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Follow the Smart Phones
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Follow the Smart Phones

A service launched last week by Skyhook Wireless will make it possible for other businesses to predict, with new accuracy, which local bars will be hot at 8 p.m...

New Computer Interface Goes Beyond Just Touch
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New Computer Interface Goes Beyond Just Touch

Microsoft researchers have developed Manual Deskterity, a computer interface that combines touch input with the precision of a pen. 

Keeping Medical Data Private
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Keeping Medical Data Private

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have created an algorithm designed to protect the privacy of patients while maintaining researchers' ability to analyze vast...

Can the Kremlin's Silicon Valley Succeed?
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Can the Kremlin's Silicon Valley Succeed?

Russia has chosen a site and is finalizing plans to start a Silicon Valley-like innovation center near Moscow. 

Combing Medical Records For Research
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Combing Medical Records For Research

When the stimulus bill passed last year--allocating $20 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records (EMRs)--many scientists were excited...

Speedier Bug Catching
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Speedier Bug Catching

Engineers have developed new transistors that can locate hardware bugs in a fraction of the time it takes to perform normal debugging. 

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Html 5 Could Challenge Flash

The Adobe Flash plugin has maintained its status as one of the most common ways for developers to create complex interactive Web features, but experts point to...

Intel Prototypes Low-Power Circuits
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Intel Prototypes Low-Power Circuits

The smaller a silicon transistor becomes, the more electrons it leaks. That can mean unreliable, battery-draining chips. Researchers at Intel have come up with...

Wireless Controlled From the Cloud
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Wireless Controlled From the Cloud

IBM China Research Lab scientists have developed Wireless Network Cloud, a new architecture that shifts the signal-processing requirements of wireless networks...

Creating Apps Just For Cars
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Creating Apps Just For Cars

Ford Motor Co. is working with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Microsoft to offer a computer science and engineering course in which Michigan students...

Fingertip Bacteria: A Promising Forensic Tool
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Fingertip Bacteria: A Promising Forensic Tool

It's not just our genomes that make us unique. The genomic profile of bacteria that rub off our fingertips and onto objects we touch--a computer keyboard, for instance...

How to Build a Superluminal Computer
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How to Build a Superluminal Computer

Vienna University of Technology physicists Volkmar Putz and Karl Svozil have devised a way to process information that exceeds the speed of light. 

Toyota Applies the Brakes
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Toyota Applies the Brakes

In the wake of a massive public-relations nightmare involving brake problems in its cars, Toyota is investigating two more reports this week of unintended acceleration...

Getting More from Location Data
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Getting More from Location Data

Thanks to smart phones and other mobile devices, the number of applications that make use of geolocation data is exploding. But developers and device makers face...

Magnetic Solder to Wire 3-D Chips
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Magnetic Solder to Wire 3-D Chips

A new type of solder can be melted and shaped in three dimensions under the force of a weak magnetic field. Using a magnet to pull the solder up through narrow...

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Faster Optical Switching Through Chemistry

New molecules produced at Georgia Tech could enable engineers to build all-optical data routers, ultimately leading to transmission speeds as high as two terabits...

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Putting the Web in a Spreadsheet

IBM researchers have developed BigSheets, a data analysis tool based on Hadoop designed to help users analyze large Web data sets. BigSheets uses Hadoop to comb...

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Touch Screens that Touch Back

Forget putting your phone on vibrate. A novel "high-definition" touch-feedback display can give a touch screen the feel of a textured surface. The technology was...

Making Sense of Mountains of Data
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Making Sense of Mountains of Data

"How do you take a big collection of things and make sense out of it?" asks Gary Flake, founder and director of Microsoft Live Labs, a division of the softwarePivot...

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Stopping Stealthy Downloads

SRI International and Georgia Tech researchers have developed Block All Drive-By Download Exploits (BLADE), free software that can stop Internet attacks brought...
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