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Tough Times For Complex Systems: A Modernization Story

A European project has just released a prototype of a software engineering platform that could help companies save time, money and energy as they scramble to upgrade...

Web Tool 'as Important as Google'
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Web Tool 'as Important as Google'

Physicist Stephen Wolfram says the goal of his free Wolfram Alpha program, which will be available to the public starting in the middle of May, is to "make expert...

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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...

Here Comes the Smart Grid
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Here Comes the Smart Grid

A new data model developed by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, at other universities, and in the private sector will help facilities and buildings...

Software to Improve the Design of Aircraft Wings
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Software to Improve the Design of Aircraft Wings

TECNALIA is working with AERNNOVA on the ICARO project, which is developing multidisciplinary optimization software that would help design the most effective aircraft...

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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...

Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure
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Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure

Low-cost sensors, clever software, and computing firepower are key ingredients of an emerging computing trend called smart infrastructure — efficient and environmentally...

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...

Computer Model Simulates Mammalian Brain
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Computer Model Simulates Mammalian Brain

The Blue Brain project is focused on reverse-engineering mammal brains from laboratory data and to develop a computer model down to the level of the molecules that...

Russian, Chinese Universities Claim Top Spots in ACM Programming Competition
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Russian, Chinese Universities Claim Top Spots in ACM Programming Competition

Of the top 12 winners at the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) competing for the best computer programmers in the world, four teams were...

Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'
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Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'

Technology that changes how people give commands to computers could make touch-based PCs more popular and transform the traditional desktop into a "room computer"...

Intel Preps Tool For Many-Core Processors
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Intel Preps Tool For Many-Core Processors

Later this year Intel will release a research project code-named Ct, short for C for Throughput, that will automatically make standard C and C++ compilers work...

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Microsoft Cooking ­p New Parallel Programming Language

Microsoft is developing a new language for parallel programming called Axum. Previously known as Maestro, Axum is an incubation project intended to help programmers...

Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work
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Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work

Cloud computing has the potential to create irreversible changes in how computers are used around the world, says David Carrera, director of the Cloud Computing...

Semantic Design Promises To Save Time, Raise Productivity
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Semantic Design Promises To Save Time, Raise Productivity

A pioneering semantic engineering environment developed by European researchers offers a more flexible, scalable and user-orientated means of managing design data...

Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed
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Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance...

Simpler Language Allows Non-Experts to Program Wireless Sensor Networks
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Simpler Language Allows Non-Experts to Program Wireless Sensor Networks

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University have developed a programming language for wireless sensor networks that will enable non-computer...

From ICT Results

Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...

Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces
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Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces

Humans recognize faces by organizing facial features such as eyebrows, eyes, and lips into horizontal lines of information, say Dr. Steven Dakin of the University...
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