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Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...

Innovative Asia-Pacific Projects Awarded Isif Funding
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Innovative Asia-Pacific Projects Awarded Isif Funding

Eleven communities in eight Asia-Pacific countries stand to benefit from work backed by a new funding program of the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF)....

Sensoring the World Wide Web
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Sensoring the World Wide Web

The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Semantic Sensor Network incubator group will lay the foundation for enabling sensors and sensor networks to share information...

Engineering Professor Explores Underwater Wireless Communications
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Engineering Professor Explores Underwater Wireless Communications

Northeastern University professor Milica Stojanovic says the discovery of the Titanic in 1985 underscored the need for underwater wireless communications technology...

Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time
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Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time

Up to 90 percent of smartphone users say they want computer-like functions, and close to 40 percent of aggregate face time is based on mobile Internet, games, multimedia...

Wearable Sensors Monitor Gait, May Help Prevent Falls
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Wearable Sensors Monitor Gait, May Help Prevent Falls

When an older person is injured in a fall, the cost is significant, both in quality of life and medical expense.  being developed by Researchers at the University...

A Twitter-Based Graphing Tool
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A Twitter-Based Graphing Tool

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Human-Computer Interaction Institute Ph.D. student Ian Li (pictured) has developed Grafitter, a Twitter-based program that lets...

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W3C Investigates Possible e-Gov Standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has initiated the process for developing standards that governments could employ to tap Web 2.0 and social networking technologies...

Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication
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Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication

Information and communications technology (ICT) is all about communication but it has never provided the semantic richness offered by the non-verbal cues that typically...

Technology Merges Images, Data and Knowledge to Produce Smarter Searches
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Technology Merges Images, Data and Knowledge to Produce Smarter Searches

University of Texas at DallasUniversity of Texas at Dallas researchers are working to improve the results of searches that request multiple pieces of information...

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Cyber Spying a Threat, and Everyone Is In On It

The computers of Tibetan exiles and the U.S. electrical grid were recently breached by hackers, highlighting the growing threat of cyber espionage. The White House...

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Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Rogue Traders

The University of Sunderland's Computerized Analysis of Stocks and Shares for Novelty Detection of Radical Activities (CASSANDRA) project is developing a software...

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Carnegie Mellon to Oversee IBM Smart Grid Model

The Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, which is composed of IBM and several utility companies, has passed control of their Smart Grid Maturity Model...

Internet of Things Plays With Hand of Aces
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Internet of Things Plays With Hand of Aces

European researchers have created new software components called Autonomic Communication Elements (ACEs) which can be combined to create services for any type of...

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Electrosmog on the Circuit Board

Electronic components continue to be made smaller and smaller, which reduces the amount of power that they require but increases signal-to-noise ratios. If electronic...

The Internet's Librarian
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The Internet's Librarian

Technologist and entrepreneur Brewster Kahle (pictured) wants to produce a free, online corpus of human knowledge called the Internet Archive that is bigger than...

25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year
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25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year

The free and open source software community is hotly anticipating a large number of new releases this year, including an upgrade to Mozilla's Firefox browser that...

Google's Power Play
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Google's Power Play

Google and General Electric (GE) have teamed up on an ambitious project to transform the United States' energy production infrastructure from a model characterized...

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Grid Gives Europe a Supercomputing Boost

What’s faster than the speediest supercomputer? How about a high-speed grid linking 12 world-class supercomputers? That’s what a European research consortium has...

High-Performance System Available For Computationally-Demanding Problems
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High-Performance System Available For Computationally-Demanding Problems

Scientist Dr. Russ Miller (pictured) is leading the rollout of "Magic," one of the most powerful computers in New York State, to qualified users worldwide for solving...
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