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October 2012


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The 'Copycat' War: Iran Strikes Back

The 'Copycat' War: Iran Strikes Back

The growing evidence that Iran was behind a number of recent cyber attacks against Western and Arab institutions has raised concerns in many quarters about how the Islamic Republic may employ its cyberwarfare capabilities in…


From ACM News

U.S. Looks to Replace Human Surveillance with Computers

U.S. Looks to Replace Human Surveillance with Computers

Computer software programmed to detect and report illicit behavior could eventually replace the fallible humans who monitor surveillance cameras.


From ACM News

A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce

A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce

Danny Lee Hormann suspected his wife was having an affair.


From ACM TechNews

Automated Meter Reading Systems Make Life Easy for Intruders

Automated Meter Reading Systems Make Life Easy for Intruders

Millions of analog meters that measure water, gas, and electricity consumption have been replaced by automated meter reading systems.  


From ACM TechNews

World’s Top Supercomputer Simulates the Human Heart

World’s Top Supercomputer Simulates the Human Heart

LLNL researchers say they used Sequoia, currently ranked as the world's most powerful supercomputer, to develop the fastest computer simulation of the human heart.  


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Launch Innovative, Hands-on Online Tool for Science Education

Researchers Launch Innovative, Hands-on Online Tool for Science Education

Two computer science graduate students have developed an online tool designed to teach science by requiring students to complete increasingly difficult problems at their own pace.  


From ACM TechNews

In the Heart of Afghanistan, Entrepreneurs Innovate for Peace

In the Heart of Afghanistan, Entrepreneurs Innovate for Peace

Afghanistan's growing technology industry could be a way to help boost the economy and maintain peace, says INEX IT administrator Mahdi Rezaei, who recently established an ACM chapter in Kabul.  


From ACM TechNews

Study Reveals Impact of Public DNS Services; Researchers Develop Tool to Help

Study Reveals Impact of Public DNS Services; Researchers Develop Tool to Help

Northwestern University researchers have found that public Domain Name System services could slow down users' Internet connections, and have developed namehelp, a solution that could speed up Web performance by as much as 40…


From ACM Opinion

The Consequences of Machine Intelligence

The Consequences of Machine Intelligence

The question of what happens when machines get to be as intelligent as and even more intelligent than people seems to occupy many science-fiction writers.


From ACM Opinion

Rapture of the Nerds: Will the Singularity Turn Us Into Gods or End the Human Race?

Rapture of the Nerds: Will the Singularity Turn Us Into Gods or End the Human Race?

Hundreds of the world’s brightest minds—engineers from Google and IBM, hedge funds quants, and Defense Department contractors building artificial intelligence—were gathered in rapt attention inside the auditorium of the San Francisco…


From ACM News

Robots Get Around by Mimicking Primates

Robots Get Around by Mimicking Primates

Give a friend directions, such as, "it's across the street from a petrol station, just after a red brick building on the right..." and you can be pretty sure they'll find what they are looking for. Robots, on the other hand,…


From ACM News

NASA's Spitzer Sees Light of Lonesome Stars

NASA's Spitzer Sees Light of Lonesome Stars

A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light seen across the entire sky.


From ACM TechNews

New Finding Could Pave Way to Faster, Smaller Electronics

New Finding Could Pave Way to Faster, Smaller Electronics

University of California, Davis researchers are using a new technique to investigate the magnetic properties of gallium manganese arsenide, a type of dilute magnetic semiconductor that could lead to a new class of faster, smaller…


From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computing With Recycled Particles

Quantum Computing With Recycled Particles

A new demonstration by researchers at the University of Bristol shows how it is possible to recycle the particles inside a quantum computer, so that quantum factoring can be achieved with only one third of the particles normally…


From ACM TechNews

UAHuntsville Students Hope Glove Keyboard Will Revolutionize Use of Devices With One Hand

UAHuntsville Students Hope Glove Keyboard Will Revolutionize Use of Devices With One Hand

University of Alabama Huntsville engineering students have developed the generally accessible universal nomadic tactile low-power electronic typist keyboard, a glove-based device that functions as a wireless keyboard.  


