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China Pushes Chinese Domain Mames

China has pushed ahead with deploying Internet domain names written in Chinese as it urges action to standardize their use globally. China has solved most of the...

A-Z of Programming Languages: Scala
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A-Z of Programming Languages: Scala

The Scala programming language, which runs on the Java Virtual Machine, could become the preferred language of the modern Web 2.0 startup, according to a Twitter...

Desktop Multiprocessing: Not So Fast
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Desktop Multiprocessing: Not So Fast

The continuance of Moore's Law—the axiom that the number of devices that can be economically installed on a processor chip doubles every other year—will mainly...

The Grill: MIT Media Labs' David Merrill on Tangible Computing
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The Grill: MIT Media Labs' David Merrill on Tangible Computing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab graduate student David Merrill has co-invented Siftables to facilitate more natural and tangible interaction with...

New Linux-Based Technology to Make 'smarter' Gps
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New Linux-Based Technology to Make 'smarter' Gps

National ICT Australia has developed AutoMap, a Linux-based system designed to make personal navigation systems more accurate. AutoMap uses machine-vision techniques...

Haptics: The Feel-Good Technology of the Year
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Haptics: The Feel-Good Technology of the Year

Touchscreens are already being implemented in cell phones and are expected to sweep through mobile and desktop computing, but a pair of Silicon Valley companies...

Epub: The Next Pdf?
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Epub: The Next Pdf?

EPUB, an XML format for reflowable text made from three open standards, is on its way to becoming an e-book industry standard. The standard, developed by the International...

­.s. Supercomputing Lead Rings Sputnik-Like Alarm For Russia
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­.s. Supercomputing Lead Rings Sputnik-Like Alarm For Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently criticized his country's information technology industry for failing to develop supercomputing technology, and urged...

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Yale Researchers Create Database-Hadoop Hybrid

Yale University professor Daniel J. Abadi has led the development of HadoopDB, an open source parallel database management system (DBMS) that combines the data-processing...

NICTA Opens Its Software to the World
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NICTA Opens Its Software to the World

The National ICT Australia (NICTA) research organization has launched the OpenNICTA portal, which will allow people to view and download software developed and...

Researchers Bring Web Access to Developing Regions
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Researchers Bring Web Access to Developing Regions

University of Waterloo researchers have released a beta version of Vlink, an open source technology that is designed to provide robust and inexpensive Web access...

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Plastic Circuits to Make Tougher, Greener Computers

Australian engineers have found a way to make circuits out of plastic. The Circuits in Plastic (CIP) technology is made from recycled plastic, does not contain...

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Techies the Latest Weapon in Catching Car Thieves

Researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney, (UTS) Australia, have developed software that uses new imaging technology to enable moving police cars to automatically...

­sing Computer Models to Predict War
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­sing Computer Models to Predict War

New York University professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has developed a computer model that can forecast the outcomes of international conflicts, and the U.S. Defense...

Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station
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Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station

The U.S. space shuttle's current mission, one of the most technical ever attempted by NASA, would not be possible without the use of robotics, says Holly Ridings...

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The Internet Is Incomplete, Says its Co-Designer, Vinton Cerf

Google Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf, the co-designer of the Internet's TCP/IP protocols along with Robert Kahn, says the Web continues to lack many of the basic...

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China Dominates Nsa-Backed Coding Contest

Programmers from China and Russia have dominated an international competition on everything from writing algorithms to designing components. Whether the outcome...

Are Computers Transforming Humanity?
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Are Computers Transforming Humanity?

Researchers and technologists agree that computer technology is fueling significant changes in individuals and society as a whole, and the endpoint is unknown. 

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City 2.0: Using Tech Building Blocks in Tomorrow's Urban Centers

Ubiquitous wireless networks, sustainable data centers, the development of the smart energy grid, and the commonality of city-supplied social networks are bringing...

Software: The Eternal Battlefield in the Unending Cyberwars
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Software: The Eternal Battlefield in the Unending Cyberwars

Cybercriminals still have the upper hand on the Internet despite nearly two decades of technological advancement, and Carnegie Mellon University professor William...
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