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Why We Won't Trust Robot Cars Until They Drive Just Like US
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Why We Won't Trust Robot Cars Until They Drive Just Like US

Eight separate research projects into autonomous vehicles will receive financial support from the U.K. government. 

South Korean Researchers Develop ­ser-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech
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South Korean Researchers Develop ­ser-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech

South Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute researchers say they have developed a handheld three-dimensional scanner.

France and Spain Team Up to Jumpstart Europe's Exascale Computing Ambitions
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France and Spain Team Up to Jumpstart Europe's Exascale Computing Ambitions

France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and Spain's Barcelona Supercomputing Center have announced a high-performance computing partnership to...

The Next Frontier For Artificial Intelligence? Learning Human's Common Sense
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The Next Frontier For Artificial Intelligence? Learning Human's Common Sense

Ramon Lopez de Mantaras is dubious human-like artificial intelligence is only a decade or two away. 

Microsoft Research: Making the Wearable Battery Last Longer By Lightening Its Load
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Microsoft Research: Making the Wearable Battery Last Longer By Lightening Its Load

Microsoft Research has developed WearDrive, technology designed to extend the life of batteries used to power fitness bands.  

Australian Researchers Reveal Graphene 3D Display Tech
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Australian Researchers Reveal Graphene 3D Display Tech

Graphene is at the center of a new technique for creating three-dimensional (3D) holographic displays featured in films such as "Star Wars" and "Avatar."

Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code
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Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code

To reduce conflicts within the Linux development community, the group has adopted a new code of conduct that comes in the form of a Linux patch. 

Google Retires Spdy in Favor of Http/2
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Google Retires Spdy in Favor of Http/2

Google plans to phase out its SPDY open networking protocol in early 2016 and instead support HTTP/2 in Chrome. 

Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source
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Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source

Four out of five programmers now use, or recently have used, open source development tools, says a new survey. 

China Develops Facial Recognition Payment System With Near-Perfect Accuracy
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China Develops Facial Recognition Payment System With Near-Perfect Accuracy

The Chinese Academy of Science plans to unveil a face-recognition payment application with near-perfect accuracy next year. 

Norway Internet Voting Experiment Fails
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Norway Internet Voting Experiment Fails

Norway has ended a pilot online voting program. 

Which Country Has the World's Best Coders? There's an Axe For That
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Which Country Has the World's Best Coders? There's an Axe For That

A team of three Polish programmers won the Hello World Open 2014 worldwide programming competition. 

Microsoft Research Special Projects Group Tipped to Take on Google X
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Microsoft Research Special Projects Group Tipped to Take on Google X

Microsoft Research's new Special Projects Group is tasked with working on disruptive technologies that could benefit both the company and society. 

Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy
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Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

The algorithm used by Google's Street View team to improve Google Maps also can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8-percent accuracy. 

W3c Boss Jeff Jaffe Explains How the Web Will Beat Smartphone Apps and Keep Growing
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W3c Boss Jeff Jaffe Explains How the Web Will Beat Smartphone Apps and Keep Growing

World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe discusses how the Web will evolve to meet the challenge of smartphone users moving to closed apps.

Hp Launching New Scholarship Program For Women in Information Security
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Hp Launching New Scholarship Program For Women in Information Security

Women interested in the theory and practice of cybersecurity can now turn to a new scholarship program launched by Hewlett-Packard to support their studies. 

Shortage of Mainframe Skills Looms but Companies Remain in Denial
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Shortage of Mainframe Skills Looms but Companies Remain in Denial

A mainframe skills shortage is approaching, but only about 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Compuware said they had a formal plan in place to address the issue. 

Open Data vs. the Flood: How High-Tech Is Helping Venice Deal With High Tides
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Open Data vs. the Flood: How High-Tech Is Helping Venice Deal With High Tides

The Acqualta project in Venice, aims to engage citizens in an effort to monitor flooding in the city's canals using open data and sensor technology. 

Nsa Encryption Backdoor Proof of Concept Published
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Nsa Encryption Backdoor Proof of Concept Published

A security freelancer  has published a proof-of-concept code for exploiting a security flaw in the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator. 

Researchers ­se Shopping Cart to Put Mobile, Nfc Payment Theft on Wheels
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Researchers ­se Shopping Cart to Put Mobile, Nfc Payment Theft on Wheels

Researchers have found that contactless payments are more vulnerable then previously believed.
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