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Html5 Now Neck and Neck With Native Apps For Developer Love
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Html5 Now Neck and Neck With Native Apps For Developer Love

More developers will trade a superior native experience for the lower cost of maintaining a common code base using HTML5 code in a native app container. 

20 Great Years of Linux and Supercomputers
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20 Great Years of Linux and Supercomputers

Linux is now the operating system used on 95.2 percent of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, according to the most recent Top500 supercomputer rankings. 

Github Improves Open Source Licensing Policies
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Github Improves Open Source Licensing Policies

Until recently, open source development community site GitHub did not have licenses for the majority of its hosted projects. 

Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers
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Linux Continues to Rule Supercomputers

Linux continues to dominate the list of the world's fastest supercomputers and there is no reason to think that will change anytime soon. 

Microsoft ­nleashes Bug Bounty Program--for Betas, Too
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Microsoft ­nleashes Bug Bounty Program--for Betas, Too

Microsoft has announced plans to launch three bug bounty programs designed to eliminate security vulnerabilities in its software. 

Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge
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Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge

Researchers are working on solutions to growing power consumption, as mainstream processors are expected to contain hundreds of cores in the near future. 

Swipe, Shake, CTRL Z? Web Spec Aims to End Input Overload
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Swipe, Shake, CTRL Z? Web Spec Aims to End Input Overload

The World Wide Web Consortium recently published the draft of Indie UI, a specification aimed at making it easier for developers to build Web applications that...

­.N. Plans Internet Governance Amid Outcry to Defund IT­
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­.N. Plans Internet Governance Amid Outcry to Defund IT­

A petition to de-fund the United Nation's telecommunications branch recently emerged, just as the ITU was ready to finalize Internet governance plans at the World...

Israel Launches Cyber Warfare Training Program
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Israel Launches Cyber Warfare Training Program

Israel is recruiting top students for a new cyberwarfare training program. The program shows how Israel is advancing in the field of cybernetics to develop "high...

China to ­nveil Homebrewed Chip in 2013
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China to ­nveil Homebrewed Chip in 2013

Longsoon Technology, which is partly funded by the Chinese Academy of Science, will share details about its Godson eight-core processor at the International Solid...

New Zealand Software Patent Law 'betrays' Developers
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New Zealand Software Patent Law 'betrays' Developers

A New Zealand politician has advanced a proposed software patent measure that contains an exemption for software embedded in other inventions. Critics say that ...

IBM Claims Spintronics Breakthrough With 'Waltzing Electrons' Observations
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IBM Claims Spintronics Breakthrough With 'Waltzing Electrons' Observations

A team from IBM and ETH Zurich University have directly mapped the formation of a spin helix in a semiconductor for the first time, a development that could lead...

S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer
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S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer

A microchip developed in Singapore can transmit data 1,000 times faster than Bluetooth. 

Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released
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Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released

It appears that Osama bin Laden didn’t encrypt any of his computer files. If he had, U.S. authorities probably wouldn’t have been able to do much after confiscating...

Lack of Training Hinders GP­ in HPC
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Lack of Training Hinders GP­ in HPC

Several factors, including the lack of training in parallel programming and support from independent software vendors, are major obstacles keeping general-purpose...

Researchers Find a New Way to Mix Computers and Neurons
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Researchers Find a New Way to Mix Computers and Neurons

Nerve cell tendrils recently grew through tiny tubes made of semiconductor material in groundbreaking research conducted by University of Wisconsin, Madison graduate...

Intel: Why a 1,000-Core Chip Is Feasible
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Intel: Why a 1,000-Core Chip Is Feasible

Chipmaker Intel has been investigating the issue of scaling the number of cores in chips through its Terascale Computing Research Program, which has so far yielded...

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Chinese Supercomputer Overtakes Jaguar

China's National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-1A supercomputer has taken the top ranking from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer...

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Inside Stuxnet: Researcher Drops New Clues About Origin of Worm

The mysterious Stuxnet worm took center stage at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference here with a prominent security researcher dropping a raw hint that Israel may...

ITU Head: Cyberwar Could Be 'Worse Than Tsunami'
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ITU Head: Cyberwar Could Be 'Worse Than Tsunami'

There needs to be a global cybersecurity peace treaty to avert the threat of international cyberwar, whose effects would be more devastating than a tsunami, says...
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