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December 2013


From ACM TechNews

Researchers ­se Shopping Cart to Put Mobile, Nfc Payment Theft on Wheels

Researchers ­se Shopping Cart to Put Mobile, Nfc Payment Theft on Wheels

Researchers have found that contactless payments are more vulnerable then previously believed.


From ACM TechNews

Mit, Notre Dame, ­t San Antonio Help Build Hybrid Cloud Environment For Education

Mit, Notre Dame, ­t San Antonio Help Build Hybrid Cloud Environment For Education

Internet2 is working to bring a hybrid cloud environment to its community of research and educational institutions. 


From ACM Careers

Shazam! How the Music Industry Hears What You (will) Love

Shazam! How the Music Industry Hears What You (will) Love

At some point in 2014, your friends are totally going to be into this Dutch DJ named Martin Garrix.


From ACM News

When Bitcoins Go Bad: 4 Stories of Fraud, Hacking, and Digital Currencies

When Bitcoins Go Bad: 4 Stories of Fraud, Hacking, and Digital Currencies

With Bitcoin interest (and prices) spiking, you might be considering investing in your own little cache of digital currency.


From ACM News

'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People

'Soft' Biometrics Is the New Way to Monitor People

Cameras are strewn around our environment, catching glimpses of our faces everywhere we go, yet even the best facial recognition technology still has a hard time picking us out of the crowd.


From ACM News

Scientist-Developed Malware Covertly Jumps Air Gaps Using Inaudible Sound

Scientist-Developed Malware Covertly Jumps Air Gaps Using Inaudible Sound

Computer scientists have developed a malware prototype that uses inaudible audio signals to communicate, a capability that allows the malware to covertly transmit keystrokes and other sensitive data even when infected machines…


From ACM TechNews

Study: Black Women Falling Behind in STEM Fields

Study: Black Women Falling Behind in STEM Fields

Women of color, especially black women, are significantly underrepresented in academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics positions


From ACM TechNews

Wave Fingers, Make Faces: The Future of Computing at Intel

Wave Fingers, Make Faces: The Future of Computing at Intel

Intel's perceptual computing technology incorporates gestures, facial recognition, and voice recognition to make devices more "natural, intuitive, and immersive." 


From ACM TechNews

Magnetic Tape to the Rescue

Magnetic Tape to the Rescue

Magnetic tape is being revived as a viable storage medium for the vast volume of data generated, which doubles every two years at its current rate. 


From ACM TechNews

Japanese Robots Earn Their Keep

Japanese Robots Earn Their Keep

Japanese researchers have developed a robot designed to provide assistance and companionship to human astronauts who spend months working in space.


From ACM TechNews

Patients Drive New Wheelchair With Their Tongues

Patients Drive New Wheelchair With Their Tongues

The new Tongue Drive System is a wearable system that enables paralyzed people to control wheelchairs with flicks of their pierced tongues. 


From ACM TechNews

Robotutor Marks the Homework of a Class of Thousands

Robotutor Marks the Homework of a Class of Thousands

Codewebs, an artificially intelligent tutor for online students that can analyze and assess submitted code, can give students fast, tailored feedback and guidance. 


From ACM News

Nasa's Dawn Fills Out Its Ceres Dance Card

Nasa's Dawn Fills Out Its Ceres Dance Card

It's going to be a ball when NASA's Dawn spacecraft finally arrives at the dwarf planet Ceres, and mission managers have now inked in the schedule on Dawn's dance card.


From ACM Opinion

Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android

Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android

In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.


From ACM News

Digital Era Confounds the Courts

Digital Era Confounds the Courts

The Founding Fathers weren't big on texting.


From ACM News

Inside a Twitter Robot Factory

Inside a Twitter Robot Factory

One day last month, Jim Vidmar bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for $58 from an online vendor in Pakistan.


From ACM TechNews

Mission Possible: Simulation-Based Training and Experimentation on Display

Mission Possible: Simulation-Based Training and Experimentation on Display

The Fleet Integrated Synthetic Training/Testing Facility software and gaming technology offers an affordable, adaptive way to train sailors for combat scenarios. 


From ACM TechNews

Prestigious Reis Prize Awarded to 31-Year-Old Information Theorist

Prestigious Reis Prize Awarded to 31-Year-Old Information Theorist

Researchers have developed a security system for wireless communications that would prevent a would-be eavesdropper from receiving transmitted information. 


From ACM TechNews

What Can Happen When Graphene Meets a Semiconductor

What Can Happen When Graphene Meets a Semiconductor

Researchers say they have identified new characteristics of electron transport in a two-dimensional sheet of graphene layered on top of a semiconductor. 


From ACM News

2014 Bower Award Goes To… Validation

2014 Bower Award Goes To… Validation

Edmund Clarke will receive the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science.


From ACM News

Imagine Your Face As Your Future Iphone Password

Imagine Your Face As Your Future Iphone Password

You may one day be able to unlock your iPhone based just on your good looks.


From ACM News

Europa's Choppy Ocean Looks Friendly to Life

Europa's Choppy Ocean Looks Friendly to Life

As moons go, Europa is doing pretty well in the looks department.


From ACM News

Pilot ­se of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes

Pilot ­se of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes

Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today's airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they're sometimes unprepared to take control, according to aviation…


From ACM News

Nasa Outlines Ingenious Plan to Resurrect the Kepler Planet Hunter

Nasa Outlines Ingenious Plan to Resurrect the Kepler Planet Hunter

Back in August, NASA formally threw in the towel on attempts to get its Kepler planet-hunting probe working again.


From ACM Opinion

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

Diagnosis For Healthcare.gov: ­nrealistic Technology Expectations

The fiasco with the $600 million federal health insurance website wasn't all bureaucratic.


From ACM News

Supreme Court Declines Case on Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

Supreme Court Declines Case on Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to get involved in state efforts to force online retailers such as Amazon.com to collect sales tax from customers even in places where the companies do not have a physical presence.


From ACM TechNews

Uae Researchers Pioneer First Patient-Specific 3D Virtual Birth Simulator

Uae Researchers Pioneer First Patient-Specific 3D Virtual Birth Simulator

A new virtual birthing simulator could enable mothers, doctors, and midwives to see how a birth will likely occur. 


From ACM TechNews

Nasa Begins Exploring Quantum Computing

Nasa Begins Exploring Quantum Computing

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers have started running applications on a novel machine to explore quantum computing. 


From ACM TechNews

Sc13 Student Cluster Competition Results Are In

Sc13 Student Cluster Competition Results Are In

The University of Texas at Austin's Team Longhorn was the overall winner of the 2013 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the recent SC13 Conference in Denver. 


From ACM TechNews

Gates Foundation Big Data Grants Stress Open Data

Gates Foundation Big Data Grants Stress Open Data

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has allocated six $100,000 grants to projects aimed at "increasing interoperability of social good data."