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November 2011


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Open Data Initiative Moves Into the World of Consumers' Personal Data

Open Data Initiative Moves Into the World of Consumers' Personal Data

The Open Data initiative has launched a project in Britain to assist businesses in returning personal data to consumers. 


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Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data

Socialbots Used By Researchers to 'steal' Facebook Data

University of British Columbia researchers were able to collect 46,500 email addresses and 14,500 home addresses from Facebook by using socialbots. 


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A Kaist Research Team Has Developed a Fully Functional Flexible Memory

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology researchers have developed a fully functional and flexible non-volatile resistive random access memory in which a memory cell can be randomly accessed, written, and erased on…


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Think About It: CS­ Research Could Turn Brain Waves Into Remote Control

Think About It: CS­ Research Could Turn Brain Waves Into Remote Control

Colorado State University researchers are developing technology that will enable people with severe neurological impairments to complete tasks by changing what they are thinking about. 


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University Adopts Predictive Technology

University Adopts Predictive Technology

Edith Cowan University is using an IBM-developed predictive model to identify students at risk of leaving a course before they complete it, says National ICT Australia (NICTA) researcher Lawrence Cavedon. 


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High-Tech Spider For Hazardous Missions

High-Tech Spider For Hazardous Missions

Spiders are agile, and some can even jump. They owe this capability to their hydraulically operated limbs. Researchers have now designed a mobile robot modeled on the same principle that moves spider legs. Created using a…


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Software Finds Place in Posse

Software Finds Place in Posse

Law-enforcement and intelligence agencies are increasingly relying on information from the Web and electronic records to help solve crimes and evaluate threats, producing a stream of new business for companies that can help…


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To Stop Cybercrime We Need to Think Like the Criminals

To Stop Cybercrime We Need to Think Like the Criminals

Whenever William Hague, our esteemed foreign secretary, speaks on the subject of cyberspace, what comes to mind is Dr Johnson’s celebrated comment about seeing a dog walking on its hind legs: one is surprised, not that the…


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Inventing the Future of Computing

As researchers confidently predict a future of faster-than-ever transformations in computing, they are creating chips that learn and respond as they gain experience.


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Casino Cheats Snared by Smart Camera System

Casino Cheats Snared by Smart Camera System

People trying to cheat in casinos may soon be taking more of a gamble than they realise. Grosvenor Casinos, a major UK chain, is assessing software that can spot cheating at the roulette table and alert the croupier.


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3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution

3D Chips: The Next Electronics Revolution

The semiconductor industry is moving toward three-dimensional (3D) chip design, stacking dies and moving data from one layer to another. 


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Major Breakthrough Improves Software Reliability and Security

Major Breakthrough Improves Software Reliability and Security

Columbia University researchers have developed Peregrine, software designed to improve the reliability and security of multithreaded computer programs. 


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Researchers Defeat CAPTCHA on Popular Web Sites

Researchers Defeat CAPTCHA on Popular Web Sites

Stanford University researchers have developed an automated tool that can decipher Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs), which are used by many Web sites as an anti-spam test. …


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Mind-Goggling

If you think the art of mind-reading is a conjuring trick, think again. Over the past few years, the ability to connect first monkeys and then men to machines in ways that allow brain signals to tell those machines what to…


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IBM Open-Sources 'Internet of Things' Protocol

IBM Open-Sources 'Internet of Things' Protocol

IBM is collaborating with Eurotech to donate a complete protocol for asynchronous inter-device communication to the Eclipse Foundation. 


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Feds Shift Tracking Defense

Feds Shift Tracking Defense

The U.S. Department of Justice now says its use of a cellphone-tracking device in a controversial Arizona case could be considered a "search" under the Fourth Amendment, a tactical move legal experts say is designed to protect…


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Governments Turn to Hacking Techniques For Surveillance of Citizens

Governments Turn to Hacking Techniques For Surveillance of Citizens

In a luxury Washington, D.C., hotel last month, governments from around the world gathered to discuss surveillance technology they would rather you did not know about.


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Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier

Japan Pushes World's Fastest Computer Past 10 Petaflop Barrier

The Japanese have broken the 10 petaflop barrier. On Wednesday, Japanese IT giant Fujitsu and the government-funded RIKEN research lab announced the supercomputer they've built in Kobe can speed through 10.51 quadrillion floating…


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Stuxnet Raises 'blowback' Risk In Cyberwar

Stuxnet Raises 'blowback' Risk In Cyberwar

The Stuxnet computer worm, arguably the first and only cybersuperweapon ever deployed, continues to rattle security experts around the world, one year after its existence was made public.


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Robots Are Taking Mid-Level Jobs, Changing the Economy

Robots Are Taking Mid-Level Jobs, Changing the Economy

The eventual replacement of humans by robots and computers in enough jobs will eventually transform the economic landscape, and this process has already begun, according to participants at a recent robotics symposium. 


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MSU Prof's Fingerprint Software Helps Nail Criminals

MSU Prof's Fingerprint Software Helps Nail Criminals

Michigan State University professor Anil Jain has developed software that detects altered fingerprints. He recently received an FBI grant to further develop the technology so that it could reconstruct marred fingerprints and…


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New Hybrid Technology Could Bring 'quantum Information Systems'

New Hybrid Technology Could Bring 'quantum Information Systems'

Purdue University researchers are developing a new hybrid technology that could lead to a new approach to quantum computing. The technology would use metamaterials combined with tiny optical emitters to make the quantum light…


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Pitt Research Team Finds Ways to Reduce Computing Energy Consumption While Saving Money

Pitt Research Team Finds Ways to Reduce Computing Energy Consumption While Saving Money

University of Pittsburgh researchers are developing computer memory technology that could lower energy consumption associated with computer data storage. They have demonstrated a memory system that is fast enough for most software…


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Catching a Wave, and Measuring It

Catching a Wave, and Measuring It

James Gosling wants to network the world’s oceans.


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How to Predict the Future

How to Predict the Future

Imagining the future, we naturally think of it as a different place to the one we live in now. It is populated with new technologies, advanced science, and perhaps even a more evolved version of humanity.


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Outsmarted: Captcha Security Not Much of a Gotcha

Outsmarted: Captcha Security Not Much of a Gotcha

A team of Stanford University researchers has bad news to report about Captchas, those often unreadable, always annoying distorted letters that you're required to type in at many a Web site to prove that you're really a human…


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H.p. Builds Servers With Cellphone Chips

Hewlett-Packard announced on Tuesday a new design for some of the world's largest computer centers and says it could reduce power consumption in some cases by 90%.


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How Your iPhone Chip Will Reinvent the Internet Data Center

How Your iPhone Chip Will Reinvent the Internet Data Center

Jonathan Heiliger is the kind of guy you want running your data center.


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Arm Cto Predicts Chips the Size of Blood Cells

In less than a decade, that smartphone you're holding could have 32 times the memory, 20 times the bandwidth and a microprocessor core no bigger than a red blood cell, the CTO of chip design company ARM said.


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How Games Can Lead to a Radical Redesign of Everyday Computer Use

How Games Can Lead to a Radical Redesign of Everyday Computer Use

Polytechnic Institute of New York University researchers are using video games and human-computer interfaces to devise new ways of engaging with computers physically and emotionally, which they say could lead to positive practical…