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Researchers Push Supercomputing's Bleeding Edge With Diverse Applications
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Researchers Push Supercomputing's Bleeding Edge With Diverse Applications

One of five finalists will be awarded ACM's Gordon Bell Prize today at the SC14 high-performance computing conference in New Orleans. 

IBM Shares Plans For Supercomputing Future
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IBM Shares Plans For Supercomputing Future

IBM is developing a new supercomputing architecture to boost data processing at the storage, memory, and input/output levels. 

Mozilla Woos Programmers With Plans for a Webdev Browser
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Mozilla Woos Programmers With Plans for a Webdev Browser

On Monday, the Mozilla Foundation will launch a version of its Firefox browser that will enable developers to build Web pages and applications. 

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever
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Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial Intelligence Is as Elusive as Ever

Scientists are no closer to achieving an overall general artificial intelligence, in the sense that a computer can behave like a human.

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Will Computers Take Your Job?
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The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Will Computers Take Your Job?

In the future, intelligent machines will increasingly replace knowledge workers, according to a group of artificial intelligence experts.

Wi-Fi Group Acts to Simplify Peer-to-Peer Video, Printing and Other Tasks
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Wi-Fi Group Acts to Simplify Peer-to-Peer Video, Printing and Other Tasks

The Wi-Fi Alliance has unveiled four sets of mechanisms for carrying out certain tasks over Wi-Fi Direct. 

Popular Android Apps Fail Basic Security Tests, Putting Privacy at Risk
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Popular Android Apps Fail Basic Security Tests, Putting Privacy at Risk

Many Android applications fail to take basic precautions to protect user data, putting the privacy of upwards of 1 billion people at risk.

R Programming Language Gains on Traditional Statistics Packages
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R Programming Language Gains on Traditional Statistics Packages

A recent survey gauging the popularity of statistical software programs found the R programming language is rapidly gaining on traditional statistics packages. 

Harvard ­nleashes a Swarm of Self-Organizing Robots
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Harvard ­nleashes a Swarm of Self-Organizing Robots

Harvard University researchers have developed a method enabling thousands of robots to coordinate their actions so they can complete a single task. 

Energy Harvested From Body, Environment Could Power Wearables, IoT Devices
From ACM TechNews

Energy Harvested From Body, Environment Could Power Wearables, IoT Devices

Low-power wearable devices may soon stop using batteries and start drawing energy generated by body heat and movement, as well as ambient energy from the environment...

Seven Ways DARPA Is Trying to Kill the Password
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Seven Ways DARPA Is Trying to Kill the Password

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding research at institutions working on desktop and mobile authentication technologies.

Google's Big-Data Tool, Mesa, Holds Petabytes of Data Across Multiple Servers
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Google's Big-Data Tool, Mesa, Holds Petabytes of Data Across Multiple Servers

Google says its big-data architecture, Mesa, can store petabytes of data, update millions of rows of data per second, and field trillions of queries daily across...

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...

Python Bumps Off Java as Top Learning Language
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Python Bumps Off Java as Top Learning Language

Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a survey published by ACM. 

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. 

Google Agitates For a Revolution in Web Development
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Google Agitates For a Revolution in Web Development

Google company engineers say Web Components, a World Wide Web Consortium standard designed to help organize complex Web pages, will "change everything." 

Internet Traffic Congestion Real, But Sporadic, Study Says
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Internet Traffic Congestion Real, But Sporadic, Study Says

A new study suggests Internet congestion can be a problem, but it is often intermittent and temporary. 

Php Keepers Plot Radical Revision of the Language
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Php Keepers Plot Radical Revision of the Language

PHP core developer Dmitry Stogov recently started a new branch of the language called PHP Next Generation.

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
From ACM TechNews

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.
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