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November 2012


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White House Moves on Cybersecurity

White House Moves on Cybersecurity

The White House's strategy on cybersecurity: Co-opt the opposition.


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Security Flaw In Common Keycard Locks Exploited In String Of Hotel Room Break-Ins

Security Flaw In Common Keycard Locks Exploited In String Of Hotel Room Break-Ins

Whoever robbed Janet Wolf's hotel room did his work discreetly.


From ACM News

Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied

Risk of Robot ­prising Wiping Out Human Race to Be Studied

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk will study dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology, and climate change.


From ACM TechNews

Time-Lapse Code Wins Raspberry Pi Contest

Time-Lapse Code Wins Raspberry Pi Contest

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has named Aaron Hill and Ashley Newson the winners of its summer coding contest for teenagers.


From ACM TechNews

Personalities Influence Workforce Planning

Personalities Influence Workforce Planning

Concordia University researcher Mohammed Othman says his mathematical model, which uses psychological data from personality tests, could improve engineer workforce planning.


From ACM News

Quantum Cryptography Conquers Noise Problem

Quantum Cryptography Conquers Noise Problem

It's hard to stand out from the crowd—particularly if you are a single photon in a sea of millions in an optical fibre.


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Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat

Risk Profiling Software Tackles the Terrorist Threat

The U.K. branch of an American company has developed a hi-tech software programme it believes can help detect and prevent potentially dangerous passengers and cargo entering the U.K. using the technique known as "risk profiling"…


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Behind the Iron Dome: How Israel Stops Missiles

Behind the Iron Dome: How Israel Stops Missiles

The success of Israel's Iron Dome in shooting down missiles fired from Gaza has a lot to do with a company you've probably never heard of: MPrest Systems.


From ACM Opinion

What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft

What Sinofsky's Departure Suggests About the Current State, and Likely Future, of Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, abruptly left the company on November 12, shortly after introducing the latest version of the company's flagship operating system, Windows 8.


From ACM News

Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers

Brain-Like Chip Outstrips Normal Computers

Computer chips that mimic the human brain are outstripping conventional chips in crucial ways. They could also revolutionise our understanding of how the brain functions.


From ACM TechNews

Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems

Supercomputers Face Growing Resilience Problems

North Carolina State University researchers have developed software that runs in conjunction with the Message Passing Interface, a library for splitting applications across multiple servers so the different parts of the program…


From ACM TechNews

China to ­nveil Homebrewed Chip in 2013

China to ­nveil Homebrewed Chip in 2013

Longsoon Technology, which is partly funded by the Chinese Academy of Science, will share details about its Godson eight-core processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in February.


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Filtering Spam

Filtering Spam

Concordia University researchers have developed a method for removing unwanted spam emails from user inboxes.


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More Sensitive Technique Could Lead to Improved Location-Based Mobile Services

More Sensitive Technique Could Lead to Improved Location-Based Mobile Services

A technique developed by an international research team could potentially improve the accuracy of determining the position of mobile devices. The protocol simultaneously predicts the location of the mobile device user and the…


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IT Building Blocks for the Man in the Street

IT Building Blocks for the Man in the Street

Researchers at SINTEF ICT are developing computing tools composed of different building blocks so that people can select, combine, and put together the information technology (IT) services they need.


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Scientists See Promise in Deep-Learning Programs

Scientists See Promise in Deep-Learning Programs

Deep-learning technology, an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, has grown in speed and accuracy. Deep-learning systems recently have outperformed humans in certain…


From ACM News

X-37b: Secrets of the ­.s. Military Spaceplane

X-37b: Secrets of the ­.s. Military Spaceplane

In the early morning of 16 June, 2012, a top-secret spaceplane made a picture-perfect landing at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


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Michio Kaku Sketches Technological Wonderland of the Future at Sc12

Michio Kaku Sketches Technological Wonderland of the Future at Sc12

Imagine a world where a computer chip costs just a penny.


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Cyber Attacks From Iran and Gaza on Israel More Threatening Than Anonymous’s Efforts

Anonymous, the loose coalition of hackers waging war on Israeli Web sites, is the least of Israel's cyber problems.


From ACM TechNews

China Moves to Beat U.s. in Exascale Computing

China Moves to Beat U.s. in Exascale Computing

China recently has fully embraced high-performance computing and now has 72 systems on the most recent Top500 supercomputer list, making it the second largest HPC user in the world behind the United States.


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The Computer That Stores and Processes Information at the Same Time

The Computer That Stores and Processes Information at the Same Time

Computer scientists claim they can now store and process information simultaneously like a human brain by using nanoscale electronic components.


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A Short To-Do List For Intel's Next Ceo

A Short To-Do List For Intel's Next Ceo

With Paul Otellini heading in May to the nearest 18-hole course, speculation is rampant about who will replace him.


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Nvidia Still Has a Lot to Prove in the Mobile Market

Nvidia Still Has a Lot to Prove in the Mobile Market

Nvidia may be flying high on its tablet wins, but it still has a long way to go before it can call itself a real mobile player.


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A Missile-Defense System That Actually Works?

A Missile-Defense System That Actually Works?

The fighting between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza strip over the last few days is the latest round of violence in a region that has been torn apart by a decades-old conflict. But the debut of Israel's Iron Dome missile…


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Scientists Find Cheaper Way to Ensure Internet Security

Scientists Find Cheaper Way to Ensure Internet Security

Scientists at Toshiba and Cambridge University have used an advanced photodetector to extract weak photons from the torrents of light pulses carried by fiber-optic cables, in a technique that offers a less expensive way to ensure…


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Two-Ton Witch Computer Gets a Reboot

Two-Ton Witch Computer Gets a Reboot

The world's oldest original working digital computer, the Witch, has been restored after a three-year effort and was recently put on display at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, England.


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In Fairfax County, the Classroom Is a (cyber) Battlefield

In Fairfax County, the Classroom Is a (cyber) Battlefield

Thousands of students across the U.S. recently participated in the opening round of the CyberPatriot challenge, the premier high school cyberwarfare competition. A second round will be held before the semifinals in January,…


From ACM Careers

College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All

College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All

Teaching Introduction to Sociology is almost second nature to Mitchell Duneier, a professor at Princeton: he has taught it 30 times, and a textbook he co-wrote is in its eighth edition.


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Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum for Now

Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum for Now

Scientists working on NASA's six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem. But it's a good problem.


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Why the Frontiers of Biology Might Be Inside a Computer Chip

Why the Frontiers of Biology Might Be Inside a Computer Chip

When David Harel started the experiment, the petri dish of mouse cells looked just like any other.