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South Korean Researchers Develop ­ser-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech
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South Korean Researchers Develop ­ser-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech

South Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute researchers say they have developed a handheld three-dimensional scanner.

France and Spain Team Up to Jumpstart Europe's Exascale Computing Ambitions
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France and Spain Team Up to Jumpstart Europe's Exascale Computing Ambitions

France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and Spain's Barcelona Supercomputing Center have announced a high-performance computing partnership to...

The Next Frontier For Artificial Intelligence? Learning Human's Common Sense
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The Next Frontier For Artificial Intelligence? Learning Human's Common Sense

Ramon Lopez de Mantaras is dubious human-like artificial intelligence is only a decade or two away. 

Microsoft Research: Making the Wearable Battery Last Longer By Lightening Its Load
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Microsoft Research: Making the Wearable Battery Last Longer By Lightening Its Load

Microsoft Research has developed WearDrive, technology designed to extend the life of batteries used to power fitness bands.  

Australian Researchers Reveal Graphene 3D Display Tech
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Australian Researchers Reveal Graphene 3D Display Tech

Graphene is at the center of a new technique for creating three-dimensional (3D) holographic displays featured in films such as "Star Wars" and "Avatar."

Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code
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Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code

To reduce conflicts within the Linux development community, the group has adopted a new code of conduct that comes in the form of a Linux patch. 

Google Retires Spdy in Favor of Http/2
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Google Retires Spdy in Favor of Http/2

Google plans to phase out its SPDY open networking protocol in early 2016 and instead support HTTP/2 in Chrome. 

Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source
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Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source

Four out of five programmers now use, or recently have used, open source development tools, says a new survey. 

China Develops Facial Recognition Payment System With Near-Perfect Accuracy
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China Develops Facial Recognition Payment System With Near-Perfect Accuracy

The Chinese Academy of Science plans to unveil a face-recognition payment application with near-perfect accuracy next year. 

Which Country Has the World's Best Coders? There's an Axe For That
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Which Country Has the World's Best Coders? There's an Axe For That

A team of three Polish programmers won the Hello World Open 2014 worldwide programming competition. 

Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy
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Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

The algorithm used by Google's Street View team to improve Google Maps also can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8-percent accuracy. 

China to ­nveil Homebrewed Chip in 2013
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China to ­nveil Homebrewed Chip in 2013

Longsoon Technology, which is partly funded by the Chinese Academy of Science, will share details about its Godson eight-core processor at the International Solid...

S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer
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S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer

A microchip developed in Singapore can transmit data 1,000 times faster than Bluetooth. 

Lack of Training Hinders GP­ in HPC
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Lack of Training Hinders GP­ in HPC

Several factors, including the lack of training in parallel programming and support from independent software vendors, are major obstacles keeping general-purpose...

Intel: Why a 1,000-Core Chip Is Feasible
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Intel: Why a 1,000-Core Chip Is Feasible

Chipmaker Intel has been investigating the issue of scaling the number of cores in chips through its Terascale Computing Research Program, which has so far yielded...

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Chinese Supercomputer Overtakes Jaguar

China's National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-1A supercomputer has taken the top ranking from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer...

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Europe's PRACE HPC Grid Aims for Exaflop Power by 2019

The EC is funding a project to develop a grid of up to six "tier 0" high-performance computing systems and is aiming for a combined computing power in the multi...

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Tough Choices For Supercomputing's Legacy Apps

The future of supercomputing holds several significant software challenges, writes Numerical Algorithms Group's Andrew Jones. The first challenge is the rapidly...

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EC Wants Software Makers Held Liable for Code

The European Commission is proposing that the European Union's consumer protections for physical products also cover software. Commissioners Viviane Reding and...
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