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Cash, Check or Charge? How About Cellphone?
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Cash, Check or Charge? How About Cellphone?

You win a bet, but the loser does not have enough cash on him to settle it. If he has a credit card, and most people usually do, there is finally a solution. AeBay...

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India It Spending to Rise 14 Percent in 2010, Gartner Says

Information technology spending in India will grow by 14 percent in 2010 to $67 billion on higher investments by retail and utility firms and government departments...

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Powerpoint
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We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Powerpoint

 Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray...

Inside NASA's World-Class Supercomputer Center
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Inside NASA's World-Class Supercomputer Center

If you're a materials scientist at NASA's Glenn Research Center, or an engineer at the Johnson or Marshall Space Centers studying Space Shuttle flow-control valves...

Schrodinger's Cash: Minting Quantum Money
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Schrodinger's Cash: Minting Quantum Money

MIT researcher Scott Aaronson has brought quantum money a step closer to reality by outlining a computationally secure quantum money scheme founded on the type...

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EU Invests

The European Union is spearheading the European Commission's Future and Emerging Technologies program by proposing an investment of roughly €500 million in exploratory...

Math Software to Help Plan Astronaut, Shift Worker Schedules
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Math Software to Help Plan Astronaut, Shift Worker Schedules

National Space Biomedical Research Institute researchers have developed software that uses mathematical models to help astronauts and ground support workers adjust...

Modeling the Astronomical
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Modeling the Astronomical

Advances in computer technology have changed the way astronomers see and study the universe.

Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing
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Companies Slowly Join Cloud-Computing

This year, Netflix made what looked like a peculiar choice: the DVD-by-mail company decided that over the next two years, it would move most of its Web technology...

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Columbia ­niversity Licenses Strand Simulation Technology

Columbia University has licensed to Adobe Systems a computer-generated imagery and graphic design technology that can simulate the natural movement and flexibility...

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Pentagon Turns to 'softer' Sciences

By highlighting the limits of traditional military technology, the drawn-out conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have spurred the U.S. defense department to shake...

New Computer Interface Goes Beyond Just Touch
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New Computer Interface Goes Beyond Just Touch

Microsoft researchers have developed Manual Deskterity, a computer interface that combines touch input with the precision of a pen. 

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Computer-Driven High Speed Trading Improves Market Liquidity

Responding to concerns about an increasingly electronic stock exchange, Terrence Hendershott studied algorithmic trading and found that computer-driven trading...

Touch Floors Could Be Next Step in Computer Interfaces
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Touch Floors Could Be Next Step in Computer Interfaces

Imagine entering your living room and sliding your foot purposefully over a particular stretch of floor. Your hi-fi system springs to life, pumping out the sounds...

Rfid Pilot Study Examines Improvement of Inventory Accuracy at Jcpenney
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Rfid Pilot Study Examines Improvement of Inventory Accuracy at Jcpenney

New findings out of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas confirm that radio-frequency identification tags on individual retail items can significantly...

Automobile Control Research Opens Door to New Safety Features
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Automobile Control Research Opens Door to New Safety Features

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a computer vision program and plan to use it to drive a car.

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Intel Guru Says 3-D Internet Will Arrive Within Five Years

Intel Labs technology evangelist Sean Koehl speculates that technological advances could make realistic three-dimensional Internet applications a reality in five...

Light-Based Localization For Robotic Systems
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Light-Based Localization For Robotic Systems

Getting robotic systems to accurately detect moving and static objects remains an obstacle for more autonomous robots. One possible solution uses light beams for...

Engineers Design Antenna Pill That Signals It Has Been Swallowed
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Engineers Design Antenna Pill That Signals It Has Been Swallowed

University of Florida engineering researchers have added a tiny microchip and digestible antenna to a standard pill capsule that automatically alerts doctors or...

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Science Center Receives $15 Million For Health It Research

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has received a $15 million stimulus grant to establish the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and...
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