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Here's Why American Students Don’t Learn Computer Science
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Here's Why American Students Don’t Learn Computer Science

America's youth isn't getting a decent education when it comes to the basics of technology, and a survey conducted by Google and Gallup shows why.

Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy
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Why Big Data Has Some Big Problems When It Comes to Public Policy

For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems—and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems—it seems...

5 Things That Will Remake Big Data in the Next 5 Years
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5 Things That Will Remake Big Data in the Next 5 Years

Big data has evolved a lot of the past few years; from a happy buzzword to a hated buzzword, and from a focus on volume to a focus on variety and velocity.

The White House Is Going to Study Big Data. Here Are 5 Things It Should Know
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The White House Is Going to Study Big Data. Here Are 5 Things It Should Know

The White House announced via blog post on Thursday that it's forming working group focused on understanding the promises and pitfalls of big data (with a heavy...

When Google Closes the Nest Deal, Privacy Issues for the Internet of Things Will Hit the Big Time
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When Google Closes the Nest Deal, Privacy Issues for the Internet of Things Will Hit the Big Time

Google rocked the smart home market Monday with its intention to purchase connected home thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, which will force a much-needed...

Here's What You Need to Know About the Future of Gesture-based UI Design
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Future of Gesture-based UI Design

Smartphone screens across the globe are embracing clean design in an effort to feature content on high-end pixel real estate.

Did Facebook Miss a Massive Opportunity by Building a Walled Garden Instead of a Truly Open Platform?
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Did Facebook Miss a Massive Opportunity by Building a Walled Garden Instead of a Truly Open Platform?

When Facebook first launched its platform strategy in 2007, it seemed as though a new world of opportunity had opened up for anyone interested in the social web—a...

Why Microsoft's Reorganization Closes the Books on an Era of Computing
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Why Microsoft's Reorganization Closes the Books on an Era of Computing

Nothing ever stays the same. On more than one occasion, it has taken Microsoft, one of the most important engines powering the rise of the technology industry,...

Why Google Is the Big Data Company That Matters Most
From ACM Opinion

Why Google Is the Big Data Company That Matters Most

Every now and then, someone asks "Who’ll be the Google of big data?"

How Technology Is Slowly Developing Its Sense of Smell
From ACM Opinion

How Technology Is Slowly Developing Its Sense of Smell

Last week I attended what was, I think it is fair to say, the oddest conference I have been to yet. It was the first world congress of the Digital Olfaction Society...

Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here's Why
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Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here's Why

Everybody's talking about Bitcoin these days, which is quite remarkable given the highly technical nature of the crypto-currency. So why is it such a big deal?

Why the Pencil Is Still the Most Important Tool for Digital Designers
From ACM Opinion

Why the Pencil Is Still the Most Important Tool for Digital Designers

Looking for digital inspiration, or staring at an empty computer screen?

Why Marissa Mayer's Ban on Remote Working at Yahoo Could Backfire Badly
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Why Marissa Mayer's Ban on Remote Working at Yahoo Could Backfire Badly

Not long after her arrival at Yahoo, new CEO Marissa Mayer started handing out carrots to her new employees, including new smartphones, free food, and other Google...

How Google Did the Right Thing with the NASCAR Crash Video, and Why It Matters
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How Google Did the Right Thing with the NASCAR Crash Video, and Why It Matters

At a NASCAR event on Saturday, debris created by a serious crash flew into the stands and injured a number of fans.

The Newest Overhyped Mobile Industry Buzzword: LTE-Advanced
From ACM Opinion

The Newest Overhyped Mobile Industry Buzzword: LTE-Advanced

Admittedly, mobile technology evolves at a very fast pace. But somewhere along the way we seem to have skipped an entire generation of networks.

Want to See in the Dark? One Day They'll Have an App for That
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Want to See in the Dark? One Day They'll Have an App for That

The combination of man and machine has been so entrenched in our popular culture that for many, the idea that you could attach a sensor to a mouse brain which enables...

Don't Like Television? Then You're Not Going to Like the Future of Twitter Very Much
From ACM Opinion

Don't Like Television? Then You're Not Going to Like the Future of Twitter Very Much

According to a number of anonymous reports, Twitter is in the process of buying Bluefin Labs, an analytics company that specializes in broadcast media—an acquisition...

The Increasingly Blurry Line Between Big Data and Big Brother
From ACM Opinion

The Increasingly Blurry Line Between Big Data and Big Brother

The potential benefits of "big data" have been well described, both by us and others: the ability to spot flu trends earlier and potentially save lives, for example...

Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?
From ACM Opinion

Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?

Ford has caught the DIY revolution and now puts 3D printers at workstations for its engineers.

We Don't Need More Data Scientists; Just Make Big Data Easier to Use
From ACM Opinion

We Don't Need More Data Scientists; Just Make Big Data Easier to Use

Virtually any article today about big data inevitably turns to the notion that the country is suffering from a crucial shortage of data scientists.
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