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Viral Epidemics Poised to Go Mobile

A research team led by Northeastern University Center for Complex Network Research director Albert-Laszlo Barabasi set out to investigate why smartphone and mobile...

From ICT Results

Mobile Services Made Simple

European researchers believe they have achieved what has remained an almost impossible dream in the wireless world: powerful mobile services that work simply, seamlessly...

Sluggish Data Transport Is Faster Than Adsl
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Sluggish Data Transport Is Faster Than Adsl

Researchers in Israel have concluded that their SNAP (snail-based data transfer protocol) system is the fastest available "last-mile" communications technology...

Could Budget Cuts Cost Pentagon Its High-Tech Edge?
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Could Budget Cuts Cost Pentagon Its High-Tech Edge?

Futuristic military projects outlined in the just-issued Strategic Plan 2009 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) include planes that stay aloft...

Cvis: Connected Vehicles For Next-Generation Mobility
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Cvis: Connected Vehicles For Next-Generation Mobility

The European flagship project for Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems (CVIS) is preparing the first road demonstrations of technology underlying the universal...

From ACM News

Fake Web Traffic Can Hide Secret Chat

The Internet's underlying technology can be harnessed to let people exchange secret messages, perhaps allowing free, coded speech under oppressive regimes. So says...

From ACM TechNews

Classroom Computers Boost Face-to-Face Learning

A European Union-funded research initiative called LEAD is using computers to enhance collaborative, face-to-face learning and problem solving. The research demonstrates...

Computer Security Team Proposes Cloud Computing Definition
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Computer Security Team Proposes Cloud Computing Definition

A working definition for cloud computing  has been released by a team of computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)....

­U.S. Announces Significant Steps in Smart Grid Development
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­U.S. Announces Significant Steps in Smart Grid Development

On May 18, 2009, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced significant progress that will help expedite development of a...

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Wisconsin ­tility Testing Online Energy Monitors

A Wisconsin utility is joining an energy-efficiency initiative that allows customers to monitor their home's power use online, through an iGoogle gadget. Google's...

From ACM TechNews

Boost For Future Broadband Speeds

Building the pieces of future ultra-fast broadband networks is the focus of a new initiative of the U.K. government. Local firms have received approximately 1...

Chink in Encryption Armor Discovered
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Chink in Encryption Armor Discovered

Researchers from the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London have discovered an underlying flaw in the OpenSSH encryption protocol...

Msu Computer Scientist Wins Nsf Grant For Wireless Tech Research
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Msu Computer Scientist Wins Nsf Grant For Wireless Tech Research

Montana State University (MSU) professor Jian Tang has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue his research in wireless communications...

Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown
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Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown

New software developed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is being used with semi-autonomous robots in the war against drug smuggling. The software can be...

Are Computers Transforming Humanity?
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Are Computers Transforming Humanity?

Researchers and technologists agree that computer technology is fueling significant changes in individuals and society as a whole, and the endpoint is unknown. 

Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming
From ACM TechNews

Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming

ACM SIGGRAPH 2009's Emerging Technologies will feature demonstrations and juried interactive installations from numerous fields, including alternative displays,...

From ACM TechNews

Grid Browser Finds the Meaning of Life

The European Union-funded Sealife project has developed a Web browser capable of understanding the technical terms used in life sciences and automatically finding...

From ACM TechNews

Researchers Aim For Cloud Standard

The development of a framework for building cloud computing infrastructure could improve high-performance computing services from the Internet to multiple clients...

From ACM TechNews

ACM Group Honors Researchers Whose Zig-Zag Graph Aids Computer Network Designs

ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computing Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science have awarded the Godel Prize...

New Wave of Apps Build 'where' Into the Web
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New Wave of Apps Build 'where' Into the Web

You just landed in Seattle for a meeting later this afternoon. But first, you've got to pick up your rental car, grab a hot cup of coffee and probably spend a fair...
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