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The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go
From ACM Careers

The ­ps and Downs of Making Elevators Go

You press a button and wait for your elevator. How long before you get impatient and agitated? Theresa Christy says 20 seconds.

A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce
From ACM News

A Spy-Gear Arms Race Transforms Modern Divorce

Danny Lee Hormann suspected his wife was having an affair.

In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm
From ACM Careers

In Des Moines, Turning Off Beacon Unleashes a Storm

A Des Moines television station has turned off the lights on the city's Weather Beacon, igniting a tempest among residents who were raised to look downtown for...

New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates
From ACM News

New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates

For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly.

Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't
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Mobile Ads: Here's What Works and What Doesn't

In 2010, Apple Inc. AAPL co-founder Steve Jobs proclaimed, "Mobile advertising really sucks." Now, however, the rule book for what works in mobile advertising is...

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.
From ACM Opinion

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile asphalt roller coaster plunging and soaring across California's tawny Monterey highlands.

The Joys of ­rban Tech
From ACM Careers

The Joys of ­rban Tech

For as long as many of us can remember, high-tech industries have flourished in the suburban office parks that are so ubiquitous in Silicon Valley, North Carolina's...

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?
From ACM Opinion

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Two years ago, hackers gained access to an online voting system created by the District of Columbia and altered every ballot on behalf of their own preferred candidates...

My Life as a Telecommuting Robot
From ACM News

My Life as a Telecommuting Robot

I was strolling down the hall to a meeting on a Wednesday afternoon when I suddenly blacked out, coming to a halt.

Samsung Case Is a Proxy For Google
From ACM News

Samsung Case Is a Proxy For Google

When Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. face off in a high-stakes patent trial Monday, there will be another elephant in the room: Google Inc.

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?
From ACM Opinion

Can Data Mining Stop the Killing?

Would Total Information Awareness have stopped James Eagan Holmes?

Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century
From ACM News

Apple v. Samsung: The Patent Trial of the Century

Samsung Electronics Co. recently leapfrogged Apple Inc. as the world's largest seller of smartphones.

Autopilots Take to the Ground
From ACM News

Autopilots Take to the Ground

For decades, autopilots have controlled how planes climb, cruise and descend in the air.

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas
From ACM News

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas

Consumer-products companies are turning to new technology to overcome the biggest obstacle to learning what shoppers really think: what the shoppers say.

Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms
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Cybercriminals Sniff Out Vulnerable Firms

With cybercriminals a greater threat to small businesses than ever before, more entrepreneurs like Lloyd Keilson are left asking themselves who is to blame for...

Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front
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Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front

The U.S. military is accelerating its cyberwarfare training programs in an aggressive expansion of its preparations for conflict on an emerging battlefield.

Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions
From ACM News

Nbc, Google, Stage 'war Games' To Prepare For Olympic Disruptions

NBC and Google are conducting "war games" in at least three countries, to prepare for the possibility of hacker attacks or hardware malfunction disrupting the online...

Your E-Book Is Reading You
From ACM News

Your E-Book Is Reading You

It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy on the Kobo e-reader—about 57 pages an hour.

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
From ACM News

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...

Google Fights Back in China
From ACM News

Google Fights Back in China

Two giants on the world stage are battling over the future of information.
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