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  Increasing Internet access

Photo of article The Internet has become so ubiquitous it has pervaded our daily life to such an extent that we tend to forget it is there and take it for granted. What is also taken for granted is the ease with which we access sites. But less well known are the people behind the sites who make sure those sites are accessible to everyone, including the otherwise able, the elderly. Generally ensuring a certain standard for sites is also important. In a fine example of cooperation between corporations and research institutions across Europe, researchers have combined their efforts to test web compliance. The study is an outcome of the I2WEB ('Inclusive future-internet web services') project, which is funded with almost EUR 1.9 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Published: 13 July 2012

  Android vulnerability neutralised

Photo of article Smart phones and tablet computers – once the latest must-have devices for technology geeks – are becoming increasingly more popular with the mainstream. The Android platform is now one of the most popular platforms with over 300 million Android devices in use since February and 700 000 devices being activated with each passing day. One of its main attractions is the open source software that allows a huge community of program developers to write applications. But with so many people contributing to this innovation, the operating system is open to bugs and security holes. In a new study, however, researchers in Italy may have neutralised any potential problems. Their study was funded in part by the SPACIOS (‘Secure provision and consumption in the Internet of services’) project, which is backed with EUR 3.35 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Published: 23 May 2012

  Super fast net just round the corner

Photo of article What can you get when you combine graphene with metallic nanostructures? Improved harvesting light by graphene, which could potentially lead to super-fast Internet, a new UK study shows. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, was funded in part by three EU projects: RODIN, GRAPHENE and NANOPOTS. RODIN ('Suspended graphene nanostructures') is backed under the Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP) Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 2.85 million. The GRAPHENE ('Physics and applications of graphene') and NANOPOTS ('Nanotube based polymer optoelectronics') projects have received European Research Council Starting Grants worth EUR 1.78 million and EUR 1.8 million, respectively.

Published: 27 September 2011

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