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October 2013


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The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth

The Clever Circuit That Doubles Bandwidth

A startup spun out of Stanford says it has solved an age-old problem in radio communications with a new circuit and algorithm that allow data to be sent and received on the same radio frequency—thus doubling wireless capacity…


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It's Time for Smartwatches!

It's Time for Smartwatches!

Smartwatches are moving from science fiction to reality, but there are questions on whether they will become a part of mainstream computing.


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Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking

Web Giants Threaten End to Cookie Tracking

The end could be near for cookies, the tiny pieces of code that marketers deploy on Web browsers to track people's online movements, serve targeted advertising, and amass valuable user profiles.


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Who Tracks the Trackers that Track You Online? You Can, with Lightbeam.

Who Tracks the Trackers that Track You Online? You Can, with Lightbeam.

When your browser landed on this article, it didn't just talk to the friendly servers at washingtonpost.com.


From ACM TechNews

Google Launches Build-Your-Own-Phone Project Ara

Google Launches Build-Your-Own-Phone Project Ara

Motorola wants to allow users of its smartphones to customize the device's components. The company has been working on Project Ara for more than a year, and has partnered with a designer who has created a modular phone idea …


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U.S. Joins Global Effort on Open Data

U.S. Joins Global Effort on Open Data

The United States is involved in an international open-data network that seeks to bring together companies, universities, and non-governmental organizations that support open-data projects and communities.


From ACM TechNews

Sticky Memory May Turn Post-It Notes Into Flash Drives

Sticky Memory May Turn Post-It Notes Into Flash Drives

The National Taiwan University's Yang-Fang Chen and colleagues have developed a self-adhesive memory card using a layer of graphene coated with conductive polymers and topped with aluminum electrodes.


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Computer Scientist Mines Electronic Medical Record Data for Better Health Care

Computer Scientist Mines Electronic Medical Record Data for Better Health Care

University of Texas at Arlington professor Heng Huang is leading a research effort to use electronic medical records data to help physicians personalize patient treatment, predict health care needs, and identify risks that can…


From ACM Opinion

Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

If the New York Times's latest article is to be believed, artificial intelligence is moving so fast it sometimes seems almost "magical."


From ACM News

Japan: A Haven for Humanoid Robots

Japan: A Haven for Humanoid Robots

Noriko Arai is not the first woman to spotlight the hazard that boys and their toys can present, and she won't be the last.


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Making Robots More Like Us

Making Robots More Like Us

On a recent morning Natanel Dukan walked into the Paris offices of the French robot maker Aldebaran and noticed one of the company's humanoid NAO robots sitting on a chair.


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Best Microscope Photos of the Year Bring Tiny, Amazing Worlds to Light

Best Microscope Photos of the Year Bring Tiny, Amazing Worlds to Light


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DM Warns of Enemies' Cyber War against Iran

DM Warns of Enemies' Cyber War against Iran

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan warned of enemies' possible plots to wage a cyber war against the country to destroy Iran's scientific and industrial infrastructures.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Integrate Social Science into Cyberattack Project

Researchers Integrate Social Science into Cyberattack Project

Carnegie Mellon University researchers are helping to develop methods for computers to make security decisions in cyberspace by investigating psychological and human factor issues.


From ACM Opinion

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think

Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think

A silver BMW 5 Series is weaving through traffic at roughly 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph) on a freeway that cuts northeast through Bavaria between Munich and Ingolstadt.


From ACM TechNews

First-of-Its-Kind Online Master's Draws Wave of Applicants

First-of-Its-Kind Online Master's Draws Wave of Applicants

Since implementing a new low-cost online master's program in computer science based on MOOC technology, Georgia Tech has received almost twice as many applications for the program in the past three weeks as its residential program…


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'Mundane' Classes Put Thousands Off Computer Science

'Mundane' Classes Put Thousands Off Computer Science

Reading University is launching what is believed to be the United Kingdom's first free online university programming course, as the school's vice-chancellor Sir David Bell warns that failing to address technology training will…


From ACM TechNews

Software Beats CAPTCHA, the Web's 'Are You Human?' Test

Software Beats CAPTCHA, the Web's 'Are You Human?' Test

California-based startup Vicarious says it has developed software that can successfully crack any text-based CAPTCHA program, defeating Google's reCAPTCHA program 90 percent of the time.


From ACM TechNews

'Li-Fi' Via LED Light Bulb Data Speed Breakthrough

'Li-Fi' Via LED Light Bulb Data Speed Breakthrough

Several U.K. institutions are collaborating on the ultra-parallel visible light communications project. The researchers have used a micro-LED light bulb to transmit data at speeds of more than 10 Gbit/s.


From ACM TechNews

Can Quantum Cryptography Work in the Real World?

Can Quantum Cryptography Work in the Real World?

Battelle Memorial Institute researchers say they have developed the first production system for quantum distribution of cryptographic keys and are planning to create a 400-mile link enabling quantum-key distribution by 2015.


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Intelligence Chief Clapper Cites 'Casablanca' in Dismissing Merkel Mess

Intelligence Chief Clapper Cites 'Casablanca' in Dismissing Merkel Mess

You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss, a spy is just a spy.


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Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims

Tor Trouble: Anonymizing Service Faces Vulnerability Claims

Tor, a service that helps cautious Internet users stay anonymous online, is facing increased scrutiny and potentially new attacks as the global debate on surveillance and privacy escalates.


From ACM News

Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI

Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI

Luis von Ahn has heard it all before.


From ACM TechNews

Research Brings Unbreakable Phones One Step Closer

Research Brings Unbreakable Phones One Step Closer

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to transfer electronics with versatile functionality onto a flexible surface. RMIT's Philipp Gutruf says the process could lead to fully functional…


From ACM TechNews

Mozilla Developing Geolocation Data Service for Public Use

Mozilla Developing Geolocation Data Service for Public Use

Mozilla plans to offer developers a more privacy-aware geolocation service using cell towers and Wi-Fi signals.


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Surgical Simulations You Can Bet On

Surgical Simulations You Can Bet On

University of Texas at Austin researchers are working with Texas Advanced Computing Center supercomputers to facilitate prospective planning for near-term surgeries.


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'Feel' Objects in Thin Air: The Future of Touch Technology

'Feel' Objects in Thin Air: The Future of Touch Technology

Touch technology has come a long way in the last decade.


From ACM Opinion

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?


From ACM News

Raising Money the Old-Fashioned Way

Raising Money the Old-Fashioned Way

Technology initiatives have long depended on deep-pocketed governments and venture capital firms. But the growth of online crowdfunding sites is inspiring project leaders to turn to public subscription models for investment.


From ACM News

Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators

Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators

In a chilling episode of "Homeland" last year, a terrorist killed the vice president with a fiendishly clever weapon: a remote-control device that attacked the computerized defibrillator implanted in his chest.

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