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Taiwanese Companies Join on Cloud Computing For Asia

Taiwan's biggest telecommunications company, Chunghwa Telecom, has signed an agreement with Quanta Computer, the world's largest contract laptop maker, to jointly...

Roll-­p Computers and Their Kin
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Roll-­p Computers and Their Kin

Digital reading technology has evolved from the original Amazon Kindle, which cost $400 and displayed four shades of gray, to devices that are much less expensive...

Sleepserver Software Lets Enterprise Pcs Work While They Sleep
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Sleepserver Software Lets Enterprise Pcs Work While They Sleep

Personal computers in enterprise environments save energy and money by "sleep-working," thanks to new software called SleepServer created by computer scientists...

Pioneering Seac Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary
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Pioneering Seac Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary

Sixty years ago this week, the National Bureau of Standards dedicated the first programmable computer in U.S. history.

Visions of the Future
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Visions of the Future

ACM joined forces with the British Computer Society to deliver its first academic research conference in Europe.

Eric Brewer: Change Agent
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Eric Brewer: Change Agent

Eric Brewer's latest project involves designing and deploying low-cost wireless infrastructure in developing regions.

Mainstreaming Augmented Reality
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Mainstreaming Augmented Reality

Advancements in computer vision, object recognition, and related technologies are leading to new levels of sophistication in augmented-reality applications and...

Censored!
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Censored!

Countries use Internet censorship to dominate the political dialogue, but also to create favorable conditions for government-controlled businesses.

Sharing Computational Perspectives
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Sharing Computational Perspectives

Computer scientists are now making intellectual contributions to a wide range of other disciplines, including evolutionary theory, physics, and economics.

Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center
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Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network and the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership have awarded grants for the design of an ultra-efficient...

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Water Main Break Floods Dallas Data Center

IT systems in Dallas County were offline for more than three days last week after a water main break flooded the basement of the Dallas County Records Building...

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Dmp Brings About New Design Space For Virtualization Technology

A group from Peking University has introduced a new memory virtualization technique called Dynamic Memory Paravirtualization that can dynamically patch binary...

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Project Aims to Halve Cost of a Data Center

Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute plans to create Container Computer 1.0, a set of standards for building data centers inside 20-foot shipping containers...

What Motivates Volunteer Computing Contributors? It Depends
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What Motivates Volunteer Computing Contributors? It Depends

Contributors to "volunteer computing" projects such as Wikipedia and Galaxy Zoo are motivated by enjoyment, the desire to 'do good,' to gain knowledge, or by the...

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Tokyo Tech Announces Plans For 2.4 Petaflop Supercomputer

The Tokyo Institute of Technology announced that the TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer, a green, cloud-based supercomputer system with a top speed of 2.4 petaflops, will...

From ACM TechNews

Despite Green Diet, Data Centers Still Gobble Power

Despite U.S. government warnings on exploding energy consumption, data centers are not getting more power-efficient.

Mine Your Business
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Mine Your Business

Researchers are developing new techniques to gauge employee productivity from information flow.

Straightening Out Heavy Tails
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Straightening Out Heavy Tails

A better understanding of heavy-tailed probability distributions can improve activities from Internet commerce to the design of server farms.

'digital Genome' Safeguards Dying Data Formats
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'digital Genome' Safeguards Dying Data Formats

European researchers have deposited a "digital genome" time capsule inside a data storage facility known as the Swiss Fort Knox, which contains a blueprint that...

Physicists ­se Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages
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Physicists ­se Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages

UCLA researchers have developed a type of quantum cryptography, which guarantees that only a person at a certain location can read an encrypted message. 
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