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Middleware Supports Easy-Build Wireless Networks
From ICT Results

Middleware Supports Easy-Build Wireless Networks

Networks that monitor life-threatening situations or improve environmental efficiencies will be easier and cheaper to develop and operate, following the creation...

Scammers Target Givers After Haiti Earthquake
From ACM News

Scammers Target Givers After Haiti Earthquake

The earthquake in Haiti has motivated many people to make contributions to help. "Unfortunately, these events also bring out the con artists and scammers who are...

Engineering Firm Awards Contract To Rowan ­niversity Computer Science Team
From ACM News

Engineering Firm Awards Contract To Rowan ­niversity Computer Science Team

Mission Solutions Engineering has awarded a $100,000 one-year contract to Rowan University to help the firm improve the capabilities of a software system called...

From ACM News

Today's Threat: Computer Network Terrorism

"A fleet of fighter planes is not necessary to attack a power station; a keyboard is sufficient. And if you don't have the skills, there are enough mercenary hackers...

From ACM News

Darpa: U.s. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk

Sure, we’re all plugged in and online 24/7. But fewer American kids are growing up to be bona fide computer geeks. And that poses a serious security risk for the...

Reading Your Mind to Tag Images (and Work With Computers)
From ACM TechNews

Reading Your Mind to Tag Images (and Work With Computers)

Studies done at Microsoft Research are using electroencephalograph (EEG) measurements to read users' minds in order to help tag online images. The researchers...

Robots For Surgery, Farming and Valet Parking
From ACM TechNews

Robots For Surgery, Farming and Valet Parking

Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) officials recently announced the development of robots conceptually similar to the avatar humanoids seen in the movie...

From ACM TechNews

Computer Vision System Analyzes Human Behavior

European researchers, coordinated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have developed a cognitive computational system that uses video cameras and computer...

How Touch Screens Could Shrug Off Shoulder Surfers
From ACM TechNews

How Touch Screens Could Shrug Off Shoulder Surfers

Users of touch-screen gadgets must contend with snoopers, and researchers at Britain's Newcastle University and elsewhere are working on alternative input mechanisms...

From ACM TechNews

W3c Posts Draft Standard For Local Database Storage

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has drafted the Indexed Database API, a proposed standard for a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that could...

Breaking Through the Language Barrier
From ACM TechNews

Breaking Through the Language Barrier

IBM and other technology firms are researching ways to translate online content. IBM's n.Fluent project is developing software designed to instantly translate...

From ACM TechNews

The Greening of It

A seminar hosted by Science|Business focused on what needs to be done to make information technology (IT) more environmentally friendly. The cross-pollination...

Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access
From ACM TechNews

Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering aggressive moves to claim its authority over consumer access to the Internet as part of the Obama...

Europe and China Create Intercontinental Research Grid
From ICT Results

Europe and China Create Intercontinental Research Grid

An EU-funded programme that lets European and Chinese computing grids work together has already produced results in aircraft design, drug development and weather...

From ACM News

Nanostructures Hold Promise as Fast Switches for Resistive RAM

Building microscopic materials known as superlattices on the surface of gold may lead to a treasure for researchers interested in faster, smaller, and more energy...

Chemical Computer That Mimics Neurons to be Created
From ACM TechNews

Chemical Computer That Mimics Neurons to be Created

A team of international researchers is developing a new way of building computing machinery inspired by chemical processes in living systems. The project, led...

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence
From ACM News

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is a branch of artificial intelligence that attempts to get computers and robots to mimic the highly efficient behavior of colony insects such...

Web Guru Berners-Lee Highlights Open Data
From ACM TechNews

Web Guru Berners-Lee Highlights Open Data

Linked data will transform the Internet because Web browsing would give way to using programs that automatically seek out and find useful information, according...

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Cryptographic Showdown, Round 2: NIST Picks 14 Hash Algorithms

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has completed round one of its open competition to create a new Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA). The...

From ACM News

How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...
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