Christian Science Monitor, Inovation
Sci/Tech, Pioneers, Responsible Tech, Tech Culture

 Why all cities – despite their unique geographies, cultures, and accidents of history – are really the same.

Apple Pay and other mobile payment services have struggled in the US. But internationally, mobile payment services are helping providing access to banking for people without bank accounts, underscoring an global divide.

Li-Fi, a technology that uses visible light pulses rather than radio waves to send data, has achieved speeds of 1 Gbps in real-world tests. Here's how Li-Fi works, and why it might be more secure than Wi-Fi.

The Austrian Supreme Court will decide whether 25,000 Facebook users in Europe can sue the social media giant over privacy violations, Austrian activist Max Schrems announced on Monday.

Volvo envisions a car that can take over the driving while the passenger reads or watches movies. It expects to pilot the cars in Sweden in 2017.

Spot, the mechanical dog first introduced in February, is now being tested alongside combat units. 

The affordable headset, released on Friday, provides immersive viewing experiences while sitting down. But many videos take a while to download, and it may take a while before virtual reality apps live up to the technology's promise of providing truly interactive storytelling.

In a bid to raise awareness about issues of 'fair use,' the site will provide legal aid to four users threatened with takedown notices.

Stream TV, Comcast's new video streaming service, won't be constrained by regular data speeds or monthly data caps – which could have big effects on 'net neutrality' and the Internet itself.

The social media giant realizes that some relationships come to an end. They have developed products to ease that process online.

Education SuperHighway, a nonprofit group backed by Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg, released a new report showing that an additional 20 million students gained Internet access in the last two years.

As the messaging app reverses course and says it will block accounts used by the Islamic State in the wake of deadly shootings in Paris, a new report shows that some people will support criticisms of religion online. But how social media sites moderate content is unclear, free speech advocates say.

The Chemical Laptop, a device built by NASA, uses biological analysis to identify amino and fatty acids formed by organisms. NASA hopes to fly the Chemical Laptop to Mars or Europa to hunt for traces of extraterrestrial life.

The first piece in a year-long series about complexity science by The Santa Fe Institute and The Christian Science Monitor. Read other entries at breakthroughs.csmonitor.com.

Women held 15.5 percent of the seats on corporate boards in the software industry, a new report by researchers at the University of California, Davis, found. But gender diversity within the physical limits of Silicon Valley is lower, while racial diversity in leadership roles continues to lag.

Google+ was originally meant to draw users away from Facebook and other social networks, but it never really caught on. Now Google is rebooting Google+ in a simpler form, with an emphasis on users' shared interests.

The company says it's trying to fill a data void by helping to map vast urban developments that are sparsely occupied.

The world's most popular social network website is introducing new features that it hopes will allow charities to more easily spread awareness and raise money.

Facebook received criticism in recent days for enabling its Safety Check feature following Friday's attacks in Paris but not for similar attacks that occurred in Beirut the day before.

Research universities and investors are pouring resources into agriculture drones. A new study suggests drones will change the way agriculture works. 

Download your free
News On Japan iPhone App

Follow NewsOnJapan.com on Twitter @newsonjapan