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November 2010


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Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

American broadband capacity might not be able to keep up with everyone who wants to stream movies.


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Apple Looks to a New Computing Era

Apple Looks to a New Computing Era

Remember the floppy disk? I'm willing to bet Steve Jobs does. I'm also willing to bet he remembers when he killed it.


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Implanted Chip 'allows Blind People to Detect Objects'

Implanted Chip 'allows Blind People to Detect Objects'

A man with an inherited form of blindness has been able to identify letters and a clock face using a pioneering implant, researchers say.


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Apple Experimenting With Data Transfer Technology For Iphone 5

Apple is reportedly experimenting with Near Field Communication for the upcoming iPhone 5, which would allow the device to be turned into an electronic wallet or key.


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Ncsa Director: Gpu Is Future of Supercomputing

Ncsa Director: Gpu Is Future of Supercomputing

The director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has seen the future of supercomputing and it can be summed up in three letters: GPU.


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Prizewinning Chatbot Steers the Conversation

A chatbot named Suzette recently won the Loebner prize, awarded for a version of the Turing Test, because the system successfully fooled a human judge into thinking Suzette was human after engaging in a 25-minute text-based conversation…


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Obama's Chief Scientist Pushes National Broadband Plan

Obama's Chief Scientist Pushes National Broadband Plan

John Holdren, the White House's top science and technology adviser, says the FCC's national broadband plan would lead to an improvement in the productivity of science and engineering enterprises and boost the productivity levels…


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Bogus Grass-Roots Politics on Twitter

Bogus Grass-Roots Politics on Twitter

Data-mining techniques reveal fake Twitter accounts that give the impression of a vast political movement.


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At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon

At Nasa, a Quiet Quest to Send a Humanoid Robot to the Moon

For $150 billion, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration could have sent astronauts back to the Moon. The Obama administration judged that too expensive, and in September, Congress agreed to cancel the program.


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Strengthening the Voice of ­ndergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research have joined forces to form a new organization to strengthen and promote the endeavor of undergraduate research.


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Google's Android Software Dominates ­.s. Smartphone Market

Google's Android software continued its rocket-like ascent over the summer, ending the third quarter with the dominant market share in the United States among smartphone operating systems and a solid No. 2 globally.


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A Day Seen Through Google Searches

Google likes to think of itself as the world's information barometer, the most complete repository of human intent as measured by the Internet search query. Around every hour it updates a list of the queries it has determined…


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More Than 100,000 Pay For British News Site

News Corp. said Tuesday that it had attracted 105,000 paying customers to the digital versions of The Times and The Sunday Times of London since it started charging for access to their Web sites in June.


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Teaching Real-World Programming

Teaching Real-World Programming

In an innovative software-engineering class, students meet for regular "code reviews" with senior programmers from Boston-area companies.


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Data-Scope Computer to Allow Data Analysis That's Impossible Today

Data-Scope Computer to Allow Data Analysis That's Impossible Today

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science are developing a computer system that will peform data analysis tasks that simply are not possible today.


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Ryerson Researchers Are Building Context-Aware Communications Interface

Ryerson Researchers Are Building Context-Aware Communications Interface

Ryerson University researchers are developing a context-awareness communication system that provides mobile-device users with more control over how, when, and where they receive voice and video calls. 


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Someone's Watching You

FX Labs has developed myUnity, a communications application that can tell users if a coworker is busy at the desk, talking on the phone, or has left the building. MyUnity gives users a visual contact list showing what their…


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Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool

Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool

Korea Institute of Science and Technology researchers are building robots to provide English instruction to schoolchildren. The researchers say the goal is to be able to build robots that are less expensive than hiring teachers…


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'Wireless' Humans Could Form Backbone of New Mobile Networks

Queen's University Belfast researchers have developed wearable sensors that could create new ultra-high bandwidth mobile Internet infrastructures and reduce the density of mobile phone basestations. 


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Study Finds Support For Presidential Net 'kill Switch'

Study Finds Support For Presidential Net 'kill Switch'

Sixty-one percent of U.S. citizens believe the president should be authorized to control or even shut down portions of the Internet in the event key U.S. systems are struck by a cyberattack from a foreign power, according to…


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Driverless Vans End 8,000-Mile Test Drive to China

The European Research Council's 8,000-mile robotic car test, which began in Italy on July 20, came to a conclusion as four unmanned electric vans successfully completed their journey in Shanghai, China. 


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From Touchpad to Thought-Pad?

From Touchpad to Thought-Pad?

 The U.S. National Institutes of Health recently completed a study using brain-computer interfaces showing that it is possible to manipulate complex visual images on a computer screen by thought. 


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A New Search Engine, Where Less Is More

A New Search Engine, Where Less Is More

Start-ups and big companies alike have tried to take on Google by building a better search engine. That they have failed has not stopped brave new entrants.


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'wireless' Humans Could Form Backbone of New Mobile Networks

Members of the public could form the backbone of powerful new mobile Internet networks by carrying wearable sensors, according to researchers from Queen's University Belfast.


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Why Rare Earth Metals Matter to Tech

A diplomatic dispute between Japan and China led China in September to temporarily suspend shipments of rare earth elements to Japan, a move that caused a spike in prices and angst around the world.  


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Software to Combat Hacking Technique Wins Award

Software to Combat Hacking Technique Wins Award

One of the serious threats to a user's computer is a software program that might cause unwanted keystroke sequences to occur in order to hack someone's identity. An authentication framework called TUBA has been developed to combat…


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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

What are the job prospects for today's—and tomorrow's—graduates?


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Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's decision to open frequencies in the broadcast spectrum could enable broadband networks in rural areas, permit smart electric grids, and more.


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Turning Data Into Knowledge

Turning Data Into Knowledge

Today's data deluge is leading to new approaches to visualize, analyze, and catalog enormous datasets.


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Security in the Cloud

Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but also involves security risks. Fortunately, researchers are devising some ingenious solutions.

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