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Leaving the Rat Race to Save the World

Companies are offering their IT employees the opportunity to volunteer for projects in developing countries, and some IT workers, frustrated by a lack of purpose...

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Artificial Intelligence: Robots Rule When It Comes to Holiday Shopping

Retailers are using robots to help warehouse workers find fast-selling products more quickly. The robots, built by Kiva Systems, are programmed with maps of the...

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New Years Honours - Dame Wendy Hall

ACM President Wendy Hall, a computer science professor at the University of Southampton and a former head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, has...

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The 9 Hottest Skills For '09

Even with a struggling economy and record unemployment, certain IT skills will be in high demand in the coming year. Programming and application development will...

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Wanted: More Science and Math Teachers in the ­s

During the next decade U.S. schools are expected to need at least 200,000 new science and math teachers, and many districts already face shortages. In at least...

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Internet Providers Move to Shape Broadband Push

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional lawmakers want to improve the quality and availability of high-speed Web access in the United States. Some...

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Stimulus Could Boost It Job Prospects

The overall outlook for IT employment in 2009 is mixed, but some analysts say the U.S. federal economic stimulus package could add IT positions. Compared to jobs...

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Multicore Doesn't Mean Equal Core

Virginia Tech researchers recently found that the speed at which code is executed on multicore processors can vary by as much as 10 percent depending on how the...

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Google Brings Cross-Language Translation to Search Appliance

Google wants to create greater international interest in a new experimental feature that enables Google Search Appliance (GSA) to translate documents between 34...

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ACM Wants Computer Science in on Obama's K-12 Education Plan

The Association for Computing Machinery has called on the incoming Obama Administration to re-think the way that computer science is taught in the K-12 public education...

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­U.S. Not Ready For Cyber Attack

The results of a two-day cyberwar simulation involving 230 representatives from U.S. government defense and security agencies, private companies, and civil groups...

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Sun, Consortium to Drive Tech Accessibility Project

Sun Microsystems is working with the European Commission-funded open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards (AEGIS) Project to improve...

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Making Sense of the 'semantic Web'

The semantic Web could enable more interactive and accurate searches and is considered a crucial component of emerging Web 3.0 technology. Researchers are exploring...

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IBM Labs Promises Five Innovations

IBM researchers' list of promising new technologies includes the ability to "talk" to the Web; information collection and retrieval systems that cover us when we...

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The Fastest Computers Are Going Hybrid

A clearly recognizable trend at the recent SC08 conference in Austin, Texas, was a general shift in supercomputer design toward using multiple types of processors...

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­U.S. Spending on Research to Fall

U.S. research and development (R&D) funding will drop next year as corporations and the federal government cut spending, predicts a Battelle Memorial Institute...

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Robots Rush In: In Search-and-Rescue Operations Teamwork Is Everything

Researchers at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) are developing intelligent search-and-rescue robots that work...

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Mobile Phones to Be Primary Internet Device By 2020, Experts Predict

Mobile phones will become the primary Internet device for most people by 2020, largely due to their increasing computing power, predicts the "Future of the Internet...

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W3c ­pgrades Web Accessibility Standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released version 2.0 of its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which are designed to help developers make Web...

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The Next Big Sensation?

Computer scientists are developing machines that enable users to feel digital content. "The world is going digital, but people are analog," says Immersion Corp...
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