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PC Era Giving Way to 'Contextual Intelligence,' Say Top IT Execs

Many information technology leaders say the importance of a single type of device, such as the computer, tablet, or smartphone, is waning as more data moves to...

'hadoop Alternative' to Be Open Sourced
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'hadoop Alternative' to Be Open Sourced

LexisNexis will open source its HPCC Systems supercomputing platform and offer developers an alternative to the Hadoop framework for large-scale data processing...

Ibm's New Future: Quantum Computing
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Ibm's New Future: Quantum Computing

Over the next 20 years, the potential of quantum computing could lead to a development boom in chip and hardware design similar to what Silicon Valley experienced...

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Arm: Intel Has Tough Road Into Mobile Market

Intel may have made a big splash this week announcing it's going to focus on the mobile market, but its rival in the space says the chip maker has an uphill climb...

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It Employment Passes 4 Million Again, Regains Recession Losses

In November 2008, two months after Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy and Hewlett-Packard announced plans to lay off some 25,000 workers, IT employment reached...

Hp Advances Next-Gen 'memristor' Memory Technology
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Hp Advances Next-Gen 'memristor' Memory Technology

Hewlett-Packard and University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have mapped out the basic chemistry and structure of what happens inside a memristor during...

World's Servers Process 9.57zb of Data a Year
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World's Servers Process 9.57zb of Data a Year

University of California, San Diego researchers estimate the world's 27 million business servers processed 9.57 zettabytes of information in 2008, with most of...

Facebook Helps Tornado Victims Find Lost Items
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Facebook Helps Tornado Victims Find Lost Items

People who have found items in the aftermath of the tornadoes that recently ripped through the southeastern United States are using Facebook to find the items'...

Bin Laden's Villa Lacked Internet, Phone Service
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Bin Laden's Villa Lacked Internet, Phone Service

The absence of Internet and telephone service at Osama bin Laden's $1 million hiding place helped tip off intelligence experts that the Al Qaeda leader was indeed...

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Justices Question Microsoft's Vision of Patent Law

U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned Monday whether they should side with Microsoft and weaken the legal standard needed to invalidate a patent, with some justices...

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Iranian General Accuses Siemens of Helping ­.s., Israel Build Stuxnet

An Iranian military commander Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his...

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Mentorship Key For Women in It, Says Collaborate Panel

A recent panel discussion at the Collaborate 11 Oracle user conference concluded that mentors and sponsors are crucial to helping women advance their careers in...

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Computer Science Enrollments Rebound, ­p 10% Last Fall

Computer science enrollments increased for the third consecutive year at Ph.D.-granting institutions, are up 10 percent from a year ago, but are still below the...

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Ibm's Watson Not As Smart As You Think

As smart as IBM's Watson supercomputer may have seemed while defeating two former Jeopardy champions, it wouldn't be able to hold a conversation with or speak...

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U.s. Can Conduct Offsite Searches of Computers Seized at Borders, Court Rules

Laptop computers and other digital devices carried into the U.S. may be seized from travelers without a warrant and sent to a secondary site for forensic inspection...

What a Cyberwar With China Might Look Like
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What a Cyberwar With China Might Look Like

A cyberwar scenario hypothesized by former U.S. State Department diplomat Christopher Bronk in a report published in the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Studies paints...

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Multicore Coding Standards Aim to Ease Programming

The Multicore Association has established specifications for a programming model designed to make it easier to write software for multicore chips, particularly...

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Yahoo Working on Hadoop Mapreduce 2

The next generation of Apache Hadoop will likely be released this year, says Yahoo!'s Todd Papaioannou. Apache Hadoop enables batch processing of petabytes of...

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Big Data to Drive a Surveillance Society

As real-time and batch analytics evolve using big data processing engines such as Hadoop, corporations will be able to track our activities, habits, and locations...

The Clock Is Ticking on Encryption
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The Clock Is Ticking on Encryption

Cracking encrypted messages can take a very long time using existing technology. However, researchers warn that quantum computers eventually could make cracking...
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