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Taking the Drudgery Out of Software Development
From ICT Results

Taking the Drudgery Out of Software Development

Software developers will no longer have to reinvent the wheel when writing new programs and applications thanks to a clever new set of tools and a central repository...

Ready For a Web OS?
From Communications of the ACM

Ready For a Web OS?

The hegemony of the traditional desktop operating system is starting to fracture with the emergence of a new generation of Web browsers that may finally herald...

Global Study Reveals Role of It in Strategic Efforts to Combat Recession
From ACM News

Global Study Reveals Role of It in Strategic Efforts to Combat Recession

A study released Friday (Nov. 20) by RONIN has found that companies across the globe taking a strategic approach to emerging from the recession are investing more...

Certification and Accreditation Process For Federal Systems Transformed
From ACM News

Certification and Accreditation Process For Federal Systems Transformed

A revised draft publication on computer security guidance issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is focused on transforming the episodic...

What's Next for Wi-Fi?
From ACM TechNews

What's Next for Wi-Fi?

The Wi-Fi experience will undergo a dramatic transformation triggered by the recent approval of the IEEE 802.11n wireless standard. The standard facilitates a...

From ACM TechNews

Software Knowledge ­nnecessarily Lost

Dutch researchers investigating how software architectural knowledge can be better disseminated discovered that many architects simply do not talk with each other...

Georgia Tech Launches Experimental Green It Initiative
From ACM News

Georgia Tech Launches Experimental Green It Initiative

The biggest challenge in computing today, some experts say, is not processing power, but power consumption. To help understand and reduce power consumption, the...

Moscow Wants Trained It Specialists
From ACM News

Moscow Wants Trained It Specialists

Amid Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's calls for modernization, one of the IT sector's top employers has said Russian high-tech companies are being let down by...

From ACM TechNews

Theme-Park Dummy Trick Becomes Teleconference Tool

A trick used in theme-park animatronics could help people act more naturally during videoconferences. Shader lamps is a technique that projects an animated face...

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies
From ACM News

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers. The construction...

Splitting ­p Search
From ACM News

Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...

K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas
From ACM TechNews

K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas

Kansas State University's (KSU's) Beocat is a cluster of 122 servers that work together to form Kansas' largest academic research supercomputer. "It's easier to...

Long Tail Criticism Might Affect E-Business Strategies
From ACM News

Long Tail Criticism Might Affect E-Business Strategies

The Long Tail theory embraced by online businesses has taken some recent criticism, raising questions about whether businesses should change their e-strategies.

From ACM News

Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology Opens

The Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology (CAAT) opened its doors on Sept. 8, 2009. The academy is the result of an effort to fill the need for skilled IT workers...

­.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say
From ACM TechNews

­.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say

Three cybersecurity experts recently told a meeting of the Congressional Cyber Caucus that current U.S. policies for protecting the United States against various...

Study: No Shortage of ­.s. Engineers
From ACM TechNews

Study: No Shortage of ­.s. Engineers

The United States, contrary to popular belief, is not lacking graduates in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, according to a study...

Social Networks Thrive By Linking
From ACM News

Social Networks Thrive By Linking

"Reaching out, not building walls" might be one way to characterize the process of social networking. It is also an apt description of the core competitive strategy...

From ACM TechNews

Semantic Integration: Meeting the Challenge

Interoperability between data sources is the fundamental challenge of data integration, and NASA computer scientist Richard Keller says that although standards...

From ACM News

Overseas Chinese Return to Start Companies

TIANJIN, China — This city in northeastern China is a long way from Sand Hill Road, home to the world's greatest concentration of venture capitalists. But a deal...

Scan of Internet ­ncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices
From ACM TechNews

Scan of Internet ­ncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices

A scan of the Internet by Columbia University researchers searching for vulnerable embedded devices has found that nearly 21,000 routers, Webcams, and VoIP products...
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