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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. 

Japan Lab Claims Its Software Can Read Dreams
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Japan Lab Claims Its Software Can Read Dreams

Software developed by a Japanese research institute can determine what people are dreaming about by analyzing their brain waves. 

AI Programmers Struggle to Make Games 'imitate Life'
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AI Programmers Struggle to Make Games 'imitate Life'

Artificial intelligence in videogames should improve to incorporate more intelligent characters into games. 

Swiss Supercomputer Aims to Predict Mountain Weather With Help of Gpus
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Swiss Supercomputer Aims to Predict Mountain Weather With Help of Gpus

The Swiss National Supercomputing Center will upgrade its supercomputer to more accurately predict the weather in the mountains of the Swiss Alps. 

New Spec Tool to Id Most Energy-Efficient Servers
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New Spec Tool to Id Most Energy-Efficient Servers

A new toolkit can help guide the selection of the most energy-efficient server to meet specific needs. 

Google Publishes Zopfli as Open Source Compression Algorithm to Speed ­p Web Downloads
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Google Publishes Zopfli as Open Source Compression Algorithm to Speed ­p Web Downloads

A new general purpose data compression library from Google can be used to accelerate Web downloads. 

Itu: Internet Policy Still on Agenda
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Itu: Internet Policy Still on Agenda

Intergovernmental organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union play a major role in Internet control and regulation, despite some calling for...

Intel Preps Thin Fiber Optics to Shuffle Data Between Computers
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Intel Preps Thin Fiber Optics to Shuffle Data Between Computers

Intel is developing thin fiber optics that will use lasers and light as a faster way to move data inside computers. The technology will be implemented at the motherboard...

Study: Women Lagging in Internet Adoption in Many Countries
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Study: Women Lagging in Internet Adoption in Many Countries

Women and girls are falling behind men in terms of Internet access in many parts of the world, causing them to miss out on the economic and social benefits of being...

U.s. Library of Congress Saving 500 Million Tweets Per Day in Archives
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U.s. Library of Congress Saving 500 Million Tweets Per Day in Archives

The U.S. Library of Congress expects to finish the initial stage of building a Twitter archive by the end of January. The Library is storing 500 million tweets...

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...

Japanese Team Targets 24-Tbps Optical Fiber By 2014
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Japanese Team Targets 24-Tbps Optical Fiber By 2014

The Japanese government is sponsoring a project to boost data transmission speeds over optical fiber, with a target of 400-Gbit/second per channel by 2014. 

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...

­S Gov't Agencies Embrace Collaborative Software Development
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­S Gov't Agencies Embrace Collaborative Software Development

Several U.S. federal agencies are embracing the collaborative model of open source software development and are releasing code back to the general public.  

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...

W3c Launches Web Standards Documentation Site
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W3c Launches Web Standards Documentation Site

The World Wide Web Consortium recently launched Web Platform Docs, a Web site with tutorials and other documentation that provides information on current Web standards...

IETF Starts Work on Next-Generation HTTP Standard
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IETF Starts Work on Next-Generation HTTP Standard

The Internet Engineering Task Force is working on the next generation of Hypertext Transfer Protocol, says Mark Nottingham, chairman of the IETF HTTP working group...

Hitachi Targets 2015 For Data Storage That Last 100 Million Years
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Hitachi Targets 2015 For Data Storage That Last 100 Million Years

Hitachi hopes to bring new storage technology capable of holding data for hundreds of millions of years to market by 2015.  
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