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Intel to Focus on How Computers Will Be ­sed in the Future
From ACM TechNews

Intel to Focus on How Computers Will Be ­sed in the Future

Intel has created Interaction and Experience Research, a new research lab led by Intel fellow Genevieve Bell that will enable scientists to explore how people will...

Biometric Atm Gives Cash Via 'finger Vein' Scan
From ACM News

Biometric Atm Gives Cash Via 'finger Vein' Scan

Poland's cooperative BPS bank says it's the first in Europe to install a biometric ATM--allowing customers to withdraw cash simply with the touch of a fingertip...

Turning Remote Control Into Intimate Support
From ICT Results

Turning Remote Control Into Intimate Support

All the remote controls lying around our houses or fixed to our walls can be combined via new standardised middleware. Combined control enables new levels of home...

From ACM News

The Tech Refresher Russia's Spies Needed

From James Bond to Johnny English, the movies give us the impression that spies are top of the tree when it comes to money-no-object espionage technology. But that...

From ACM News

Patented Electronic Braking System Prevents Slips on Walkers

Rolling walkers—which help senior citizens maintain mobility and an active lifestyle—have just become safer and easier to use.

Steming the Tide
From ACM TechNews

Steming the Tide

Many recent studies have shown that cultural attitudes are a problem for women in STEM fields.

Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography
From ACM News

Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography

A year ago in April, the government says, the accused operative known as Richard Murphy and his supposed wife, "Cynthia Murphy," booted up a computer in their comfy...

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language
From ACM News

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language

A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.

With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair
From ACM News

With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair

Would-be whistle-blowers hoping to leak documents to Wikileaks face a potentially frustrating surprise. Wikileaks’ submission process, which had been degraded for...

From ACM TechNews

The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of a handful of universities that work closely with investors to make sure promising ideas are nurtured into successful...

Google Faces Pressure As China to Decide on License
From ACM News

Google Faces Pressure As China to Decide on License

Google Inc. could face further pressure for its other products in China as Beijing is due to decide whether or not to renew a license for the firm's flagship search...

Star Pitchers in a Duel? Tickets Will Cost More
From ACM News

Star Pitchers in a Duel? Tickets Will Cost More

When the San Francisco Giants noticed a sudden surge in ticket sales for the team’s Memorial Day game with the Colorado Rockies, they did something seemingly more...

Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented
From ACM News

Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented

The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection in a case that was closely watched for its impacts...

From ACM News

Scholarships Will Enable Women Students to Attend Computing Conferences

Wipro Technologies and ACM have announced an agreement wherein Wipro will fund scholarships that enable women students majoring in computer science and related...

Seeing the Science in Our Surroundings
From ACM TechNews

Seeing the Science in Our Surroundings

Schoolchildren in Nottingham, United Kingdom, are using a new computer toolkit to start assignments in the classroom and continue them outdoors or at home. 

Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud Bricks
From ACM News

Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud Bricks

University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor Craig Foster received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create computer models that analyze physical...

Swf Examines New National Space Policy
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Swf Examines New National Space Policy

President Obama's new National Space Policy calls for greater international cooperation in outer space activities and opens the door for potential international...

From ACM News

Obama ­nveils New National Space Policy

President Obama announced the administration's new National Space Policy on Monday (June 28).

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Google in 'new Approach' on China

Until recently, the firm automatically redirected Chinese users to its unfiltered search site in Hong Kong to get round censorship issues. Google has said it will...

Drone Alone: How Airliners May Lose Their Pilots
From ACM News

Drone Alone: How Airliners May Lose Their Pilots

Would you fly in an airliner knowing there were no pilots in the cockpit? This is no mere hypothetical question. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking...
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