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May 2012


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Hovering Drones Flock Together Using 3D Vision

Hovering Drones Flock Together Using 3D Vision

If you're going to have a group of drones flying around each other, it would probably be wise to have each of them know where the other is.


From ACM TechNews

Google SPDY Accelerates Mobile Web

Google SPDY Accelerates Mobile Web

The SPDY protocol can help provide much faster access to mobile Web sites, according to Google engineers.  


From ACM TechNews

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Dynamic View of City Based on Foursquare Check-in Data

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Dynamic View of City Based on Foursquare Check-in Data

A dynamic view of a city's activities and character that reflects the ever-fluctuating patterns of city life can be generated by the millions of check-ins produced by foursquare, according to CMU researchers.  


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Look Ma No Hands, in 140 Characters or Less...

Look Ma No Hands, in 140 Characters or Less...

Clifford Nass, founder of Stanford University's Communications Between Humans and Interactive Media Lab, says future automobiles will boast full automation and will be centered on social media platforms.  


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Osama bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released

Osama bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released

It appears that Osama bin Laden didn’t encrypt any of his computer files. If he had, U.S. authorities probably wouldn’t have been able to do much after confiscating them from his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.


From ACM News

What Makes Heroic Strife

What Makes Heroic Strife

For the past decade or so, generals commanding the world's most advanced armies have been able to rely on accurate forecasts of the outcomes of conventional battles.


From ACM TechNews

Programming Languages Can't Have Copyright Protection, EU Court Rules

Programming Languages Can't Have Copyright Protection, EU Court Rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the functionality of computer programs and the language they are written in cannot be protected by copyright.


From ACM TechNews

IEEE Fellow: Don't Expect NFC Payments to Have a Major Mobile Impact

IEEE Fellow: Don't Expect NFC Payments to Have a Major Mobile Impact

Although many companies are hoping that mobile payments enabled by near-field communications technology will catch on among consumers, the technology's impact will not be as significant as vendors believe it will be, cautions…


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Steganography: How al-Qaeda Hid Secret Documents in a Porn Video

Steganography: How al-Qaeda Hid Secret Documents in a Porn Video

When a suspected al-Qaeda member was arrested in Berlin in May of 2011, he was found with a memory card with a password-protected folder—and the files within it were hidden.


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London 2012: The Importance of Olympic Timekeeping

London 2012: The Importance of Olympic Timekeeping

Olympic timekeepers Omega are unveiling the latest technology that will be used at the London 2012 Games. It can monitor athletes' performance to the nearest one thousandth of a second.


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Moore's Law Lives Another Day

"[Gordon] Moore is my boss, and if your boss makes a law, then you'd better follow it," says Mark Bohr, who leads Intel's efforts to make advances in microchip design practical to manufacture.


From ACM TechNews

Tempering the Rise of the Machines

Tempering the Rise of the Machines

A report written by former Tufts University president Lawrence S. Bacow and former Princeton University president William G. Bowen analyzes the state of online education and machine learning in the university system.  


From ACM TechNews

A Stock Exchange for Your Personal Data

A Stock Exchange for Your Personal Data

The creation of a marketplace for personal information would be a way for people to regain control of their data in the information age, says Hewlett-Packard Labs senior fellow Bernardo Huberman. 


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A Ride on MIT Media Lab's Digital Bandwagon

A Ride on MIT Media Lab's Digital Bandwagon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab recently hosted its annual Inside Out conference where speakers from several projects discussed the future of technology and design.


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Research Breakthrough Takes Supercomputing Out of the Lab

Research Breakthrough Takes Supercomputing Out of the Lab

University of Toronto researchers have developed a system that they say will make the production of a special class of photons used in supercomputing faster and easier.


From ACM Opinion

How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism

How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism

One of the big areas of focus for technology companies over the past year has been "big data"—in other words, the idea that there can be a lot of value in finding patterns in the massive quantities of user data and other information…


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A 100-Gigbit Highway for Science

A 100-Gigbit Highway for Science

The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is laying the foundation for a high-speed network that can transport an increasing amount of scientific data.


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The Indoor Positioning System Era

GPS rules your life. At least, it rules mine.


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Amateur Astronomers Scour the Sky for Government Secrets

Amateur Astronomers Scour the Sky for Government Secrets

Earlier this year Iran's defense minister put the world on notice: His nation had developed the ability to "easily" watch spacewalking astronauts from the ground.


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Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified

Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified

At the center of the uproar over a Google project that scooped up personal data from potentially millions of unsuspecting people is the company software engineer who wrote the code.


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NIST Physicists Benchmark Quantum Simulator With Hundreds of Qubits

NIST Physicists Benchmark Quantum Simulator With Hundreds of Qubits

U.S. NIST researchers have developed a quantum simulator that can engineer interactions among hundreds of qubits, which is 10 times more than previous devices.  


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Samsung Patent Wants to Get in User's Face

Samsung Patent Wants to Get in User's Face

Samsung has filed a patent for a method and device that can read a user's emotions based on facial expressions.  


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ICANN to Notify Domain Applicants of Data Breaches

ICANN to Notify Domain Applicants of Data Breaches

ICANN announced that it will notify all companies who were affected by the recent data breach in the top-level domain Applicant System that allowed other applicants to view their user and file names.  


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'Bullet Time' to Stop Cyber Attacks on Power Grids

'Bullet Time' to Stop Cyber Attacks on Power Grids

In The Matrix, the famous "bullet time" effect showed how Keanu Reeves's character Neo was able to sway out of the path of incoming bullets, as time appeared to slow.


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Americans

Americans

It is taking Americans a bit longer than the rest of the world to catch on to the idea of “mobile wallets.”   


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California Chosen as Home for Computing Institute

The Simons Foundation, which specializes in science and math research, has chosen the University of California, Berkeley, as host for an ambitious new center for computer science, the university plans to announce on Tuesday.


From Communications of the ACM

A Workshop Revival

A Workshop Revival

The success of Germany's Dagstuhl Seminars has inspired a proliferation of Dagstuhl-like venues, especially in India.


From Communications of the ACM

Robots Like Us

Robots Like Us

Thanks to new research initiatives, autonomous humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.


From Communications of the ACM

Automating Scientific Discovery

Automating Scientific Discovery

Computer scientists are teaching machines to run experiments, make inferences from the data, and use the results to conduct new experiments.


From Communications of the ACM

Digitally Possessed

Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact with others.

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