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Chasing science as a service

July 27, 2012 12:57 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

TACC-developed AGAVE API makes scientific computing on the web easier, more powerful.

Computers can predict effects of HIV policies

July 27, 2012 12:47 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Policymakers struggling to stop the spread of HIV grapple with "what if" questions on the scale of millions of people and decades of time. They need a way to predict the impact of many potential interventions, alone or in combination. In two papers to be presented at the 2012 International AIDS Society Conference in Washington, D.C., Brandon Marshall, assistant professor of epidemiology at Brown University, will unveil a computer program calibrated to model accurately the spread of HIV in New York City over a decade and to make specific predictions about the future of the epidemic under various intervention scenarios.

Google admits it did not delete Street View data

July 27, 2012 12:42 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Google Inc said on Friday it had not kept its promise to delete all the personal data, such as emails, its Street View cars collected in Britain and other countries in 2010.

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Resistive touchpad designed for rugged mouse applications

July 27, 2012 11:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interlink Electronics announces the release of a new version of the VersaPad, Interlink’s resistive touchpad for rugged mouse applications.

Super I/O controller supports Intel and AMD for industrial PC applications

July 27, 2012 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nuvoton announced its next generation Super I/O controller, the NCT6106D.

Why YouTube should remain anonymous

July 27, 2012 9:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Anyone who has ever spent any time on YouTube reading the comments is familiar with—as Slate calls it-- the “abandon all hope ye who enter here” atmosphere of the community. When you dare scroll down past the episode of Hogan’s Heroes you’ve been watching, you’ll find all manner of misogynistic, racist, homophobic, anti-liberal, anti-conservative, anti-religion...

World's smallest semiconductor laser created by University of Texas scientists

July 27, 2012 8:48 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas — Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with colleagues in Taiwan and China, have developed the world's smallest semiconductor laser, a breakthrough for emerging photonic technology with applications from computing to medicine.

The first robot that mimics the water striders' jumping abilities

July 27, 2012 8:46 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The first bio-inspired microrobot capable of not just walking on water like the water strider – but continuously jumping up and down like a real water strider – now is a reality. Scientists reported development of the agile microrobot, which could use its jumping ability to avoid obstacles on reconnaissance or other missions, in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

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Bomb joke tweeter wins landmark ruling

July 27, 2012 8:42 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A British man who joked on Twitter that he would blow up an airport after it closed because of snow has had his conviction for sending a "menacing" message overturned in a landmark ruling for users of social media websites.

NIST updates guidance on network attacks and malware

July 26, 2012 2:27 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Detecting and stopping malicious attacks on computer networks is a central focus of computer security these days. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking for comments on two updated guides on malicious computer attacks: one on preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks and one on preventing and mitigating the effects of malware, a potent tool in an attacker's arsenal.       The publications are being revised to reflect the changes in threats and incidents.  

Google to offer its warp-speed Internet service in Kansas City area for $70 a month

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by MARIA FISHER and PETER SVENSSON, the AP | News | Comments

Google Inc. revealed Thursday what it will charge for its long-awaited, ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City: $70 per month.

PCIe Gen3 switches tout versatility

July 26, 2012 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

PLX Technology announced new ultra-high lane count PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 switches for storage systems, high-end graphics and communications platforms. The new ExpressLane PCIeGen3 switches include the PEX8796 (96 lanes, 24 ports), PEX8780 (80 lanes, 20 ports) and PEX8764 (64 lanes, 16 ports)

Hacking experts find new ways to attack Android phones

July 26, 2012 8:44 am | by Jim Finkle, Reuters | News | Comments

Hacking experts on Wednesday demonstrated ways to attack Android smartphones using methods they said work on virtually all such devices in use today, despite recent efforts by search engine giant Google to boost protection.

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Study finds world leaders take to Twitter, but new 'Twiplomacy' has its limits

July 26, 2012 8:41 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press | News | Comments

Almost two-thirds of world leaders have joined the Twitterverse where President Barack Obama and his tweet on gay marriage are the most popular to date, says a new study Thursday.

States press Congress to make Internet merchants collect sales taxes for them

July 25, 2012 3:38 pm | by ANDRES GONZALEZ, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 21 states have simplified how they collect taxes in hopes of recovering an estimated $20 billion in sales taxes that go uncollected by out-of-state online merchants every year. But the nation's governors say they still need help from Congress.

Robot Road Run: Racing robots game inspired by EU robotic project arrives as iPhone app

July 25, 2012 3:37 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have launched a fun new smartphone app that lets users interact with and control their own emotional pet robot, using ideas taken from a recent European robotics research project called LIREC.

New York Times drops BlackBerry app

July 25, 2012 3:33 pm | by Allison Martell, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - BlackBerry users can no longer use the official New York Times app to read news stories over their devices, in a fresh blow to Research In Motion, the maker of the smartphone once considered an essential tool for business professionals.

Amazon courts software developers for apps and games

July 25, 2012 3:29 pm | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc has focused single-mindedly on consumers for much of its existence. Now it has a new obsession: developers.

UK information watchdog orders city to stop recording taxi cab conversations

July 25, 2012 3:27 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's information watchdog on Wednesday ordered a city council to stop the mandatory recording of people's conversations in taxis, saying the policy breaches the Data Protection act.

Model features 14-bit A/Ds, Virtex6 FPGA, 4 GB Memory and PCI/PCIe

July 25, 2012 3:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Integration announces the new X6-250M. The X6-250M integrates digitizing with signal processing on a PMC/XMC IO module. The module has a powerful Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA signal processing core, and high performance PCI Express/PCI host interface. Applications include software defined radio, RADAR receivers, and multi-channel data recorders. The X6-250M has eight simultaneously sampling A/D channels that sample at rates up to 310 MSPS (14-bit). The A/D have matched input delays and response. The A/D are supported by a programmable sample clock PLL and triggering that support multi-card synchronization for large scale systems.

CMOS transmitter ICs achieve line rates to 31.8 Gbps/channel for 100G networks

July 25, 2012 2:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Applied Micro Circuits announced what it asserts is the world’s fastest CMOS transmitter ICs for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing line-side applications, which support power-efficient, cost-effective deployments in 100-Gigabit per second optical metro, regional and long-haul networks. With line rates

Rack handle for 19-inch equipment touts robust design

July 25, 2012 11:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Piton Rack Handle is designed to handle and secure 19-inch rack mounted equipment. Its molded design with integrated screws enable it to secure an enclosure to any equipment rack. The handles mount outboard of the front panel space with supplied hardware. The Piton Rack Handle has

Undergrads invent cell phone screener to combat anemia in developing world

July 25, 2012 10:00 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Could a low-cost screening device connected to a cell phone save thousands of women and children from anemia-related deaths and disabilities?

'Control-Alt-Hack' game lets players try their hand at computer security

July 25, 2012 8:38 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Do you have what it takes to be an ethical hacker? Can you step into the shoes of a professional paid to outsmart supposedly locked-down systems? Now you can at least try, no matter what your background, with a new card game developed by University of Washington computer scientists.

Stop ruining technology with nostalgia

July 24, 2012 4:57 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

New technology is supposed to be an improvement over old technology. It should be more efficient, faster, smaller, or simply just better than its predecessors OR it must offer something so unique, so amazing that you forget that it, in fact, does nothing. It’s the reason smart phones, tablets, and ultrabooks are outselling dumb phones, computers, and laptops of days gone by. People like improvements.

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