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Using Technology to Help People
From Communications of the ACM

Using Technology to Help People

Companies are creating technological solutions for individuals, then generalizing them to broader populations that need similar assistance.

The App Economy Is Now 'bigger Than Hollywood'
From ACM Careers

The App Economy Is Now 'bigger Than Hollywood'

What is the major cultural force in America right now? It might just be apps and the web.

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen
From ACM News

The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen

Cars are running out of screens.

Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles ­sers for Risk of Cyberattacks
From ACM TechNews

Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles ­sers for Risk of Cyberattacks

Fujitsu researchers are integrating psychology into profiling software to make computer security more personalized. 

Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto
From ACM Careers

Google Lunar Xprize: Testing Rovers on the Beach with Team Hakuto

Before you blast off to the moon in search of $30 million offered as part of the Google Lunar XPrize—or the juicy $20 million grand prize for being the first to...

How the Home Telephone Sparked the ­ser-Centered Design Revolution
From ACM Opinion

How the Home Telephone Sparked the ­ser-Centered Design Revolution

Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door's height, instead of right in the middle? Or why a washing machine is...

Hands-On With Microsoft's ­nbelievable New Holographic Goggles
From ACM Opinion

Hands-On With Microsoft's ­nbelievable New Holographic Goggles

It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.

Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision For Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations
From ACM Careers

Revealed at Last: Magic Leap’s Vision For Augmented Reality, in 32 Patent Illustrations

A new patent application titled Planar Waveguide Apparatus with Diffraction Element(s) and System Employing Same sounds like a scientific snoozefest, but just also...

The New Digital Arms Race: Nsa Preps America For Future Battle
From ACM TechNews

The New Digital Arms Race: Nsa Preps America For Future Battle

Documents provided by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden outline the agency's efforts to carry out covert cyberwarfare. 

High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future
From ACM News

High-Tech Warriors: A Glimpse Into the Stadium of the Future

Floor tiles that generate electricity when people walk on them. Streetlamps that transmit data to people passing beneath them.

The Hidden Ways Traffic Flows Around ­s
From ACM News

The Hidden Ways Traffic Flows Around ­s

Get in your car and drive.

Cornell Research Steers Nyc Bikes to Needy Stations
From ACM TechNews

Cornell Research Steers Nyc Bikes to Needy Stations

Cornell University researchers have developed algorithms and data analysis tools to help rebalance the New York City Citi Bike system as efficiently as possible...

Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are For Hire Online
From ACM Careers

Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are For Hire Online

A man in Sweden says he will pay up to $2,000 to anyone who can break into his landlord’s website.

Why the Silk Road Trial Matters
From ACM Opinion

Why the Silk Road Trial Matters

Ross Ulbricht is finally getting his day in court, 15 months after plainclothes FBI agents grabbed him in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library...

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)
From ACM Opinion

Robots Are Sneaking ­p On Congress (along with Four Other Tech Trends)

One of the best Twitter accounts inside the Beltway or out—belongs to former representativeJohn Dingell (D-Mich.), who announced his retirement with self-effacing...

Snowden: ­.s. Has Put Too Much Emphasis on Cyber-Offense, Needs Defense
From ACM News

Snowden: ­.s. Has Put Too Much Emphasis on Cyber-Offense, Needs Defense

In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security...

Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish
From ACM News

Why Passenger Planes Can Still Vanish

By Dec. 30, when search teams began to recover debris and bodies from the apparent crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501, the airline industry had begun to hear renewed...

Google Boosts ACM's Turing Award Prize to $1 Million
From Communications of the ACM

Google Boosts ACM's Turing Award Prize to $1 Million

The increase reflects the escalating impact of computing on daily life, through the innovations and technologies it enables.

Smart Transportation Networks Drive Gains
From Communications of the ACM

Smart Transportation Networks Drive Gains

Transportation engineers and city planners are looking to information technology to redefine traffic management in urban areas. With the opportunity, however, comes...

In Search of Bayesian Inference
From Communications of the ACM

In Search of Bayesian Inference

Long relegated to the statistical backburner, Bayesian Inference is undergoing a renaissance.
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