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Making Android More Secure
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Making Android More Secure

Google developed a new approach to mobile phone security with its open source Android operating system. Android developer Rich Cannings says there must be a balance...

Energy-Aware Internet Routing
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Energy-Aware Internet Routing

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University, and Akamai indicates an Internet-routing algorithm that tracks electricity...

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How to Build Anonymity Into the Internet

At the 9th annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, security researchers discussed alternatives to existing systems designed to help Internet users maintain...

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Finding the Right Piece of Sky

At the recent ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 conference, Microsoft Research's Visual Computing Group presented SkyFinder, a search system designed to analyze images of the sky...

Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip
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Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip

The obsolescence of graphics-processing clusters is being hastened by the rapidly accelerating data processing speed of supercomputers. Scientists at Argonne National...

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Warning Issued on Web Programming Interfaces

Application programming interfaces (APIs), software specifications that allow Web sites and services to interact with each other, have been a major factor in the...

Hackers Game a Multiplayer World
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Hackers Game a Multiplayer World

Two programmers have hacked the World of Warcraft online game environment with a set of programs that automate in-game characters, which game developer Blizzard...

Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at Siggraph
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Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at Siggraph

ACM's SIGGRAPH 2009 conference will showcase a quintet of innovative interface models. University of Tokyo researchers have created a touchable holographic interface...

Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers
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Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers

True Engineering Technology has developed semantic technology that gives meaning to numerical data to prevent number-related mixups. The company has launched Numberspace...

A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants
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A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants

A consortium that includes the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the SANS Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense aims to cultivate a new generation...

Helping Robots Get a Grip
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Helping Robots Get a Grip

Columbia University robotics researchers Peter Allan and Matei Ciocarlie have developed a new way to control a dexterous robotic hand. The researchers realized...

Data Overload on Dating Sites
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Data Overload on Dating Sites

New research on online dating sites shows that users can experience "cognitive overload" when faced with too many choices, causing them to make poorer decisions...

Catching Spammers in the Act
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Catching Spammers in the Act

Indiana University researchers have exposed some of the methods spammers use to collect email addresses and send junk mail through multiple computers. In a paper...

Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers
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Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers

Juniper security researcher Barnaby Jack canceled plans for a live demonstration of the insecurity of automatic teller machines (ATMs) at the upcoming Black Hat...

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Sensors For Tracking Home Water ­se

When a cell phone or credit-card bill arrives, each call or purchase is itemized, making it possible to track trends in calling or spending. Within the next few...

Traveling the Web Together
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Traveling the Web Together

Researchers from the College of William & Mary have developed real-time collaborative browsing (RCB) software that makes it easier for users to interact with each...

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
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Cell Phones That Listen and Learn

A cell phone would be able to track the behavior of its user with SoundSense, new software developed by Dartmouth College researchers. SoundSense automatically...

Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages
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Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages

University of Washington researchers have developed an automated information extraction software engine that mines meaning out of more than 500 million Web pages...

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The Display That Watches You

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems researchers have developed a new screen technology that uses interlacing photodetector cells and display pixels to...

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Google Explores 'eyes-Free' Phones

The screens on many mobile phones can leave a user feeling distinctly vision impaired, especially if her attention is divided between tapping virtual buttons and...
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