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July 2010


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Building Skills That Count

Building Skills That Count

The Texas Advanced Computing Center has created a supercomputing curriculum designed to teach advanced computing skills to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. 


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Predicting Success With Niwa Supercomputer

Predicting Success With Niwa Supercomputer

New Zealand's National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research has launched the most powerful computer in the southern hemisphere. The new supercomputer can perform 34 trillion calculations a second and can store 5 petabytes…


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Stanford 'frankencamera' Platform Available on Nokia N900 Smartphone

Stanford 'frankencamera' Platform Available on Nokia N900 Smartphone

Stanford University has released Frankencamera, an open source digital photography software platform that enables users to create imaging applications for use on Nokia N900 mobile computers. 


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Data Mining Made Faster

University of Utah researchers have developed a new multidimensional scaling method that they say enables simpler, faster data mining. 


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We're Running Out of Internet Addresses

Don't panic, but we're running out of internet addresses. Not domain names—those Website names that you see at the top of this page and which always start with some semblance of "http://" and "www." We've got plenty of those.


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Personal Robots: Newest Cs1 Teaching Tool

Personal Robots: Newest Cs1 Teaching Tool

The Institute for Personal Robots in Education has developed a curriculum, software, and plug-in board for an off-the-shelf personal robot that it hopes will make computer science more tantalizing to undergraduates.


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Neurons to Power Future Computers

Neurons to Power Future Computers

Researchers are developing novel computers by mimicking the way that neurons are built and how they talk to each other.


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Study Finds Strong Negative Reaction to Paying For Online Services

An annual study of the impact of the Internet on Americans by the Center for the Digital Future found that 49 percent of Internet users said they have used free micro-blogs such as Twitter. But zero percent said they would be…


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Ads that Match a Web Page's Images

Ads that Match a Web Page's Images

Using the contents of images or videos to target Web ads could improve click-through.


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Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates say better controls inventory but some critics say raises privacy…


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India ­nveils Prototype of $35 Tablet Computer

It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India on Thursday (July 22) unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011.


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Wireless Companies Could ­se Your Friends

Wireless Companies Could ­se Your Friends

Each time you make a cellphone call, your network provider knows whom you're calling, for how long, and what device you're using. Now researchers at one of the world's largest wireless carriers are exploring whether such information…


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Facebook Milestone: 500 Million Members; On to 1 Billion?

Facebook on Wednesday announced a remarkable milestone: 500 million active monthly users. And the velocity of its growth raises a mind-boggling possibility: Could Facebook reach 1 billion "friends" next year? That would be roughly…


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The Web Means the End of Forgetting

The Web Means the End of Forgetting

Four years ago, Stacy Snyder, then a 25-year-old teacher in training at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, Pa., posted a photo on her MySpace page that showed her at a party wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic…


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IBM ­nveils a New Generation of Mainframes

The mainframe business is to IBM what manufacturing is to the American economy, a shrinking but strategically vital part of the franchise.

With the introduction of a new generation of mainframes on Thursday, July 22, IBM…


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Crash Spurs Interest in Real-Time Flight Data

Crash Spurs Interest in Real-Time Flight Data

In the year since the fatal, still-unexplained crash of a French airliner over the mid-Atlantic, interest has intensified in technologies to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote areas and enable real-time transmission…


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Where Will All This Oil Be in August?

As government officials continue to nervously monitor the cap on the Deepwater Horizon well, there are still millions of barrels of oil oozing around in the Gulf of Mexico. In order to minimize the damage, scientists, engineers…


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Twitter Mood Maps Reveal Emotional States of America

Twitter Mood Maps Reveal Emotional States of America

America, are you happy? The emotional words contained in hundreds of millions of messages posted to the Twitter website may hold the answer.


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Working to Make Combat Soldiers' Lives Easier

In combat, things can be so chaotic and loud that soldiers sometimes aren't even aware they're being shot at.


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Fewer Ads, More Clicks

Search engines get smarter at predicting when we'll respond to a pitch.


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New Cybersecurity Degree Program Designed to Fill Workforce Needs

The University of Maryland University College is reporting robust response to a first-of-its kind cybersecurity degree program scheduled to commence this fall.


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Official: Google's China Changes in Line with Law

China renewed Google's Internet license after it pledged to obey censorship laws and stop automatically switching mainland users to its unfiltered Hong Kong site, an official said Tuesday.


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A Trip Beyond the Edge of the Observable Universe

A Trip Beyond the Edge of the Observable Universe

If you want to see what outer space looks like, there may be no better way to do so than to have Carter Emmart take you on a ride there.


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Cyberwarrior Shortage Threatens U.S. Security

There may be no country on the planet more vulnerable to a massive cyberattack than the United States, where financial, transportation, telecommunications, and even military operations are now deeply dependent on data networking…


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Spending Soars on Internet's Plumbing

Spending Soars on Internet's Plumbing

Behind the recovery in business spending is a surge in purchases of the computers that form the backbone of the Internet, as companies scramble to meet growing demand for video and other Web-based services.


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Passwords that Are Simple

Passwords that Are Simple

Researchers at Microsoft have come up with a way to create easy-to-remember passwords without making a system more vulnerable to hackers.


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You Want My Personal Data? Reward Me For It

You Want My Personal Data? Reward Me For It

Life, as they say, imitates art. And the way things work commercially today across much of the Web recalls that chapter in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” where Tom cajoles his guileless friends into whitewashing Aunt Polly’s…


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Google Search: Political Power

Google’s aggressive tactics have put it on top of the business world, and now the Internet giant is looking to leverage the high profile and sterling connections of its CEO to achieve similar power in the political sphere.


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Researchers Create Sounds of Animated Things Breaking

Researchers Create Sounds of Animated Things Breaking

A delicate wine glass shatters on the floor. A rock is thrown through a window. A child smashes his piggy bank. Dramatic moments like these in an animated movie or video game or some future virtual reality won't seem realistic…


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­se of Flexible Robotics Reduces Trauma in Surgery

Research conducted by surgeons from the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center shows that using robotics reduces blood vessel trauma during minimally invasive procedures to repair diseased arteries