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New Memory Material May Hold Data For One Billion Years

Alex Zettl and colleagues say enclosing an iron nanoparticle in a hollow carbon nanotube could serve as the foundation for a memory material for the next generation...

Hi-Tech Aims to Improve Lifestyle
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Hi-Tech Aims to Improve Lifestyle

A three-year project is exploring how people react and behave when information on their energy use and activity levels are presented to them through mobile phones...

Online Life Can Be Convenient as Well as Dangerous
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Online Life Can Be Convenient as Well as Dangerous

The rapid growth of technology and the cyberworld has made today's youth excellent technological multitaskers, and created entirely online businesses, but cyberspace...

From ACM TechNews

Viral Epidemics Poised to Go Mobile

A research team led by Northeastern University Center for Complex Network Research director Albert-Laszlo Barabasi set out to investigate why smartphone and mobile...

From ICT Results

Mobile Services Made Simple

European researchers believe they have achieved what has remained an almost impossible dream in the wireless world: powerful mobile services that work simply, seamlessly...

Obama Set to Create a Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate
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Obama Set to Create a Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will create a cyberczar position, adding a senior White House official who will have broad authority...

Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories
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Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories

Thanks to a University of Houston professor, the iPhone can now count how many calories you've burned in a given day. A new, free download called Walk n' Play is...

It's Not Just Tv Anymore: The Promises and Perils of Children's Technological Environments
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It's Not Just Tv Anymore: The Promises and Perils of Children's Technological Environments

Today's children are coming of age immersed in video gaming, Web browsing, and instant messaging. Many have cell phones, laptops, and hand-held video games. Others...

From ACM TechNews

Classroom Computers Boost Face-to-Face Learning

A European Union-funded research initiative called LEAD is using computers to enhance collaborative, face-to-face learning and problem solving. The research demonstrates...

From ACM News

Wisconsin ­tility Testing Online Energy Monitors

A Wisconsin utility is joining an energy-efficiency initiative that allows customers to monitor their home's power use online, through an iGoogle gadget. Google's...

From ACM TechNews

Boost For Future Broadband Speeds

Building the pieces of future ultra-fast broadband networks is the focus of a new initiative of the U.K. government. Local firms have received approximately 1...

New Wave of Apps Build 'where' Into the Web
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New Wave of Apps Build 'where' Into the Web

You just landed in Seattle for a meeting later this afternoon. But first, you've got to pick up your rental car, grab a hot cup of coffee and probably spend a fair...

Technology to 'watch Over' Vulnerable Road Users
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Technology to 'watch Over' Vulnerable Road Users

The European WATCH-OVER Project has developed a system capable of monitoring vulnerable road users (VRUs) that features a pre-crash system and a warning system....

A Third Dimension for Mobile Phones
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A Third Dimension for Mobile Phones

Three-dimensional (3D) television and film has been a niche application partly because of cost, but mobile devices equipped with simpler and less expensive 3D technology...

Content Control
From Communications of the ACM

Content Control

Entertainment businesses say digital rights management prevents the theft of their products, but access control technologies have been a uniform failure when it...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
From Communications of the ACM

Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

From ACM News

'kill Switch' Disables Stolen Laptops

A lost or stolen laptop or notebook computer is replaceable; the stolen data inside it may produce real owner's anxiety. Which makes Fujitsu's newly announced "security...

Professor Wants Exemption to Study Video Game Anti-Piracy Software
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Professor Wants Exemption to Study Video Game Anti-Piracy Software

University of Michigan professor Alex Halderman wants to research whether the anti-piracy software built into computer games makes computers more vulnerable to...

From ACM Careers

Students Excel in New-Age Crime Technology

Hacking has become an attractive subject for many students. The first day of the Security and Identity Management (SIM) conference in Ahmedabad saw paper presentations...

Students Build Hand-Gestural Pc Interface
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Students Build Hand-Gestural Pc Interface

Controlling applications with hand gestures is a more natural way to communicate with computers, according to a team of engineering students at Northeastern University...
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