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 Thursday, 20-November-2008  22:23:42 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

DARPA has awarded a contract to IBM and five university partners to work on the first phase of a cognitive computing project. According to Dharmendra Modha, the manager of IBM's cognitive computing initiative, the idea is for him and his team to try to re-create the brain's perception, cognitive, sensation, interaction, and action abilities, while also simulating its efficient size and low-power consumption.

Seven out of ten Australians are willing to supply the government, banks and other trusted organisations with a scan of their fingerprints to protect themselves against identity theft and financial fraud. "These are sobering statistics, especially in the lead up to the holiday season when the sheer number of transactions taking place means that the risk of identity theft and financial fraud is elevated," said Barkla.

Some owners of Apple's older external displays that are not compatible with HDCP are annoyed that they won't be able to watch high definition movies purchased from iTunes. Andy Foster sums the situation up on his Computer Blog: "In other words, the only way any of us can guarantee we can play the stuff we buy that is HD is to ensure we have the newest in hardware."

US residents using the Xbox 360's Netflix streaming service will not be able to watch movies distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment due to a temporary licensing issue. When asked if the license just coincidentally expired as Microsoft was adding Netflix support or Sony Pictures Entertainment specifically requested Xbox 360 streaming to be disabled, Swasey wouldn’t say.

Mozilla will be ending support for Firefox 2 in mid-December. Support will also cease for the Gecko 1.8 layout engine that underlies both Firefox 2 and the Thunderbird 2 email client. The move will affect a range of third-party Gecko-based browsers, such as SeaMonkey, the Mac-only Camino and the Unix/Linux browser Galeon.

Several companies have demonstrated prototypes of USB 3.0 technology at the recent SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference. Synopsys Inc prototyped an HDTV video transmission system based on USB 3.0 and demonstrated a transmission of non-compressed 1080p 30fps HDTV video via USB 3.0. Its effective data transfer rate surpasses 450 Mbytes per second, the company said.

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