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Exascale Computing Seen in This Decade
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Exascale Computing Seen in This Decade

A major focus at the SC11 supercomputing conference was plans to develop an exascale computing system, which would be about 1,000 times more powerful than any...

New Computer Interfaces Challenge Touch Screens
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New Computer Interfaces Challenge Touch Screens

Researchers at several recent conferences have shown how new interfaces could change the future of human-computer interaction.

Linux Loses its Luster as a Darling Among Developers
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Linux Loses its Luster as a Darling Among Developers

Linux as an application development platform has fallen to third place in popularity behind Mac OS and Windows, according to an Evans Data Corp. survey. 

Cerf Calls Internet Governance Critical Issue in High Tech
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Cerf Calls Internet Governance Critical Issue in High Tech

Governance of the Internet is a critical issue for the high-tech world, says Internet pioneer Vint Cerf.

3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution
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3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution

The semiconductor industry is moving toward three-dimensional (3D) chip design, stacking dies and moving data from one layer to another. 

Robots Are Taking Mid-Level Jobs, Changing the Economy
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Robots Are Taking Mid-Level Jobs, Changing the Economy

The eventual replacement of humans by robots and computers in enough jobs will eventually transform the economic landscape, and this process has already begun,...

Table Salt Found to Boost Data Storage Density
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Table Salt Found to Boost Data Storage Density

Table salt could be used to increase the capacity of hard drives from as much as 4 Tbytes today to more than 21 Tbytes, according to researchers at the Institute...

High-Skill Visa Reform Needs Action By Congress, Obama Says
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High-Skill Visa Reform Needs Action By Congress, Obama Says

Congressional action is needed to overhaul high-skill immigration policy, President Obama said during a meeting of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness...

Salaries Rise For Engineers Despite Higher Unemployment
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Salaries Rise For Engineers Despite Higher Unemployment

Despite a higher-than-normal rate of unemployment and a weak economy, salaries for engineers are on the upswing. 

Argonne Researchers 'hack' Diebold E-Voting System
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Argonne Researchers 'hack' Diebold E-Voting System

Argonne National Laboratory researchers recently demonstrated how the Diebold Accuvote TS machine can be hacked using inexpensive, widely available electronic...

E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds
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E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds

A recent Delvinia report could lead to the introduction of Internet voting across all levels of government in Canada. 

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5 More Tech Breakthroughs: Innovations in Access, Power and Control

Five new technology breakthroughs could change the way users power and interact with their devices and access the Internet. 

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Schoolchildren to Be Taught How to Write Software

The British government has decided to start teaching pre-General Certificate of Secondary Education students how to write software as part of its effort to transform...

5 Tech Breakthroughs: Chip-Level Advances That May Change Computing
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5 Tech Breakthroughs: Chip-Level Advances That May Change Computing

Chip-level advances, including new processors and circuits, could be the building blocks that lead to a new generation of computing products and devices. 

Parallel Programming Skills Crisis Could Stall Server Evolution
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Parallel Programming Skills Crisis Could Stall Server Evolution

The lack of parallel programming expertise worldwide will become a major issue for the IT industry over the next 10 years, warns a RMIT University report.

Ten Years After 9/11, Cyber Attacks Pose National Threat, Committee Says
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Ten Years After 9/11, Cyber Attacks Pose National Threat, Committee Says

Catastrophic cyberattacks are a very real threat to U.S. security, according to a study from the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group...

Researchers Show Off Homemade Spy Drone at Black Hat
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Researchers Show Off Homemade Spy Drone at Black Hat

Security researchers Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins recently unveiled the Wi-Fi Aerial Surveillance Platform, a remote controlled unmanned aerial vehicle that...

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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Shakespeare

In an interview, Swedish programmers Jon Aslund and Karl Wiberg say they created the Shakespeare Programming Language in one night while they were studying at the...

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Massive Botnet 'indestructible,' Say Researchers

A new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million PCs is "practically indestructible," security researchers say. "TDL-4," the name for both the...

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World's Data Will Grow By 50x in Next Decade, Idc Study Predicts

The number of servers managing the world's data will grow tenfold over the next 10 years, according to the IDC Digital Universe study. The study also predicts...
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