DEPARTMENT: Editorial pointers
DEPARTMENT: News track
COLUMN: The business of software
A planning approach to managing risk.
COLUMN: Staying connected
The science of manipulating small particles unleashes big issues.
COLUMN: President's letter
Inaccurate impressions of the opportunities of 21st century CS are shrinking the next generation of IT professionals. You can help by dispelling incorrect beliefs about employment and by helping improve pre-college education.
DEPARTMENT: Hot links
In a world saturated with RFID tags, protecting the privacy of individuals is technically difficult. Without a proper alignment of interests it may be impossible.
SPECIAL ISSUE: RFID: tagging the world
Cheap, tiny, plentiful radio-frequency identification tags will make it possible to tag almost everything, spurring a revolution in how physical objects interact with information services.
The iBracelet and the Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform promise the ability to infer human activity directly from sensor readings.
Interacting with a self-describing, self-locating world sprinkled with RFIG tags, physical objects come alive through augmented reality labels and context-sensitive annotation.
Configuring themselves through Elope middleware, tagged physical objects and rooms let users seamlessly integrate their content and invoke services.
Interactive RFID-enhanced museum exhibits let visitors continue their scientific exploration beyond the museum's walls. But museums must still help them understand the technology and address their data privacy concerns.
Cheap tags and technology simple and secure enough to ensure personal data privacy are required before retailers implement and consumers trust and confidently use them on a mass scale.
Consumers need to feel they have control over the RFID infrastructure before they routinely trust its services.
Want consumers to adopt RFID-based systems? Make the perceived (and real) risk acceptable through convenience, variety, and lower prices.
How societal institutions shape the development of software.
An economic perspective on quality standards in the certification services market.
Multimedia technologies (such as Flash and QuickTime) have been widely used in online product presentation and promotion to portray products in a dynamic way. The continuous visual stimuli and associated sound effects provide …
Using SQL and database technology to seamlessly retrieve information from any corporate or external Web site.
Users aren't always rational logical beings---emotion plays an often overlooked role in user acceptance of technology.
Rules of bio-epidemic and e-epidemic inspire scientists to create a live, scalable interconnected environment for effectively managing situations in nature, society, and the digital virtual world.
The learning process must evolve and expand throughout one's IT career. Most would agree that's often easier said than done. Here are some ways professionals can overcome mental blocks that may prevent learning.
COLUMN: Technical opinion
How the use of technology affects what we know and how we know it.
COLUMN: Inside risks