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Mobile Apps Open Source Middleware

The MUSIC Consortium has released a preliminary version of a language tool and middleware environment for developing next-generation mobile applications and services...

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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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Color E-Paper That Rivals the Real Thing

A new approach electronic-paper developed by Philips offers fresh hope for color e-paper displays that are so bright and clear that even traditional liquid crystal...

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Hackers Attack ­c Berkeley Databases

The University of California, Berkeley, began notifying students, alumni and others on Friday (May 8) that their personal information may have been stolen after...

Stanford's Startup Culture Stronger Than Ever
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Stanford's Startup Culture Stronger Than Ever

Stanford University's 100-year tradition of entrepreneurialism, which has spawned such tech giants as Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Google, Sun, and Yahoo!, has been...

A Nimbus Rises in the World of Cloud Computing
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A Nimbus Rises in the World of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a hot topic in the technology world these days, called by television and business magazines the way of the future. While it's difficult to predict...

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Examining Social Networking to Find People Behind Terrorist Attacks

Inderscience PublishersSocial Design Group's Yoshiharu Maeno and University of Tokyo professor Yukio Ohsawa have developed a new approach to analyzing social networks...

How to Make (robot) Friends and Influence People
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How to Make (robot) Friends and Influence People

A team from the Interactive Robots and Media Lab at the United Arab Emirates University has created a robot with its own Facebook page in an effort to enable the...

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Make Brighter, Full-Color Electronic Readers? Brilliant!

An international collaboration that includes the University of Cincinnati has announced the development of Electrofluidic Display Technology (EFD), which they say...

The Next Age of Discovery
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The Next Age of Discovery

Teams of computer scientists, conservationists, and scholars are rushing to digitally save and preserve the world's literary treasures. Advanced technology is...

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When Virtual Reality Feels Real

Researchers in the European Union-funded Presenccia project are conducting experiments to understand why humans interpret and respond to virtual stimuli and to...

New York Times Graphics Director Selected For Siggraph Keynote
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New York Times Graphics Director Selected For Siggraph Keynote

The New York Times graphics director Steve Duenes, a leader in transforming complex data into understandable graphic journalism, will be the keynote speaker for...

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Software Development Gender Gap Pondered

A panel of women developers at the recent RailsConf 2009 conference in Las Vegas held a session entitled "Women in Rails" to discuss the issues that cause software...

Shedding Light on the Catacombs of Rome
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Shedding Light on the Catacombs of Rome

Researchers have completed a three-year project to create the first comprehensive, three-dimensional (3D) image of the Catacombs in Rome. The project used laser...

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Researchers Step Toward Faster Chips

Scientists and engineers from the University of Florida, Stanford University, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created a basic type of semiconductor...

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Researchers Take Over Dangerous Botnet

University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers temporarily commandeered an infamous botnet known for stealing financial data and found that the threat...

Warp Speed? Two Physicists Report on Method That Could Make It Happen
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Warp Speed? Two Physicists Report on Method That Could Make It Happen

With the new movie "Star Trek" opening in theaters across the nation, one thing moviegoers will undoubtedly see is the Starship Enterprise racing across the galaxy...

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Videoconferencing Technology Possible For Cell Phones, Pdas

A new low-bandwidth, high-frame-rate videoconferencing technology that creates the appearance of three-dimensionality and a strong sense of co-presence without...

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In Cellphone, India Reveals an Essence

Sometimes a technology comes along and crystallizes a cultural moment. Not since the automobile and the American in the 1950s, perhaps, have a technology and a...

The Rise and Rise of E-Readers
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The Rise and Rise of E-Readers

Amazon's launch of its first dedicated e-reader for newspapers, magazines, and textbooks points to a future when digital and analog publishing begins to merge....
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