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June 2014


From ACM TechNews

Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight

Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight

RoboBee is a tiny flying robot with a self-stabilizing feature inspired by the light-sensing organs of insects. 


From ACM Opinion

Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile

Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Samsung introduced new software for its tablets, called the Magazine UX.


From ACM News

Brain Power

Brain Power

A "kick" during the World Cup opening ceremonies shows the progress of helping the paralyzed to move again.


From ACM News

Massachusetts High Court Orders Suspect to Decrypt His Computers

Massachusetts High Court Orders Suspect to Decrypt His Computers

Massachusetts' top court ruled, in a 5-2 decision on Wednesday, that a criminal suspect can be ordered to decrypt his seized computer.


From ACM News

Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones

Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones

In a sweeping victory for privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesdayunanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.


From ACM News

Computer Spots Rare Diseases in Family Photos

Computer Spots Rare Diseases in Family Photos

Doctors faced with the tricky task of spotting rare genetic diseases in children may soon be asking parents to email their family photos.


From ACM News

Big Broadcasters Vanquish Upstart Aereo at U.s. Supreme Court

Big Broadcasters Vanquish Upstart Aereo at U.s. Supreme Court

Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet.


From ACM Opinion

The Case That Might Cripple Facebook

The Case That Might Cripple Facebook

An Irish judge has rendered a preliminary judgment that may have sweeping consequences for U.S. e-commerce firms.


From ACM TechNews

­.s. Intelligence Agency Wants Brain-Like Algorithms For Complex Information Processing

­.s. Intelligence Agency Wants Brain-Like Algorithms For Complex Information Processing

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to develop technology that will enable computers to think like humans. 


From ACM TechNews

Statistical Tricks Extract Sensitive Data From Encrypted Communications

Statistical Tricks Extract Sensitive Data From Encrypted Communications

Private information can be obtained from encrypted communications using a technique known as traffic analysis to find patterns in the data stream. 


From ACM TechNews

Who's Your Daddy? Ucf Students Program Computer to Find Out

Who's Your Daddy? Ucf Students Program Computer to Find Out

Researchers are developing a facial recognition program designed to rapidly match pictures of children with their biological parents. 


From ACM TechNews

The Secret Formula to Successful Online Dating

The Secret Formula to Successful Online Dating

Researchers have studied the behavior of 200,000 people on Chinese dating site Baihe.com to gain insight into how successful online matches are made. 


From ACM TechNews

Google Glass Snoopers Can Steal Your Passcode With a Glance

Google Glass Snoopers Can Steal Your Passcode With a Glance

Newly developed software uses video from wearable devices such as Google Glass and smartwatches to read PIN codes typed onto an iPad from almost 10 feet away.


From ACM TechNews

The Quest For Ethical Algorithms

The Quest For Ethical Algorithms

Imperial College Intelligent Systems and Networks Group deputy head Jeremy Pitt is working to endow algorithms with a sense of ethics. 


From ACM News

Researchers ­nveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

Researchers ­nveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

The more cores—or processing units—a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes.


From ACM News

Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough

Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough

Modern computers are not unlike the looms of the industrial revolution: They follow programmed instructions to weave intricate patterns.


From ACM News

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing

In September 1976, in the midst of the Cold War, Victor Ivanovich Belenko, a disgruntled Soviet pilot, veered off course from a training flight over Siberia in his MiG-25 Foxbat, flew low and fast across the Sea of Japan, and…


From ACM News

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record…


From ACM News

Wearables For Animals

Wearables For Animals

Wearable technologies help pet and livestock owners know their animals better than ever before.


From ACM News

These Psychedelic Images Find Order Amid Chaos

These Psychedelic Images Find Order Amid Chaos

What do you see when you look at these images?


From ACM TechNews

Physicists Find Way to Boot Up Quantum Computers 72 Times Faster Than Previously Possible

Physicists Find Way to Boot Up Quantum Computers 72 Times Faster Than Previously Possible

Saarland University researchers have developed a new method of booting up quantum computers to set up a chip with just five quantum bits. 


From ACM TechNews

A High-Performance First Year for Stampede

A High-Performance First Year for Stampede

Approximately 3,400 researchers from 350 institutions used the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in its first year.


From ACM News

Nasa's Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year

Nasa's Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year—687 Earth days—on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.


From ACM TechNews

High-Performance Computer System Installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory

High-Performance Computer System Installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory has a new high-performance computer system called Wolf that will be used for unclassified research. 


From ACM News

Beyond Tianhe-2

Beyond Tianhe-2

The TOP500 semi-annual ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, announced yesterday, revealed that China's Tianhe-2 has kept its first-place position.


From ACM Opinion

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense

Former Nsa Chief Mike Mcconnell Says Culture, Not Tech, Is Key to Cyber Defense

John M. (Mike) McConnell says that technology alone isn't enough to secure corporate networks from pervasive and increasingly damaging cyberattacks.


From ACM News

Indoor Gps Is the Final Frontier of Personalized Navigation

Indoor Gps Is the Final Frontier of Personalized Navigation

Labs in the U.S. and U.K. are working on next-generation GPS that's so cool, it won't even use satellites.


From ACM Careers

­nblinking Eyes Track Employees

­nblinking Eyes Track Employees

A digital Big Brother is coming to work, for better or worse.


From ACM TechNews

Columbia Engineering Team Finds Thousands of Secret Keys in Android Apps

Columbia Engineering Team Finds Thousands of Secret Keys in Android Apps

Columbia University researchers have discovered a security problem in Google Play. 


From ACM TechNews

Hackers Reverse-Engineer Nsa's Leaked Bugging Devices

Hackers Reverse-Engineer Nsa's Leaked Bugging Devices

Security researchers have reverse-engineered some of the wireless spying devices used by the U.S. National Security Agency.