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France opposes Google digital books deal

September 11, 2009

France said on Tuesday that it was opposed to Google‘s plans to digitise and sell millions of books online because it was a “threat to cultural diversity.” The project does not conform to either “intellectual property law or to competition law and constitutes a threat to cultural diversity,” the culture ministry said. The ministry made [...]

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Maths proves new operating system’s system reliability

September 4, 2009

Scientists have created a “kernel” – the basis of a computer’s operating system – that is proven reliable with mathematics, a milestone which they claim will pave the way for a new generation of software with unprecedented levels of reliability. According to them, the Secure Embedded L4 microkernel has potential applications in defence and other [...]

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Hackers can ‘steal’ ballots from EVMs

August 31, 2009

Computer scientists have demonstrated how criminals could hack an electronic voting machine (EVM) and ‘steal’ votes using a malicious programming approach that had not been invented when the voting machine was designed. The team of scientists from the Universites of California, San Diego, Michigan and Princeton employed “return-oriented programming” to force an electronic voting machine [...]

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Japan company makes new material for ‘world’s fastest swimsuits’

August 31, 2009

Functional rubber maker Yamamoto Corp has said it has developed a new material that can be used to make ‘the world’s fastest swimsuits’ in compliance with new regulations to be introduced by the International Swimming Federation. Based on polyester, the material is ‘water-friendly’ and reduces frictional resistance in water to the level of rubber, the [...]

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PC Wizard 2009 1.90

August 31, 2009

CPUID is a new version of PC Wizard delivered. This program not only provides comprehensive information about the hardware, configuration, system files and resources in the PC, it can run a large number of benchmarks and generate clear reports, even if already attached to the e-mail client can be passed. PC Wizard can be downloaded [...]

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A ”moving newspaper” on flexible screen

August 29, 2009

World’s first flexible electronic screen is set to be launched by a Cambridge-based company.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory have come up with the roll up A4-sized “intelligent plastic” display, which took a decade of development. But Plastic Logic, the company behind the e-version imagery, said that it would not produce a roll-up screen, made from a microchip of cheap plastic.

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iPhones wither in the heat

August 28, 2009

Green groups say that humankind’s hankering after technology is one reason for global warming. Now global warming is getting back at technology.
The iPhone, the latest gizmo of techno freaks all over the world, is now withering under the heat wave, reports say.
A devastated owner of a white iPhone 3GS in France found pink ‘scorch marks’ on his handset after he left it in the sunlight for a while.

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