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G.e.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 Dvds on a Disc
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G.e.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 Dvds on a Disc

General Electric (GE) holographic researchers have announced a digital storage breakthrough that will enable standard-sized disks to hold the equivalent of 100...

Google Tries Jump-Starting 3D Web Graphics
From ACM TechNews

Google Tries Jump-Starting 3D Web Graphics

Google has released O3D, software designed to bring accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics to Web browsers. The program is a browser plug-in for Internet...

Interactive Tv Courses Reach For Broader Audience
From ICT Results

Interactive Tv Courses Reach For Broader Audience

Providing educators with the tools to create interactive TV courses will expand their ability to reach audiences in their homes and help them learn new skills,Enhanced...

From ACM News

African Researchers Rank Asus Eee Over Olpc's Xo

Though the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is aimed directly at children in developing nations, research by African universities and Computer...

Easier Access to Digital Audio Archives
From ICT Results

Easier Access to Digital Audio Archives

Digital sound archives offer enormously rich resources but accessing them is currently difficult. Sound material is often held separately from other materials and...

Device Allows Smartphones to Capture and Display ­ltrasound Images
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Device Allows Smartphones to Capture and Display ­ltrasound Images

Washington University in St. Louis computer engineers have developed an ultrasound device that can be plugged directly into a smartphone's USB port. The device...

From ACM TechNews

Computing Revolution Creating Desktop Supercomputers

University of Western Australia (UWA) Ph.D. candidate Chris Harris is investigating the use of graphics processing units (GPUs) in radio astronomy data processing...

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Crypto Pioneers Differ on Cloud-Computing Risks

A group of pioneers in the security field, whose work in encryption is used to protect Internet data and communications every day, spoke recently about the state...

Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'
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Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'

Technology that changes how people give commands to computers could make touch-based PCs more popular and transform the traditional desktop into a "room computer"...

Smartphones Seen as Eventual Target of Computer Virus Attacks
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Smartphones Seen as Eventual Target of Computer Virus Attacks

Northeastern University researchers say that smartphones will soon be targeted by viruses on a massive scale, but a study by the researchers could provide a way...

Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work
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Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work

Cloud computing has the potential to create irreversible changes in how computers are used around the world, says David Carrera, director of the Cloud Computing...

Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter
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Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter

In early April, Adam Wilson posted a status update on the social networking Web site Twitter — just by thinking about it. Just 23 characters long, his message,...

From ICT Results

Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...

Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time
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Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time

Up to 90 percent of smartphone users say they want computer-like functions, and close to 40 percent of aggregate face time is based on mobile Internet, games, multimedia...

A Twitter-Based Graphing Tool
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A Twitter-Based Graphing Tool

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Human-Computer Interaction Institute Ph.D. student Ian Li (pictured) has developed Grafitter, a Twitter-based program that lets...

Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication
From ICT Results

Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication

Information and communications technology (ICT) is all about communication but it has never provided the semantic richness offered by the non-verbal cues that typically...

From ACM TechNews

The Mobile Future of the Keyboard

Touchscreen keyboards could stand some improvement before they become the norm in smartphones and make their way to desktop computers, gaming devices, and even...

25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year
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25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year

The free and open source software community is hotly anticipating a large number of new releases this year, including an upgrade to Mozilla's Firefox browser that...

The Best Computer Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future
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The Best Computer Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future

The 2009 Computer-Human Interaction conference will feature a display that recalls interfaces from the past, shows the most modern interfaces available today, and...

Virus-Built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices
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Virus-Built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers led by professor Angela Belcher have developed batteries by genetically engineering viruses to build the...
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