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Everyone Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
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Everyone Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

It's 9am on a lovely autumn morning at Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, just outside Geneva.

A Rewired Internet Would Speed ­p Content Delivery
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A Rewired Internet Would Speed ­p Content Delivery

A new networking technique could accelerate video downloads and other forms of Internet content delivery.

Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?
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Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?

For decades scientists have backed the idea of sending robots to collect Martian rocks and return them to Earth, a project that should be possible well before humans...

Why You Can't Vote Online Tuesday
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Why You Can't Vote Online Tuesday

A decade and a half into the Web revolution, we do much of our banking and shopping online. So why can't we vote over the Internet? The answer is that voting presents...

Intel Wants to Put a Supercomputer in Your Pocket
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Intel Wants to Put a Supercomputer in Your Pocket

Five years from now, says Intel, your phone could double as a supercomputer. That's the goal of Intel's experimental Single-chip Cloud Computer project, or SCC.

Efficiency Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power
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Efficiency Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power

Powering cellular base stations around the world will cost $36 billion this year—chewing through nearly 1 percent of all global electricity production. Much of...

How Secure Is Your Electronic Vote?
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How Secure Is Your Electronic Vote?

In an era when shadowy hackers can snatch secret government files and humble big businesses with seeming ease, it's an unavoidable question as Election Day approaches...

Google Explains How More Data Means Better Speech Recognition
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Google Explains How More Data Means Better Speech Recognition

A new research paper out of Google describes in some detail the data science behind the the company's speech recognition applications, such as voice search and...

Predicting What Topics Will Trend on Twitter
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Predicting What Topics Will Trend on Twitter

Twitter's home page features a regularly updated list of topics that are "trending," meaning that tweets about them have suddenly exploded in volume.

The States with the Riskiest Voting Technology
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The States with the Riskiest Voting Technology

Next Tuesday's presidential election will likely be extremely close, magnifying the potential impact of vote-counting errors.

Quantum Entanglement Shows that Reality Can't Be Local
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Quantum Entanglement Shows that Reality Can't Be Local

Quantum entanglement stands as one of the strangest and hardest concepts to understand in physics.

Ping-Pong Robot Learns to Play Like a Person
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Ping-Pong Robot Learns to Play Like a Person

A robot that learns to play ping-pong from humans and improves as it competes against them could be the best robotic table-tennis challenger the world has seen.

Microsoft Seeks an Edge in Analyzing Big Data
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Microsoft Seeks an Edge in Analyzing Big Data

Eric Horvitz joined Microsoft Research 20 years ago with a medical degree, a Ph.D. in computer science and no plans to stay. "I thought I’d be here six months,"...

Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?
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Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?

The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the...

The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality
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The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality

It is The Future. You wake up at dawn and fumble on the bedstand for your (Google) Glass. Peering out at the world through transparent screens, what do you see?

Most U.s. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds
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Most U.s. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds

Four years after discovering that militants were tapping into drone video feeds, the U.S. military still hasn't secured the transmissions of more than half of its...

From ACM News

When Is a Cyberattack an Act of War?

On the night of Oct. 11, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stood inside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, housed in a former aircraft carrier moored at a New...

­.s. Looks to Replace Human Surveillance with Computers
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­.s. Looks to Replace Human Surveillance with Computers

Computer software programmed to detect and report illicit behavior could eventually replace the fallible humans who monitor surveillance cameras.

Automated Meter Reading Systems Make Life Easy For Intruders
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Automated Meter Reading Systems Make Life Easy For Intruders

Millions of analog meters that measure water, gas, and electricity consumption have been replaced by automated meter reading systems.  

Study Reveals Impact of Public Dns Services; Researchers Develop Tool to Help
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Study Reveals Impact of Public Dns Services; Researchers Develop Tool to Help

Northwestern University researchers have found that public Domain Name System services could slow down users' Internet connections, and have developed namehelp,...
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