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How to Make (robot) Friends and Influence People
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How to Make (robot) Friends and Influence People

A team from the Interactive Robots and Media Lab at the United Arab Emirates University has created a robot with its own Facebook page in an effort to enable the...

The Next Age of Discovery
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The Next Age of Discovery

Teams of computer scientists, conservationists, and scholars are rushing to digitally save and preserve the world's literary treasures. Advanced technology is...

From ACM TechNews

When Virtual Reality Feels Real

Researchers in the European Union-funded Presenccia project are conducting experiments to understand why humans interpret and respond to virtual stimuli and to...

From ACM TechNews

Software Development Gender Gap Pondered

A panel of women developers at the recent RailsConf 2009 conference in Las Vegas held a session entitled "Women in Rails" to discuss the issues that cause software...

Shedding Light on the Catacombs of Rome
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Shedding Light on the Catacombs of Rome

Researchers have completed a three-year project to create the first comprehensive, three-dimensional (3D) image of the Catacombs in Rome. The project used laser...

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Researchers Take Over Dangerous Botnet

University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers temporarily commandeered an infamous botnet known for stealing financial data and found that the threat...

From ACM News

In Cellphone, India Reveals an Essence

Sometimes a technology comes along and crystallizes a cultural moment. Not since the automobile and the American in the 1950s, perhaps, have a technology and a...

The Rise and Rise of E-Readers
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The Rise and Rise of E-Readers

Amazon's launch of its first dedicated e-reader for newspapers, magazines, and textbooks points to a future when digital and analog publishing begins to merge....

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Faa's Air-Traffic Networks Breached By Hackers

The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general released a report on May 6 that said the U.S.'s civilian air-traffic computer networks had been breached...

Microsoft: Space Is the New Frontier in Computing
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Microsoft: Space Is the New Frontier in Computing

Microsoft Research Cambridge managing director Andrew Herbert says we are moving into a client-cloud era in which space is the new frontier. He says computingView...

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Cyber-Command May Help Protect Civilian Networks

The U.S. Pentagon is considering establishing a new cyber-command to oversee government efforts to protect military computer networks and to assist in protecting...

From ICT Results

Project Turns Netizens Into Social Change Agents

One European project wants to make average technoids the writers, directors and stars of their own community-conscious show, online and on an IPTV screen near you...

How Hackers Can Steal Secrets From Reflections
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How Hackers Can Steal Secrets From Reflections

Even the best electronic security may not be enough to protect sensitive data from dogged hackers, and researchers have been able to extract information from the...

Computer Model Gives Clues to Dealing With Flu Pandemics
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Computer Model Gives Clues to Dealing With Flu Pandemics

Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) say their computer simulation of the spread of H5N1 avian influenza could be applied to the current swine...

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If the Face Fits . . .

Twelve law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom are using a forensic facial composite software tool that does not require witnesses to provide detailed descriptions...

­nmasking Social-Network ­sers
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­nmasking Social-Network ­sers

University of Texas at Austin researchers have found that, combined with readily available data from other online sources, social network data can reveal sensitive...

Could the Net Become Self-Aware?
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Could the Net Become Self-Aware?

The Internet is similar to the human brain in that it has a complex network of nodes for holding, processing, recalling, and transmitting information. The Web...

Canada on Verge of It Student Shortage
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Canada on Verge of It Student Shortage

Declining enrollment in computer science programs, along with an increased demand for computer science workers, could lead to a critical workforce shortage in Canada...

Eu ­rges Icann Independence
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Eu ­rges Icann Independence

ICANN should become completely independent of the U.S. government, says EU Information Society commissioner Viviane Reding. In a statement regarding the Oct. 1...

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Robot With Skin to Improve Human Communication

Computer scientists at the University of Hertfordshire are covering a child-sized humanoid robot with artificial skin in an effort to help autistic children improve...
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