just got an early holiday present. The Internet Archive has released more than 900 games from the '70s through the '90s.
When you go to the polls for midterm elections on Tuesday, there will be a chance that your Facebook feed, and your phone, helped you decide how to vote.
If you woke up this morning, looked at Twitter and wondered, "Who the hell is Alex from Target?" you're not alone.
The Internet's infrastructure is based on the same principles as when it began in the 1960s. And that's not good.
What if Facebook spent $19 billion on something and most people never noticed?
The weirdest Kickstarter projects ever? You decide. These gadgets were successful on the crowdfunding site, but Apple probably won't be calling.
At Volkswagen's Dresden plant, car manufacture becomes a public performance.
In business, it might pay to keep the customer happy, but how far should you go just to keep the peace?
Cybercrime costs the global economy $400 billion a year, and as it grows more sophisticated, law enforcement is having to do the same.
A supercar that builds itself? See how MIT's 4D printing programme could make autonomous robots that don't need people.
Twitch, a service that lets users broadcast themselves playing games, has banned "wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing" in posts on the site.
Suicide prevention organization Samaritans has launched a free app that flags disturbing tweets and sends an alert to friends.
Robots can be many things -- knowledgeable, dexterous, strong. But can they ever be genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious?
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against the creators of the "Call of Duty" video game franchise has been dismissed.
To accommodate the increasing numbers of overweight drivers, car safety experts are developing an obese dummy.
In the narrow winding lanes of Old Delhi, the knotted masses of electrical wiring hanging across the streets are sometimes so thickly entwined they blot out the sun.
SpaceX's Dragon splashed down Saturday after a resupply mission to the International Space Station. It brought back potentially groundbreaking experiments.
Facebook releases a free app that lets you anonymously create or join chatrooms based on shared interests.
Maybe your mother told you it's not polite to stare. It's not safe either, NASA says, if you're looking at Thursday's partial solar eclipse.
New tech: Strap on a headset, send targeted electrical currents into your brain for about 15 minutes to get more energy, improve your focus or calm down.
How do you solve a problem like email?
From GamerGate to Zelda Williams, he vast majority of us have seen the Web being used to harass, intimidate or threaten women, others.
From drones to dry spells, Longbets.org takes the long view and places odds on the shape of the future.
If you're looking for that cool gift to get your tech-savvy significant other this Christmas, here's a pretty attractive contender: a hoverboard.
The comet Siding Spring whizzed within 87,000 miles of Mars, close enough for NASA to force its fleet of spacecraft orbiting Mars to "duck" for cover.
The comet Siding Spring whizzed within 87,000 miles of Mars -- close enough to the Red Planet that the fleet of spacecraft orbiting Mars "ducked" for cover.
It may have more than $500 million in the bank and backing from tech titans like Google. So, what is Magic Leap?
Comet Siding Spring is expected to come within 87,000 miles of Mars at about 2:27 p.m. ET on October 19.
Skype users will soon be able to conduct voice and video calls supported by real time language translation.
Apple tries very hard to keep its big announcements secret. The latest culprit responsible for ruining one of the tech company's surprises is -- Apple.
The revolution will not be televised but it will be tweeted, instant messaged or, in the case of Hong Kong, broadcast on mesh networks like FireChat.
U2's Bono apologizes to iTunes users angry over a free download of the band's new album.
Anita Sarkeesian is no stranger to graphic threats.
It wasn't a trick. But for space geeks, it sure was a treat.
The FORTIS makes physically demanding jobs a lot easier, by rendering heavy tools weightless.
Anna Stoehr, soon to turn 114, claimed to be 99 to sign up for Facebook, a CNN affiliate says.
Skype's ephemeral messaging app, Qik, sticks to Skype's video roots while borrowing heavily from the Snapchat playbook.
Chances are you've heard of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Marie Curie.
People using Google to search for information about their medical problems may soon get another source of information: a real-time chat with a doctor.
A revolution in prosthetics is transforming lives and sporting competition.
It's no longer necessary to launch your startup in Silicon Valley -- thanks to the internet, you can do it anywhere.
These robots are less than a meter tall, but they can lift a ton.
USIS, which provides background checks for the U.S. government, said hackers breached its computer systems.
NASA is inviting the public to send their John and Jane Does to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.
Poor Pluto. Is it or isn't it a planet?
Love all things space? These are the Twitter accounts you need to follow.
Sony has created a cassette tape with massive data storage. It hold 180 terabytes, more than 1,100 iPod Classics.
How caregivers are using smart-home technology and wearable devices to monitor family members with memory problems, helping them live independently..
Want to ride an elevator into space? An old idea, reinvented with nanotechnology and a 'diamond necklace'.
Like a flight simulator for doctors, virtual patients are used to train medical students how to make a diagnosis.
The U.S. Navy is getting ready to "swarm" its adversaries.
The times are changing for the stubbornly progress-proof novel: fully immersive literature is drawing closer.
Instagram's new free app Hyperlapse uses the iPhone's gyroscope to capture steady time-lapse videos.
Facebook developers work on app like Secret or Whisper, after buying Instagram and WhatsApp.
Seriously, don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Here's a quick guide to some of the most viral fake stories this week.
New features abound in iOS 8, Apple's new mobile operating system. Here's a look at some of the most popular.