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Faster Video Streaming
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Faster Video Streaming

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications' Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) are developing new types of data transfer that enable networks to...

Internet Blackout in the U.s. a Near Impossibility
From ACM TechNews

Internet Blackout in the U.s. a Near Impossibility

An Internet blackout in the United States is all but impossible due to its variety of Internet service providers and access channels, says Renesys, which ratedView...

Amateur Effort Finds New Largest Prime Number
From ACM News

Amateur Effort Finds New Largest Prime Number

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) project has scored its 14th consecutive victory, discovering the largest prime number so far.

Which iPhone App May Get You Into Stanford? The One You Make
From ACM Careers

Which iPhone App May Get You Into Stanford? The One You Make

Standing out from the crowd of applicants vying to get into Stanford University's Computer Science undergraduate program is no easy task.

Invisible Fences
From ACM Opinion

Invisible Fences

When European farmers arrived in North America, they claimed it with fences.

A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers
From ACM News

A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers

Raspberry Pi may sound like the name of a math-based dessert. But it is actually one of the hottest and cheapest little computers in the world right now.

­nseen, All-Out Cyber War on the ­.s. Has Begun
From ACM Opinion

­nseen, All-Out Cyber War on the ­.s. Has Begun

There's a war going on, and it's raging here at home—not in the streets or the fields, but on the Internet.

These Machines Will Be Able to Detect Smells Your Own Nose Cannot
From ACM News

These Machines Will Be Able to Detect Smells Your Own Nose Cannot

Admittedly, it's a little hard to imagine smell scientists, but research published last week has those who study the sense of smell taking sides.

Smartphone Sensors Reveal Security Secrets
From ACM News

Smartphone Sensors Reveal Security Secrets

Data captured by smartphone sensors could help criminals guess codes used to lock the gadgets, say security researchers.

Phreaks and Geeks
From ACM Opinion

Phreaks and Geeks

One of the most heartfelt—and unexpected—remembrances of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month at the age of 26, came from Yale professor Edward Tufte.

Broad Powers Seen For Obama in Cyberstrikes
From ACM News

Broad Powers Seen For Obama in Cyberstrikes

A secret legal review on the use of America's growing arsenal of cyberweapons has concluded that President Obama has the broad power to order a pre-emptive strike...

Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest ­.s. Robot Market
From ACM News

Drone Boosters Say Farmers, Not Cops, Are the Biggest ­.s. Robot Market

When the flying robots that loiter in Afghanistan's and Yemen's airspace come home, they won't just be headed for the local police station.

Drone Home
From ACM News

Drone Home

A few months ago I borrowed a drone from a company called Parrot. Officially the drone is called an AR.Drone 2.0, but for simplicity's sake, we're just going to...

Palm-Size Nano-Copter Is the Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone
From ACM News

Palm-Size Nano-Copter Is the Afghanistan War's Latest Spy Drone

British troops in Afghanistan are flying a drone that’s shrunk down to its essentials: a micro-machine that spies, built for a solitary user.

Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars
From ACM Careers

Qihoo Takes on Baidu in China's Search Engine Wars

In the past few years, Zhou Hongyi, the 43-year-old co-founder of Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360 Technology, has engaged in high-profile legal conflicts with...

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook
From ACM Opinion

Meet the Data Brains Behind the Rise of Facebook

Jay Parikh sits at a desk inside Building 16 at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, and his administrative assistant, Genie Samuel, sits next to...

Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'
From ACM News

Behind the Scenes of Latin America's Internet 'brain'

It may be one of central Miami's most recognisable buildings, yet only a few people know what goes on inside the sturdy concrete block with massive spheres on its...

Irgc Official: Iran Enjoys 4th Biggest Cyber Army in World
From ACM News

Irgc Official: Iran Enjoys 4th Biggest Cyber Army in World

Iran enjoys the world's fourth biggest cyber army, an official of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced on Saturday, stressing that the IRGC's power is...

Once Blackberry Focused, a Campus Widens Its View
From ACM Careers

Once Blackberry Focused, a Campus Widens Its View

The University of Waterloo, in a city that people outside Canada would struggle to find on a map, is one of the world’s best technology schools.

New Research May Extend Integrated Circuit Battery Life Tenfold
From ACM TechNews

New Research May Extend Integrated Circuit Battery Life Tenfold

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Sematech, and Texas State University built and tested vertical Esaki tunnel diodes smaller than 120 nanometers...
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