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Helping Computers ­nderstand Natural Human Speech
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Helping Computers ­nderstand Natural Human Speech

Lockheed Martin researchers are developing software that can extract meaning from a string of spoken sentences. The technology, called Spoken Language Interaction...

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Agile Development Hitting the Mainstream, Report Says

Agile application development methodologies are being rapidly embraced by enterprises, according to a new Forrester Research study. Forty-five percent of the nearly...

Software Development Gets a Better Production Line
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Software Development Gets a Better Production Line

European researchers have devised a new software development paradigm using an assembly line-style development process. "Think of this as a sandwich shop, where...

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Teaching Computer Games

Rapid computer game creation (RCGC) could be used to close the digital divide, according to Nikunj Dalal and colleagues at Oklahoma State University. Schools and...

Security Technique Protects Multi-Party Computation
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Security Technique Protects Multi-Party Computation

Recent academic research is advancing the development of secure multi-party computation (SMC), an security technique aimed at protecting data for various online...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...

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Grid Computing and the Future of Cloud Computing

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the idea of grid computing, a type of distributed computing that harnesses the power of many computers to handle large computational...

Picture-Driven Computing
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Picture-Driven Computing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed Sikuli, a system that enables computer users to write programs using screen shots of graphical...

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R&d Partnership to ­sher in Era of Petascale Computing in Singapore

Fujistu and the Institute of High Performance Computing at Singapore's Agency for Science Technology and Research have announced a joint research and development...

Supercomputer Flexibility Increased By Virtualized Operating System
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Supercomputer Flexibility Increased By Virtualized Operating System

New work on Sandia National Laboratories’ Red Storm supercomputer — the 17th fastest in the world — is helping to make supercomputers more accessible, in effect...

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If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It Hackme

Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports...

Making Braille Music ­niversally Accessible
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Making Braille Music ­niversally Accessible

Blind musicians have had restricted access to scores due to the scarcity and limitations of Braille transcriptions. A new European system makes music for the blind...

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Google Patents Mapreduce

Google has received a patent for the technique known as MapReduce. The patent, number 7,650,331, applied for in 2004, is entitled "System and method for efficient...

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Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

Multilingual Translation System Receives Over 2 Million Euro in Eu Funding
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Multilingual Translation System Receives Over 2 Million Euro in Eu Funding

University of Gothenburg professor Aarne Ranta is leading an effort to create a reliable translation tool that covers most of the European Union languages. The...

New Groovy Cozies ­p to Java, Sql
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New Groovy Cozies ­p to Java, Sql

SpringSource recently released version 1.7 of Groovy, a dynamically compiled computer language that runs on Sun Microsystems' Java Virtual Machine (JVM). By running...

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Software Ensures Translation Accuracy

New software developed by researchers in Malaysia has yielded promising results for translating English into Arabic. The Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia...

Middleware Supports Easy-Build Wireless Networks
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Middleware Supports Easy-Build Wireless Networks

Networks that monitor life-threatening situations or improve environmental efficiencies will be easier and cheaper to develop and operate, following the creation...

Engineering Firm Awards Contract To Rowan ­niversity Computer Science Team
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Engineering Firm Awards Contract To Rowan ­niversity Computer Science Team

Mission Solutions Engineering has awarded a $100,000 one-year contract to Rowan University to help the firm improve the capabilities of a software system called...

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Computer Vision System Analyzes Human Behavior

European researchers, coordinated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have developed a cognitive computational system that uses video cameras and computer...
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