New AT&T encryption tool for business email released

On Tuesday, AT&T released its AT&T Encryption Services, a service package for businesses that encrypts email, folders, or network drives, and enforces enterprise encryption policies. The service integrates with antivirus and antispam software. (Network World, 06/03/08)

XP deadline extended for low-end PC makers

Low-cost computer manufacturers can continue to install Windows XP on their machines, Microsoft announced Tuesday. (Network World, 06/03/08)

New interface will move the shape of computers out of the 2D box


Researchers at Queen's University Human Media Laboratory have developed an Orgainic User Interface (OUI) that will let next-generation computers move beyond the rigid 2D realm of current devices. (Science Daily,  06/02/08)

Nvidia's faster processors run faster, last longer


Nvidia announced its new line of fast Tegra 600 and Tegra 650 processors on Sunday. The processors are targeted at the emerging category of mobile Internet devices and feature a longer battery life. (Reuters, 06/02/08)


Paralyzed man takes a walk in SecondLife


Using only his brain waves, a man paralyzed for more than 30 years took a walk in SecondLife, Japanese researchers said Monday.  Headgear, electrodes that monitored brain waves, and a mircophone let the man  walk and talk with another character in the virtual reality game. (Yahoo News, 06/02/08)

Scientists closer to understanding brain thought patterns with new computational model


Scientists at Carnegie Mellon have developed a new computational model that correctly determines brain activation patterns associated with words. Computers using this model predicted what each subject's brain pattern would look like when thinking about certain words. (Science Daily, 06/02/08)

Microsoft and HP enter into deal to make Live Search default search tool on personal computers

Microsoft announced a deal with Hewlett-Packard on Monday which will put Microsoft's Live Search toolbar on all HP personal computers shipped in the US and Canada starting in January. Additionally, computers will ship with Silverlight preinstalled. Silverlight is Microsoft's answer to Adobe's Flash plug-in and is required to run the Live Search toolbar.  (BetaNews, 06/02/08).

Researchers develop means to more cost-effective quantum key distribution

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a simpler and potentially lower-cost method for distributing strings of digits for use in quantum cryptography—the most secure data transmission method, Science Daily reports. Detailed in an upcoming paper, the new "quantum key distribution" (QKD) method reduces the required number of detectors, which are described as "by far the most costly components in quantum cryptography." Researchers note that the minimum-detector arrangement reduces transmission rates by 50 percent. Still, the NIST system "works at broadband speeds, allowing, for example, real-time quantum encryption and decryption of webcam-quality video streams over an experimental quantum network," according to Science Daily (Science Daily, 5/30/08).

Carnegie Mellon researchers create computational model to predict brain activity

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have created the first computational model that can predict the unique brain activation patterns associated with names for things that you can see, hear, feel, taste or smell. According to the release, the research team developed the computational model "by using fMRI activation patterns for 60 concrete nouns and by statistically analyzing a set of texts totaling more than a trillion words, called a text corpus." The computer model combines this data concerning how words are used in text to predict the activation patterns for thousands of concrete nouns within the text corpus yielding accuracies significantly greater than chance. Moreover, the model "proved capable of predicting activation patterns even in semantic areas for which it was untrained," according to the release. The findings appear in the May 30 issue of the journal Science (Carnegie Mellon University release, 5/29/08).

New nanoscale assembly technology created

U.S. scientists say they have created a technology that improves the assembly of single-walled carbon nanotube networks from microns to inches, United Press International reports. The researchers at the National Science Foundation's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at Northeastern University, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire, plan to display the process during next week's Nano Science and Technology Institute's Nanotech 2008 Conference in Boston. According to the scientists, the new technology creates a viable circuit template that can be transferred from one substrate to another for optimum productivity. They add that the revolutionary assembly process can "scale-up" nanoscale structures on the wafer level and may be able to change the way electronics and other applications are developed for consumers (UPI, 5/29/08).

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