Computing

App? There’s a Word for That

"App" isn't just a shortened word and a new slang term; it's a word for a shortened, slang application, says game designer and critic Ian Bogost. It's breaking the dominance of applications suites of old�and perhaps shattering the aesthetics of computing along the way.

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We Are the World

An international group of scientists proposes a "knowledge collider" to bring supercomputing to bear on social problems. While crunching the numbers won't be a problem, figuring out what they mean will prove more challenging.

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No Empty Gestures: Touchless Interface to Demo at CES

The Norwegian firm Elliptic Labs’ booth at CES next week will feature several implementations of a touchless, gesture-based interface for tablets and mobile devices, according to the company. Unlike the Kinect, Elliptic’s interface, called Ultrasonic Touchless Input, graphs hand movements using echolocation. Bathing the user in a silent ultrasonic torrent, it measures the return time of rebounding sonic impulses to ...

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