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A method in which tapping one's skin to control gadgets using a combination of sensors and software has been worked out by Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D student Chris Harrison and colleagues at Microsoft Research.
Researchers are participating in a European project aimed at developing an intelligent system comprised of a robot and smart sensors that can support independent living for the elderly.
University of British Columbia researchers have developed a device called pCubee that offers all the thrills of the three-dimensional (3-D) experience without the annoyance of glasses.
Imperial College London students have developed an open source computer game where a player moves a bat to hit a ball using only eye movements.
Researchers who have tested the security of popular online tax, health, investing, and search sites report that the Web applications are becoming more vulnerable to data leaks.
The University of Luxembourg's Ralf-Philipp Weinmann and Zynamics' Vincenzo Iozzo chained existing code bits to compromise the iPhone during the PWN2OWN hacking contest in Vancouver, Canada.
Rio Tinto plans to use satellite, motion-sensor technology, and robotics to become the most technologically advanced mining company in the world.
ACM has announced the winners of six prestigious awards for their innovations in computing technology that demonstrate the benefits of computational thinking for industry, education, and society.
A broad technology coalition would like to see the Electronic Communications Privacy Act updated to define the U.S. government's access to e-mail and private files stored in the Internet "cloud."
A new system makes it possible to add custom features to any standard software program like Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, or Apple iTunes.
Researchers at the University of South Florida have developed a technique to turn defects in graphene into tiny metallic wires.
The director-general of MI5 says he's concerned the Britain's spy agency is being held back by some James Bond-generation agents who don't understand the world of computer technology.
Most companies feel battered by the recession and expect that external spending on computers, software and related services will be flat in 2010, according to a new study by RONIN Corp.
Newcastle University researchers are developing technology that could be used to prevent convicted sex offenders from committing further crimes. The technology can determine a typist's age, sex, and culture within 10 keystrokes…
Fraunhofer IFF researchers have developed software that can provide virtual tours of cities for everyone from commercial investors to potential and current residents.
NASA and the National Academy of Sciences are joining the U.S. government's effort to figure out what caused the sudden acceleration problems that led to Toyota's massive recalls.
To protect itself from hackers, Cryptography Research runs two unconnected networks—one for sensitive data and core engineering work that is not connected to the Internet, and another for e-mail, Web surfing and other Internet…
Colleges and universities are experimenting with different ways to connect students and teachers. More than 200 institutions are using open-source software created by Sakai or Moodle.
The threat from cyberattacks is so severe that it actually threatens the very existence of the United States, says Steven Chabinsky, the deputy assistant director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's cyber division.…
Computer scientists from Frankfurt's Goethe University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have set a new world record in energy-efficient data processing.
The basic architecture of modern operating systems may need to be rethought in order to accommodate multicore processors, according to a recent presentation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A lack of quality science and math education programs, persistent stereotypes, and financial issues related to the cost of education are the top three causes for the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields,…
ITWorldCanada.comA recent Technology Demand and Supply Q4 2009 report, produced for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, found that SQL, C#, .NET and Linux were the only skill areas where demand increased for two consecutive…
The Software Sustainability Institute has been launched in the United Kingdom to help research communities in various disciplines manage their software tools beyond the lifetime of the original funding.
Abilene Christian University's Mobile Learning project seeks to evaluate the potential of personal digital devices and social networks to transform teaching and learning.
Binghamton University computer science professor Kenneth Chiu and his students have created a Web site that enables people to access large amounts of information and learn what is happening in New Hampshire's Lake Sunapee region…
A program to help enhance American Indian students' achievement in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has been developed by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium in collaboration with…
NASA's commitment to provide aeronautical research opportunities to U.S. universities has led to another success, this time through an inventive student who earned his Ph.D. by creating a tiny sensor that beats anything seen …
In this country of 1.2 billion people, Inderjit Chaurasia could not prove his identity.When the migrant worker tried to open his first bank account in New Delhi, he was turned away because he had only a driver's license for…
A new study from University of Utah psychologists found a small group of people with an extraordinary ability to multitask: Unlike 97.5 percent of those studied, they can safely drive while chatting on a cell phone.