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Truly Random Numbers
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Truly Random Numbers

German researchers have developed a random number generator that uses a computer memory element, a flip-flop, to create an extra layer of randomness. 

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Clemson Researchers Develop Hands-Free Texting Application

Clemson University researchers have developed VoiceTEXT, an application that could make it safer for people to engage in cell phone texting while driving. VoiceTEXT...

Virtual Museum Guide
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Virtual Museum Guide

Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD scientists have developed augmented-reality animation software that can take users on virtual tours through...

Battling Zombies, Botnets and Torpig
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Battling Zombies, Botnets and Torpig

University of Calgary (UC) researchers are developing a range of technologies to prevent and detect cyberattacks and botnets. "It's an issue of scale," says UC...

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A Virtual System Which Facilitates Access and Adapts Contents to the Student

Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid are developing Project FLEXO, a virtual platform for different teaching methods that can be customized to specific...

­sb Fingerprints Identify 'pod Slurping' Data Thieves
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­sb Fingerprints Identify 'pod Slurping' Data Thieves

Intellectual property thieves who engage in so-called pod-slurping attacks leave a "USB fingerprint," according to Vasilios Katos and Theodoros Kavallaris of the...

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...
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What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...

Utilities have learned a lot about how smart meters can compel consumers to save electricity. Unfortunately, too often they aren't putting the knowledge to good...

Searching For Saddam
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Searching For Saddam

Traffic had slowed to a crawl in Baghdad's Azamiyah district as drivers stopped to ogle the president. It was April 2003, and Saddam Hussein cheerily greeted his...

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Want a Job? Get a Computer Science Degree

Here's a tip for incoming and current college students: If you want to have a high-paying job on graduation day, study computer science. That's the advice coming...

Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display
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Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display

Mechanical fireflies could help create a new kind of 3-D display, say researchers at MIT. Standing in for the bioluminescent beetles will be LED-fitted, remotely...

Robot Provides 3-D Images of Dangerous Locations
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Robot Provides 3-D Images of Dangerous Locations

Soldiers and first responders may soon have a better way to evaluate the interior of dangerous structures. Students at Missouri S&T, in a joint project with the...

Apple Claims Top Spot in Annual Computer Reliability Report
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Apple Claims Top Spot in Annual Computer Reliability Report

Apple personal computers received the highest reliability score in RESCUECOM's Annual 2010 Computer Reliability Report released Monday (February 22). Manufacturers...

When Cars Go to Driving School
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When Cars Go to Driving School

Posh cars already learn how you like your seat and steering wheel adjusted. The next generation of cars may be smart enough to learn how you drive and warn you...

Computer Waste in India to Grow 500 Percent By 2020
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Computer Waste in India to Grow 500 Percent By 2020

Waste from discarded electronics will rise dramatically in the developing world within a decade, with computer waste in India alone to grow by 500 percent from...

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Start-­p Opens Offshoring Alternative in Distressed Michigan

A start-up IT services firm—headed by veteran offshoring executives—as opened up an offshoring alternative in Michigan, a state with a 17.5 percent unemployment...

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Internet Making Our Brains Different, Not Dumb

A decade from now, Google won't make us "stupid," the Internet may make us more literate in a different kind of way, and efforts to protect individual anonymity...

How to Make the Internet a Lot Faster
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How to Make the Internet a Lot Faster

Google recently announced plans to build an experimental fiber network that would offer gigabit-per-second broadband speeds to up to 500,000 U.S. homes. The speeds...

Google Pagerank-Like Algorithm Dates Back to 1941
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Google Pagerank-Like Algorithm Dates Back to 1941

Iterative ranking methods predate Google's PageRank algorithm for ranking the importance of Web pages by nearly 60 years, according to "PageRank: Stand on the shoulders...

Dwarf Helicopters, Smart Subs, and Mining Robots to Automate Australia
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Dwarf Helicopters, Smart Subs, and Mining Robots to Automate Australia

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS)  research director Hugh Durrant-Whyte has led the development of robots for use in...

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CM­ Joins Open Cirrus Test Bed For Advancing Cloud Computing Research

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has joined Open Cirrus, an open source testbed established by Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo! to advance cloud computing education...
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