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Researchers Discover Genetic Transistors That Turn Cells Into Computers
Researchers at Stanford University announced this week that they've created genetic receptors that can act as a sort of "biological computer," potentially revolutionizing how diseases are treated. Click for details.



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Surprisingly Simple Scheme for Self-Assembling Robots
Small cubes with no exterior moving parts can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes. Click for details.



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Test Driving Google's New Glasses
Weighing a few ounces, the sleek electronic device has a tiny embedded camera. The glasses also deploy a "heads-up display," in which data are projected into the user's field of vision on a small screen above the right eye. Click for details.



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iOS/Mobile Development Among The Most Sought After IT Skills
Fully half of the top ten jobs listed are for various kinds of developers with mobile app development ranking as the second most in-demand skill. Click for details.


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iPhone Coding Language Now World's Third Most Popular
Objective-C, the programming language used to build applications for the Apple iPhone and iPad, is now the third most popular language on Earth, according to a new study. Click for details.

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Photon Reaches from Beyond the Grave in Quantum Trick
Quantum particles found to influence each other regardless of how far apart they are or whether they ever coesisted. Experiment could improve long-distance cryptography. Click for article.



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3D User Interface of the Future?
You don't use a keyboard and mouse; you don't even use a touch screen. You just move your fingers in the air, and, with zero latency and pinpoint accuracy, stuff happens on your screen. Click for details.



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DNA-Based Data Storage
Storing digital data in DNA affirms its potential as a long-term storage medium. Click for details.




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American Experience: Silicon Valley - PBS Video
This documentary tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. The film spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor and in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce. Click for details.

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Data Centers Waste Huge Amounts of Energy
Data centers are sharply at odds with their image of sleek efficiency and environmental friendliness. Click for details.



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CSIS Gets New Home
After two years of construction, the Multidisciplinary Building has officially opened. Along with faculty offices, CSIS occupies 8 new state-of-the-art computer labs. Click here for a short video.




Future of Data: Encoded in DNA
In the latest effort to contend with exploding quantities of digital data, researchers encoded an entire book into the genetic molecules of DNA, the basic building block of life, and then accurately read back the text. Click for details.



Amazon Launches App For College Students
Now students can compare textbook prices right from the college bookstore simply by scanning a barcode. Click for details.



Engineers Rebuild HTTP as a Faster Web Foundation
The formal process of speeding up Hypertext Transfer Protocol is under way with proposals from Google, Microsoft, and others. There are differences -- but common ground, too. Click for details.



Google's Knowledge Graph
Google is making a transition from being an information engine to becoming a knowledge engine. Click for video.


Your Next Job: Mobile App Developer?
With companies scrambling to build mobile apps, there's a gold rush on for developers willing to retool their technical skills and adopt a new design mind-set. Click for details.



Light Table - A New IDE
Light Table is a new kind of IDE built on principles of simplicity and based on the way engineers use drafting tables. Click for video.



New Gigapixel Camera
Aware-2, the new gigapixel camera, takes photos 30 times better than current SLRs. Click for details.



Kindergarten Teacher Creates Educational Apps
Ater taking the CSIS iPhone/iPad programming course here at Palomar, Kindergarten teacher John Kim has designed four educational apps now on sale in the Apple App Store. Click for details.



An X Prize for Mobile Diagnostics
A $10 million prize would go to the first device that can diagnose a range of diseases with the same accuracy as a team of doctors. Click for details.


A Virtual Choir
In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. Click for details.



Google Art Project
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces. Click here for visitor's guide. Click here for the Google Art Project itself.



System Description: The Apple-II by Stephen Wozniak
This article first appeared in the May 1977 (Vol. 2, #5) issue of BYTE Magazine.
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Pale Blue Dot
Thirty-four years ago, NASA launched the Voyager 1 space probe as part of a Planetary Grand Tour proposed by scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Click for details.



The Apple-ification of the Thermostat
Tony Fadell, the father of the iPod, took a page from the design and usability gurus at Apple to create a good-looking, efficient and easy-to-use device. Click for details.



Thunderbolt Technology
Intel develops 10 Gbps dual-channel I/O technology. Download a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds. Backup 1 year of continuous MP3 playback in just over 10 minutes. Click for details. Click for video.


Haptic Touchscreen Technology
Haptic technology provides physical sensations that enable electronics to give their users feedback. Click for details.



How to Program a Quantum Computer
Quantum computing already exists, but on a truly miniscule scale. Click for details.




U.S. Must Develop Cyber Intelligence To Counter Computer Threats
A new study warns that the U.S. must develop cyber intelligence as a new and better coordinated government discipline that can predict computer-related threats and deter them. Click for details.



Humanoid Robot Workers
Meet FRIDA, Friendly Robot for Industrial Dual-Arm Assembly. Click for details.



CSIS Networking Academy
The networking program has just moved to three state-of-the-art networking labs in the Multidisciplinary Building. Check out our degree and certificate programs in A+, Microsoft, Open Source, and Cisco. Click here for details.


uBeam: Wireless Charging System
uBeam will let gadget owners power up their devices over the air, without ever plugging into an electric charger or any kind of docking station. Click for details. Here's another demo of wireless electricity. Click here.



Head Tracking for iPad: Glasses-Free 3D Display
French researchers posted a video showing off a method for using head tracking by a device's camera to simulate 3D scenes for the iPad. Click for details.



Beware Online Filter Bubbles
Web companies are striving to tailor their services to users' personal tastes. But Eli Pariser warns that this puts us at risk of being trapped in "filter bubbles" unexposed to information that could broaden our worldview. Click for details.


An X Prize for Mobile Diagnostics
A $10 million prize would go to the first device that can diagnose a range of diseases with the same accuracy as a team of doctors. Click for details.



Is Your iPhone Tracking You
Researchers have discovered that the iPhone is keeping track of where you go and storing that information in a file that is stored, unencrypted and unprotected, on your iPhone and on any machine with which you synchronize your iPhone. Click for details. Senator asking Apple about location-tracking issues. Click for open-source application that maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. Update. Click for Apple's response.


Silicon Valley Experiencing New Hiring Boom
Click for details on the hottest Silicon Valley job market for software engineers since the dot.com crash a decade ago.


Google Summer of Code
Google is now accepting appications for its 2011 Summer of Code. University students receive a stipend to write code for open source projects, gaining experience in real-world software development and creating more source code which benefits everyone on the web. Click for details.



Podcasting
Podcasting delivers audio content to portable media players so that it can be listened to at the user's convenience. Check out these tech podcasts:
  • This Week in Tech
  • TechPodcasts.com

  • Quantum Computers
    Quantum computers harnesses the power of atoms and molecules to perform memory and processing tasks billions of times faster than any silicon-based computer. Click for short video.




    Sometimes Somethings Just Rock
    Check out Atomic Tom performing live on the subway in Brooklyn on iPhones. Click here for video.







    IBM's Watson and the Jeopardy Challenge
    Using advanced computing and emerging technology, IBM is building a natural language processing computer code-named Watson to compete in the game show Jeopardy. Click for video. To view a practice Jeopardy round click here.



    Obama Visits Google
    Presidential candidate Barak Obama gets asked a computer science question by Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Click for video.



    The Machine is Us/ing Us
    Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes. Click for video.


    iOS Application Programming
    The iOS runtime environment was designed to support the needs of mobile users and mobile devices. Check out our ongoing iPhone/iPad programming classes.