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­.s. Lagging in ­sing Technology, Study Shows

The World Economic Forum's annual study on national computing and communications technology use found that the United States ranked fifth out of 138 countries for...

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Robot Could Guide Humans Through Areas of Low Visibility

Sheffield Hallam University researchers are helping to develop a robot that can guide humans in areas of low visibility. The robot, which will be slightly larger...

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Ibm's Watson Not As Smart As You Think

As smart as IBM's Watson supercomputer may have seemed while defeating two former Jeopardy champions, it wouldn't be able to hold a conversation with or speak...

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Students Turn Cell Phone Into Mobile Microscope

Students at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Central Florida have developed a way to turn smartphones into virtual microscopes that can...

Cameras Read License Plates, Helping City's Police
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Cameras Read License Plates, Helping City's Police

When Luis Zeledon was captured by detectives, it was probably safe to say that he had not intended to be found. He was hiding in someone else’s apartment in Queens...

Online Photos: Are They New Digital Fingerprints?
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Online Photos: Are They New Digital Fingerprints?

For Mike Smith, Facebook is a fort for communicating freely with friends online. Within the confines of that giant yet access-restricted network, the music-software...

Universities, Industry Clash on Need For Open-Source Fpgas
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Universities, Industry Clash on Need For Open-Source Fpgas

Would open-source field-programmable gate arrays simplify academic research on reconfigurable computing? Researchers say yes, but industry disagrees.

Facebook Opens Up Its Hardware Secrets
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Facebook Opens Up Its Hardware Secrets

Facebook plans to open the designs and specifications of its new super-efficient data center. The company wants to encourage software-style openness for hardware...

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Internet Probe Can Track You Down to Within 690 Metres

Online adverts could soon start stalking you. A new way of working out where you are by looking at your internet connection could pin down your current location...

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U.s. Can Conduct Offsite Searches of Computers Seized at Borders, Court Rules

Laptop computers and other digital devices carried into the U.S. may be seized from travelers without a warrant and sent to a secondary site for forensic inspection...

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Google Manager: Technology Needs to Attract More Women

The technology industry needs to do more to bring women into the field, according to Google's Marissa Mayer. Speaking during a recent conference, Mayer said girls...

DARPA Will Spend $20 Million to Search For Crypto's Holy Grail
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DARPA Will Spend $20 Million to Search For Crypto's Holy Grail

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to spend $20 million over five years to find a way to both encrypt data and let it be used and...

Software Pinpoints Afghan Fighters
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Software Pinpoints Afghan Fighters

The ongoing military campaign against Afghan insurgents may get a boost from new computer software designed to zero in on the locations of weapons caches and...

Students Worldwide Share Mobile Addiction
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Students Worldwide Share Mobile Addiction

College students around the world are "strikingly similar" in their addiction to their cellphones and need to be connected to social media like Facebook, MySpace...

Jean Bartik, Software Pioneer, Dies at 86
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Jean Bartik, Software Pioneer, Dies at 86

Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software, died on March 23. She...

Military
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Military

The Pentagon has spent decades and gazillions of dollars trying to build the perfect translation device. Now, its far-out research arm is looking at a new direction...

What a Cyberwar With China Might Look Like
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What a Cyberwar With China Might Look Like

A cyberwar scenario hypothesized by former U.S. State Department diplomat Christopher Bronk in a report published in the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Studies paints...

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Garbage-Sorting Robot Gets Its Hands Dirty

Robots could fill the role of sorting through and categorizing discarded material from construction and demolition projects for recyclers as a result of the efforts...

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Darpa's Humanoid Robbie Never Takes His Eyes Off You

In preparation for National Robotics Week, an initiative of the Congressional Robotics Caucus, at the National Museum of American History, which kicks off on...

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At Particle Lab, a Tantalizing Glimpse Has Physicists Holding Their Breaths

Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are planning to announce Wednesday that they have found a suspicious bump in their data that could be...
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