Stories by John Brandon

Six amazing advances in cloud technology

The Cloud is more than just dirt-cheap data storage and lightning-fast apps. These six innovations show that it's possible to manage servers, develop applications, run virtual machines and even sequence the human genome using cloud technology.

Volkswagen EOS Komfort convertible takes off its top

You wouldn't buy a convertible unless you liked to show off, and in the case of the 2014 Volkswagen EOS Komfort, there's even an app for that. Volkswagen is rolling out its new Car-Net service on select 2014 models, including the EOS Komfort, with a focus on providing safety, remote access, family tracking, and diagnostics information. This information is nothing different or revolutionary compared to what you'll find on competing vendors' cars. But this is VW's first shot at it, and to the company's credit, the subscription prices (after a six-month free trial) are reasonable.

Inside HP Labs: 8 cool projects

Innovation is both an exciting, revolutionary event and a mundane step-by-step process. For every remarkable, headline-making discovery -- flash memory! high-def movies! quad-core processors! -- there are more iterative research projects that move technology forward inch by inch.

Google is doing WHAT?

With a skyrocketing stock price, fanboy hysteria and -- most importantly -- really useful products, Google Inc. is the prima donna of tech for the new millennium.

Ten broken technology ideas — and how to fix them

A flexible keyboard, Internet voting and watching feature films on your smart phone are just some examples. Today, these concepts are still evolving, but they're broken right now. I'll tell you why and what could be done to fix them once and for all.