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Microsoft's Project Natal: What Does It Mean For Game Industry?
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Microsoft's Project Natal: What Does It Mean For Game Industry?

Microsoft stunned the video game world on Monday with the announcement of its forthcoming "Project Natal" technology, full-body motion-sensitive technology that...

How Technology Lifts Pixar's 'up'
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How Technology Lifts Pixar's 'up'

If you want to consider a difficult computational problem, try thinking of the algorithms required to animate more than 10,000 helium balloons, each with its own...

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FCC Develops Strategy For Rural Broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a broadband strategy for the rural United States that cautions against relying on a single technology...

In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E
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In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E

There has been an explosion in hobbyist or do-it-yourself (DIY) robotics, with one recent example being a 16,000-member community attempting to individually create...

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...

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Mozilla, Graphics Group Seek to Build 3D Web

Khronos wants to develop a public version of a royalty-free specification for accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics on the Web within 12 months. The consortium...

Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived
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Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived

Brookings Institution fellow P.W. Singer says in an interview that the military's funding of robotics will have ramifications in areas that people are as yet unaware...

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How Ibm's Sprucing ­p Its 'social' Side

IBM researchers are exploring ways of using social computing to encourage greater collaboration among enterprise users in an effort to make it easier for businesses...

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Despite Layoffs, Microsoft Holding Firm on H-1bs

Citing their "crucial contributions to Microsoft's innovation successes," Microsoft said it will not significantly change its employment practices regarding immigrant...

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Stimulus Bill Includes $7.2 Billion For Broadband

The $787 billion economic stimulus package U.S. President Obama recently signed into law includes $7.2 billion for broadband grant and loan programs. Under the...

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Leading Futurists, Thinkers to Launch Silicon Valley ­niversity

Leading thinkers and futurists will launch Singularity University, an institution based in Silicon Valley that will offer a wide range of programs focusing on multiple...

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Dhs Creates Privacy Principles For Scientific Research

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed privacy principles for science and technology-related research and development projects that involve...

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Nasa Turns to Open-Source Problem-Tracking Databases

The recent launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour will involve the first live test of new software that was designed to streamline the process of problem reporting...
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