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Communication Devices 2033

Motorola's Consumer Xperience Design (CXD) teams have speculated possible evolutionary paths that communication devices may take during the next 25 years. They...

Hackers Game a Multiplayer World
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Hackers Game a Multiplayer World

Two programmers have hacked the World of Warcraft online game environment with a set of programs that automate in-game characters, which game developer Blizzard...

Mining Virtual Worlds to Better ­nderstand Reality
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Mining Virtual Worlds to Better ­nderstand Reality

Hugely popular online virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft and Second Life offer social scientists unprecedented views of gamers' behavior, and may be used...

Intel Taps Facebook Multitudes For Massive Research Efforts
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Intel Taps Facebook Multitudes For Massive Research Efforts

Intel has launched Progress Thru Processors, a new Facebook application that provides users with an interface to donate their unused computer processing time to...

Computer Graphics Innovator Wins ACM Siggraph Research Award
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Computer Graphics Innovator Wins ACM Siggraph Research Award

ACM SIGGRAPH has awarded its 2009 Significant New Researcher Award to Wojciech Matusik for his original contributions to accurately capturing and representing real...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

Does This Avatar Make Me Look Fat?
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Does This Avatar Make Me Look Fat?

Creating a Second Life avatar, or virtual representation of oneself, that is thin and physically fit may encourage individuals to become healthier and more physically...

Haptics: The Feel-Good Technology of the Year
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Haptics: The Feel-Good Technology of the Year

Touchscreens are already being implemented in cell phones and are expected to sweep through mobile and desktop computing, but a pair of Silicon Valley companies...

Epub: The Next Pdf?
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Epub: The Next Pdf?

EPUB, an XML format for reflowable text made from three open standards, is on its way to becoming an e-book industry standard. The standard, developed by the International...

Video Game Minority Report: Lots of Players, Few Characters
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Video Game Minority Report: Lots of Players, Few Characters

First comprehensive census of video game characters finds Latinos nearly invisible; women, other groups underrepresented. Combined with wide reach of video games...

Barcode Replacement Shown Off
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Barcode Replacement Shown Off

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed Bokodes, a new barcode format that could replace the current barcodes used on retail products...

Smart Machines: What's The Worst That Could Happen?
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Smart Machines: What's The Worst That Could Happen?

A panel of 25 artificial intelligence (AI) scientists, roboticists, and ethical and legal scholars have spent the past year discussing the risks of developing machines...

Netflix Challenge Ends, But Winner Is in Doubt
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Netflix Challenge Ends, But Winner Is in Doubt

Netflix's $1 million contest to design a better movie preference-matching algorithm ended on July 26th, with two teams in a near tie and the outcome of the contest...

Engineering Labs Going Online as Part of Remote Controlled Learning Program
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Engineering Labs Going Online as Part of Remote Controlled Learning Program

Montana State University (MSU) computer engineering students will soon be able to control laboratory equipment through their home computers. A two-year, $148,000...

Mobile Computing Task Force: Making the Way For Mobile Learning
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Mobile Computing Task Force: Making the Way For Mobile Learning

"I am helping to change the classroom." That's what Mike Dickson told his grandmother during a telephone conversation when she asked what he did for a living. Dickson...

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise
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Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise

The whole listening experience in cars, cinemas, theatres, and even during videoconferences, is likely to improve radically thanks to a new set of tools for application...

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This Data Will Self-Destruct: Tool Makes Online Info Vanish

The University of Washington has developed a system, called Vanish, that puts an expiration date on electronic data. After a set time period, electronic communications...

Beyond Flash
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Beyond Flash

The race is on for a successor to the popular flash memory used in portable devices. European researchers think they have found a candidate in novel materials combined...

A New Software to Assess Driving Behavior and Driving Risks
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A New Software to Assess Driving Behavior and Driving Risks

New software designed by a telecommunications engineer at the University of Malaga in Spain has the potential to reduce auto accidents by providing drivers with...

Researchers Bring Web Access to Developing Regions
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Researchers Bring Web Access to Developing Regions

University of Waterloo researchers have released a beta version of Vlink, an open source technology that is designed to provide robust and inexpensive Web access...
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