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October 2013


From ACM TechNews

Mit's 'kinect of the Future' Looks Through Walls With X-Ray-Like Vision

Mit's 'kinect of the Future' Looks Through Walls With X-Ray-Like Vision

A device dubbed the "Kinect of the future" can see through walls and pinpoint the movements of someone with an accuracy of plus or minus 10 centimeters. 


From ACM TechNews

'spaf' on Security

'spaf' on Security

Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford, chair of ACM's U.S. Public Policy Council, says not enough serious consideration is given to computer security.


From ACM Opinion

What Last Week's Anti-­.s. Shift in Internet Governance Means to You

What Last Week's Anti-­.s. Shift in Internet Governance Means to You

Last week a group of the Internet's governing organizations announced they were effectively turning their backs on the United States.


From ACM News

The Future of Prosthetics Could Be This Brain-Controlled Bionic Leg

The Future of Prosthetics Could Be This Brain-Controlled Bionic Leg

About a year ago, Zac Vawter climbed all 103 flights of stairs of the Willis Tower in Chicago.


From ACM Careers

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

Cyber Warrior Shortage Hits Anti-Hacker Fightback

For the governments and corporations facing increasing computer attacks, the biggest challenge is finding the right cyber warriors to fight back.


From ACM Opinion

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Rugged individualists aside, many people find themselves increasingly connected not just to one another but also to the devices that make those connections possible.


From ACM TechNews

Researcher Eyes Display on Contact Lens

Researcher Eyes Display on Contact Lens

The IMEC research institute is conducting research on display technology for contact lenses. 


From ACM TechNews

Facial Recognition Is More Accurate in Photos Showing Whole Person

Facial Recognition Is More Accurate in Photos Showing Whole Person

People rely on non-facial cues, such as body shape and build, to identify people in challenging viewing conditions, such as poor lighting. 


From ACM TechNews

In Quantum Computing, Light May Lead the Way

In Quantum Computing, Light May Lead the Way

Researchers say they have developed a method to have light play a bigger, more versatile role in the future of quantum computing. 


From ACM News

Bit By Bit, Virtual Reality Heads For the Holodeck

Bit By Bit, Virtual Reality Heads For the Holodeck

While sitting in a stuffy Hollywood hotel conference room recently, I plotted my next move outside a snow-covered, ancient castle.


From ACM News

A Blow To Computer Security Research

A Blow To Computer Security Research

A British court blocks publication of a scientific paper on wirelessly lockpicking a vehicle immobilizer.

 


From ACM News

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

new report from The Washington Post, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the National Security Agency is collecting hundreds of millions of address books around the world, including many…


From ACM News

Cyber-Shield: Brazil Announces Govt System to Block Nsa Snooping

Cyber-Shield: Brazil Announces Govt System to Block Nsa Snooping

Brazil is creating an email system intended to shield the government from NSA spying.


From ACM News

Accelerometer Ids Smartphones in Seconds

Accelerometer Ids Smartphones in Seconds

One afternoon late last month, security researcher Hristo Bojinov placed his Galaxy Nexus phone face up on the table in a cramped Palo Alto conference room. Then he flipped it over and waited another beat.


From ACM News

On Its Way to Jupiter, Nasa's Juno Probe Sends Snapshot of Earth

On Its Way to Jupiter, Nasa's Juno Probe Sends Snapshot of Earth

Following the speed boosting slingshot of Earth on Wednesday, Oct. 9, that sent NASA's Juno orbiter hurtling towards Jupiter, the probe has successfully transmitted back data and the very first flyby images despite unexpectedly…


From ACM News

3D Printing a Masterwork For Your Living Room

3D Printing a Masterwork For Your Living Room

You may never be able to get to Italy to see Michelangelo's David—but advances in 3D printing technology are making it possible for you to create an almost perfect replica.


From ACM TechNews

Several Top Websites ­se Device Fingerprinting to Secretly Track ­sers

Several Top Websites ­se Device Fingerprinting to Secretly Track ­sers

Researchers have found that 145 of the Internet's top 10,000 websites track users without their knowledge or consent.


From ACM TechNews

An Early Report Card on Massive Open Online Courses

An Early Report Card on Massive Open Online Courses

Massive open online courses could help transform education, but face challenges to realizing their full potential. 


From ACM TechNews

Printed Electronics: A Multi-Touch Sensor Customizable With Scissors

Printed Electronics: A Multi-Touch Sensor Customizable With Scissors

Researchers have developed a printable multi-touch sensor whose shape and size can be altered. 


From ACM TechNews

Your Car Is About to Go Open Source

Your Car Is About to Go Open Source

Automakers are working to standardize a Linux-based operating system for in-vehicle infotainment systems that would make cars act more like smartphones. 


From ACM TechNews

Bbc Plans to Help Get the Nation Coding

Bbc Plans to Help Get the Nation Coding

The British Broadcasting Corporation will launch an initiative in 2015 promoting software programming in the United Kingdom. 


From ACM TechNews

Better Robot Vision

Better Robot Vision

Researchers  have developed a robot-vision algorithm they say is 15 percent better than its best competitor at identifying familiar objects in cluttered scenes. 


From ACM TechNews

Touchscreens Get Curves Thanks to 3d Printed Optics

Touchscreens Get Curves Thanks to 3d Printed Optics

Papillion enables designers to create surfaces that can display wraparound interactive imagery. 


From ACM News

What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like

What Our 3d-Printed Future Looks Like

On-demand organs, Terminator-style arms, and aviation nostalgia—the best of 3D printing is on show in 3D: Printing the Future at London's Science Museum.


From ACM News

This Is Mars in Extremely High Resolution

This Is Mars in Extremely High Resolution

On March 10, 2006, seven months after an Atlas rocket boosted it into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter fell into place in the Red Planet's orbit.


From ACM TechNews

3D Printing: The Greener Choice

3D Printing: The Greener Choice

Making products with a three-dimensional printer uses less energy than mass-producing them in a factory. 


From ACM TechNews

Fear Multicore Apps? Reactive Programming to the Rescue

Fear Multicore Apps? Reactive Programming to the Rescue

Programs that react to events instead of simply running commands are gaining popularity as a way to program on multicore processors, particularly with Java.


From ACM News

Virtual Reality Gaming Is Nearly Here; We Just Need the Right Controller

Virtual Reality Gaming Is Nearly Here; We Just Need the Right Controller

Video games have long promised to offer their players "immersive experiences," but full-blown virtual reality—the holodeck or the matrix—was still a fantasy.


From ACM TechNews

Nsa's Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a 'problem From Hell'

Nsa's Own Hardware Backdoors May Still Be a 'problem From Hell'

Computer hardware into which secret backdoors have been inserted by the U.S. National Security Agency and its adversaries is a tremendous security problem. 


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Beef Up Flash Memory With Protein

Researchers Beef Up Flash Memory With Protein

Researchers in Asia say they have created the first three-dimensional flash memory device made with protein.