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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Making Sense of Sensors
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Making Sense of Sensors

Researchers are recognizing the potential of position sensors to help them overcome the limitations of traditional user interfaces.

Photography's Bright Future
From Communications of the ACM

Photography's Bright Future

Researchers working in computational photography are using computer vision, computer graphics, and applied optics to bring a vast array of new capabilities to digital...

USACM's Policy Role
From Communications of the ACM

USACM's Policy Role

ACM members have a professional duty to ensure that the public comprehends and benefits from advances in computing.

From ACM TechNews

Report Calls For Boost in It Research, Policies

U.S. President Barack Obama's transition team has received a copy of a National Academy of Sciences report that recommends several strategies the United States...

From ACM TechNews

Technology Gets a Piece of Stimulus

The $825 billion stimulus plan proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama and House Democrats includes a $37 billion investment in three high-technology areas: broader...

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'horizon Report' Names Top Technology Trends to Watch in Education

The use of smart phones and other mobile devices to run more services will be one of the top technology trends to watch in education, according to Educause's Learning...

From ACM TechNews

New Administration, Congress Aim to Boost Federal R&d

The Obama administration and the U.S. Congress want to provide significant new funding for science and technology research and development. The America COMPETES...

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It Professionals See Salary Increase But Job Security Remains Top Concern

The average IT salary rose 4.6 percent to an average of $78,035 in 2008, and by more than 5 percent to an average of $87,257 for IT professionals working in the...

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Crowd-Sourcing the World

Santa Fe Institute research fellow Nathan Eagle is launching txteagle, a project that will distribute tasks using cell phones in an effort to leverage an underused...

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New Report Reveals That Girls Have the Edge in New Technologies

More girls are using computers at home than boys, and mothers are usually assisting their children with the technology, according to the new Learning in the Family...

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Human Face of the Human Interface

John M. Carroll, founder of the User Interface Institute at IBM's Watson Research lab and a professor at Pennsylvania State University, says the ability to pick...

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How Google Is Making ­S Smarter

Various articles have recently appeared that question whether blogs, text messaging, and the Internet are making people less intelligent. "As we come to rely on...

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Semantic Search Engine Helps Scientists Do Productive Searches

Scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) have developed Noesis, a new semantic Web search engine that enables researchers to obtain...

From ACM TechNews

ACM Names 44 Fellows For Contributions to Computing and Information Technology

ACM has named 44 of its members as 2008 ACM Fellows for their contributions to computing technology. ACM says their work has led to a variety of innovations in...

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More Chip Cores Can Mean Slower Supercomputing, Sandia Simulation Shows

Simulations at Sandia National Laboratory have shown that increasing the number of processor cores on individual chips may actually worsen the performance of many...

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Girls and Gadgets Computer Conference Held at ­niversity of Teesside

The University of Teesside's recent Girls and Gadgets Computer Conference attracted about 200 teenage girls in the United Kingdom. Organized by Alison Brown, a...

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Let the Cracking Begin

Analysts have started the process of testing new Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) candidates for flaws as part of the first round of the National Institute of Standards...

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Group Details 25 Most Dangerous Coding Errors Hackers Exploit

A group of 35 high-profile organizations, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency's Information Assurance Division,...

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Auto Gear-Change Bicycle: Computer Controlled Bicycle Gear Changes Optimize Power, Comfort

Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Defense University in Tashi, Taiwan, are developing a computer system for bicyclists that tells...

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Internet Service Speed Is Fast-Track Issue For New Administration

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama wants to provide everyone in the United States with access to high-speed Internet service and create thousands of jobs in the...
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