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November 2014


From ACM News

Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination

Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination

Here's a curious experiment.


From ACM TechNews

Poll Star: Rice Team Sets Sights on Better Voting Machine

Poll Star: Rice Team Sets Sights on Better Voting Machine

A recent report says U.S. election officials face an "impending crisis" as they try to replace voting systems they bought after Florida's flawed 2000 election. 


From ACM TechNews

The Internet Archive, Trying to Encompass All Creation

The Internet Archive, Trying to Encompass All Creation

The Internet Archive recently held an event at its San Francisco headquarters to show off some of its latest projects. 


From ACM TechNews

Experts Identify Easy Way to Improve Smartphone Security

Experts Identify Easy Way to Improve Smartphone Security

Purdue University researchers recently led a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project investigating computer security.


From ACM Opinion

Ft Interview with Google Co-Founder and Ceo Larry Page

Ft Interview with Google Co-Founder and Ceo Larry Page

Wouldn't the world be a happier place if 90 per cent of the people with jobs put their feet up instead and left the robots to do the work?


From ACM Careers

New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons

New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons

The NBA ushered in the new season this past week, and fans at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers' opening game had access to some new toys.


From ACM TechNews

Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

Chisel is a new system that lets programmers identify sections of their code that can tolerate small errors.


From ACM TechNews

States Ditch Electronic Voting Machines

States Ditch Electronic Voting Machines

Nearly 70 percent of voters are expected to cast paper ballots this week in the United States. 


From ACM TechNews

Stanford System Combines Software With Human Intelligence to Improve Translation

Stanford System Combines Software With Human Intelligence to Improve Translation

Stanford University researchers say they have developed a system to help people translate text faster and more accurately than is currently possible. 


From ACM Opinion

What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?

What Is It Like to Control a Robotic Arm with a Brain Implant?

Jan Scheuermann is not your average experimental subject.


From ACM News

Google Retools Its Flu Prediction Engine—after Getting It Wrong

Google Retools Its Flu Prediction Engine—after Getting It Wrong

It's flu season and Google has some news.


From ACM TechNews

Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source

Survey Indicates Four Out of Five Developers Now ­se Open Source

Four out of five programmers now use, or recently have used, open source development tools, says a new survey. 


From ACM News

A Print Magazine For Hackers

A Print Magazine For Hackers

On a Saturday afternoon earlier this summer, dozens of hackers, journalists, and activists sat on the floor in a darkened hallway of the Pennsylvania Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, watching a projection of an empty lectern.


From ACM News

Why the ­.s. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability

Why the ­.s. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability

A comparison of Internet access in American cities with access in Europe and Asia found some smaller American cities tied for speed with the biggest cities abroad.


From Communications of the ACM

Keeping Online Reviews Honest

Keeping Online Reviews Honest

As online reviews become increasingly important to e-commerce and social media sites, computer scientists work on ways to ensure their authenticity.


From Communications of the ACM

Computing What Fits

Computing What Fits

New apps and pods improve the virtual and actual retail experiences by ensuring clothing and cosmetics look good on you before you buy them.

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