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Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools

With school districts rushing to buy computers, tablets, digital white boards, and other technology, a new report questions whether the investment is worth it.

Let's Play: Making Travel a Game
From ACM News

Let's Play: Making Travel a Game

It was a Sunday afternoon in SoHo and while most New Yorkers were having brunch, Makeda Peters and her boyfriend were on a street corner craning their necks at...

Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity
From ACM Careers

Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity

Name a target anywhere in China, an official at a state-owned company boasted recently, and his crack staff will break into that person's computer, download the...

Scientific Articles Accepted (personal Checks, Too)
From ACM Careers

Scientific Articles Accepted (personal Checks, Too)

The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading professional...

New Test For Computers: Grading Essays at College Level
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New Test For Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the "send" button when you...

Obama to ­nveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain
From ACM News

Obama to ­nveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain

President Obama on Tuesday will announce a broad new research initiative, starting with $100 million in 2014, to invent and refine new technologies to understand...

The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind
From ACM Opinion

The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind

I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.

The Mayor's Geek Squad
From ACM News

The Mayor's Geek Squad

It was a case for a digital Sherlock Holmes.

Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax
From ACM News

Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax

Before Napster and LimeWire, before Megauploads and the Pirate Bay, media companies' epic struggle against copying, piracy and generally losing control over their...

Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns
From ACM News

Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns

On the pilot's computer screen, planted at ground level a few yards from the airport runway here, the data streaming across the display tracked an airplane at 1...

A Laboratory Grows Young Scientists
From ACM Careers

A Laboratory Grows Young Scientists

During lunch hour, the hallways of Ossining High School have a kind of barely contained chaos.

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain
From ACM Opinion

The Next Frontier Is Inside Your Brain

The Obama administration is planning a multiyear research effort to produce an "activity map" that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human,...

A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers
From ACM News

A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers

Raspberry Pi may sound like the name of a math-based dessert. But it is actually one of the hottest and cheapest little computers in the world right now.

Once Blackberry Focused, a Campus Widens Its View
From ACM Careers

Once Blackberry Focused, a Campus Widens Its View

The University of Waterloo, in a city that people outside Canada would struggle to find on a map, is one of the world’s best technology schools.

Next Made-in-China Boom: College Graduates
From ACM Careers

Next Made-in-China Boom: College Graduates

Zhang Xiaoping’s mother dropped out of school after sixth grade. Her father, one of 10 children, never attended.

California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial
From ACM TechNews

California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial

Online education startup Udacity has unveiled a partnership with San Jose State University to offer remedial and college-level algebra and introductory statistics...

Digital Globes Offer a Dynamic Vision
From ACM News

Digital Globes Offer a Dynamic Vision

In the main hall of the hands-on science exhibits at the Cape Town Science Center in South Africa, a lifeless, tattered globe stands under naked fluorescent bulbs...

Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later
From ACM TechNews

Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later

Several approaches to online education are emerging, and universities across the United States are increasing their online offerings. However, none of these programs...

Wallflowers of Silicon Valley Get Asked to Dance
From ACM Careers

Wallflowers of Silicon Valley Get Asked to Dance

After years of being wallflowers at Silicon Valley's hottest tech conferences and Sean Parker's after-parties, enterprise technology firms are now part of the "in"...

College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All
From ACM Careers

College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All

Teaching Introduction to Sociology is almost second nature to Mitchell Duneier, a professor at Princeton: he has taught it 30 times, and a textbook he co-wrote...
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