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Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality
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Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a mind-reading program that deciphers symbols that people have viewed.

How to Make Fully Homomorphic Encryption 'practical and ­sable'
From ACM TechNews

How to Make Fully Homomorphic Encryption 'practical and ­sable'

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded Galois $1 million to make fully homomorphic encryption available to programmers.

How the Open Compute Project's Telco Project Could Transform the Iot, Driverless Cars
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How the Open Compute Project's Telco Project Could Transform the Iot, Driverless Cars

The Open Compute Project recently announced the Telco Project, which is focused on data center technologies for telecommunications companies.

DARPA Accelerates ­ltimate Automated Pilot Software
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DARPA Accelerates ­ltimate Automated Pilot Software

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded its first contracts to vendors to build an automated system designed to reduce pilot fatigue. 

10 Cool Network and Computing Research Projects
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10 Cool Network and Computing Research Projects

If you think the latest enterprise and consumer network and computer technologies rolling into your data center and being snuck into your offices by end users are...

U.s. Intelligence Wants High-Tech Access to the Most Prodigious Sensor of All: Humans
From ACM TechNews

U.s. Intelligence Wants High-Tech Access to the Most Prodigious Sensor of All: Humans

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is doing research for its Future Applications of Sense Technology for Fidelitous Wearable Devices program...

Researchers' New App Outs Iphone and Android Phone Energy Hogs
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Researchers' New App Outs Iphone and Android Phone Energy Hogs

New, free iOS and Android software identifies which apps drain the most power from device batteries. 

How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

Researchers say they have successfully transmitted data without link layer flow control overloading throughput with retransmission requests. 

A Major Mystery Behind Microsoft's 'brain-Like' Speech-to-Speech Translator
From ACM TechNews

A Major Mystery Behind Microsoft's 'brain-Like' Speech-to-Speech Translator

New speech-to-speech translation technology from Microsoft becomes better at learning a language as it learns additional languages. 

Artificial Intelligence Challenge: Could a Robot Give Its Own Ted Talk?
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Artificial Intelligence Challenge: Could a Robot Give Its Own Ted Talk?

The TED organization has partnered with X Prize to develop a competition to have an AI-based robot "deliver a compelling TED Talk with no human involvement." 

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. 

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...

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

Microsoft Seeks to Make Sense of What You Didn't Say
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Microsoft Seeks to Make Sense of What You Didn't Say

Scientists at Microsoft and the International Computer Science Institute, which is affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, are researching how to...

From ACM News

Gartner: 10 Key It Trends For 2012

If you had to pick 10 technology-related trends that will affect your enterprise infrastructure in the coming year, Gartner says you'd do well to start with virtualization...

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DARPA Offers $50,000 Prize If You Can Figure Out These Shredded Puzzles

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the $50,000 Shredder Challenge, which asks participants to devise new methods or techniques for piecing...

From ACM TechNews

US to Let Everyday Drivers Test Advanced Wireless Auto Safety Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to launch a program over the next few months to test new wireless auto safety systems in the real world. 

From ACM TechNews

How Emerging Wireless Techs Are Transforming Healthcare

Heath care technology researchers are taking advantage of faster wireless networks and developing new "telehealth" sensors and devices as part of a booming new...
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