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June 2010


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Isaca Identifies Top Five Social Media Risks For Business

An ISACA white paper names the top five social media risks for businesses and recommends solutions to help address the security, customer service and corporate reputation risks raised by employees' use of social media on and…


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Mobile Chips Threaten High-Performance Manufacturers

At the end of 2009, Intel was shipping about 80 percent of all x86 processors--the type of chip that powers, for example, Windows-based personal computers. AMD accounted for nearly all the rest of the $28 billion market. But…


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Researcher's Robots Learn From Environment, Not Programming

University of Arizona professor Ian Fasel's Concept Learning from Intrinsically Motivated sensory-motor Experience project is researching what robots are able to understand and learn without the aid of human programming. 


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Technology Assists Paris Metro Passengers With Special Needs

Technology Assists Paris Metro Passengers With Special Needs

Developed expressly to assist passengers with special needs, the Mobile Transit Companion mobile application uses context-aware self-adaptive computing to deliver live, customized data to Paris Metro passengers en route.


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How Computers Know What We Want

How Computers Know What We Want

Here's an experiment: try thinking of a song not as a song but as a collection of distinct musical attributes. Maybe the song has political lyrics. That would be an attribute. Maybe it has a police siren in it, or a prominent…


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Military Taps Social Networking Skills

Military Taps Social Networking Skills

As a teenager, Jamie Christopher would tap instant messages to make plans with friends, and later she became a Facebook regular. Now a freckle-faced 25, a first lieutenant and an intelligence officer here, she is using her social…


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Invisibility Cloaks and How to ­se Them

Invisibility Cloaks and How to ­se Them

The "invisibility cloaks" being made in labs today can hide objects when viewed from a wide range of directions and in visible light--both considered implausible developments when the first working invisibility cloak was demonstrated…


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New Video Camera Sees It All

New Video Camera Sees It All

The DHS' Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance promises 360° real-time surveillance video in high-res detail, with multiple views and DVR features.


From ICT Results

Breaking Down the Web Barriers Bit by Bit

Breaking Down the Web Barriers Bit by Bit

A system to remove barriers to the Internet faced by people with disabilities is gaining ground. The NavigAbile project is based on profiling at the entry point so that a user is offered the most customized solution possible…


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Water Main Break Floods Dallas Data Center

IT systems in Dallas County were offline for more than three days last week after a water main break flooded the basement of the Dallas County Records Building. The county does not have a backup data center.


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Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised

Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised

University of California, Merced researchers have created a part-human, part-machine device that features a nano-sized transistor embedded in a cell-like membrane that is powered by the cell's fuel. 


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How the Brain Recognizes Objects

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's McGovern Institute of Brain Research have devised a computational model describing how the primate brain recognizes objects visually. 


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The Age of the Interface

The Age of the Interface

Improved integration between the human body and electronic devices should usher in the age of the organic user interface, whose potential implementations include biometric sensors, displays projected onto the user's skin, and…


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Little Known Norwegian Browser Challenges the Big Boys

Little Known Norwegian Browser Challenges the Big Boys

No. 1 in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Belarus. It might not be a slogan to attract an avalanche of American Internet users, but the Norwegian company that makes the fastest Web browser you've never heard of sees a major opportunity…


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Immortal Avatars: Back Up Your Brain, Never Die

Zoe Graystone is a girl with two brains. Only one of them is human: the other is an exact digital copy that has become conscious in its own right. When the human Zoe dies, her digital brain is implanted into a humanoid robot,…


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Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price

When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it. Not just for a day or two, but 12 days. He finally saw it while sifting through old messages: a big…


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Open-Source Could Mean an Open Door For Hackers

Open-Source Could Mean an Open Door For Hackers

The ability to access the code of open-source applications may give attackers an edge in developing exploits for the software, according to a paper analyzing two years' worth of attack data.


From ICT Results

New Tsunami Early Warning System Stands Guard

New Tsunami Early Warning System Stands Guard

The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami killed 230,000 people. The next time a tsunami threatens Indian Ocean nations, a lifesaving early warning system spearheaded by the EU will be in place.


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Quantum Computing Expert Wins Canada's Top Science Prize

Quantum Computing Expert Wins Canada's Top Science Prize

Gilles Brassard, a Universite de Montreal computer science professor, was awarded Canada's most prestigious award for scientists, the Herzberg Gold Medal.


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Hp Researcher Predicts Memory-Centric Processors

Hp Researcher Predicts Memory-Centric Processors

HP researchers are studying ways to make memristor processors the centerpiece of future server designs.  "Re-thinking the balance of computer, storage, and communications will happen, and it will have big implications," says…


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China's Censorship Could Lead to a Brain Drain

China's Censorship Could Lead to a Brain Drain

They are coming from cities across China, including Beijing and Shanghai. Students are leaving mainland China for the opportunity to study in Hong Kong instead.


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Dna Logic Gates Herald Injectable Computers

Dna Logic Gates Herald Injectable Computers

Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have developed DNA-based logic gates that could carry out calculations inside the body and may lead to injectable biocomputers programmed to target diseases as they arise. 


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Hiring Expected to Be Robust in Second Half of 2010

Demand for technology professionals is rising and is expected to remain strong through the end of the year. Companies continue to hire entry-level positions, but demand for mid- and senior-level positions also is increasing. …


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Augmented Reality Edges Closer to Mainstream

Augmented Reality Edges Closer to Mainstream

To an unenlightened observer, Ron Haidenger's demonstration of playing a video game by tilting a piece of cardboard back and forth looks more than a little bit nutty. But to anyone wearing his company's computer-enhanced glasses…


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The Humanities Go Google

The Humanities Go Google

Stanford University's Literature Lab attempts to probe the evolution of literary style by using computer algorithms to sort, interrogate, and interpret some 1,000 digitized texts. 


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Privacy Worries Inspire a New Wave of Startups

Amid the recent public backlash to the way some of the titans of the Internet handle users' personal data, a slate of ambitious online startups are aiming to squeeze into the fields of social networking and search by touting…


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Touch Is Not Enough, Say Display Experts

Touch Is Not Enough, Say Display Experts

Experts in touch technologies recently gathered at the Society for Information Display conference to explore the future of touch and interactivity for computer and consumer appliances.


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Ranking the Most Powerful Supercomputers

Ranking the Most Powerful Supercomputers

The U.S. still leads in high-performance computing capacity, but China is undergoing explosive growth.


From ICT Results

Free, Open Virtual Laboratory For Infectious Diseases

Free, Open Virtual Laboratory For Infectious Diseases

Doctors around the world will soon have a powerful new tool at their disposal in the fight against  infectious diseases: a virtual laboratory that will help them match drugs to patients and make treatments more effective.


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Dmp Brings About New Design Space For Virtualization Technology

A group from Peking University has introduced a new memory virtualization technique called Dynamic Memory Paravirtualization that can dynamically patch binary code in the guest operating system to improve performance.