For two years, Google has pushed its Google+ as more than a social network or cool video-chatting tool. This week, it is working to hammer home that point with a spate of new features.
Google Maps are getting personal. The next version of the widely used maps tool, previewed on Wednesday at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, will soon have a different look and some splashy new features including displays of real-time accidents and personalized recommendations.
Google's Bernhard Seefeld demonstrates how you can go sightseeing using the Google Maps and even watch the sun set.
Google is taking on music-streaming services like Pandora and Spotify with its own service called Google Play All Access.
Google is taking on music-streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Rdio with its own music subscription service called Google Play All Access.
How would you like to do a search without touching a computer or phone? Or have your next question answered before you even ask it? Or get a reminder to pick up a carton of milk when you drive by a grocery store?
At 4:54 pm ET on Wednesday, someone downloaded the 50 billionth app from Apple's online App Store.
Chris Hadfield has conquered space. Now he's conquering the Internet, too.
Through some highly successful crowdfunding and skillful negotiation, the last remaining laboratory of futurist inventor Nikola Tesla is now in the hands of a nonprofit group that wants to preserve the site and make it a museum honoring "the father of the electric age."
We are using the Internet wrong. Smartphones turn people into horrible listeners. And cat videos aren't as riveting as we think they are.
It's a horrifying tale: Three young women are held captive for nearly a decade, spending some of that time in chains.
Should the government keep its hands off online shopping? According to the massive response to our stories on a proposed Internet sales tax, many of you think so.
Internet shoppers could be one step closer to having to pay sales taxes on online purchases.
Minimalist blogging platform Posterous drew its last breath earlier this week.
Twenty years ago, a team of researchers shared the Web with the world. Now they want to show a generation that grew up online what it was like in its earliest days.
On April 28, 2003, Apple threw open the virtual doors to its iTunes Store, and music -- all digital media, really -- hasn't been the same since.
Apple CEO Tim Cook might soon be sharing Silicon Valley's most expensive cup of coffee.
It's been the rant read 'round the world this week -- its prose so gloriously profane and its priorities so shockingly misplaced that the Web hasn't been able to look away.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has been thinking a lot about our digital future.
For listeners of police scanners, last week's tragic events offered one real-time drama after another.
Reddit general manager Erik Martin has had a busy few days.
The co-founder of the popular social news site Reddit has called on the leaders of Google, Facebook and Twitter to help defeat a controversial cybersecurity bill that would compromise the privacy of their users if passed by lawmakers.
Everybody in the world will be on the Internet within seven years. That's what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said this weekend in public comments that inspired everything from excitement to incredulity.
By the time you read this Twitter may have already announced it's getting into the online-music business. If so, they will have plenty of company -- courtesy of some of the tech world's biggest names.
There's no better way to start off the afternoon than coming to terms with your mortality, which you'll need to do if you want to take advantage of Google's new Inactive Account Manager. Google launched the service on its account settings page to give users options with their account should it remain inactive for an extended period of time.
The annual Webby Awards are always a treasure trove of fascinating sites and apps. The organization behind the awards, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, announced the latest, lengthy list of nominees on Tuesday.
Search results you can smell, a crowdsourced hunt for pirate booty and paying for vowels on Twitter are some of this year's attempts at tech pranks. Few fooled anymore, but the annual tech ritual is still fun to watch.
Internet users around the globe are facing slowed-down service, thanks to what's being called the biggest cyberattack in history.
Remember when you were 12 years old and you'd pass notes in class, making snide remarks about members of the opposite sex?
Forget Ashton Kutcher and Aaron Sorkin. The next Steve Jobs biopic you see will star the "I'm a Mac" guy and come from the twisted minds of Funny or Die.
It's a fear that keeps cybersecurity experts up at night: an attack on an online election system.
Feedly, a news aggregator which promised to make the migration from Google Reader ? which is being shut down on July 1 ? seamless, has already seen an influx of over 500,000 million Reader users.
In case you haven't heard, Mailbox is the iOS app that everyone wants to get their grubby little paws on. The hip new e-mail app is an alternative interface for Gmail accounts (yes, it only works with Gmail). People who have used it love the gesture-based interface and the ability to "snooze" messages?this latter feature prompts a pop-up message to remind you to reply at some point in the future, like later in the day, later that night, or over the weekend.
