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May 2012


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Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks

Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks

A new method developed by researchers from North Carolina State University promises to improve the quality and efficiency of data transmission in mobile ad hoc networks.  


From ACM News

Troves of Personal Data, Forbidden to Researchers

When scientists publish their research, they also make the underlying data available so the results can be verified by other scientists.


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Gps Loss Kicked Off Fatal Drone Crash

Gps Loss Kicked Off Fatal Drone Crash

Hopes that a new breed of commercial drones can be easily integrated into civilian airspace have been dashed after it was revealed that the loss of the technology likely to make it all possible—automatic GPS navigation between…


From ACM Careers

Defense Contractor Northrop Grumman Hiring For Offensive Cyber Ops

Defense giant Northrop Grumman is hiring software engineers to help it carry out "offensive cyberspace operations," according to a recent job posting.


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Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture

Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture

Photos taken of snowfall and posted online could help fill holes in satellite weather data caused by cloud cover, says Indiana University Ph.D. student Haipeng Zhang.  


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DARPA Seeks Holy Grail: Quantum-Based Data Security System

DARPA Seeks Holy Grail: Quantum-Based Data Security System

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently launched the Quiness program, which aims to demonstrate that quantum communications can generate secure keys at sustainable rates of 1-10 Gbps at distances of up to…


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At Wsis Forum, Divisions Arise Over Future of Internet Governance

At Wsis Forum, Divisions Arise Over Future of Internet Governance

The recent World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2012 discussed the future of Internet governance.  


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Silicon Valley Tech Executive Nabbed in False Barcode Scheme Involving Lego Toys

Silicon Valley Tech Executive Nabbed in False Barcode Scheme Involving Lego Toys

Ever since smartphones got their own bar code scanners, it's become commonplace for store security officers—who carefully monitor surveillance cameras at big box chains such as Target—to witness shoppers taking an intense interest…


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Adaptive Networks Aim to Thwart Cybercriminals

Adaptive Networks Aim to Thwart Cybercriminals

Cybercriminals who take aim at computer networks will find it more difficult to hit their mark if their target is a constantly moving one.   


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Welcome to the Multiverse

Welcome to the Multiverse

"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in creating the world." That's how Albert Einstein, in his characteristically poetic way, asked whether our universe is the only possible universe.


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Closure in Disappearance of Computer Scientist

Closure in Disappearance of Computer Scientist

Just over five years ago, Jim Gray, a computer scientist then working for Microsoft, vanished with his sailboat somewhere in the waters beyond the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Because no trace of Dr. Gray or his boat,…


From ACM News

Beyond Kinect: Gestural Computer Spells Keyboard Death

Beyond Kinect: Gestural Computer Spells Keyboard Death

The advent of multi-touch screens and novel gaming interfaces means the days of the traditional mouse and keyboard are well and truly numbered. With Humantenna and SoundWave, you won't even have to touch a computer to control…


From ACM News

In Cuba, Mystery Shrouds Fate of Internet Cable

It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba's Internet isolation and boost web capacity 3,000-fold. Even a retired Fidel Castro…


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Mit Creates Amazing Ui From Levitating Orbs

Mit Creates Amazing Ui From Levitating Orbs

Jinha Lee from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's Tangible Media Group has been experimenting with developing a tactile user interface in which floating objects are manipulated in 3D space.  


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Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound

Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward.


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University of Nevada, Reno Scientists Design Low-Cost Indoor Navigation System For Blind

University of Nevada, Reno Scientists Design Low-Cost Indoor Navigation System For Blind

University of Nevada, Reno researchers have developed Navatar, an indoor navigation system for people with visual impairments.  


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Project Aims to Build Online Hub for Archival Materials

Project Aims to Build Online Hub for Archival Materials

The Social Networks and Archival Context Project, developed by Daniel V. Pitti at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, seeks to build an online central clearinghouse for archival records…


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'Adaptive Radio': The Next Big Thing in Wireless?

'Adaptive Radio': The Next Big Thing in Wireless?

James Collier is loping in a broad circle on the Midsummer Common in Cambridge, England, holding aloft a two-foot fiberglass antenna.


From ACM Opinion

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Meet the Man Who Invented the Instructions For the Internet

Steve Crocker was there when the Internet was born.


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Onstar Files Patents For Minority Report-Style Billboards

Onstar Files Patents For Minority Report-Style Billboards

Two weeks ago, a patent filing by General Motors was uncovered that proposed using data collected from its OnStar service to tailor public advertisements to individual drivers.


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5 Transformative Uses For Disney's Touch-Sensitive Technology

5 Transformative Uses For Disney's Touch-Sensitive Technology

Disney has a new technology, called Touche, that can turn any object, including the human body, into a touch-sensitive surface that recognizes not only when contact has been made, but what kind of contact it is.


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Individual Typing Style Gives Key to User Authentication

Individual Typing Style Gives Key to User Authentication

The unique typing styles of computer users could be used for authentication, according to Queensland University of Technology researcher Eesa Al Solami.


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Study: Facebook Relies on Good Design to Retain Users

Study: Facebook Relies on Good Design to Retain Users

University of Washington graduate student Parmit Chilana recently interviewed Facebook engineers and design specialists to learn how they develop and deploy new features for the service.


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New Research Could Mean Faster Computers and Better Smart Phones

New Research Could Mean Faster Computers and Better Smart Phones

University of Gothenburg researchers have found that graphene and carbon nanotubes could help reduce the size and power consumption of electronic circuits.


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Russian Whizzes Win Global Collegiate It Contest

Russian Whizzes Win Global Collegiate It Contest

The St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics has won this year's ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, besting 111 other teams from around the world by solving nine of 12 problems in five hours.…


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Remember Stuxnet? Why the U.s. Is Still Vulnerable

Remember Stuxnet? Why the U.s. Is Still Vulnerable

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security revealed a rash of cyber attacks on natural gas pipeline companies. Just as with previous cyber attacks on infrastructure, there was no known physical damage. But security experts…


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Nasa Stresses New Mission

Nasa Stresses New Mission

Putting U.S. astronauts aboard private spacecraft originally was intended to accelerate the pace and slash the cost of manned exploration. But now, National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials are debating whether…


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Nine Things You Should Know About Facebook's Ipo

Nine Things You Should Know About Facebook's Ipo

The social network priced its shares at $38 apiece, valuing the company at $104 billion.


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The Average Person Alive During Wwii and Now on Facebook Has 42 Friends

The Average Person Alive During Wwii and Now on Facebook Has 42 Friends

People who are older than 75 have seen the world do some crazy things. They were born during or before Hitler's rise to power, lived through the deprivation and horrors of World War II, saw atomic weapons used in war, experienced…


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Hot Trend in Computing: Chips That Sometimes Get It Wrong

Hot Trend in Computing: Chips That Sometimes Get It Wrong

Professor Krishna Palem of Rice University utilized a revolutionary form of computing known as "probablistic computing" to create a microchip that uses 30 times less electricity while running seven times faster than today's…