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­nflattening Touch-Screen Buttons

Ever wish the flat touch screen buttons on your phone felt more like physical buttons? Chris Harrison and Prof. Scott Hudson at Carnegie Mellon have developed...

A Translator Tool With a Human Touch
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A Translator Tool With a Human Touch

Nearly 100 IBM researchers are working on n.Fluent, a project to create an automatic translation tool that is fast and accurate enough to be used in instant-messaging...

Taking the Drudgery Out of Software Development
From ICT Results

Taking the Drudgery Out of Software Development

Software developers will no longer have to reinvent the wheel when writing new programs and applications thanks to a clever new set of tools and a central repository...

Medibots: The World's Smallest Surgeons
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Medibots: The World's Smallest Surgeons

A man lies comatose on an operating table. The enormous spider that hangs above him has plunged four appendages into his belly. The spider, made of white steel,...

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Ten Emerging Technologies to Watch in 2010

The editors at EE Times have compiled a list of 10 emerging technologies to watch in 2010. 

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Tim Berners-Lee Launches 'www Foundation' at Igf 2009

Sir Tim Berners-Lee used the recent Internet Governance Forum to announce the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation, which he says will be an incubator for transformative...

Shared Supercomputing and Everyday Research
From ACM TechNews

Shared Supercomputing and Everyday Research

Recent advancements in supercomputer design coupled with falling prices are breaking down the barriers that have traditionally surrounded computing-intensive research...

Problem Solvers
From Communications of the ACM

Problem Solvers

This year's Grace Hopper Celebration focused on using technology for social good.

Ready For a Web OS?
From Communications of the ACM

Ready For a Web OS?

The hegemony of the traditional desktop operating system is starting to fracture with the emergence of a new generation of Web browsers that may finally herald...

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Google Offers Peek at Operating System, a Potential Challenge to Windows

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google began lifting the veil on its planned Chrome operating system on Thursday, but it said that computers powered by the software would...

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Invisibility Visualized: New Software For Rendering Cloaked Objects

Researchers at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a new visualization tool that will enable users to see what a cloaked object looks like...

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Tai Xue-Cheng Wins Feng Kang Prize in Scientific Computing

Tai Xue-Cheng, a specialist in numerical analysis and computational mathematics at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has been named the winner of the 8th...

Prace Is Ready For Implementation: Applications Ported
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Prace Is Ready For Implementation: Applications Ported

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) has been researching promising petascaling techniques, as well as related work on optimization techniques...

Trust Linux!
From ICT Results

Trust Linux!

A team of researchers has implemented support for 'trusted computing' in a commercially available version of the open source operating system Linux, breaking new...

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Technology Sector Transforms Into a Giant R&d Machine

When the world thinks of the Indian technology sector, it imagines a nation of call center workers and low level computer programmers administering databases and...

Bcs Honors Ground-Breaking Scientists
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Bcs Honors Ground-Breaking Scientists

Professor Yorick Wilks, a pioneering AI scientist who is helping develop virtual agents to keep older people company, and Dr Byron Cook, an academic who has broken...

3D Web Will Save Hpc Industry, Intel Cto Says
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3D Web Will Save Hpc Industry, Intel Cto Says

Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner believes that three-dimensional (3D) Web technologies will revive the high-performance computing (HPC) industry....

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Evaluators Sought For Degree Programs in Computing

CSAB Inc. — the lead society within ABET Inc. for the accreditation of college-level programs in computer science, information systems, IT, and software engineering...

Hackers Create Tools For Disaster Relief
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Hackers Create Tools For Disaster Relief

The first-ever Random Hacks of Kindness recently took place in Mountain View, Calif., bringing software developers together to focus on how technology could be...

IBM Advances on a Computer that Works Like a Human Brain
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IBM Advances on a Computer that Works Like a Human Brain

Researchers from IBM's Almaden Research Center and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have performed a computer simulation that matches the scale and complexity...
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