Google Reader, one of the best-known feeds through which users can pull together their favorite Web content in one place, will be shutting down, the company announced.
With its orange paint, muscular look and mounted steer horns, an unusual race car has been turning heads on the streets of this capital city.
To become Google's first female engineer in 1999 -- and, eventually, one of the most powerful women in tech -- Marissa Mayer had to get comfortable with risk.
Forget Elon Musk or Al Gore. The biggest star of the South by Southwest Interactive festival is less than a year old, sleeps all day and looks like she just swallowed a hairball.
Alexis Ohanian is not the mayor of the Internet.
Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg, Joanna Shields from Tech City, and Google's Eze Vidra share their tech tips for 2013.
Tens of millions of online note-takers found themselves worrying about their security Monday, as questions remained about a weekend hack of Evernote.
On Thursday, Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason summed up his day, and perhaps an entire niche industry, with a joke.
Mozilla Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker talks to CNN's Kristie Lu Stout about introduction of their new Firefox OS.
What level of privacy will we have online in the future?
An Eastern European gang of hackers bent on stealing company secrets was responsible for recent attacks on Apple, Facebook and Twitter as well as dozens of other less-publicized hacks, according to new reports.
Apple said Tuesday that a small amount of its employees' computers had been hacked, but that no data were exposed.
When Microsoft introduced a preview version of a fresh and inventive webmail service it called Outlook.com last August, it was pretty clear that it was telling the world that it intended to start winding down its venerable Hotmail sooner or later.
Does the Internet need more rules? Does it need any rules at all?
Who would have thought that getting naked and naughty with a stranger online could have negative consequences?
Iceland is working on banning Internet pornography, calling explicit online images a threat to children.
Hacker collective Anonymous announced plans to disrupt Web streams of Tuesday night's State of the Union address in protest of various Obama administration policies.
Choosing the right Valentine's Day gift can be tricky. Is your paramour into the the textbook red roses and box of chocolates, or would they prefer a romantic home-cooked meal?
Check the comments section on any tech blog: People love to hate Apple. They love to hate Microsoft. And Facebook. Each of these companies has spawned a parallel online hater community.
When it comes to romance, texting is often seen as a bare-minimum form of communication. It's fine for firming up Wednesday night dinner plans, but for expressing heartfelt sentiments? Not so much.
It's the internet's fault that, if the U.S. Postal Service has its way, you won't be getting letters delivered to your mailbox on Saturdays anymore. After all, how many stamps have you bought lately?
Yeah, yeah. We know. You just watch the Super Bowl for the commercials.
Last year's inaugural live stream of the Super Bowl got its fair share of criticism, but it did set a precedent for how technology can affect our enjoyment of the year's most-hyped sporting event.
Service had been restored by midday Thursday for tens of thousands of AT&T's U-verse TV, Internet and phone customers after an outage that lasted several days.
It was a busy weekend, but Kim Dotcom was feeling relaxed.
A federal prosecutor is pushing back against the claim by the grieving family of Internet activist Aaron Swartz that "prosecutorial overreach" was a factor in his suicide, saying her office acted "fairly and responsibly."
Aaron Swartz helped create the Internet.
To the people of the Internet who knew his work, he was an "enormous intellect," a "brilliant and determined spirit" and a "hero of the open net."
The critical Java vulnerability that is currently under attack was made possible by an incomplete patch Oracle developers issued last year to fix an earlier security bug, a researcher said.
There's a great dive bar in my neighborhood called Jack's where they oven-bake the chicken wings. And they're absolutely amazing. I'm not saying I've had semi-inappropriate fantasies about them. But I'm also not denying it.
Amazon has launched AutoRip, a service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs they've purchased anytime since 1998.
Melissa Earll owns stacks of classic comic books, baseball cards that include a young Hank Aaron and Whitey Ford and other collectibles she wants to sell.
Are your New Year's resolutions already losing some of their resolve? Google wants to help.
Between your new regimen of daily workouts, volunteering, painting or whatever else you've resolved to do more of in the New Year, make time for a few tech-centric resolutions.
He's helped save a rhino's life, spoken at major tech conferences, won several awards and created an online community of thousands of users -- and he is just 16 years old.
Well, you can't win 'em all.
In the tech world, 2012 was the year of the reboot. Older, established tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Nintendo all tried to restart their brands with bold new products and fresh blood in the executive suites.
