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Sony Says 535,000 Vaio Laptops at Risk of Overheating
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Sony Says 535,000 Vaio Laptops at Risk of Overheating

More than half a million Sony Vaio F and C series laptops sold this year contain a software bug that could lead them to overheat, the company said. A bug in the...

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U.K. Researchers Building 'Fat-Free' Cloud Programming Framework

Researchers at Citrix and the universities of Cambridge and Nottingham have developed Mirage, a programming framework aimed at supporting applications that run...

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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Objective-C

Brad Cox, creator of the Objective-C programming language, says he co-developed the language with partner Tom Love as a reaction to the C language and its limitations...

Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers
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Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers

Duke University scientists have developed a method to make large quantities of copper nanowires, which could be used to create bendable, foldable tablet computers...

Researchers: Poor Password Practices Hurt Security for All
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Researchers: Poor Password Practices Hurt Security for All

University of Cambridge researchers recently completed a large study of password-protected Web sites and found that a lack of industry standards harms end-user...

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Despite Green Diet, Data Centers Still Gobble Power

Despite U.S. government warnings on exploding energy consumption, data centers are not getting more power-efficient.

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P2p Networks a Treasure Trove of Leaked Health Care Data, Study Finds

Dartmouth College researchers have found that health care data is as easily accessible on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks now as it was before the enactment of a new...

Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars
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Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars

NASA is developing a six-legged robot called Athlete that can walk or roll on wheels, and ultimately aims to have it help set up a habitat on Mars for future astronauts...

Nasa Official Outlines Plan For Next-Generation Space Robots
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Nasa Official Outlines Plan For Next-Generation Space Robots

NASA engineers are developing a team of robotic rovers that might eventually work alongside astronauts on Mars.

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N.y. Bomb Plot Highlights Limitations of Data Mining

The recent failed bombing attempt in New York City shows the limitations of data-mining technology. Using data mining to search for potential terrorists is similar...

Touch, Gesture, Speak, Scan: A 'nui' For Enterprise It
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Touch, Gesture, Speak, Scan: A 'nui' For Enterprise It

Microsoft's Natal natural user interface (NUI) features heat-sensing displays and an infrared camera and is designed to work as a game controller for the Xbox. 

IBM Creates 1:5 Billion Scale Model of the Matterhorn
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IBM Creates 1:5 Billion Scale Model of the Matterhorn

IBM researchers have demonstrated a patterning technique capable of creating structures as small as 15 nanometers, and say the technology is a simpler and less...

Researcher Aims to Secure RFID Tags
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Researcher Aims to Secure RFID Tags

Technology for providing alerts when information on RFID tags is being accessed and controlling access to private information was on display during the recent CHI...

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Intel Guru Says 3-D Internet Will Arrive Within Five Years

Intel Labs technology evangelist Sean Koehl speculates that technological advances could make realistic three-dimensional Internet applications a reality in five...

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After Google-China Dust-­p, Cyberwar Emerges as a Threat

Recent cyberattacks against Google and other tech firms highlight concerns about adversaries' ability to launch a full-fledged cyberwar against the United States...

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Cyberattacks Are 'Existential Threat' to U.S., FBI Says

The threat from cyberattacks is so severe that it actually threatens the very existence of the United States, says Steven Chabinsky, the deputy assistant director...

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Multicore Requires Os Rework, Windows Architect Advises

The basic architecture of modern operating systems may need to be rethought in order to accommodate multicore processors, according to a recent presentation at...

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It Adds 25,000-Plus Jobs in 2010

A new survey from the TechServe Alliance says IT employment grew by 14,000 jobs from January to February 2010, representing one of the strongest month-to-month...

Researchers Use Light From Leds to Send Data Wirelessly
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Researchers Use Light From Leds to Send Data Wirelessly

Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications researchers have experimented with using visible light from commercial light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to transmit data...

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Trademark Issues Could Derail New gTLDs at ICANN Meeting

The introduction of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) could be hindered by a variety of factors, including trademark protection, costs, and cybersecurity threats...
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