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Touch Screen Adds Tactile Pop-­p Buttons
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Touch Screen Adds Tactile Pop-­p Buttons

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers have developed sensor feedback technology that features buttons that pop out from a touch-screen surface. The technology...

Device Allows Smartphones to Capture and Display ­ltrasound Images
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Device Allows Smartphones to Capture and Display ­ltrasound Images

Washington University in St. Louis computer engineers have developed an ultrasound device that can be plugged directly into a smartphone's USB port. The device...

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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Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully used a cluster of the same low-power processors that are used in netbooks and mobile devices to create...

Robot Communicates ­sing Eye Movements Alone
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Robot Communicates ­sing Eye Movements Alone

A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is trying to enable humans and robots to communicate nonverbally. Yoichi Yamazaki and colleagues have developed an...

The Stranger Side of Chi 2009
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The Stranger Side of Chi 2009

ACM's CHI 2009, the 27th Computer-Human Interaction Conference, spotlighted many new inventions and concepts, some of which were decidedly unusual. These included...

A Step Toward Superfast Carbon Memory
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A Step Toward Superfast Carbon Memory

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have made computer memory devices using graphene, a flat sheet of hexagonally arranged carbon atoms capable...

The Best Computer Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future
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The Best Computer Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future

The 2009 Computer-Human Interaction conference will feature a display that recalls interfaces from the past, shows the most modern interfaces available today, and...

Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene
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Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene

Texas A&M University lab's Robin Murphy (pictured) and colleagues have developed RubbleViewer, a tool for modeling a disaster scene that they say is more efficient...

A Better, Cheaper Multitouch Interface
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A Better, Cheaper Multitouch Interface

New York University (NYU) researchers are developing Inexpensive Multi-Touch Pressure Acquisition Devices (IMPAD), multitouch technology that can be controlled...

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The Emerging Science of Dna Cryptography

The massively parallel nature of DNA computing represents a significant threat to existing encryption schemes, but the technology also could be used to encrypt...

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Stealthier Mac Attacks

A security expert at the recent Black Hat DC computer security conference demonstrated a technique for attacking the Mac operating system OS X without leaving any...

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RFID's Security Problem

New U.S. passport cards and driver's licenses issued by Washington and New York state are designed to enable U.S. citizens to cross international borders more efficiently...

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Microsoft Searches For Group Advantage

Microsoft researchers are investigating if using data from several members of a social group, a technique Microsoft calls "groupization," can lead to better search...

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Predicting Breakdowns

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Lockheed Martin are working on a sensor-based monitoring system that assesses the health of a vehicle...

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Crowd-Sourcing the World

Santa Fe Institute research fellow Nathan Eagle is launching txteagle, a project that will distribute tasks using cell phones in an effort to leverage an underused...

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A New Web of Trust

A year after security researchers exposed a flaw in the Domain Name System (DNS), a permanent solution is finally being implemented. The DNSSEC protocol, which...
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