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Students Build Hand-Gestural Pc Interface
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Students Build Hand-Gestural Pc Interface

Controlling applications with hand gestures is a more natural way to communicate with computers, according to a team of engineering students at Northeastern University...

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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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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....

Microsoft: Space Is the New Frontier in Computing
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Microsoft: Space Is the New Frontier in Computing

Microsoft Research Cambridge managing director Andrew Herbert says we are moving into a client-cloud era in which space is the new frontier. He says computingView...

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Project Turns Netizens Into Social Change Agents

One European project wants to make average technoids the writers, directors and stars of their own community-conscious show, online and on an IPTV screen near you...

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Amazon to Launch Kindle For Textbooks

Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday (May 6) plans to unveil a new version of its Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen and other features designed to appeal to periodical...

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Sending Cell Phones Into the Cloud

Intel Research Berkeley scientists Byung-Gon Chun and Petros Maniatis have developed CloneCloud, a cloud computing-based clone of smartphones that can handle large...

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In Major Shift, Apple Builds Its Own Chip Design Team

In a major strategy shift, Apple reportedly has begun boosting its capability to design its own computer chips in an effort to create exclusive features for its...

Computer Scientists Add Smell to Games
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Computer Scientists Add Smell to Games

Birmingham University computer scientist Bob Stone is developing artificial smell simulators that could be used to make video games more realistic or by the military...

Tiny Green Lasers Seen Enabling Mobile Phone Projectors
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Tiny Green Lasers Seen Enabling Mobile Phone Projectors

Compact lasers which can work in formerly inaccessible parts of the spectrum and are suitable for mass production are now within reach, thanks to pioneering work...

Sleep Talking Pcs Save Energy and Money
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Sleep Talking Pcs Save Energy and Money

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Microsoft Research have developed Somniloquy, a plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal...

G.e.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 Dvds on a Disc
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G.e.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 Dvds on a Disc

General Electric (GE) holographic researchers have announced a digital storage breakthrough that will enable standard-sized disks to hold the equivalent of 100...

Google Tries Jump-Starting 3D Web Graphics
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Google Tries Jump-Starting 3D Web Graphics

Google has released O3D, software designed to bring accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics to Web browsers. The program is a browser plug-in for Internet...

Interactive Tv Courses Reach For Broader Audience
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Interactive Tv Courses Reach For Broader Audience

Providing educators with the tools to create interactive TV courses will expand their ability to reach audiences in their homes and help them learn new skills,Enhanced...

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African Researchers Rank Asus Eee Over Olpc's Xo

Though the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is aimed directly at children in developing nations, research by African universities and Computer...

Easier Access to Digital Audio Archives
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Easier Access to Digital Audio Archives

Digital sound archives offer enormously rich resources but accessing them is currently difficult. Sound material is often held separately from other materials and...

Device Allows Smartphones to Capture and Display ­ltrasound Images
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Device Allows Smartphones to Capture and Display ­ltrasound Images

Washington University in St. Louis computer engineers have developed an ultrasound device that can be plugged directly into a smartphone's USB port. The device...

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Computing Revolution Creating Desktop Supercomputers

University of Western Australia (UWA) Ph.D. candidate Chris Harris is investigating the use of graphics processing units (GPUs) in radio astronomy data processing...
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