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How to Beat the Recession Using Underutilized Technology

Experts say there are underutilized digital applications that could be tapped to pull the world out of the economic recession. Several categories of corporate...

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RFID's Security Problem

New U.S. passport cards and driver's licenses issued by Washington and New York state are designed to enable U.S. citizens to cross international borders more efficiently...

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Semantic Web Promises a Smarter Electricity Grid

European researchers working on the S-TEN project have developed a generic framework for information and communications technology architectures and applied semantic...

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The Cybercrime Wave

The online crime business has never been better and the rising threat of cybercrime stems from criminals' realization that the Internet offers a more profitable...

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NASA Fashions Mountain Climbing Robot

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has unveiled Axel, a prototype rover that is capable of traversing extremely rough terrain, including...

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Hospitals With Better IT Have Fewer Deaths, Study Shows

Patients have better outcomes in hospitals that make greater use of technology, concludes a collaborative study involving multiple universities and healthcare systems...

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Fingerprints and Faces Can Be Faked, But Not Brain Patterns

The European Union-funded HUMABIO project is combining new types of biometric recognition systems with the latest sensor technologies to develop better security...

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Wi-Fi Networks Offer Rich Environment for Spread of Worms

Malicious software code could infect an entire city in a period of several weeks by traveling over Wi-Fi networks that overlap each other, concludes a study by...

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Google and Amazon to Put More Books on Cellphones

Google has made 1.5 million books accessible on mobile devices such as the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1. The titles are the public domain books Google previously...

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IBM's Power Play: New Supercomputer Called Fastest Ever

IBM has won a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to build what it says will be the world's fastest computer...

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Google Earth Dives Deep, Filling in Its Maps' Watery Gaps

When Google Earth first launched, the two-thirds of the planet that is covered by water was simply left blue. "We had this arbitrary distinction that if it was...

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Surprise! Tech Is a Safe Career Choice Today

The technology profession is proving to be one of the safest careers available during the current economic crisis, providing good pay and solid job security. "The...

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Leading Futurists, Thinkers to Launch Silicon Valley University

Leading thinkers and futurists will launch Singularity University, an institution based in Silicon Valley that will offer a wide range of programs focusing on multiple...

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Certain IT Skills in Demand Despite Economy

According to a recent study by IT staffing company Veritude, the overall weakness in the U.S. economy is forcing employers to become more tactical in their hiring...

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Data Mining Promises to Dig Up New Drugs

European researchers have developed a robot called Eve that uses artificial intelligence, data mining, and knowledge discovery technology to analyze the results...

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Is Technology Producing a Decline in Critical Thinking and Analysis?

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) professor Patricia Greenfield says that critical thinking and analysis skills decline the more people use technology...

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Microsoft Searches for Group Advantage

Microsoft researchers are investigating if using data from several members of a social group, a technique Microsoft calls "groupization," can lead to better search...

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Web 3.0 Emerging

Web 3.0 is generally defined as Semantic Web technologies that run or are embedded within large-scale Web applications, writes Jim Hendler, assistant dean for information...

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Closing the Gap Between High-Speed Data Transmission and Processing

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) engineers have set world-record speeds for real-time signal processing while working to develop the first terabit-scale...

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Obama Unveils Cybersecurity Agenda

U.S. President Barack Obama has laid out a number of goals for improving the security of the nation's information networks. For instance, he has promised to declare...
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