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IBM Security Software Masks Confidential Info

IBM researchers have developed Masking Gateway for Enterprises (MAGEN), software that uses optical character recognition and screen scraping technology to identify...

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids
From ICT Results

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids

A huge amount of computing power sits idle most of the time, and new technologies enabling the sharing of resources aim to capitalize on that. Now European researchers...

Researchers Help Set Security Standards For the Internet
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Help Set Security Standards For the Internet

Dartmouth College researchers who pioneered the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) have assumed leadership roles in the establishment of Internet security standards...

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Crime-Fighting Eyes Take to the Skies

In what they say is the first step toward a new era in law enforcement techniques, city officials in Lancaster, Calif. are testing a small airplane mounting a high...

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes
From ACM TechNews

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes

Southern Methodist University professor Marc Christensen, backed by funding from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed...

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Video Tool to Zoom in on Criminals

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have developed software that enhances the resolution of raw video images and improves the quality of the images. TAU professor...

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XHTML 2 Language Dumped in Favor of HTML 5

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will no longer develop XHTML 2, an XML-based version of HTML that would have provided capabilities for mobile systems and internationalization...

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Techies the Latest Weapon in Catching Car Thieves

Researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney, (UTS) Australia, have developed software that uses new imaging technology to enable moving police cars to automatically...

Digital Boost For Works of Art
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Digital Boost For Works of Art

Imagine the research possibilities of being able to view three-dimensional scans of museum objects, write dance moves electronically or study ancient documents...

Cars Get Cooperative
From ICT Results

Cars Get Cooperative

European researchers have developed a groundbreaking middleware platform that could lead to thousands of new applications in a range of industries. Beginning with...

Radar Will Improve Agents' Tunnel Vision
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Radar Will Improve Agents' Tunnel Vision

Of every tunnel ever discovered by U.S. border patrol agents,  "all of them have been found by accident or human intelligence," said Ed Turner, a project manager...

Master of Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Master of Connections

Jon Kleinberg is honored for his pioneering research on the Web and social networking.

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

Rfid Examined as Shoplifting Prevention Technology
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Rfid Examined as Shoplifting Prevention Technology

Shoplifting in retail outlets is an increasing problem that creates an estimated annual retail deficit of more than $30 billion, but RFID technology can help to...

­sing Video Game Processors For Defense Needs
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­sing Video Game Processors For Defense Needs

Researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are developing programming tools to...

Computer Scientists Model Cell Division
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Computer Scientists Model Cell Division

Harvard University computer scientists have developed a model for studying the arrangement of tissue networks that are created by cell division. "We developed a...

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield
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U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield

The U.S. military announced a new "cyber command" designed to wage digital warfare and to bolster defenses against mounting threats to its computer networks. Defense...

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Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

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Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

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Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...
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