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Wigig Fast Wireless Group Finishes Standard

A standard for a technology to deliver as much as 7 gigabits per second (Gbps) over an extremely high unlicensed frequency band has been completed by the Wireless...

Two Rival Supercomputers Duke It Out For Top Spot
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Two Rival Supercomputers Duke It Out For Top Spot

A Cray supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has regained the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer, overtaking the installation that was ranked...

Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code
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Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code

Code analysis vendor Coverity reports that the number of defects in open source projects is on the decline. 

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Novel Way to Cool Data Centers Passes First Test

A new system that could make the cooling of data centers vastly more efficient has been tested by a team of engineers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Taiwan ­niversity Students Build Tour Guide Robot
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Taiwan ­niversity Students Build Tour Guide Robot

Engineering students at National Taiwan University recently demonstrated a robot that is capable of creating two- and three-dimensional maps of an area and then...

Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer
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Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer

Fujitsu is building a 10-petaflop supercomputer based on its upcoming Sparc64 VIIIfx processor. The new processor has eight processor cores, with each running...

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Iphone App Predicts Ipv4 Doomsday

Several companies and researchers have offered predictions for when the supply of IPv4 addresses will be exhausted. Hurricane Electric, for example, recently introduced...

Cheerleader For New Domain Names Defends Icann Plan
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Cheerleader For New Domain Names Defends Icann Plan

A pair of recently released reports, authored by University of Chicago professor Dennis Carlton, says that introducing new top-level domains (TLDs) will not force...

New Coalition Pushes for 'Big' Broadband
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New Coalition Pushes for 'Big' Broadband

A new report from the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition says that schools, libraries, and healthcare providers in the United States need...

China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software
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China Demands New Pcs Have Web Site-Blocking Software

China will require that Web filtering software be included with all computers sold in the country, another step up in its efforts to control pornography and other...

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Researchers Working on Memory to Replace Dram, Nand

Researchers at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) believe that resistive-random access memory (RRAM) could replace dynamic random access memory...

Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'
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Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'

Technology that changes how people give commands to computers could make touch-based PCs more popular and transform the traditional desktop into a "room computer"...

World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work
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World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work

The new Fujitsu FX1 supercomputer in Japan has a peak performance of 110.6 teraflops, making it the most powerful machine in Japan and the most efficient supercomputer...

Honda Develops Brain Interface For Robot Control
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Honda Develops Brain Interface For Robot Control

Honda Motor's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu have co-developed a brain-machine interface system that enables people...

Tech Can Help World's Problems, Ex-President Clinton Says
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Tech Can Help World's Problems, Ex-President Clinton Says

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says that technology companies can play a significant role in solving the world's most difficult challenges if they apply their...

Google Rolls Out Semantic Search Capabilities
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Google Rolls Out Semantic Search Capabilities

Google has added semantic technology to its Web search engine, which will enable it to identify associations and concepts related to a query, improving the list...

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Multicore Chips Pose Next Big Challenge For Industry

Increasing the number of processing cores has become the main way of improving the performance of server and PC chips, but any added benefits will be significantly...

Researchers Sniff Pc Keyboard Strokes From Thin Air
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Researchers Sniff Pc Keyboard Strokes From Thin Air

Research teams from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and Inverse Path say they have discovered new techniques to read what a person is...

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Government Cyberattacks Militarize the Web

Distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks are now being used by governments as another way to counter opposition, warns Arbor Networks senior security researcher...

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Bathrooms Become Smarter With Touch Screens

Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems have developed a touch screen mirror that can remind people when to takeView...
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