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Face-Recognition Technology May Be ­sed at Hong Kong Border Checks

Face-recognition technology might be used to screen the residents at Hong Kong border checkpoints, Hong Kong's Security Secretary Ambrose Lee said Thursday (Nov...

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Spdy: An Experimental Protocol For a Faster Web

As part of the "Let's make the web faster" initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments...

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Secret Math of Fly Eyes Could Overhaul Robot Vision

By turning the brain cell activity underlying fly eyesight into mathematical equations, researchers have found an ultra-efficient method for pulling motion patterns...

Software Looks to Solve Life-Threatening Medical Puzzles
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Software Looks to Solve Life-Threatening Medical Puzzles

New software is under development that doctors hope will help them identify brain tumours in children that will grow aggressively. A new software tool can integrate...

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies
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Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers. The construction...

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Wi-Fi Certification Might Be Tweaked For Smart Grids

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formed a task group to determine what standards need to be modified to ensure Wi-Fi is the tool of choice for smart-grid applications. The...

Netbook Apps Demand Dedicated Development Techniques
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Netbook Apps Demand Dedicated Development Techniques

Netbooks have grown in popularity and with them a demand for software. But developers who assume there's no need to create applications differently when they enter...

Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves
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Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves

Scientists at Microsoft research have unveiled Ripley, a new way to secure complex Web applications by effectively cloning the user's browser and running it remotely...

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Now We Know Where We Stand, and It's About Time

America has seen its last Lost Generation. Thanks to an invisible armada of incessantly broadcasting satellites, collectively called the Global Positioning System...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
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Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...

Virtual Crashes and Clatters Get Real
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Virtual Crashes and Clatters Get Real

The clatter of a dropped trash can and the crash of a cymbal – both easily recognisable sounds. That's why computer games or CGI movies that feature such noises...

Researchers Design Smartphone Games for Elderly Diabetics
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Researchers Design Smartphone Games for Elderly Diabetics

Researchers at Saint Louis University (SLU) and Old Dominion University have developed the Chinese Aged Diabetic Assistant (CADA), new smartphone technology that...

Nist Test Proves 'the Eyes Have It' For Id Verification
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Nist Test Proves 'the Eyes Have It' For Id Verification

The intricate structure of the iris constitutes a powerful biometric. A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrates that...

AI Spacesuits Turn Astronauts Into Cyborg Biologists
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AI Spacesuits Turn Astronauts Into Cyborg Biologists

Wired NewsA research team led by University of Chicago geoscientist Patrick McGuire has successfully tested a feature-identifying system that could one day be used...

World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls
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World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls

A laboratory in the United Arab Emirate has built what it says is the world's first Arabic-speaking robot which could soon go into mass production to serve as staff...

Microsoft's Mundie: It Needed to Solve Global Woes
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Microsoft's Mundie: It Needed to Solve Global Woes

Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie gave a speech at Harvard University on Tuesday (Nov. 3) to discuss coming "disruptions" in computing...

Listen, Watch, Read
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Listen, Watch, Read

European researchers have created the first integrated semantic search platform that integrates text, video and audio. The system can 'watch' films, 'listen' to...

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Virtual Surgery Aims to Replace Risky Training

A new haptically enabled computer simulation system is undergoing clinical trials at Cork University Hospital in Ireland and Pecs University in Hungary. The virtual...

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Wiser Owl Learns to ­nravel Doctor Talk

OWL 2, a new Internet language developed by an international team led by computer scientists from the University of Manchester and Oxford University, is designed...
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