From ACM TechNews

US Gov't Agencies Embrace Collaborative Software Development

US Gov't Agencies Embrace Collaborative Software Development

Several U.S. federal agencies are embracing the collaborative model of open source software development and are releasing code back to the general public.  


From ACM Opinion

Cybercrime: Mobile Changes Everything—And No One's Safe

Cybercrime: Mobile Changes Everything—And No One's Safe

The FBI recently put out a mobile malware alert, providing us with a sobering reminder of this "evil software" for phones and tablets.


From ACM News

The End for Keyboards and Mice?

The End for Keyboards and Mice?

Apple's iPhone and its rivals may have introduced touchscreens to the masses, but now a raft of technologies promise to change the way we interact with computers forever.


From ACM News

GPS-Free Tech Can Track Miners' and Soldiers' Boots Underground

GPS-Free Tech Can Track Miners' and Soldiers' Boots Underground

A mining crew is trapped deep underground after a cave-in. Firefighters run into a smoke-spewing high-rise to battle a violent blaze. A team of soldiers breaches a door and storms into a dark building.


From ACM News

Google's Street View Goes Into the Wild

Google's Street View Goes Into the Wild

Google's Street View maps are headed into the backcountry. Earlier this week, two teams from Google strapped on sophisticated backpacks jammed with cameras, gyroscopes and other gadgets, and descended to the bottom of the Grand…


From ACM TechNews

Federal Budget Limits Affect Scientific Conferences

Federal Budget Limits Affect Scientific Conferences

The Obama administration recently imposed new guidelines that limit the amount of money federal agencies can spend on regional conferences. However, several science and technology organizations say the federal budget limits…


From ACM News

In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get Up to Speed

In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get Up to Speed

Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside. Google’s secret sauce is that it finds what you are looking for on the Internet.


From ACM TechNews

Faster Chips 'Cut Cloud-Computing Bills'

Faster Chips 'Cut Cloud-Computing Bills'

Researchers at Deutsch Telekom Laboratories and Aalto University have found that customers of Amazon's EC2 cloud service do not receive the same level of performance. 


From ACM TechNews

A Bandwidth Breakthrough

A Bandwidth Breakthrough

Academic researchers have developed coded Transmission Control Protocol, a method for improving wireless bandwidth by one order of magnitude that involves using algebra to overcome the network-clogging task of resending dropped…


From ACM TechNews

Intel Strives to Develop Tiny Chips to Run Wearable Computers

Intel Strives to Develop Tiny Chips to Run Wearable Computers

Intel researchers are developing tiny microprocessors that would power wearable computers. 


From ACM TechNews

Fighting Cybercrime, Making the Future More Secure

Fighting Cybercrime, Making the Future More Secure

The European Commission plans to publish a European cybersecurity strategy focusing on preparedness, prevention, and response, as well as a permanent Computer Emergency Response Team.  


From ACM News

Google and Microsoft Under Threat from the March of the Mobiles

Google and Microsoft Under Threat from the March of the Mobiles

We're used to the idea of "peak oil"—that there's only a finite amount of that stuff in the ground. What's the equivalent in the computing field?


From ACM News

Virtues of the Virtual Autopsy

Virtues of the Virtual Autopsy

Once a common medical procedure, the standard autopsy is passing out of use.


From ACM News

Microsoft's Plan to Bring About the Era of Gesture Control

Microsoft's Plan to Bring About the Era of Gesture Control

While most of the headlines about Microsoft this fall will concern its new operating system, Windows 8, and its new Surface tablet, the company is also working hard on a long-term effort to reinvent the way we interact with existing…


From ACM News

'Live-Fire' Cyberwar-In-A-Box Tests Mettle of Military, IT Pros

'Live-Fire' Cyberwar-In-A-Box Tests Mettle of Military, IT Pros

In August, a collection of military, government, and nongovernmental humanitarian organizations from 22 countries in the Pacific gathered in Singapore for Pacific Endeavor 2012, a joint exercise to test how quickly and how well…

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