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Grant Will Improve Mobile Device, Cellular Network Security
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Grant Will Improve Mobile Device, Cellular Network Security

Smart phones have become indispensable to today's highly mobile workforce and tech-savvy youngsters, but they pose new security and privacy risks. Two assistant...

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­nlimited Compute Capacity Coming, IBM Says

IBM Canada Lab director Martin Wildberger predicts that unlimited computing capacity will become a reality in the near future, putting the power of modern mainframes...

ACM Names 84 Distinguished Members for Advances in Computing Technology
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ACM Names 84 Distinguished Members for Advances in Computing Technology

ACM has recognized 84 members as 2009 Distinguished Members. The number of honorees has more than doubled from a year ago, and ACM says the increase is a reflection...

Is Aes Encryption Crackable?
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Is Aes Encryption Crackable?

The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) system was long believed to be invulnerable to attack, but a group of researchers recently demonstrated that there may be...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Researchers at Yahoo!'s Labs in Barcelona, Spain, have developed a distributed search approach that spreads the search index and additional data out over a larger...

Labor Shortage in It Industry Despite Recession
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Labor Shortage in It Industry Despite Recession

A new survey by New Zealand's Ministry of Economic Development found a significant shortage of skilled labor in the information technology (IT) industry, despite...

Triple Shadows and Fake Reflections: Future Graphics
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Triple Shadows and Fake Reflections: Future Graphics

At the second annual ACM SIGGRAPH Asia conference, which takes place December 16-19 in Yokohama, Japan, computer graphics professionals and researchers will demonstrate...

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Validity of Software Patents Goes on Trial at ­.s. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider what types of inventions should be eligible for a patent as part of a case that could undermine legal protections for software...

Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers
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Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers

Virginia Tech's Green500 list is getting a refresh. Since its 2007 debut, the Green500 has ranked only the energy efficiency of the world's 500 fastest performing...

Digital Fingerprints Aid Video Search
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Digital Fingerprints Aid Video Search

The explosive growth of video on the Internet calls for new ways of sorting and searching audiovisual content. A team of European researchers has developed a groundbreaking...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
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Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...

Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots
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Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots

A forthcoming report from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) will explore whether robots could eventually become so intelligent...

M­ Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology
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M­ Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology

University of Missouri researchers are developing software that would enable computers to search within videos and identify humans and specific objects, as well...

Announced Initiatives to Bolster ­.s. Science and Technology Collaboration With Muslim Communities
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Announced Initiatives to Bolster ­.s. Science and Technology Collaboration With Muslim Communities

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently announced new initiatives aimed at promoting science and technology collaboration with Muslim communities...

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ACM Initiative Addresses Long-Term Preservation of Digital Library Content

ACM announced that it is providing institutional library customers with advanced electronic archiving services to help preserve their electronic resources. The...

­.s. and Australia Dominate Magic Robot Competition Short List
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­.s. and Australia Dominate Magic Robot Competition Short List

The organizers of the Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC) have created a list of 12 teams and has asked them to develop their proposals...

$1.2M Project Speeds Research Data Processing
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$1.2M Project Speeds Research Data Processing

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network has provided $1.2 million to researchers at the University of Western Ontario to develop a new high-speed network...

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Tim Berners-Lee: Machine-Readable Web Still a Ways Off

World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the machine-readable Web is still a ways off and faces numerous obstacles. He says recent initiatives such as the...

Online Collaboration With Built-In Clarity
From ICT Results

Online Collaboration With Built-In Clarity

Software packages that interoperate while providing online users with an overview of their colleagues' work may finally lessen the dominance of email as the world's...
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