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In 2010 Asia and Latin America Will Be Leading in Use of Free Software
From ACM TechNews

In 2010 Asia and Latin America Will Be Leading in Use of Free Software

The use of free software in South America and Asia will reach about 70 percent in 2010, and will be particularly prevalent in the education sector, according to...

Autonomous Helicopters
From Communications of the ACM

Autonomous Helicopters

Researchers are improving unmanned helicopters' capabilities to address regulatory requirements and commercial uses.

Content Control
From Communications of the ACM

Content Control

Entertainment businesses say digital rights management prevents the theft of their products, but access control technologies have been a uniform failure when it...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
From Communications of the ACM

Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

From ACM TechNews

Online System Rates Images By Aesthetic Quality

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has launched the Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine (ACQUINE), an online system for determining the aesthetic quality of an...

Professor Wants Exemption to Study Video Game Anti-Piracy Software
From ACM TechNews

Professor Wants Exemption to Study Video Game Anti-Piracy Software

University of Michigan professor Alex Halderman wants to research whether the anti-piracy software built into computer games makes computers more vulnerable to...

The Next Age of Discovery
From ACM TechNews

The Next Age of Discovery

Teams of computer scientists, conservationists, and scholars are rushing to digitally save and preserve the world's literary treasures. Advanced technology is...

Warp Speed? Two Physicists Report on Method That Could Make It Happen
From ACM News

Warp Speed? Two Physicists Report on Method That Could Make It Happen

With the new movie "Star Trek" opening in theaters across the nation, one thing moviegoers will undoubtedly see is the Starship Enterprise racing across the galaxy...

From ACM News

Videoconferencing Technology Possible For Cell Phones, Pdas

A new low-bandwidth, high-frame-rate videoconferencing technology that creates the appearance of three-dimensionality and a strong sense of co-presence without...

The Rise and Rise of E-Readers
From ACM News

The Rise and Rise of E-Readers

Amazon's launch of its first dedicated e-reader for newspapers, magazines, and textbooks points to a future when digital and analog publishing begins to merge....

Asia's Fastest Supercomputer Keys 3D Animation
From ACM News

Asia's Fastest Supercomputer Keys 3D Animation

Eka, the fastest supercomputer in Asia today, is a firm pillar of the 3D animation scene in Pune, India. With peak powers of 172 TeraFlops, Eka was used in the...

Students Make Atari Games Look Like Atari Again
From ACM TechNews

Students Make Atari Games Look Like Atari Again

Georgia Institute of Technology students have developed a system that recreates the original picture and experience of Atari video games. Old video game displays...

Rfid Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential
From ACM News

Rfid Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential

In a nondescript manufacturing plant on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Fernando, Calif., a khaki-green machine the size of a buffet table sucks in bright pink ribbon...

From ACM TechNews

In Major Shift, Apple Builds Its Own Chip Design Team

In a major strategy shift, Apple reportedly has begun boosting its capability to design its own computer chips in an effort to create exclusive features for its...

Computer Scientists Add Smell to Games
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Add Smell to Games

Birmingham University computer scientist Bob Stone is developing artificial smell simulators that could be used to make video games more realistic or by the military...

Google Tries Jump-Starting 3D Web Graphics
From ACM TechNews

Google Tries Jump-Starting 3D Web Graphics

Google has released O3D, software designed to bring accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics to Web browsers. The program is a browser plug-in for Internet...

Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'
From ACM TechNews

Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'

IBM is developing software designed to compete against human "Jeopardy!" contestants, which, if successful, could mark a major advancement in artificial intelligence...

Easier Access to Digital Audio Archives
From ICT Results

Easier Access to Digital Audio Archives

Digital sound archives offer enormously rich resources but accessing them is currently difficult. Sound material is often held separately from other materials and...

From ACM TechNews

Student Innovations Honored at Chi Conference

ACM's recent Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2009) conference gave computing students an opportunity to show off the technology they are developing and how it could...

Technarte to Showcase Innovative Art/Tech in Bilbao
From ACM News

Technarte to Showcase Innovative Art/Tech in Bilbao

Technarte, the International Conference on Art & Technology organized by Innovalia Association, will bring to Bilbao, Spain, the merge between art, science and...
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