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Mobile Phones Learn to Lip Read
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Mobile Phones Learn to Lip Read

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology professor Tanja Shultz demonstrated a prototype device for communicating without speaking at the recent CeBIT conference. 

Sat-Nav Systems ­nder Growing Threat from 'jammers'
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Sat-Nav Systems ­nder Growing Threat from 'jammers'

Technology that depends on satellite-navigation signals is increasingly threatened by attack from widely available equipment, experts say. While "jamming" sat-nav...

Tim Berners-Lee ­nveils Government Data Project
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Tim Berners-Lee ­nveils Government Data Project

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled a new venture for the U.K. government, a Web site at http://data.gov.uk designed to provide the public with better access to official...

Computer Mimics Nature By ­sing Tv
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Computer Mimics Nature By ­sing Tv

University of Bath researchers led by professor Peter Hall and Ph.D. candidate Chris Li have developed software that enables a computer to process video of a tree...

Chemical Computer That Mimics Neurons to be Created
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Chemical Computer That Mimics Neurons to be Created

A team of international researchers is developing a new way of building computing machinery inspired by chemical processes in living systems. The project, led...

Olpc ­nveils Slimline Tablet Pc
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Olpc ­nveils Slimline Tablet Pc

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) recently announced that the latest version of the XO laptop series, the XO-3, will be available in 2012 and will cost less than $100...

Software Models Aid Genetic Study
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Software Models Aid Genetic Study

New modeling software called Qlucore is being used by researchers at King's College to study how genes react to toxins. The gene-modeling software can sort through...

China Joins Supercomputer Elite
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China Joins Supercomputer Elite

China has become one of a handful of nations to own one of the top five supercomputers in the world. Its Tianhe-1 computer, housed at the National Super Computer...

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies
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Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers. The construction...

China Plans For Humanoid Olympics
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China Plans For Humanoid Olympics

China has announced plans to hold a robot Olympics in 2010, in which humanoid robots will compete in 16 different events ranging from athletics to machine-related...

'time Telescope' Could Boost Web
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'time Telescope' Could Boost Web

Researchers led by Cornell University's Mark Foster report that they have developed a prototype device that could significantly boost the volume of information...

Google Invites ­sers to Join Wave
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Google Invites ­sers to Join Wave

Google developers Lars and Jens Rasmussen have released a limited preview of an open source messenger called Wave. Users must be invited to test the application...

Britain Apologizes After Turing Petition
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Britain Apologizes After Turing Petition

British prime minister Gordon Brown apologized for the way the government treated Alan Mathison Turing after convicting the computer pioneer of gross indecency...

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Smart Sensors Power Interaction

More than 70 demonstrations of interactive technologies that use sensors for a wide range of applications were showcased at the Human Computer Interaction conference's...

Quantum Computer Slips Onto Chips
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Quantum Computer Slips Onto Chips

A silicon chip about the size of a penny that uses photons to run Shor's algorithm has been developed by a team of researchers at the University of Bristol in the...

Brighter Idea For Bendable Displays
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Brighter Idea For Bendable Displays

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor John Rogers has led the development of a new technique for manufacturing tiny inorganic light-emitting diodes...

Mobile Data Show Friend Networks
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Mobile Data Show Friend Networks

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that friendships can be inferred with 95% accuracy by studying cellphone call records...

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Computer 'agents' Take to the Web

Artificial intelligence agents that automatically negotiate for online shoppers, called Negotiation Ninjas, will be tested on a shopping Web site called Aroxo this...

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Call For Debate on Autonomous Military Robots

BBC NewsAs robots are increasingly used in warfare, civilian lives will be put at greater and greater risk, according to University of Sheffield professor NoelView...

Barcode Replacement Shown Off
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Barcode Replacement Shown Off

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed Bokodes, a new barcode format that could replace the current barcodes used on retail products...
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