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IBM Spending $3 Billion to Rethink Decades-Old Computer Design
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IBM Spending $3 Billion to Rethink Decades-Old Computer Design

IBM plans to spend $3 billion over the next five years to research and develop new fundamental computing technologies, focusing specifically on the possibilities...

IBM Wants to Make its Watson Supercomputer as Small as a Pizza Box
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IBM Wants to Make its Watson Supercomputer as Small as a Pizza Box

IBM researchers are developing handheld computers with the power of today's supercomputers. 

Mit Figures Out How to Give the Moon Broadband--Using Lasers
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Mit Figures Out How to Give the Moon Broadband--Using Lasers

Researchers have developed a system that can give a satellite orbiting the moon faster Internet access than many U.S. homes get. 

IBM and Fujifilm Show Super Dense Storage Tape For Big Data Work
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IBM and Fujifilm Show Super Dense Storage Tape For Big Data Work

Researchers at IBM and Fujifilm are developing a magnetic tape prototype that can store 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch.

Researchers Try New 'twist' on Smartwatches
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Researchers Try New 'twist' on Smartwatches

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a prototype smartwatch that can be controlled by the wearer's hand gestures, or by clicking its face.

Robot Project Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Human Stroke Victims
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Robot Project Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Human Stroke Victims

Researchers are developing spring-loaded muscles for the Roboy robot. 

Faster Computer Performance Targeted By Memory Consortium
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Faster Computer Performance Targeted By Memory Consortium

The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has proposed a faster and more power-efficient specification for its emerging Hybrid Memory Cube memory technology. 

3D Webcams Will Help Pcs Read Human Emotions, Intel Says
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3D Webcams Will Help Pcs Read Human Emotions, Intel Says

Intel says its new three-dimensional webcam can combine with voice, touch, and gesture to make human interaction more natural and intuitive.

Google's 4k Video Format to Hit Tvs, Mobile Devices, Pcs
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Google's 4k Video Format to Hit Tvs, Mobile Devices, Pcs

Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, LG, and Sharp have introduced TVs that support VP9, Google's new 4K video format. 

Cornell Researchers Print 3D Speaker
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Cornell Researchers Print 3D Speaker

Researchers have successfully fabricated a working loudspeaker using a three-dimensional printer.

Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore
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Moore's Law Isn't Making Chips Cheaper Anymore

Chip makers can no longer expect to make processors smaller, faster, and less expensive with each generation by packing more transistors onto a silicon wafer. 

Experimental Malware ­ses Inaudible Sound to Defeat Network Air Gaps
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Experimental Malware ­ses Inaudible Sound to Defeat Network Air Gaps

Researchers have tested the feasibility of creating a covert acoustical mesh network between multiple laptops to exchange data using near-ultrasonic frequencies...

Intel Proposes New Standard to Light Up Data Transfers
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Intel Proposes New Standard to Light Up Data Transfers

Intel's proposed new optical interconnect, MXC, could be a key step in standardizing optical technology and bringing it to servers faster.

Xerox Scanners Found to Sometimes Alter Numbers
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Xerox Scanners Found to Sometimes Alter Numbers

Xerox scanners sometimes randomly alter numbers on documents when reproducing them if a specific combination of image quality and compression settings are used. ...

Flexible, Networked E-Ink Displays Mimic Physical Documents
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Flexible, Networked E-Ink Displays Mimic Physical Documents

Researchers at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Paris unveiled electronic ink displays that can bend as a form of input. 

Researchers Develop Featherweight Chips That Dissolve in Water
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Researchers Develop Featherweight Chips That Dissolve in Water

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed integrated circuits that can stick to the skin and in some cases dissolve in water when they...

Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems
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Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems

North Carolina State University researchers have developed software that runs in conjunction with the Message Passing Interface, a library for splitting applications...

Cray Bumps IBM From Top500 Supercomputer Top Spot
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Cray Bumps IBM From Top500 Supercomputer Top Spot

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer system, a Cray XK7, was named the world's fastest supercomputer in the latest edition of the Top500 list.  

Cray's Next Supercomputer Has Speedy Interconnect
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Cray's Next Supercomputer Has Speedy Interconnect

Cray's new XC30 supercomputer, known as Aries, features a new interconnect and a new routing topology that together could dramatically improve internal bandwidth...

Next-Gen Touchpads Respond to Pressure
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Next-Gen Touchpads Respond to Pressure

Researchers presenting at the recent User Interface Software Technology conference demonstrated projects that took advantage of Synaptics' new pressure-sensitive...
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