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Filmmaker turns to Kickstarter for a journey into the brain

Researchers seek to raise $25,000 by May 14 to produce a dome-format movie made with real 3D images of the brain that will search for the biological reasons we need to go where no one has gone before.


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Global tech spending forecast to hit $3.8 trillion in 2013

Worldwide spending on IT products and services will grow 4.1 percent this year to roughly $3.8 trillion, according to new forecast figures released by analyst firm Gartner.


Facebook research: What our usage reveals about us

Here’s a roundup of recent research on the social network, evaluating how much we’re using Facebook, whether it’s good at work, what it does to our egos, and more.


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Bell Labs shifts focus to cloud and networking products

Facing a rapidly evolving technology market, Bell Labs is paying more attention to projects that can bring it short-term gains, in areas such as software.

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PARC redesigns printers to produce solar panels, batteries

Researchers at the Xerox-owned Palo Alto Research Center have developed a new manufacturing method that can help make solar panels more efficient and increase the energy density of batteries.

The NSRL and Stanford Libraries are cataloging vintage software.

Vintage software, including games, find a home in archives

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Stanford University have partnered to save for posterity over 15,000 software programs created in the early days of microcomputing.


Windows XP and Firefox take 25-year lead in security flaws

In a look at the number of vulnerabilities recorded over 25 years in software products and open source, a researcher at Sourcefire has determined that Microsoft Windows XP and the Mozilla Firefox browser stand out as the two with the largest number of high-severity vulnerabilities.

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Windows 8 not saving the PC industry as shipments decline

With the holiday shopping season over, it's clearer than ever that tablets are cutting deeply into traditional PC sales, even after the launch of Windows 8.


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Many young adults ditch laptops for smartphones

Smartphones are more important to young adults in the U.S. and three other countries than laptops, desktops or tablets, according to a survey of 1800 18- to 30-year-old users in 18 countries.


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Data piles up, but it's badly disorganized, study warns

Only 0.5 percent of the world's data is being analyzed, according to an IDC study that also identifies opportunities for companies that can protect and extract value from the massive amounts of data being generated daily by people and machines.