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'instant On' Computing
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'instant On' Computing

Researchers supported by the National Science Foundation have achieved a breakthrough in adding ferroelectric materials to silicon, without intervening reaction...

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Researchers Working on Memory to Replace Dram, Nand

Researchers at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) believe that resistive-random access memory (RRAM) could replace dynamic random access memory...

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Crypto Pioneers Differ on Cloud-Computing Risks

A group of pioneers in the security field, whose work in encryption is used to protect Internet data and communications every day, spoke recently about the state...

Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project
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Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project

Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to...

Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'
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Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'

Technology that changes how people give commands to computers could make touch-based PCs more popular and transform the traditional desktop into a "room computer"...

25 Microchips That Shook the World
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25 Microchips That Shook the World

In microchip design, as in life, small things sometimes add up to big things. Dream up a clever microcircuit, get it sculpted in a sliver of silicon, and your little...

Intel Preps Tool For Many-Core Processors
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Intel Preps Tool For Many-Core Processors

Later this year Intel will release a research project code-named Ct, short for C for Throughput, that will automatically make standard C and C++ compilers work...

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Diversity Computing Conference Hits Record Attendance

Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) chair Pam Williams said this year's Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference was the best gathering...

Smartphones Seen as Eventual Target of Computer Virus Attacks
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Smartphones Seen as Eventual Target of Computer Virus Attacks

Northeastern University researchers say that smartphones will soon be targeted by viruses on a massive scale, but a study by the researchers could provide a way...

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Microsoft Cooking ­p New Parallel Programming Language

Microsoft is developing a new language for parallel programming called Axum. Previously known as Maestro, Axum is an incubation project intended to help programmers...

DARPA Wants AI Systems to Interpret Surveillance Data
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DARPA Wants AI Systems to Interpret Surveillance Data

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced an effort to create powerful artificial intelligences (AIs) that can mine and interpret...

Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work
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Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work

Cloud computing has the potential to create irreversible changes in how computers are used around the world, says David Carrera, director of the Cloud Computing...

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Companion Robots Will Improve Elderly People's Quality of Life in Smart Homes

The Companionable project is working to improve the quality of life of elderly and disabled people through robots designed to operate in intelligent homes. The...

Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter
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Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter

In early April, Adam Wilson posted a status update on the social networking Web site Twitter — just by thinking about it. Just 23 characters long, his message,...

Semantic Design Promises To Save Time, Raise Productivity
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Semantic Design Promises To Save Time, Raise Productivity

A pioneering semantic engineering environment developed by European researchers offers a more flexible, scalable and user-orientated means of managing design data...

Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed
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Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance...

Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans
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Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans

Robots are gaining on us humans. Guided by increased computing power, robots can now perform such tasks as picking up and peeling bananas, landing jumbo jets, steering...

Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication
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Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientists say that diamonds could revolutionize quantum mechanics in computing by enabling ultra-secure communications...

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H-1b Visas Cuts U.S. Tech Wages By Up to 6 Percent, Study Says

A new study from professors at New York University (NYU) and the University of Pennsylvania found that the use of H-1B workers by U.S. companies has decreased wages...

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Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully used a cluster of the same low-power processors that are used in netbooks and mobile devices to create...
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