Faster computing

IBM triples performance of World’s Fastest Computer and breaks the “Quadrillion” Barrier
“It triples the performance of its predecessor, Blue Gene/L while remaining the most energy-efficient and space-saving computing package ever built. Blue Gene/P scales to operate continuously at speeds exceeding one petaflop (one-quadrillion operations per second) and can be configured to reach speeds in excess of three petaflops. The system is 100,000 times more powerful than a home PC and can process more operations in one second than a stack of laptop computers 1.5 miles high (dont try this at home folks).”
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gizmag Article

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Surround display

TWISTER, a 360 Degree Rotating 3D display
“Researchers from the University of Tokyo, led by Susumu Tachi, have developed a unique display that allows viewers to be immersed in a 3D video environment. The Telexistence Wide-angle Immersive STEReoscope, a.k.a. TWISTER, is the worlds first full color 360 degree 3D display that does not require the use of special glasses to visualize the effect.”
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Coolest Gadgets

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Physical video editing

Movie Cards
“The system consists of the real cards made of paper. Each card is represented of a piece of video scene. Participants could get the way of thinking creative and critical through the process of making video with others. The finished moving images would be a new alternative independent media. It is a simple video editing tool and no need of any technical knowledges.”
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RF resistant

Newly Declassified Window Film Keeps Out Hackers, Phone Calls, EMPs
“The two-millimeter-thick coating can block Wi-Fi signals, cell phone transmissions, even the near-infrared, yet is almost transparent, making it no more intrusive than conventional window treatments. It can keep signals in (preventing attempts to spy on electronic communications) or out, minimizing radio interference and even the fabled electronics-destroying electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generated by a nuclear blast.”
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Scientific American

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Small PCs

Complete Computer on a USB Key
“The entire rig measures in at only 1.4 x 3.3 and as you can imagine it lacks the gear normally assumed to go with a computer like optical drives for one. The CPU is meek at 190MHz. RAM is 64GB of SDRAM and 256MB of NAND flash is used for storage. The entire rig gets powered by a USB port, which brings one small issue to light. You need access to a real PC with a USB port to run this wee PC.”
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I4U News

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Automated investing

Computers read news, and trade on it quickly
“High-frequency investors such as hedge funds are using news mining platforms like those offered by StreamBase to troll through thousands of electronic feeds of streaming text to identify key phrases on which to trade. Popular phrases include “lowers its outlook” or “raises guidance” or even buzzwords like “stellar performance” that could potentially push a stock lower or higher. Hedge funds, with their rapid-fire trading style, often allow the news mining platforms to make trades on their own, capitalizing on the technology’s speed.”
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Reuters.com

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