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Smartphones Get Smarter About Payments
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Smartphones Get Smarter About Payments

Paying for the morning commute will soon be accomplished by the wave of a smartphone. State and local governments are joining Internet, credit card, and wireless...

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Study: Less Than 50% of Smartphone Users Make Calls

What's the point of a smartphone? If you answered "To make calls," then congratulations: You're in the minority. A new survey from social communications company...

Recruiters Outnumber Job-Seekers at Hacker Fair
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Recruiters Outnumber Job-Seekers at Hacker Fair

Tom Sherlock demonstrated his wearable computer. Steven Neff, hemmed in by a scrum of recruiters from Google, Rackspace and Pulse News, showed off his art-filled...

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Robots ­se Kinect to ­nderstand Our World

Picture the scene, a few years from now. "Robot, fetch me that pillow over there," you say to your ever-willing butlerbot. "Certainly sir," it replies. "What's...

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Stanford

What better way to combine your nerdy loves of computer programming and Star Wars than with a robot that can actually battle with a light saber?

Photonic Neuron May Compute a Billion Times Faster Than Brain Circuits
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Photonic Neuron May Compute a Billion Times Faster Than Brain Circuits

Princeton University researchers and Lockheed Martin are developing fiber-optic-based computational devices that work 1 billion times faster than human neurons. ...

Using Light to Send Data Across the Room
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Using Light to Send Data Across the Room

Visible light communication continues to attract academic and commercial interest because light-based technology is practical, economical, and would provide an...

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Machines to Compare Notes Online?

Autonomous machines, networks, and robots should publish their own suggestions for upgrading the technology on the Internet, says the University of Southampton's...

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The Internet of Things (infographic)

When we think of being connected to the Internet, our minds immediately shift to our computers, phones, and most recently tablets. This week at Cisco live, I...

When Astronomy Met Computer Science
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When Astronomy Met Computer Science

Digital sky surveys and real-time telescopic observations are unleashing an unprecedented flood of information. Astronomers have recently created new tools to...

Nasa Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta
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Nasa Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first...

Why Brains Get Creeped Out By Androids
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Why Brains Get Creeped Out By Androids

We've all found ourselves in the uncanny valley before. It's that uneasy feeling you get when viewing a realistic humanoid or CGI person that’s so close to looking...

Supercomputing's Exaflop Target
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Supercomputing's Exaflop Target

The twin challenges of parallelism and energy consumption are enlivening supercomputers' progress.

How to Grow Wires and Tiny Plates
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How to Grow Wires and Tiny Plates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method for controlling the shapes of submicroprocessors that makes it possible to build entire...

­sing Light to Send Data Across the Room
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­sing Light to Send Data Across the Room

After Wi-Fi, will there be… Li-Fi?

Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot

Henry Evans recently shaved himself for the first time since a stroke left him mute and partly paralyzed 10 years ago. His achievement came thanks to researchers...

To Track Militants, U.s. Has System That Never Forgets a Face
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To Track Militants, U.s. Has System That Never Forgets a Face

When the Taliban dug an elaborate tunnel system beneath the largest prison in southern Afghanistan this spring, they set off a scramble to catch the 475 inmates...

Soft Memory Device Opens Door to New Biocompatible Electronics
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Soft Memory Device Opens Door to New Biocompatible Electronics

Carolina State University researchers have developed a memory device that it is soft, pliable, and works well in wet environments. The researchers used a liquid...

Robots Get Kinect's 'eyes and Ears'
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Robots Get Kinect's 'eyes and Ears'

Microsoft has added Kinect's software development kit (SDK) to its free Robotics Developer Studio. Access to raw data as well as Kinect's pattern-recognition algorithms...

The Truth About Nasa's Space Tech Spinoffs
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The Truth About Nasa's Space Tech Spinoffs

Tang. Velcro. Teflon. Each is popularly known as a product of the space age, and yet none of them represent actual NASA tech spinoffs. The real truth behind the...
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