2017 to bring Microsoft’s second big Windows update

February 22, 2017

Back in August 2016 Microsoft first revealed it was planning two big Windows 10 updates in 2017, but the company never shared timing details for its second unnamed update. While the Creators Update, which is currently being tested by Windows Insiders, is expected to debut in April, it’s not clear when the second big Windows 10 update will be made available. During a recent session at Microsoft’s Ignite conference in…


GL enhances IMS emulator with online and offline charging

December 13, 2016

GL Communications has announced its enhanced MAPS IMS Multi-Interface emulator with support for online and offline charging procedures over Ro and Rf interface. Speaking to the press, Mr. Karthik Ramalingam, a Senior Manager for product development of the company said: “The IP Multimedia Core Network Subsystem (IMS) is a collection of different functions. IMS uses Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to access multimedia and voice applications from wireless and wireline terminals creating…


Information extraction that turns machine learning on its head

November 11, 2016

Of the vast wealth of information unlocked by the Internet, most is plain text. The data necessary to answer myriad questions — about, say, the correlations between the industrial use of certain chemicals and incidents of disease, or between patterns of news coverage and voter-poll results — may all be online. But extracting it from plain text and organizing it for quantitative analysis may be prohibitively time consuming. Information extraction…


You learn something new every day, but what about algorithms?

October 4, 2016

Computation is stuck in a rut. The integrated circuits that powered the past 50 years of technological revolution are reaching their physical limits. This predicament has computer scientists scrambling for new ideas: new devices built using novel physics, new ways of organizing units within computers and even algorithms that use new or existing systems more efficiently. To help coordinate new ideas, Sandia National Laboratories has assisted organizing the Institute of…


How computer software can change the way ships are maintained

September 22, 2016

Researchers from the University of Southampton are working to develop software that can monitor the equipment, fuel and energy performance of a ship at sea. The University is part of the Ship Energy Assessment – Condition Optimization & Routing Enhancement System (SEA-CORES) consortium, which provides a live model of ship performance on global operations. The development of the software is led by BAE Systems and sponsored by Innovate UK in…


Engineers create networks that divert hacker’s attacks

September 12, 2016

Penn State computer scientists have figured out how to create flexible networks that can detect threats from hackers and help deflect the repercussions of those attacks. “Because of the static nature of a computer network, the attacker has a time advantage,” said Dinghao Wu, assistant professor of information sciences and technology. “Hackers can spend a month, two months, six months or more just studying the network and finding vulnerabilities. When…


SAVE project produces prototyped technologies

September 6, 2016

The SAVE project, which challenged a team of engineers and researchers to explore how complex hardware systems can more efficiently execute data intensive applications, comes to a close this week. Funded by the European Union, SAVE has led to a number of innovations in hardware, software and Operating System (OS) components. When integrated together, they can reduce application deployment costs and maximize usage of heterogeneous system computing units, resulting in…


New computer software can replicate your handwriting

August 16, 2016

Though we don’t really write as much as we type anymore, a group of researchers is trying to give hand-written word a comeback. The team of computer scientists from the University College London have developed new software that can analyze your handwriting and then replicate it. The program, called “My Text in Your Handwriting,” can semi-automatically examines a sample of a person’s handwriting, as little as one paragraph, and generate new text…


High-voltage power converter enables ultra-low-consumption SMPS

High-voltage power converter for smart homes and factories
July 21, 2016

A high-voltage power converter that allows designers to build an ultra-low-consumption, simple and cost-effective SMPS with a 5V output voltage has been introduced by STMicroelectronics. The converter is tailored to provide the auxiliary supply to MCUs in IoT devices that are permanently connected to the internet or a local network. Suited for low-power applications in home appliances, building, lighting and motion control, as well as small industrial and consumer applications, the…


New computer graphics make glittery objects more realistic

(Image Credit: Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego)
July 21, 2016

A team of computer graphics experts from the University of California, San Diego has figured out a way to make shiny objects within films look a lot more realistic. For example, Iron Man’s suit, Captain America’s shield, even The Batmobile — could all benefit aesthetically thanks to a new algorithm. The researchers, led by Professor Ravi Ramamoorthi, achieved this by created a method to improve how computer graphics software reproduces the way light…