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W3c Posts Draft Standard For Local Database Storage

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has drafted the Indexed Database API, a proposed standard for a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that could...

Breaking Through the Language Barrier
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Breaking Through the Language Barrier

IBM and other technology firms are researching ways to translate online content. IBM's n.Fluent project is developing software designed to instantly translate...

Europe and China Create Intercontinental Research Grid
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Europe and China Create Intercontinental Research Grid

An EU-funded programme that lets European and Chinese computing grids work together has already produced results in aircraft design, drug development and weather...

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence
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Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is a branch of artificial intelligence that attempts to get computers and robots to mimic the highly efficient behavior of colony insects such...

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Cryptographic Showdown, Round 2: NIST Picks 14 Hash Algorithms

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has completed round one of its open competition to create a new Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA). The...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

Faster, Easier Way to Access Audiovisual Assets
From ICT Results

Faster, Easier Way to Access Audiovisual Assets

Millions of hours of old shows sit collecting dust in the basements of TV and radio broadcasters. Digging through these audiovisual treasure troves is becoming...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

Faster and More Efficient Software For the Air Force
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Faster and More Efficient Software For the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force should have more confidence in its software as a result of a new research project at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The Nebraska team...

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Canada Picks ­p Pace in Computer, Tech Spending

Canadian companies have been picking up their spending on computers, software and other technology, but they still lag the U.S., according to an annual study. Businesses...

Queue ICPC Challenge
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Queue ICPC Challenge

ACM Queue readers have an opportunity to compete in an online programming competition based on the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC)...

At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers
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At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers

Argonne National Laboratory is phasing out its use of radioactive materials in favor of supercomputers for the purpose of conducting research. "The past was the...

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Bringing Color to E-Readers

One of the hot topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is color e-readers, with several companies showcasing new products. While E-Ink has...

Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360
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Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360

When Nintendo's Wii game console debuted in November 2006, its motion-sensing handheld "Wiimotes" got players off the couch and onto their feet. Now Microsoft...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...

How Vegas Security Drives Surveillance Tech Everywhere
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How Vegas Security Drives Surveillance Tech Everywhere

Las Vegas casinos are incubators of the world's most advanced surveillance tech. Here's how the spy gear that helps Sin City has taught everyone from government...

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Rogue Marketers Can Mine Your Info on Facebook

Got an e-mail list of customers or readers and want to know more about each — such as their full name, friends, gender, age, interests, location, job and education...

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Microsoft's Body-Sensing, Button-Busting Controller

A LONG-lived videogaming skill could be on the way out this year as Microsoft hones an add-on to its Xbox 360 console aimed at making button-studded games controllers...

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Computers Guide Traffic Lights to Reduce Congestion For Commuters, Other Drivers

There probably are just two times when you think about a traffic light. When one just turned yellow. ("Can I make it?") When one has been red for too long. ("Come...

Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards
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Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards

LAS VEGAS — To the dismay of safety advocates already worried about driver distraction, automakers and high-tech companies have found a new place to put sophisticated...
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