Aah, Christmas Eve. A time for family and friends, eggnog and mistletoe, carols and cookies ... and catching up on "Downton Abbey"?
Homer Simpson's famous ode to alcohol?"The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems"?might apply in equal measure to Craigslist, the wildly popular, barebones site where one can find all of life's problems and solutions, including: a freelance writing gig, roommates, a sex partner, a man-sized fiberglass chili pepper, a lifetime supply of hot sauce, and coffee beans that have been ingested, digested, and excreted by someone living in Portland.
His song is one of the enduring anthems of the turbulent 1960s, a soulful call to action awash in a psychedelic wave of sound.
Some major websites went dark briefly Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET as part of a national moment of silence for the victims of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
If you read the headlines this week about the the death of Judge Robert Bork, you probably took away that he will be remembered for his conservative judicial philosophy and losing a very contentious Supreme Court confirmation battle.
The United States, along with the United Kingdom and Canada, is refusing to sign a United Nations treaty on telecommunications and the Internet that has been under negotiation for the past two weeks.
Everyone -- and we mean everyone -- puts their proverbial best foot forward online. And why shouldn't they?
It is a guilty pleasure of anyone supposed to be working, and a time-waster that has kept millions of us up far too late at night.
There's a lot of sky-is-falling doomsday predictions about the World Conference on International Telecommunications, which opens Monday in Dubai with some 190-plus nations discussing the global internet's future.
As I write this from the breakfast bar in my house, I just now finished eating a Lean Pocket for lunch. And it was awesome. Those delicious, microwavable little bastards complete me.
No, "six strikes" isn't a phrase from some esoteric version of baseball played on Mars ? it's a colloquialism for a new anti-piracy warning system designed to track copyright infringers and help internet service providers (ISPs) take progressively punitive measures to discourage or prevent said infringers from engaging in further copyright-violating activities.
Despite claims to the contrary, the Syrian government is almost certainly responsible for a blackout Thursday that shut down virtually all Internet service in the country, according to a leading Web security firm.
At long last, iTunes 11 is finally available for download.
If Black Friday lines and stories of violence, vehicular assault and child abandonment taught us anything, it's that the holiday shopping season is a dark, competitive time.
Frustrated that you can't share files the size of your entire music collection via e-mail? Google wants to help.
It was big news in the tech world -- or at least it would have been if it had been true.
In an unusual step, a U.S. congressman is proposing a two-year ban on all new federal legislation regulating the Internet.
Poor Microsoft. People who use your search engine seem especially interested in ... Apple.
Online shoppers eager for discounts this holiday season did not wait for Cyber Monday.
Seven years ago, Cyber Monday was established as the online counterpart to Black Friday, a day when Internet retailers would band together to lure holiday shoppers to web storefronts through steep discounts, free shipping and other promotions.
As you struggle to read this with that one sleepy eye just barely open, you're probably deep into your post-Thanksgiving tryptophan coma, sitting peacefully on the sofa with a laptop balanced by your gut. Maybe you're still trying to rationalize the fact that your projectile shirt button flew across the dinner table and killed Uncle Dave.
In the digital age, war isn't contained to the ground.
Before we begin, I need mom and dad to go to YouTube and watch Rebecca Black's music video for "Friday." Otherwise, the rest of this column will lack context. So go have a look, and then, if you two actually manage to stomach the whole thing without jumping off a bridge, please, dear parents, continue reading.
The week of hellish Thanksgiving travel is almost upon us, when news crews will descend upon airports everywhere for their epic updates from the front line: "Breaking, breaking! The airport is really crowded, you guys!"
Skype has disabled its password-reset feature after hackers discovered a security hole in the video-chat service that allows almost anyone to change a user's password and take control of their account.
After months of fanfare and anticipation, gigabit home Internet service Google Fiber finally went live on Tuesday in Kansas City.
The tangled David Petraeus scandal highlights how easily the U.S. government can access citizens' private e-mails.
In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who powered Barack Obama's campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49. The women were far and away the single demographic group most likely to hand over cash, for a chance to dine in Hollywood with Clooney ? and Obama.
Photo-sharing app Instagram has attracted more than 100 million users by encouraging people to snap pictures with their smartphones, dress them up with filters and share them with friends.
New Jersey residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy will be allowed to vote in Tuesday's elections via e-mail or fax, the first time civilians in the state have been allowed to vote remotely.
CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports Cuban techies got together for a festival without having any technology.
Craig Bell reports a new company has created software to help online job-seekers know where they stand in the process.
CNN's Eunice Yoon gets insights on Chinese hacking from a self-described godfather of China's hacker world.
Cyber sleuths try to learn details about mass shooting suspect Anders Behring Breivik. CNN's Kristi Lu Stout reports.
CNN's Felicia Taylor explains how "Bitcoin," an online currency works.
A young British woman and her grandmother demonstrate how different generations view internet security.
CNN's Michael Holmes looks at the digital footprint we leave behind and ways to hide our online lives.
In an exclusive interview, CNN's Felicia Taylor talks with Vogue Editor Anna Wintour about vogue.com's revamp.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout explains how ISP-imposed limits on how much data you can download could affect cloud computing.
Major websites test new versions of Internet protocol in an experiment known as IPv6 Day. Kristie Lu Stout explains.
Will cloud computing make hacking and ID theft easier? CNN's Felicia Taylor reports.
CNN's Emily Reuben gets a rare glimpse inside the data center of a cloud facility at an undisclosed location in London.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout explains what Apple's iCloud can and cannot do.
CNN's Liz Neisloss is in Singapore, where passions run high for food, photos of it and sharing both online.
A Buckingham Palace guard is removed from royal wedding duty over comments he put on Facebook.
For the first time, sales of electronic books in the U.S. exceed sales of print. CNN's Adriana Hauser reports.
CNN's Eunice Yoon travels to a village where the residents make their living selling through Taobao.com.
CNN's Jo Ling Kent in Beijing explains China's "Great Firewall" and how users circumvent it.
There are over 60 million bloggers in China, and he was among the first ones. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout talks to Isaac Mao.
CNN's Reggie Aqui explains how the internet has once again played a role connecting people after a disaster.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs appears at the debut of the iPad 2 in San Francisco.
One of the internet's founding fathers talks about Google's new boss and "Revolution 2.0" in Egypt.
Vint Cerf, one of the Web's founding fathers and Google Chief Evangelist, talks about Google's new boss, Larry Page.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout spoke to Jimmy Lai, the man behind Taiwan's hit political animations.
A website claims to give "administrator" access to various web addresses for a price, causing serious security threats.
CNN's Dan Simon has an exclusive interview with the founders of "Qwiki," a new website that could compete with Google.
CNN Money's David Goldman discusses the new man filling the CEO hot seat at Google and why Eric Schmidt stepped down.
In August 2010, the CEO of Groupon.com discussed the success of the group coupon website.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout examines the future of Microsoft Windows and its potential use on mobile devices.
CNN's Maggie Lake talks to internet guru Caterina Fake about her predictions for the web in 2011.
South Korea's government loses a legal battle over web control. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout brings you some of the best gift ideas for the geek on your shopping list.
Does Facebook's foray into e-mail fundamentally change how we use e-mail? And will it make e-mails shorter?
Openleaks founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg explains how Openleaks will differ from WikiLeaks.
CNN.com's John Sutter explains the recent denial-of-service cyber attacks and how they affect you.
CNN's Etan Horowitz explains why terms relating to WikiLeaks are not consistently trending on Twitter.
A CNN.com producer explains how the WikiLeaks site was reportedly targeted by a string of cyber attacks.
In this time of giving, Facebook's co-founder has launched a new social media site focusing on charity work.
A Japanese man's live video stream of his suicide sparks privacy debates. CNN's Kyung Lah explains.
Facebook announces a new messaging system that may create competition for e-mail providers. Affiliate KGO reports.
Is China's biggest search engine a Google clone with a home court advantage, or an innovator in its own right?
Tudou CEO Gary Wang tells News Stream how videos that go viral in China compare to those popular on YouTube.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales runs the gamut in a wide-ranging interview with News Stream.
The Chilean miners bring in big web traffic and Apple patents an anti-sexting program.
CNN's Ali Velshi explores which Web broswer is best for you.
Cisco's Senior VP Carlos Dominguez talks to CNN's Ali Velshi about how we may use communications tools in the future.
"American Idol" meets the tech world. Some promising start-ups meet in San Francisco hoping to get buzz and money.
Facebook outages cause headaches for the addicted and an iPad plays a part in baby delivery.
Google announces a new search feature that delivers you results without ever pressing the search button.