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Proofs Probable
From Communications of the ACM

Proofs Probable

Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali laid the foundations for modern cryptography, with contributions including interactive and zero-knowledge proofs.

The Future Is Flexible Displays
From Communications of the ACM

The Future Is Flexible Displays

Manufacturers hint that bendable screens are coming soon, but academics argue that many engineering challenges remain.

Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus
From Communications of the ACM

Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus

The possibility of a new $200-billion-plus industry has cloud security experts bracing for the ramifications.

Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search
From ACM Careers

Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search

Two years ago Stanford professor Andrew Ng joined Google's X Lab, the research group that's given us Google Glass and the company's driverless cars. His mission...

Web Browsers Are Reinvented
From ACM News

Web Browsers Are Reinvented

Mobile phones, wearable devices, and self-driving cars are generating buzz as the future of technology. But the old Web browser is being reinvented too, in a trend...

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'
From ACM News

Why Google and the Pentagon Want 'quantum Computers'

Imagine a computer that can teach your mobile phone to recognize any object it sees, or one that can instantly find optimal travel routes for thousands of planes...

Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds
From ACM News

Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds

The company revealed some new search tools on Wednesday at I/O, its annual developers conference.

Google Overhauling Flagship Search with 'answer, Converse, Anticipate'
From ACM News

Google Overhauling Flagship Search with 'answer, Converse, Anticipate'

During its Keynote today, Google announced new features coming to its flagship search function—you know, that thing we all started using Google for. VP Amit Singhal...

Google Search Scratches Its Brain 500 Million Times a Day
From ACM TechNews

Google Search Scratches Its Brain 500 Million Times a Day

Google processes about 100 billion search requests a month, and about 15 percent of them take longer to process because the request is totally new to it.

The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink
From ACM News

The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink

The Web browser you're probably using to read this article is a small marvel of engineering.

Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics
From ACM Opinion

Stephen Wolfram on Personal Analytics

Don't be surprised if Stephen Wolfram, the renowned complexity theorist, software company CEO, and night owl, wants to schedule a work call with you at 9 p.m. In...

My Big Fat European Family: What Genomics Tell ­s About Shared Ancestors
From ACM News

My Big Fat European Family: What Genomics Tell ­s About Shared Ancestors

Last month, a trio of engineers debuted an app that allows Icelanders to determine if they’re actually related to a potential date.

Linguists Identify 15,000-Year-Old 'ultraconserved Words'
From ACM News

Linguists Identify 15,000-Year-Old 'ultraconserved Words'

You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes!

Here's How Smartphones, Tablets, and Huge Databases Will ­pend Market Research
From ACM News

Here's How Smartphones, Tablets, and Huge Databases Will ­pend Market Research

If you're tired of those annoying 8 p.m. phone calls asking questions about where you shop, or of carrying an Arbitron sensor to provide radio ratings, your omnipresent...

Why Fbi and CIA Didn't Connect the Dots
From ACM Opinion

Why Fbi and CIA Didn't Connect the Dots

The FBI and the CIA are being criticized for not keeping better track of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the months before the Boston Marathon bombings.

When Will Smartglasses and Other Wearable Computers Hit the Mainstream?
From ACM Opinion

When Will Smartglasses and Other Wearable Computers Hit the Mainstream?

Google has stoked our collective imagination via relentless promotion of its Google Glass wearable computer in recent months.

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled By Your Brain
From ACM News

Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled By Your Brain

One day, we may be able to check email or call a friend without ever touching a screen or even speaking to a disembodied helper.

'Small Data' Enabled Prediction of Obama's Win, Say Economists
From Communications of the ACM

'Small Data' Enabled Prediction of Obama's Win, Say Economists

"Big data" from crowdsourcing resulted in more complex predictions.

We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now
From ACM Opinion

We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now

On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos and video of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing.

How Wireless Carriers Are Monetizing Your Movements
From ACM News

How Wireless Carriers Are Monetizing Your Movements

Wireless operators have access to an unprecedented volume of information about users' real-world activities, but for years these massive data troves were put to...
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