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This Small Change Could Make a Big Difference For Accessible Technology
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This Small Change Could Make a Big Difference For Accessible Technology

Yahoo, Facebook, and several other technology companies said they will inform job applicants that accessibility knowledge is "preferred" to land a job with them...

Inside the Fake Town in Michigan Where Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested
From ACM News

Inside the Fake Town in Michigan Where Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested

Later this year a Michigan pedestrian named Sebastian will spend his days throwing himself in the path of speeding cars.

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer
From ACM TechNews

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is being trained to find personalized cancer treatments. 

June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute
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June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute

We'll need to wait for July just a shade longer, as the world's timekeepers have added a leap second June 30—to officially keep Earth and our precise, atomic clocks...

A Disaster Foretold — and Ignored
From ACM News

A Disaster Foretold — and Ignored

LOpht's warnings about the Internet drew notice, but little action.

Inside an MIT Researcher's Grand Plan to Create the Personal Food Computer
From ACM TechNews

Inside an MIT Researcher's Grand Plan to Create the Personal Food Computer

The CityFarm research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab seeks to expand the emerging field of vertical farming. 

Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.
From ACM News

Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.

Being anonymous in public might be a thing of the past.

The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'
From ACM News

The Long Life of a Quick 'fix'

By the time a pair of engineers sat down for lunch together in Austin, the Internet's growing pains had become dire.

A Flaw in the Design
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A Flaw in the Design

The Internet’s founders saw its promise but didn’t foresee users attacking one another.

Wearable Gadgets Portend Vast Health, Research, and Privacy Consequences
From ACM TechNews

Wearable Gadgets Portend Vast Health, Research, and Privacy Consequences

New devices can provide the average person with unprecedented access to quantifiable information about their bodies. 

The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential
From ACM Opinion

The Void's Creator Details His Vision For ­nleashing Virtual Reality's Full Potential

In a 60-by-60-foot room in Salt Lake City, Ken Bretschneider is taking virtual reality experiences to another level.

What It Feels Like to Fly a Drone with Your Brain
From ACM News

What It Feels Like to Fly a Drone with Your Brain

  At the Global Conference on CyberSpace, Vint Cerf tested technology that lets a person control a drone’s movements with his or her brain.  

As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security
From ACM News

As Encryption Spreads, U.s. Grapples with Clash Between Privacy, Security

For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue: Should tech companies be obliged to guarantee government...

Happy Birthday to Moore's Law
From ACM News

Happy Birthday to Moore's Law

Few revolutions can be said to have lasted for half a century, or to have wrought disruptive change at a predictable pace.

Nasa, IBM Team Up on Global Hackathon to Solve Earth's Problems
From ACM TechNews

Nasa, IBM Team Up on Global Hackathon to Solve Earth's Problems

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration this weekend will hold its fourth annual space apps hackathon. 

Can You Vote For the Next President on Your Smartphone? Not Just Yet.
From ACM TechNews

Can You Vote For the Next President on Your Smartphone? Not Just Yet.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has approved a measure to update the security and accessibility guidelines for voting machines. 

How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars
From ACM News

How Google Is Making Sure Cows Won't Foil Its Self-Driving Cars

Most of us haven't had a cow wander on to a road in front of us while we're driving. Still, it's the type of situation Google is wisely anticipating.

Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death
From ACM News

Tech Titans' Latest Project: Defy Death

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city's soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose...

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company
From ACM Careers

Why Shades of Asperger's Syndrome Are the Secret to Building a Great Tech Company

The individuals who have founded some of the most success tech companies are decidedly weird.

Your Desktop Computer Is Wasting a Surprising Amount of Energy While You're Not ­sing It
From ACM TechNews

Your Desktop Computer Is Wasting a Surprising Amount of Energy While You're Not ­sing It

The California Energy Commission has released a set of draft standards aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of desktop computers and monitors. 
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