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Thu
28
Dec
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Police Use YouTube to Help Solve Murder

YouTube provides a vast and diverse library of pop culture videos, while offering a stage for those individuals who wish to perform before an international audience. And, there is little doubt that YouTube.com is one of the most frequently visited ... websites in North America. YouTube has always functioned as an entertainment outlet...until now. In Hamilton Ontario, police have capitalized on the popular media service as a modern way to fight crime. Officials hope to target a young demographic who use YouTube as a way to stay connected with current events. Officers are specifically looking for ... (view more)

Thu
14
Dec
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Flash Lite: The Future of Mobile Phone Technology

If you borrow a cell phone in Europe or Asia these days, you just might realize that you are looking into the future of mobile technology. Clouds that float across the phone to indicate low signal strength, the face of a friend circling around the ... screen to indicate that they had just called, or a photo of a city skyline at night to indicate that the sun had just set are all a part of the latest technological craze to sweep through these two continents. These innovations comprise a new form of presentation technology that allows users to access and manipulate the applications of their phone ... (view more)

Wed
08
Nov
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Cable-Free High Definition Signal: A Reality

Seven of the world's leading electronics makers have joined forces to produce a cable-free system that hopes to unite televisions with other electronic equipment, revolutionizing the world of wireless connectivity. LG Electronics, Matsushita ... Electric Industrial [Panasonic], NEC, Samsung Electronics, Sony, Toshiba and SiBEAM (an up-and-coming electronics company) have come together to supply end-users with a product that possesses high-definition signal quality without the presence of a physical plug. (Source: iht.com ) In what is being billed as the Wireless HD Consortium, televisions will ... (view more)

Fri
03
Nov
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U.S. Soldiers in Fear of Domestic Invasion

U.S. soldiers must now be fearful of invasion, even when back in the comfort of their own homes. Unlike the fears of physical invasion experienced on the battlefield, soldiers must now be weary of an invasion of privacy coming from the very same ... military they represent during times of war. A Virginia-based military surveillance company, Army Web Risk Assessment Cell, is monitoring all soldier blogs and Internet posts to avoid the leaking of vital information that may jeopardize the security of the U.S. military. Among the most detrimental items being pursued are official military documents, ... (view more)

Sat
07
Oct
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Can you Be Identified By Your Clickprint?

Recent research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California suggests that you can be accurately distinguished by your "clickprint" while surfing the web. So... What is a Clickprint? Professor Balaji Padmanabhan, a ... clickprint researcher, defines a clickprint as a "unique pattern of web surfing behavior based on actions such as the number of pages viewed per session, the number of minutes spent on each page, the time or day of the week the page is visited, and so on." Like a fingerprint, a clickprint is unique to you and only you. (Source: technology.guardian.co ... (view more)

Fri
08
Sep
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Free WiFi for Residents and Businesses in Silicon Valley

Announced earlier this week, a group of technology companies are planning to provide a vast wireless network that will give the entire Silicon Valley free high-speed Internet access. The free WiFi service will be available as early as next year and ... will be provided by Silicon Valley Metro Connect: a group that is comprised of IBM, Cisco, SeaKay, and Azulstar. (Source: abcnews.com ) Silicon Valley Metro Connect will provide the service for 38 cities in California's San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Santa Cruz counties -- an area covering roughly 1,500 square miles. This move takes advantage ... (view more)

Thu
31
Aug
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Cracking Down on Criminals in the Tech World

Evidently, crime doesn't pay, even in the tech world. Although it seems that in the land of Microsoft, PDAs, and Google criminals routinely get away with their crimes (even as corporate entities in various industries, like music, begin to get ... tough), there is evidence that the courts are fighting back. In the last week two major sentences have been handed down, including a three year jail term for a botnet attacker and a six year lockup for a software pirate. Christopher Maxwell, 21, pleaded guilty in May of launching a computer attack that affected tens of thousands of systems. Last Friday, ... (view more)

Sun
30
Jul
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Microsoft Licenses 'Touchlight' Technology to EON

Stepping outside the bounds of its usual focus on security and operating systems, Microsoft has recently licensed touch-screen technology. Dubbed "Touchlight", the technology is one of twenty projects being offered to venture capitalists for ... development in cooperation with Microsoft. Signing on for Touchlight is EON Reality, who will use the technology for exhibitions, technical demonstrations, and training exercises. EON hopes to begin commercialization of the Touchlight and other similar projects before the year ends. (Source: microsoft-watch.com ) Touchlight: How It Works Microsoft's ... (view more)

Thu
20
Jul
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The Disc of 1000 Gigs: Israeli Company Developing 1 Terrabyte (TB) of Storage

Only days after the announcement that Ricoh Technologies has developed a device able to play both HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs, rumors quickly surfaced that an Israeli firm (Matteris Limited) is working on a disc that will use holographic technologies ... to hold a whopping 1 TB (or 1000 Gigabytes) of data. (Source: teamxbox.com ) By using the nano-technology at its disposal, Matteris hopes to fit literally millions of bits -- grouped into holograms -- into the volume (instead of the surface) of the medium at hand. Every individual hologram is formed into 1000 x 1000 bits, a process that is allowing ... (view more)

Thu
13
Jul
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A Continent Connected: The (Slow) Rise of WiFi

As North America becomes increasingly dependent on the Internet, WiFi is becoming a household term across the continent. City planners are building WiFi into future plans, and in many U.S. cities wireless Internet can be reached from the average ... cafe. What is WiFi, exactly? The name WiFi was originally coined by the company WiFi Alliance as a descriptor of its Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN). However, as wireless technology and the name itself have become so popular, WiFi is no longer a licensed term, and it even appears in recent versions of Webster's dictionary. By engaging anything ... (view more)

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