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The Marketing Gadget That Tracks Brainwaves As You Watch Tv

Would you feel comfortable if market researchers could know your every thought? A headband designed by San Francisco firm EmSense can sense your brainwaves as...

Hoops 2.0: Inside the Nba
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Hoops 2.0: Inside the Nba

Outside Oracle Arena, it’s a balmy 65-degree spring day. But up in the building’s rafters, 80-odd feet above the hardwood floor, the air is crisp and the view...

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Iranian General Accuses Siemens of Helping ­.s., Israel Build Stuxnet

An Iranian military commander Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his...

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Robots on the Farm

Commercial farms of the future may be staffed by robots that will identify, spray and pick individual pieces of produce from plants, even when their targets are...

Reprogrammable Chips Could Enable Instant Gadget Upgrades
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Reprogrammable Chips Could Enable Instant Gadget Upgrades

Obsolescence is the curse of electronics: no sooner have you bought a gadget than its hardware is outdated. A new, low cost type of microchip that can rearrange...

Kinect For Windows Sdk Means Business
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Kinect For Windows Sdk Means Business

Microsoft had some fun while offering up details of the software development kit for Kinect for Windows. A technology evangelist named Clint Rutkas jury-rigged...

Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain
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Atlas Gives Scientists New View of the Brain

Scientists funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen unveiled a $55 million computerized atlas of the human brain Tuesday, offering the first interactive...

How Google Is Teaching Computers to See
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How Google Is Teaching Computers to See

Computers used to be blind, and now they can see.  Thanks to increasingly sophisticated algorithms, computers today can recognize and identify the Eiffel Tower...

IBM Says It Knows How Bad Your Commute Will Be
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IBM Says It Knows How Bad Your Commute Will Be

If you're a commuter stuck in traffic, it doesn't help you all that much to know what road conditions are like right now. You already know you're being delayed...

What Is a Cpu Thread?
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What Is a Cpu Thread?

Tech pundits, analysts, and reviewers often speak of "multithreaded" programs, or even "multithreaded processors," without ever defining what, exactly, a "thread"...

Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business
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Why Cisco's Flip Flopped in the Camera Business

Cisco is shutting down a business unit that it bought for over half-a-billion dollars: the Flip camcorder division. That's a shame, considering how high the Flip...

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Speedier Nanotube Circuits

Stanford University researchers recently expanded on an earlier study involving the development of faster nanotube circuits, which could lead to their use in complex...

Cameras Read License Plates, Helping City's Police
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Cameras Read License Plates, Helping City's Police

When Luis Zeledon was captured by detectives, it was probably safe to say that he had not intended to be found. He was hiding in someone else’s apartment in Queens...

Dialing with Your Thoughts
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Dialing with Your Thoughts

Researchers in California have created a way to place a call on a cell phone using just your thoughts. Their new brain-computer interface is almost 100 percent...

Mathematical Model Simulating Rat Whiskers Provides Insight Into Sense of Touch
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Mathematical Model Simulating Rat Whiskers Provides Insight Into Sense of Touch

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a mathematical model that will allow them to simulate how rats use their whiskers to sense objects around...

Universities, Industry Clash on Need For Open-Source Fpgas
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Universities, Industry Clash on Need For Open-Source Fpgas

Would open-source field-programmable gate arrays simplify academic research on reconfigurable computing? Researchers say yes, but industry disagrees.

Technique for Letting Brain Talk to Computers Now Tunes in Speech
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Technique for Letting Brain Talk to Computers Now Tunes in Speech

The act of mind reading is something usually reserved for science-fiction movies but researchers in America have used a technique, usually associated with identifying...

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Internet Probe Can Track You Down to Within 690 Metres

Online adverts could soon start stalking you. A new way of working out where you are by looking at your internet connection could pin down your current location...

Supercomputers Let ­p on Speed
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Supercomputers Let ­p on Speed

Smarter rather than faster design appears to be coming into vogue as a gauge of a supercomputer's success. A federal report urges a more balanced portfolio of...

Facebook Shares Server Design
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Facebook Shares Server Design

Facebook Inc. said it would share details for its new server systems and computer rooms with other companies, hoping to set off what it characterized as an open...
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