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Remembering Douglas Engelbart
From Communications of the ACM

Remembering Douglas Engelbart

"Inspiring," "visionary," "humble," "honest," "impeccable integrity," "passionate and stubborn about his work." Tributes poured in for Douglas Engelbart, inventor...

Quantum Paradox Seen in Diamond
From ACM News

Quantum Paradox Seen in Diamond

A quantum effect named after an ancient Greek puzzle has been observed in diamond, paving the way for the use of diamond crystals in quantum computer chips.

A Quantum Leap for the Government in Mining Twitter Feeds
From ACM News

A Quantum Leap for the Government in Mining Twitter Feeds

Last August, around fifty government employees and private contractors gathered at a Defense Department development laboratory in Crystal City, Virginia.

Life After Siri: Nuance's ­phill Climb To Being Your Digital Assistant
From ACM Opinion

Life After Siri: Nuance's ­phill Climb To Being Your Digital Assistant

In the gleaming Silicon Valley branch office of speech-recognition firm Nuance Communications, a small room has been made to look like a homey den.

NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids
From ACM News

NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to...

Apple Patents 3d Gesture ­i For Ios Based on Proximity Sensor Input
From ACM News

Apple Patents 3d Gesture ­i For Ios Based on Proximity Sensor Input

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an Apple patent for a method of generating and manipulating a 3D object on a computing device, with the...

How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass
From ACM News

How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass

Google wants to see what you see. And then, of course, make money from those images.

Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.
From ACM Opinion

Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.

It's not evident from the way his hair flops casually down and across, nor from his equally relaxed demeanor, but John Hanke is one of Google's most important idea...

How to Save the Troubled Graphene Transistor
From ACM News

How to Save the Troubled Graphene Transistor

The writing is on the wall for the silicon chip.

When You Can't Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard
From ACM News

When You Can't Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard

On the Web, there's no place like .home.

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online
From ACM Careers

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the...

Gene Golovchinsky, 1965 2013
From ACM News

Gene Golovchinsky, 1965 2013

Gene Golovchinsky, senior research scientist at FX Palo Alto Laboratory, passed away last week at the age of 48.  

How Big Data Could Help Identify the Next Felon—or Blame the Wrong Guy
From ACM Careers

How Big Data Could Help Identify the Next Felon—or Blame the Wrong Guy

Think of it as big data meets "Minority Report."

Here's What You Find When You Scan the Entire Internet in an Hour
From ACM News

Here's What You Find When You Scan the Entire Internet in an Hour

Until recently, scanning the entire Internet, with its billions of unique addresses, was a slow and labor-intensive process.

Nasa Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another
From ACM News

Nasa Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another

The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity...

An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About
From ACM Careers

An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About

Sometimes, there is an actual eureka moment.

Medical Hacking Poses a Terrifying Threat, in Theory
From ACM News

Medical Hacking Poses a Terrifying Threat, in Theory

In the world of hypothetical cybercrime, not much is scarier than the hacked medical device.

Nasa Voyager Statement About Competing Models to Explain Recent Spacecraft Data
From ACM News

Nasa Voyager Statement About Competing Models to Explain Recent Spacecraft Data

A newly published paper argues that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has already entered interstellar space.

Researchers Building a Computer Chip Based on the Human Brain
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Building a Computer Chip Based on the Human Brain

Boise State University researchers are developing a chip with a computing architecture resembling the human brain.

Scientists Find Asymmetry in Topological Insulators
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Find Asymmetry in Topological Insulators

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have found that a class of materials being targeted for the next generation...
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