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Privacy Study Shows Google's Eyes Are Everywhere
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Privacy Study Shows Google's Eyes Are Everywhere

A U.C. Berkeley report shows that most Internet users don't understand Web site privacy policies, and that major online businesses like Google Inc. freely gather...

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Instant Sex Change Served ­p By Video Software

Software developed by University of East Anglia computer scientist Barry-John Theobald and Weta Digital's Iain Matthews can take a live video feed of a person talking...

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The Future of Touch

Next-generation touch technology currently in development promises to boast greater user-friendliness and intuitiveness, with Amtel's Chris Ard noting that "all...

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Report Finds Large Gender Gap in Teen Ratings of Computing as a Career

An interim report issued by ACM and the WGBH Educational Foundation confirms a significant gender gap among college-bound students in their opinions of computing...

Microsoft's Project Natal: What Does It Mean For Game Industry?
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Microsoft's Project Natal: What Does It Mean For Game Industry?

Microsoft stunned the video game world on Monday with the announcement of its forthcoming "Project Natal" technology, full-body motion-sensitive technology that...

Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity
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Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity

The computer industry has a lot riding on your fingers. Companies have dabbled with the touch-screen technology for years. Apple elevated such technology from a...

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Google Explores 'eyes-Free' Phones

The screens on many mobile phones can leave a user feeling distinctly vision impaired, especially if her attention is divided between tapping virtual buttons and...

Toward Cheap ­nderwater Sensor Nets
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Toward Cheap ­nderwater Sensor Nets

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego's (UCSD's) Jacobs School of Engineering recently presented a paper highlighting the energy conservation benefits...

Video Games Help Doctors View Ct and Mri Images
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Video Games Help Doctors View Ct and Mri Images

The popular Nintendo Wii video game system is helping radiology students reach new levels! Faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College have coupled the motion-sensitive...

Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution
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Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution

Carnegie Mellon University roboticist Tony Stentz says that in the near future the farming industry may undergo a significant change as robotic farmhands become...

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Teaching Computers to Recognize

European researchers working on the Cognitive-Level Annotation Using Latent Statistical Structure (CLASS) project are developing visualization technologies capable...

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Dramatic Increase in Number of Acute Computer-Related Injuries

The number of acute injuries associated with computers is on the rise. Over the past two decades, the number of U.S. households with at least one computer has increased...

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Eu Project Evaluates Nomadic Device Benefits For Drivers

Swedish Research CouncilParticipants in the European Union (EU) project TeleFOT recently met at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, to assess...

Iphone  The Work Tool For Sustainable Factories of the Future
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Iphone The Work Tool For Sustainable Factories of the Future

The European Union-backed MyCar project is a collaborative effort involving Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology and the Volvo Group that is developing manufacturing...

How a Team of Academic Experts Contributed to Obama's Cyberspace Review
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How a Team of Academic Experts Contributed to Obama's Cyberspace Review

The National Security Council's Melissa Hathaway sought the advice of a variety of computer security experts when she conducted the recently completed 60-day review...

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The Next Frontier: Decoding the Internet's Raw Data

The massive amounts of data available on the Internet potentially have infinite uses. For example, advertisers want to mine photos and status updates on social...

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Obama Outlines Coordinated Cyber-Security Plan

U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the country's disjointed efforts to "deter, prevent, detect, and defend" against cyberattacks will now be run by the...

Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.
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Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.

The U.S. government’s urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts. The...

Canadian Program Woos India's Brightest
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Canadian Program Woos India's Brightest

Some of the sharpest young minds from India have taken up residence at British Columbia universities as part of an unusual program intended to woo international...

Downsizing Is Real ­pper For Daylight Solutions
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Downsizing Is Real ­pper For Daylight Solutions

Startup company Daylight Solutions is betting that its cutting-edge sensor technology will change the landscape in fields ranging from medical diagnostics to environmental...
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