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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...

Is Aes Encryption Crackable?
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Is Aes Encryption Crackable?

The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) system was long believed to be invulnerable to attack, but a group of researchers recently demonstrated that there may be...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Researchers at Yahoo!'s Labs in Barcelona, Spain, have developed a distributed search approach that spreads the search index and additional data out over a larger...

Triple Shadows and Fake Reflections: Future Graphics
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Triple Shadows and Fake Reflections: Future Graphics

At the second annual ACM SIGGRAPH Asia conference, which takes place December 16-19 in Yokohama, Japan, computer graphics professionals and researchers will demonstrate...

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Validity of Software Patents Goes on Trial at ­.s. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider what types of inventions should be eligible for a patent as part of a case that could undermine legal protections for software...

Digital Fingerprints Aid Video Search
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Digital Fingerprints Aid Video Search

The explosive growth of video on the Internet calls for new ways of sorting and searching audiovisual content. A team of European researchers has developed a groundbreaking...

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...

M­ Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology
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M­ Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology

University of Missouri researchers are developing software that would enable computers to search within videos and identify humans and specific objects, as well...

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Tim Berners-Lee: Machine-Readable Web Still a Ways Off

World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the machine-readable Web is still a ways off and faces numerous obstacles. He says recent initiatives such as the...

Online Collaboration With Built-In Clarity
From ICT Results

Online Collaboration With Built-In Clarity

Software packages that interoperate while providing online users with an overview of their colleagues' work may finally lessen the dominance of email as the world's...

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...

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...

Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer
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Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

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...

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New Keys for the Diffusion of Information in Social Networks

Information in social networks travels at an unexpectedly slow pace over the Internet with the exception of a few mass events, according to a study by researchers...

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HTML 5 Progresses Despite Challenges

Development of HTML5 is progressing, but the highly anticipated upgrade to the Web language still faces some major hurdles, particularly its lack of a standard...

Amir Pnueli, Distinguished Computer Scientist and Researcher, Dies
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Amir Pnueli, Distinguished Computer Scientist and Researcher, Dies

Amir Pnueli, a professor of Computer Science at New York University and winner of the 1996 ACM A. M. Turing Award, died suddenly on November 2 of a brain hemorrhage...

Social Networking Meets Ambient Intelligence
From ICT Results

Social Networking Meets Ambient Intelligence

Sharing small snippets of information about your daily life is a key feature of the online social networking revolution. Soon status updates and other social information...
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