Sign In

Communications of the ACM

News Archive


Archives

The news archive provides access to past news stories from Communications of the ACM and other sources by date.

August 2010


From ACM News

K-Anonymity Privacy Protection Model Needs a Little Help

K-Anonymity Privacy Protection Model Needs a Little Help

The "K-anonymity"  method of providing anonymity to large data sets has raised excitement in realms as diverse as social networks and medical records, but it appears to need a little help.


From ACM News

Prison Without Walls

Prison Without Walls

Incarceration in America is a failure by almost any measure. But what if the prisons could be turned inside out, with convicts released into society under constant electronic surveillance? Radical though it may seem, early…


From ACM TechNews

Helping Victoria Deal With Bushfires

Helping Victoria Deal With Bushfires

The University of Melbourne and Bushfire CRC have designed Phoenix RapidFire, a simulation program that can provide detailed information on the spread of fires.


From ACM TechNews

Tech Research Customizes TV Users' Preferences

Tech Research Customizes TV Users' Preferences

Intel researchers have developed a way TV remote controls can identify users based on their viewing preferences and how they hold the remote, which could help advance customization of the TV-viewing experience. 


From ACM News

Google Finding Its Voice

Google's Mike Cohen won't be satisfied until anyone who wants to talk to their computer can do so without laughing at the hideous translation or sighing in frustration.


From ACM News

NASA Funds Development of Nano Materials for Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries

NASA Funds Development of Nano Materials for Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries

NEI Corp. and UC San Diego recently won a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer contract from NASA to develop and implement high energy density cathode materials for lithium batteries.


From ACM News

The Mind's Eye: How the Brain Sorts Out What You See

The Mind's Eye: How the Brain Sorts Out What You See

Can you tell a snake from a pretzel? Some can't—and their experiences are revealing how the brain builds up a coherent picture of the world.


From ACM News

James Myers to Lead the Nano Computational Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

James Myers has been selected to lead the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


From ACM News

The Internet's Secret Back Door

Web users in the United Arab Emirates have more to worry about than having just their BlackBerries cracked.


From ACM News

Advances Offer Path to Shrink Computer Chip

Scientists at Rice University and Hewlett-Packard are reporting this week that they can overcome a fundamental barrier to the continued rapid miniaturization of computer memory that has been the basis for the consumer electronics…


From ACM News

Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites

Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites

The shoes that Julie Matlin recently saw on Zappos.com were kind of cute, or so she thought. But Ms. Matlin wasn’t ready to buy and left the site. Then the shoes started to follow her everywhere she went online.


From ACM TechNews

N.C. Scientists Helping Soldiers

N.C. Scientists Helping Soldiers

University of North Carolina researchers are collaborating with the Naval Postgraduate School to develop an intelligent-training system for the military using automatically controlled point-and-tilt cameras and (3-D) imaging. …


From ACM TechNews

WORM Memory Uses Orders of Magnitude Less Power Than Other Devices

Cambridge University researchers have developed an inexpensive write once, read many (WORM) memory device that uses much less power than previous devices. 


From ACM TechNews

Prediction of Intrinsic Magnetism at Silicon Surfaces Could Lead to Single-Spin Magnetoelectronics

Prediction of Intrinsic Magnetism at Silicon Surfaces Could Lead to Single-Spin Magnetoelectronics

Physicists at the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison predict that a family of well-known silicon surfaces, stabilized by chains of gold atoms, exhibits intrinsic magnetism despite the absence of…


From ACM TechNews

Panel: U.S. Lacks Legal Framework to Fight in Cyberspace

The absence of a legal framework for waging cyberwarfare is crippling the U.S.'s ability to defend itself in cyberspace, according to a panel of government and private-sector experts. 


From ACM TechNews

Location Determines Social Network Influence, CCNY-Led Team Finds

Location Determines Social Network Influence, CCNY-Led Team Finds

Researchers led by professor Hernan Makse at The City College of New York have found that location is more important than having the most connections when determining the best spreaders of information within a network. 


From ACM TechNews

3-D Movies Via Internet and Satellite

3-D Movies Via Internet and Satellite

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications have developed the Multiview Video Coding compression technique for three-dimensional movies that reduces their file size while maintaining their quality. 


From ACM TechNews

DARPA Takes Aim at Insider Threats

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking to address security threats by launching a new initiative to enable security staff to rapidly detect and halt network insiders from stealing or distributing sensitive…


From ACM TechNews

New Interface Technology Realizes 'Touchable' 3-D Images

New Interface Technology Realizes 'Touchable' 3-D Images

Scientists at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have designed a system that simulates the sensation of handling and touching a 3-D object displayed on a screen via a device that is attached…


From ACM News

U.S. Escalates Air War Over Afghanistan

U.S. Escalates Air War Over Afghanistan

There may not be quite as many bombs falling from the sky. But don’t let that fool you. The United States has dramatically escalated its air war over Afghanistan.


From ACM News

Taking Over a Car

Taking Over a Car

Researchers "break in" with software and a laptop.


From ACM News

Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located

Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located

Internet companies have appropriated the real estate business’s mantra—it’s all about location, location, location. But while a home on the beach will always be an easy sell, it may be more difficult to persuade people to start…


From ACM News

Intel, AMD Vie to Rewire PC's Brain

Intel, AMD Vie to Rewire PC's Brain

Intel and AMD are off to the races again. This time it's about making PCs not just faster, but more versatile.


From ACM News

But He Looked Good on Paper

Web start-ups are having a hard time hiring good programmers.


From ACM News

ORNL Graphite Foam Technology Licensed to LED North America

Graphite foam technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been licensed to LED North America (Oak Ridge, TN) for use as a passive cooling component in LED lamps.


From ACM News

EmotionML: Will Computers Tap Into Your Feelings?

EmotionML: Will Computers Tap Into Your Feelings?

For all those who believe the computing industry is populated by people who are out of touch with the world of emotion, it's time to think again.


From ACM News

NSF Announces Future Internet Architecture Awards

NSF Announces Future Internet Architecture Awards

Four basic research projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation will explore different aspects of network architecture to foster new ideas and innovations towards the development of a more robust, secure and reliable…


From ACM TechNews

Thought-Controlled Computers on the Way: Intel

Thought-Controlled Computers on the Way: Intel

Intel is developing a computer that can directly read the thoughts of its user by mapping out brain activity produced when people think of particular words. Intel scientists are measuring activity in about 20,000 locations in…


From ACM TechNews

U.S. Military Wants to Exert Influence Over Private Cyber Infrastructure

U.S. Military Wants to Exert Influence Over Private Cyber Infrastructure

The U.S. military wants more authority to protect the nation's cyberinfrastructure because it depends on power grids, transportation networks, and financial systems that could become military targets, says Deputy Defense Secretary…


From ACM TechNews

Not Enough Students Take Advanced STEM Courses, Warns IET

More students are taking advanced level science, technology and math in the United Kingdom, but the number is not enough to fill a skills shortage in time to prevent damage to the economy, according to the Institution of Engineering…

« Prev 1 2 3 9 Next »
Read CACM in a free mobile app!
Access the latest issue, plus archived issues and more
ACM Logo
  • ACM CACM apps available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and Android platforms
  • ACM Digital Library apps available for iOS, Android, and Windows devices
  • Download an app and sign in to it with your ACM Web Account
Find the app for your mobile device
ACM DL Logo