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Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer
From ACM Opinion

Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer

Timing is everything for Peter Hürzeler, a man for whom "good enough" simply isn't.

What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean
From ACM Opinion

What a Win or Loss on Mars Will Mean

Anyone who's looked at the "Seven Minutes of Terror" trailer for next month's Mars landing might have wondered whether the planners behind NASA's $2.5 billion Mars...

DARPA-Funded Researcher Can Take Over Android And Nokia Phones By Merely Waving Another Device Near Them
From ACM News

DARPA-Funded Researcher Can Take Over Android And Nokia Phones By Merely Waving Another Device Near Them

Smartphones' growing adoption of so-called "near field communications" promises to let the device in your pocket wirelessly make payments, beam info to other phones...

Xerox: ­h, We Didn't Invent the Internet
From ACM Opinion

Xerox: ­h, We Didn't Invent the Internet

Who invented the Internet?

Broader Horizons
From Communications of the ACM

Broader Horizons

ACM's Committee for Women in Computing (ACM-W) is widening its reach to involve women in industry as well as academia, including community college faculty and students...

Advertising Gets Personal
From Communications of the ACM

Advertising Gets Personal

Online behavioral advertising and sophisticated data aggregation have changed the face of advertising and put privacy in the crosshairs.

DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved
From Communications of the ACM

DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved

The eight-person winning team used original computer algorithms to narrow the search space and then relied on human observation to move the pieces into their final...

Cosmic Simulations
From Communications of the ACM

Cosmic Simulations

With the help of supercomputers, scientists are now able to create models of large-scale astronomical events.

Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet
From ACM Opinion

Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet

Earlier this month, President Obama argued that wealthy business people owe some of their success to the government's investment in education and basic infrastructure...

Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals
From ACM Opinion

Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils ­S Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals

It's early February in Cancun, Mexico. A group of 60 or so financial analysts, reporters, diplomats, and cybersecurity specialists shake off the previous night's...

Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device
From ACM News

Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device

Stuart Crabb, a director in the executive offices of Facebook, naturally likes to extol the extraordinary benefits of computers and smartphones. 

Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers
From ACM News

Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers

In a multibillion-dollar sport like basketball, one might expect that trainers had figured out every nuance of aerodynamics, mechanics and all things Newtonian...

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.

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting
From ACM News

Intel Fights to Keep Hp, Dell, and Other Customers from Defecting

Some of chip colossus Intel's biggest customers and partners are exploring a competing microprocessor design, signaling the start of a much-anticipated tech donnybrook...

Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself
From ACM Opinion

Will Wright Wants to Make a Game Out of Life Itself

For almost 30 years, Will Wright’s creations have attracted people who would never have played videogames. He's also managed the trick of developing games that...

Minister Stresses Iran's Ability to Confront All Spy Malwares
From ACM News

Minister Stresses Iran's Ability to Confront All Spy Malwares

Iran's Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taqipour announced that Iran has successfully confronted sophisticated spy malwares and thwarted...

Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?
From ACM Careers

Would German-Style Apprenticeships Work in the ­.s.?

In a world of high youth unemployment, where the supply of skilled labor often fails to match employer demand, Germany believes help can be found in its Dual Vocational...

Aclu: 'reasonable Suspicion' Not Good Enough For Gps Tracking
From ACM News

Aclu: 'reasonable Suspicion' Not Good Enough For Gps Tracking

If you're a student of the privacy and tech law worlds (or you just read Ars) then you're probably familiar with last year's Supreme Court decision, Jones v. United...

Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks
From ACM News

Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks

Insurgencies are amongst the hardest conflicts to predict. Insurgents can be loosely organized, split into factions, and strike from out of nowhere. But now researchers...

The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets
From ACM News

The Brave New World of Tomorrow's Tablets

Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality—the stuff of science fiction...
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