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Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance
From Communications of the ACM

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance

Thanks to computer scientists like Barbara Liskov, researchers are making major progress with cost-efficient fault tolerance for Web-based systems.

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize
From ACM News

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize

The Netflix Prize, a computing challenge that's been compared to scaling Mount Everest and flummoxed programmers for more than three years, has been summited. Two...

Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology
From ACM TechNews

Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology

Some Iranian protestors dissatisfied with their government's response to the disputed election are using The Onion Router (TOR), an Internet encryption program...

From ACM TechNews

'secret' Questions Leave Accounts Vulnerable

The secret questions some Web sites ask new users to answer for verification purposes in case a password is forgotten are actually far less secure and far easier...

Traveling the Web Together
From ACM TechNews

Traveling the Web Together

Researchers from the College of William & Mary have developed real-time collaborative browsing (RCB) software that makes it easier for users to interact with each...

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield
From ACM News

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield

The U.S. military announced a new "cyber command" designed to wage digital warfare and to bolster defenses against mounting threats to its computer networks. Defense...

China Linked to 70 Percent of World's Spam, Expert Says
From ACM News

China Linked to 70 Percent of World's Spam, Expert Says

Nearly three-quarters of the Web sites advertised in computer spam studied by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Spam Data Mine so far in 2009 are tied...

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities
From ICT Results

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities

Technology that allows gamers to control game functions with only their eyes is helping to open virtual worlds such as "Second Life" and "World of Warcraft" toCOGAIN...

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
From ACM TechNews

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn

A cell phone would be able to track the behavior of its user with SoundSense, new software developed by Dartmouth College researchers. SoundSense automatically...

Intel Toots Its Research Horn For Chips  and More
From ACM TechNews

Intel Toots Its Research Horn For Chips and More

Intel's recent Research Day provided demonstrations and previews of the variety of projects that extend beyond the company's core computer processor business....

Researchers Ready Personal Energy Monitoring Devices
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Ready Personal Energy Monitoring Devices

Embedded data mining, inertial sensors, and global positioning systems are used in a wireless device being developed to monitor the amount of energy a person consumes...

Twitter Message Could Be Cyber Criminal at Work
From ACM News

Twitter Message Could Be Cyber Criminal at Work

Cyber criminals are setting snares that move at the speed of news. Panda Security, a Spain-based antivirus maker, has been monitoring an onslaught of links with...

From ACM TechNews

Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

From ACM TechNews

Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...

From ACM News

China Says ­npopular Filtering Software Optional

China appeared to cave in to public pressure Tuesday (June 16) by announcing that computer users are not required to install Internet-filtering software — though...

From ACM TechNews

Let the Search Engine Try Again

A Pennsylvania State University researcher has analyzed the way Web surfers reformulate their Web searches and believes his research could lead to improvements...

Looking Forward to the Smarter Smartphone
From ACM TechNews

Looking Forward to the Smarter Smartphone

Cutting-edge research suggests there are major changes in store for smartphones. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Brandon Taylor and Michael...

From ACM TechNews

Secret War on Web Crooks Revealed

Three times a year, leaders from the world's major technology and communications companies meet to discuss strategies for preventing the Internet from becoming...

From ACM News

China's Filtering Software is 'Poorly Designed,' Researchers Say

Anti-pornography software that China will make mandatory next month is "poorly designed" and will make personal computers vulnerable to security breaches, said...
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