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Ftc Offers $50,000 Reward to Help Stop Robocalls
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Ftc Offers $50,000 Reward to Help Stop Robocalls

Unwanted telemarketing calls, trademarked for interrupting dinners across the nation, have become such a nuisance over the years that the Federal Trade Commission...

How To Charge Your Laptop
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How To Charge Your Laptop

Whether they're in our computers, cell phones, or cars, the only time we think about batteries is when they're almost dead and we need to find some place to charge...

Privacy by the Numbers: A New Approach to Safeguarding Data
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Privacy by the Numbers: A New Approach to Safeguarding Data

In 1997, when Massachusetts began making health records of state employees available to medical researchers, the government removed patients' names, addresses,...

Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not
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Can China Prevent Web Pseudonyms? Probably Not

Chinese Internet cops are at it again.

Scientists Construct First Map of How the Brain Organizes Everything We See
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Scientists Construct First Map of How the Brain Organizes Everything We See

Our eyes may be our window to the world, but how do we make sense of the thousands of images that flood our retinas each day?

­niversity Wins Record $1.17 Billion Verdict Against Marvell Semiconductor
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­niversity Wins Record $1.17 Billion Verdict Against Marvell Semiconductor

A Pittsburgh jury found that hard drive control chips made by Marvell Semiconductor infringe two patents owned by Carnegie Mellon University.

Classical Computing Embraces Quantum Ideas
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Classical Computing Embraces Quantum Ideas

Someday, quantum computers may be able to solve complex optimization problems, quickly mine huge data sets, simulate the kind of physics experiments that currently...

Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?
From ACM Opinion

Ford Engineers Have 3D Printers on Their Desks. When Will You Get One?

Ford has caught the DIY revolution and now puts 3D printers at workstations for its engineers.

Engineers Working to Prevent Heat Buildup Within 3-D Integrated Circuits
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Engineers Working to Prevent Heat Buildup Within 3-D Integrated Circuits

University of Texas Arlington researchers are working to minimize the heat generated by silicon chips, and will then develop nano-windows that allow the heat to...

Simulating the Future of Fuel
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Simulating the Future of Fuel

University of Texas at Austin researchers are using first-principles-based, atomic-level computer simulations to improve the efficiency of fuel cells. 

Cloud-Powered Gps Chip Slashes Smartphone Power Consumption
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Cloud-Powered Gps Chip Slashes Smartphone Power Consumption

Microsoft researchers have developed CLEO, a cloud-based global positioning system that collects only a few milliseconds of the most important information from...

All Systems Go For Highest Altitude Supercomputer
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All Systems Go For Highest Altitude Supercomputer

The U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory has installed and tested in Chile the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, the most elaborate ground-based...

Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture a Marketing Link
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Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture a Marketing Link

As Electronic Arts prepared to market Medal of Honor Warfighter, the latest version of its top-selling video game released in October, it created a Web site that...

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
From ACM Opinion

Why Everybody Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

In a world where computers are increasingly powerful and are concealed within ever more glossy slabs of aluminum, the Raspberry Pi offers surprising proof for the...

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants
From ACM Opinion

Why China's Homemade Microchips Will Struggle to Displace Western Giants

If China's ultimate aim in the sphere of technology is to become completely self-sufficient, it is well on the way to achieving this ambitious goal.

Iran Repels New ­.s. Cyber Attack
From ACM News

Iran Repels New ­.s. Cyber Attack

Iran announced that it has thwarted a second cyber attack on one of its Culture Ministry institutes.

Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year
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Forget Yolo: Why 'big Data' Should Be the Word of the Year

"Big Data" hasn't made any of the words-of-the-year lists I've seen so far. That's probably because it didn't get the wide public exposure given to items like "...

Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks
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Cassini Instrument Learns New Tricks

For seven years, a mini-fridge-sized instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft reliably investigated weather patterns swirling around Saturn; the hydrocarbon...

Keep It Simple: Bring Software Complexity ­nder Control
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Keep It Simple: Bring Software Complexity ­nder Control

European Union-funded researchers working on the DEPLOY project have developed an approach for building software systems that is safer, less expensive, and more...

Online Translation Breaks Language Barriers
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Online Translation Breaks Language Barriers

Free online translation services are improving thanks to better data and more sophisticated algorithms.  Google Translate currently has more than 200 million users...
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