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Vibrating Touch Screen Puts Braille at the Fingertips

Jussi Rantala of Finland's University of Tampere is working on a project that would allow the visually impaired to use touch-screen devices such as iPhones. Rantala's...

From ICT Results

Handsets Avert Radio Spectrum Saturation, Opportunistically

Mobile users want better video calls, streaming television and faster downloads, placing more demands on the limited radio spectrum available to operators. Could...

Nasa and Microsoft to Make ­niverse of Data Available to the Public
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Nasa and Microsoft to Make ­niverse of Data Available to the Public

NASA and Microsoft recently announced plans to make planetary images and data accessible over the Internet as part of the Space Act Agreement. NASA and Microsoft...

Multicores Seen Driving Next-Generation Mobile Phones
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Multicores Seen Driving Next-Generation Mobile Phones

York University professor Neil Audsley is part of the pan-European Embedded Multi-Core Processing for Mobile Communications project, an effort to make the multi...

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Canadian Researchers Reveal How They Cracked Chinese Spy Scam

A 34-year-old student and part-time tech geek at Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies tried everything to track down a piece of malicious software that...

Latest 3d Tv Technology Offers Interactive Control
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Latest 3d Tv Technology Offers Interactive Control

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Hitachi recently demonstrated TransCAIP, a three-dimensional (3D) TV system that captures a live scene in real time and...

Thousands of Home Computers to Search Arecibo Data For New Radio Pulsars
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Thousands of Home Computers to Search Arecibo Data For New Radio Pulsars

Einstein@Home, based at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) and the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) in Germany, is one of the world's largest public volunteer...

Wireless Charging: Adaptor Die
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Wireless Charging: Adaptor Die

A movement is underway to eliminate power cables from consumer mobile devices by using wireless recharging. However, while the technology may be sound, a profitable...

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Sensor Network Turns Soldiers' Helmets Into Sniper Location System

Engineers at Vanderbilt University's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) have developed a system that turns a soldiers' combat helmets into "smart...

Mood Player Creates the Right Atmosphere
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Mood Player Creates the Right Atmosphere

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Ilmenau have created a mood player that finds images to suit the rhythm of music. The approach...

Brown Scientists Build Robot That Responds to Nonverbal Commands
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Brown Scientists Build Robot That Responds to Nonverbal Commands

A Brown University-led team of robotics researchers has demonstrated how a robot can detect and respond to nonverbal commands in various environments without having...

Sign Language By Cellphone
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Sign Language By Cellphone

Researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University are working on the mobileASL project, which is developing a mobile phone that would enable deaf...

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Hackers Based in China Break Into Florida Senator's Office Computers

China-based hackers breached the office computers of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the senator's office confirmed March 20. In three separate attacks,...

Researchers Sniff Pc Keyboard Strokes From Thin Air
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Researchers Sniff Pc Keyboard Strokes From Thin Air

Research teams from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and Inverse Path say they have discovered new techniques to read what a person is...

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Future Shock: The Pc of 2019

The personal computer (PC) is expected to advance in both intelligence and form factor over the next 10 years, evolving into a merger of computing devices and peripherals...

Carnegie Mellon Engineers Create Innovative Mobile Video Service to Give Sports Fans Unprecedented Access to Key Plays
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Carnegie Mellon Engineers Create Innovative Mobile Video Service to Give Sports Fans Unprecedented Access to Key Plays

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) engineers Priya Narasimhan and Rajeev Gandhi have led the development of YinzCam, a large-scale mobile wireless video service designed...

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It Built Into Your Jewelery

Henry Tirri, Nokia's head of research, says the economic downturn will lead to more investments in collaboration tools, broadband, video, and mobile technology...

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Scratch Lowers Resistance to Programming

Scratch, created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, is a programming environment for creating interactive...

Digital Revolutionaries Discuss Past, Future of Technology
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Digital Revolutionaries Discuss Past, Future of Technology

Microsoft technical fellow Butler Lampson, Google chief Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf, and Qualcomm chairman Irwin Jacobs discussed the past, present, and potential...

From ICT Results

Web Cubed The Network of Everything

The future Internet promises to link electronics, clothing, cars and pretty much everything in between. The upshot will be a network that can accompany and support...
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