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Why We Can't Solve Big Problems

Has technology failed us?

Review: Dropbox’s Carousel Photo-Sharing App

Dropbox’s new photo app, Carousel, is smartly designed, but that won’t ensure success.

Shape-Shifting Touch Screen Buttons Head to Market

An iPad accessory launching later this year will bring transparent morphing buttons to the device’s screen to aid touch-typing.

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Tiny robots that work together like ants could lead to a new way to manufacture complex structures and electronics.

The Underappreciated Ties Between Art and Innovation

Author Sarah Lewis discusses some counterintuitive pathways to breakthroughs.

Three Questions for iRobot’s CTO Paolo Pirjanian

The Roomba maker is working on technology that could enable robots to help with more household chores.

Startup Makes One App Run on Many Screens

Conductr wants to help developers make apps that will spread out across multiple devices, taking advantage of all your display real estate.

Three Questions for Eugene Kaspersky

It’s only a matter of time before more cyberweapons emerge, says the founder of the Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky.

Many Devices Will Never Be Patched to Fix Heartbleed Bug

Home automation systems and networking equipment vulnerable to a major encryption flaw are unlikely to be fixed.

Cryptography Could Add Privacy Protections to NSA Phone Surveillance

Cryptography could enforce limits on data collected for surveillance data while still permitting agencies to do their jobs, argues a Microsoft researcher.

Why Google’s Modular Smartphone Might Actually Succeed

Google believes open hardware innovation could help it find industries and markets for its software and services.