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Social Games, Virtual Goods
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Social Games, Virtual Goods

The popularity of virtual goods and currencies in online gaming is changing how people think and act about money.

Engineering Sensation in Artificial Limbs
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Engineering Sensation in Artificial Limbs

Advancements in mobile electronics have led to several prosthetics innovations in recent years, but providing reliable touch sensations to users remains an elusive...

The Quest For Randomness
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The Quest For Randomness

It's not easy to generate a string of numbers that lack any pattern or rule, or even to define exactly what randomness means.

Extremely Fast Mram Data Storage Within Reach
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Extremely Fast Mram Data Storage Within Reach

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt researchers have developed a type of magnetic random access memory (MRAM) equipped with a special chip connection that results...

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Taiwan Researchers Turn to Silk for Flexible E-Devices

Silk membranes can be used for flexible e-book readers, LED displays, and RFID tools, according to researchers at the National Tsing Hua University. A team has...

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Software Progress Beats Moore

One of the old jokes in computing is that what the hardware giveth, the software taketh away.

World Mobile Data Traffic to Explode by Factor of 26 by 2015
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World Mobile Data Traffic to Explode by Factor of 26 by 2015

Anyone who thinks that the Internet revolution is in anything but its early phase had better take a look at Cisco's latest Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast.

China's Homemade Supercomputer May Be the Most Efficient Ever
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China's Homemade Supercomputer May Be the Most Efficient Ever

China plans to launch a new homegrown supercomputer, the Dawning 6000, this summer, and it "could rival even Blue Gene/Q systems for performance per watt supremacy...

Increasing Processor Efficiency By Matching Power with Demand
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Increasing Processor Efficiency By Matching Power with Demand

For decades, chipmakers strove to develop the fastest and most powerful chips possible and damn the amount of electricity needed to power them, but these days...

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The Next Operating System

Operating systems for multicore chips will need more information about their own performance—and more resources for addressing whatever problems arise.

Memristors: Pass or Fail?
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Memristors: Pass or Fail?

The device may revolutionize data storage, replacing flash memory and perhaps even disks. Whether they can be reliably and cheaply manufactured, though, is an open...

Evaluating Government Funding
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Evaluating Government Funding

A presidential report asserts the value of U.S. government investments in the cross-agency Networking and Information Technology Research...

Twitter as Medium and Message
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Twitter as Medium and Message

Researchers are mining Twitter's vast flow of data to measure public sentiment, follow political activity, and detect earthquakes and flu outbreaks.

Grid Computing's Future
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Grid Computing's Future

Outreach programs and usability improvements are drawing many researchers to grid computing from disciplines that have not traditionally used such resources.

Researchers Store Data in Flash Memory ­nder Low Voltage Conditions
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Researchers Store Data in Flash Memory ­nder Low Voltage Conditions

University of Massachusetts Amherst and Texas A&M University researchers have developed a method for writing information to flash memory under low-voltage conditions...

Researchers Inventory a World of Information
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Researchers Inventory a World of Information

Data is the common currency that unites all fields of science.

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Pioneering Research Aims to Make the Internet Faster

Researchers at the universities of Southampton and Essex are working on the Photonics HyperHighway project, which aims to develop new technologies that can make...

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No More Ipv4 Addresses

Asian registry snares last two address blocks, sparks automatic depletion of the free pool.

'radical Redesign' ­rged For Future Computers
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'radical Redesign' ­rged For Future Computers

University of Maryland professor Uzi Vishkin believes that computer architecture needs to be redesigned in order to effectively use multicore processors. 

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Intel

Intel Corp. surprised investors Monday with news that it has found a design flaw found in a support chip that works with its ballyhooed new chip, code-named Sandy...
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