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Microsoft Can Make the Walls of Your Room Display Web Pages
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Microsoft Can Make the Walls of Your Room Display Web Pages

SurroundWeb is a prototype system for displaying Web pages on multiple projectors to display information on the walls of a room. 

Researchers Show High-Speed Laser Communications Device For Space
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Researchers Show High-Speed Laser Communications Device For Space

A prototype array can read more information than usual from single particles of light, and can achieve much higher data rates than conventional systems. 

Google’s Vint Cerf Defines Internet of Things Challenges
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Google’s Vint Cerf Defines Internet of Things Challenges

Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf said strong regulations are needed to address privacy and other challenges the Internet of Things presents...

To Thwart Spies, IETF Wants to 'Strengthen the Internet'
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To Thwart Spies, IETF Wants to 'Strengthen the Internet'

Internet Engineering Task Force chair Jari Arkko recently spoke about the need for the engineers behind the Internet to push for new standards that would make it...

Researchers Dare AI Experts to Crack New Gotcha Password Scheme
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Researchers Dare AI Experts to Crack New Gotcha Password Scheme

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed GOTCHA, Generating panOptic Turing Tests to Tell Computers and Humans Apart, a password system based on visual...

Mozilla Developing Geolocation Data Service For Public ­se
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Mozilla Developing Geolocation Data Service For Public ­se

Mozilla plans to offer developers a more privacy-aware geolocation service using cell towers and Wi-Fi signals.

Sc13 Supercomputing Show Must Go On, Government Shutdown or Not
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Sc13 Supercomputing Show Must Go On, Government Shutdown or Not

SC13 will hold its annual Supercomputing Conference the week of November 17 in Denver as scheduled, regardless of the status of the U.S. government shutdown.

DARPA Adds $15.5 Million to Help Take Semiconductors Beyond Moore's Law
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DARPA Adds $15.5 Million to Help Take Semiconductors Beyond Moore's Law

Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. has received $15.5 million to further development of future semiconductor technology. 

Linux Kernel Luminaries Talk Enterprise, Embedded and Why They're Coming Together
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Linux Kernel Luminaries Talk Enterprise, Embedded and Why They're Coming Together

Although developing the Linux kernel is a difficult and complicated process, it also is one that is moving ahead with some speed. 

10 Hottest It Jobs: Developers, Developers, Developers
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10 Hottest It Jobs: Developers, Developers, Developers

Software developers are overall the most desirable information technology (IT) hires companies are seeking, with mobile developers especially sought-after.

Nasa Details Software Algorithm That Could Precisely Guide Future Spacecraft Landings
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Nasa Details Software Algorithm That Could Precisely Guide Future Spacecraft Landings

Researchers at the NASA are developing algorithms designed to land spacecraft safely. One of the key algorithms under development is designed to incorporate a...

U.s. to Standardize Car App/communication Device Components
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U.s. to Standardize Car App/communication Device Components

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a call for public and private researchers to develop "a hypothetical four-layer approach to connected vehicle...

Small, Electric-Powered Nano-Lasers May Help Keep Moore’s Law Valid
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Small, Electric-Powered Nano-Lasers May Help Keep Moore’s Law Valid

A seven-year research project has resulted in an electrically powered nano-laser that would let developers put even more lasers in the same space. 

Intel Links Many Screens Into a Giant, Wireless Display
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Intel Links Many Screens Into a Giant, Wireless Display

The Display as a Service (DaaS) wireless technology enables a single screen image to be shown on a wall of displays all working as parts of a large display. 

NASA Issues Grand Challenge, Calls for Public, Scientific Help in Tracking Threatening Asteroids
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NASA Issues Grand Challenge, Calls for Public, Scientific Help in Tracking Threatening Asteroids

NASA announced two programs that call on organizations around the world to help spot, track, and possibly alter the direction of asteroids headed for Earth. 

Paypal's $100,000 Battle Hack Competition Wants Cool Social Apps
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Paypal's $100,000 Battle Hack Competition Wants Cool Social Apps

In PayPal's software-coding competition, Battle Hack, software developers vie to create a socially beneficial application that uses PayPal payment processing. 

Iowa State Researchers Discover Possible Route to Terahertz Storage Speeds
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Iowa State Researchers Discover Possible Route to Terahertz Storage Speeds

Ultra-short laser pulses and special materials can be used to switch magnetism about 1,000 times faster than current storage devices, say researchers. 

Nasa, Air Force Define Cutting-Edge Next-Gen Space Computer
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Nasa, Air Force Define Cutting-Edge Next-Gen Space Computer

NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate have issued a call for R&D into a next-generation computer system for spacecraft. 

It’s in the Algorithm: Tight Races in Major League Baseball Chase This Year
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It’s in the Algorithm: Tight Races in Major League Baseball Chase This Year

Researchers have used a mathematical analysis to compute the number of regular season games each Major League Baseball team should win in 2013. 

Crowd-Funding Is Working For Open Source Projects
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Crowd-Funding Is Working For Open Source Projects

The company behind the LiveCode development tool has used crowd-funding to raise the money it needs (and more) to create an open source edition of its software. ...
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