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April 2014


From ACM TechNews

A Faster Internet For Your Smartphones

A Faster Internet For Your Smartphones

Namehelp Mobile is a smartphone application that compares Domain Name Service performance provided by one's organization and by public DNS systems. 


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Future Computers That Are 'normally Off'

Future Computers That Are 'normally Off'

Researchers have outlined the future of spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory. 


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Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on Nsa

Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on Nsa

The U.S. National Security Agency's annual Cyber Defense Exercise determines which of the five U.S. military service academies can best withstand cyberthreats. 


From ACM News

Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow

Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.


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Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins

Heartbleed Bug's 'voluntary' Origins

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European coders and a former military consultant in Maryland.


From ACM Opinion

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but that its discovery validates the methods used.


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Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here

Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here

Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal.


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Stanford Medical Technology Exposes Hidden Maladies of Sculptor Auguste Rodin's Celebrated Hands

Stanford Medical Technology Exposes Hidden Maladies of Sculptor Auguste Rodin's Celebrated Hands

One has a ganglion cyst.


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Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector

Exotic Space Particles Slam Into Buried South Pole Detector

A belowground experiment at the South Pole has now discovered three of the highest-energy neutrinos ever found, particles that may be created in the most violent explosions of the universe.


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Groundbreaking Optical Device Could Enhance Optical Information Processing, Computers

Groundbreaking Optical Device Could Enhance Optical Information Processing, Computers

A newly developed optical device could lead to new and more powerful computers that run faster and cooler. 


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Automated Age-Progression Software Lets You See How a Child Will Age

Automated Age-Progression Software Lets You See How a Child Will Age

University of Washington researchers have developed software that automatically generates images of a child's face as it ages through a lifetime. 


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Stanford Engineers Design Video Game Controller That Can Sense Players' Emotions

Stanford Engineers Design Video Game Controller That Can Sense Players' Emotions

Stanford University researchers have developed a prototype video game controller that gauges the player's brain activity in real time. 


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Is Tsubame-Kfc a Game-Changer?

Is Tsubame-Kfc a Game-Changer?

Japanese researchers have developed TSUBAME-KFC, the 311th fastest supercomputer in the world. 


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Researchers See If Google Glass Can Help Parkinson's Patients

Researchers See If Google Glass Can Help Parkinson's Patients

Researchers are experimenting with Google Glass to see if it can assist Parkinson's disease patients in monitoring their symptoms and increasing their mobility. 


From ACM Opinion

Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky

Three Questions For Eugene Kaspersky

The Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has analyzed major new kinds of malware, including Stuxnet, which four years ago was revealed to have damaged centrifuges in Iran's uranium-enrichment facilities.


From ACM Careers

Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on Nsa

Call of Cyber Duty: Military Academies Take on Nsa

If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen.


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Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize

Hard Disk Pioneer Stuart Parkin Wins Millennium Prize

Prof Stuart Parkin developed a type of data-reading head capable of detecting weaker and smaller signals than had previously been possible.


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Is Fingerprint Security Reliable?

Is Fingerprint Security Reliable?

The strength of biometric locks on Apple's and Samsung's new phones may lie in their convenience.


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New 'switch' Could Power Quantum Computing

New 'switch' Could Power Quantum Computing

Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and Harvard University have developed a new method for connecting particles—one that could help in the development of…


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What's Next: Making Technology More ­ser-Friendly

What's Next: Making Technology More ­ser-Friendly

University of Kentucky professor Melody Carswell combines psychology and engineering to better understand the issues humans have with technology. 


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Dna Nanobots Deliver Drugs in Living Cockroaches

Dna Nanobots Deliver Drugs in Living Cockroaches

Researchers have introduced  DNA nanobots that can dispense drugs into living cockroaches. 


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How a Ping-Pong-Playing Robot Is Revolutionizing Robotics

How a Ping-Pong-Playing Robot Is Revolutionizing Robotics

An Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student is developing a new way for robots to learn by using a ping-pong-playing robotic arm. 


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U.s. Cyber Challenge Opens Registration For Cyber Quests Competition

U.s. Cyber Challenge Opens Registration For Cyber Quests Competition

Students and professionals have until April 29 to register for the Cyber Quests online contest that could yield an invitation to a week-long Cyber Camp this summer. 


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Supreme Court Weighing When Online Speech Becomes Illegal Threat

Supreme Court Weighing When Online Speech Becomes Illegal Threat

When does an online threat become worthy of criminal prosecution?


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Meet Your Unborn Child—before It's Even Conceived

Meet Your Unborn Child—before It's Even Conceived

Will my baby be healthy?


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How the U.s. Built the World's Most Ridiculously Accurate Atomic Clock

How the U.s. Built the World's Most Ridiculously Accurate Atomic Clock

Throw out that lame old atomic clock that's only accurate to a few tens of quadrillionths of a second.


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Sri Wearable Robots Make Soldiers Better, Stronger, Faster

Sri Wearable Robots Make Soldiers Better, Stronger, Faster

In the heart of Silicon Valley, lining the wall in one of the world’s most advanced robotics labs, is a row of sewing machines.


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Twitter Is Surprisingly Accurate at Predicting Unemployment

Twitter Is Surprisingly Accurate at Predicting Unemployment

Twitter is full of relative junk: tweets you don't want to read from people you're not all that interested in knowing, almost all of them chiming in on topics (see thisthis and this) you'd never want to hear about in real life…


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Off the Shelf, on the Skin: Stick-On Electronic Patches For Health Monitoring

Off the Shelf, on the Skin: Stick-On Electronic Patches For Health Monitoring

Researchers have developed stick-on patches that incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. 


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Hackers Lurking in Vents and Soda Machines

Hackers Lurking in Vents and Soda Machines

Hackers are exploiting overlooked vulnerabilities in third-party access points ranging from online restaurant menus to soda machines to heating and cooling systems.