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June 2012


From ACM TechNews

System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras

System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras

MIT researchers have developed a system that can analyze several surveillance cameras more accurately and in less time than it would take a human operator.  


From ACM TechNews

Prophets of Zoom

Prophets of Zoom

Deep-zooming software, known as zoomable user interfaces, enable information such as text, images, and video to sit on a single, limitless surface that can be viewed at whatever size works best.  


From ACM Opinion

Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?

Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?

In the last week or so, cyberwarfare has made front-page news: the United States may have been behind the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran; Iran may have suffered another digital attack with theFlame virus; and our military and industrial…


From ACM Opinion

Stuxnet Expert Calls ­.s. the 'good Guys' in Cyber-Warfare

Stuxnet Expert Calls ­.s. the 'good Guys' in Cyber-Warfare

Sitting in the front row for the first full day of the International Conference on Cyber Conflict was one of the industry’s foremost "rock star" researchers, Ralph Langner.


From ACM Opinion

Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky

Nations Must Talk to Halt 'cyber Terrorism': Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort could stop a new era of "cyber terrorism."


From ACM Careers

Cyberthreats Turn Into Megabucks

Cyberthreats Turn Into Megabucks

As Congress boosts spending on cybersecurity and mulls over new data safety requirements on private industry, some companies stand to get rich.


From ACM News

Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'

Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a "back door" in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft, such as the Boeing 787, that could allow the chip to be taken over via the Internet.


From ACM News

Virtual Patient Under the Knife on Hi-Tech Operating Table

Virtual Patient Under the Knife on Hi-Tech Operating Table

At St Mary's Hospital in London, surgeon Aimee Di Marco is about to cut up a body.


From ACM News

Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets

Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets

People who avoid social networking sites to maintain their privacy may not be as secure as they think, German computer scientists say. 


From ACM TechNews

Training Cells to Perform Boolean Functions? It's Logical

Training Cells to Perform Boolean Functions? It's Logical

Johns Hopkins University researchers have engineered cells that behave like AND and OR Boolean logic gates, producing an output based on one or more unique inputs, a development that could lead to computers that use cells as…


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Uh Students Develop Prototype Device that Translates Sign Language

Uh Students Develop Prototype Device that Translates Sign Language

University of Houston researchers have developed the concept and prototype for MyVoice, a device that reads sign language and translates its motions into audible words.  


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Psc Provides Direct Link From Galaxy to the Xsede Backbone

Psc Provides Direct Link From Galaxy to the Xsede Backbone

Three Rivers Optical Exchange has established a high-bandwidth link from a Penn State bioinformatics program to the network backbone of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment…


From ACM News

Idf Admits to Using Cyber Space to Attack Enemies

Idf Admits to Using Cyber Space to Attack Enemies

The IDF uses cyber space to gather intelligence, attack enemies, and conduct various military operations, the military revealed on Sunday in a posting on its official Website.


From ACM News

Freaks, Geeks, and Microsoft

Freaks, Geeks, and Microsoft

When the Kinect was introduced in November 2010 as a $150 motion-control add-on to Microsoft's Xbox consoles, it drew attention from more than just video-gamers. 


From ACM TechNews

Could Ears Be the Perfect Biometric?

Could Ears Be the Perfect Biometric?

Ear identification could provide as distinctive a form of identification as fingerprints, says University of Southampton's Mark Nixon.  


From ACM TechNews

Technology to Monitor Bird Sounds, Impacts of Environmental Change

Technology to Monitor Bird Sounds, Impacts of Environmental Change

Oregon State University researchers have developed a multi-instance, multi-label machine-learning system to simultaneously listen to multiple bird sounds.  


From ACM TechNews

Finding Good Music in Noisy Online Markets

Finding Good Music in Noisy Online Markets

Columbia University researchers began an online social-media marketing experiment in 2004, creating nine versions of a music download site that presented the same group of unknown songs in different ways.  


From ACM News

Iran: 'flame' Virus Fight Began with Oil Attack

Computer technicians battling to contain a complex virus last month resorted to the ultimate firewall measures—cutting off Internet links to Iran’s Oil Ministry, rigs, and the hub for nearly all the country's crude exports.


From ACM News

Astronomers Predict Titanic Collision: Milky Way vs. Andromeda

Astronomers Predict Titanic Collision: Milky Way vs. Andromeda

NASA astronomers say they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy.


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Cisco: Global 'net Traffic to Surpass 1 Zettabyte in 2016

Cisco: Global 'net Traffic to Surpass 1 Zettabyte in 2016

Global Internet Protocol traffic will reach an annual rate of 1.3 zettabytes in 2016, predicts Cisco Systems.  


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Why Google Will Soon Answer Your Questions Directly

Why Google Will Soon Answer Your Questions Directly

Google recently launched its "knowledge graph," which displays facts and services in response to search queries.  


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S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer

S'pore Develops Chipset For Fast Data Transfer

A microchip developed in Singapore can transmit data 1,000 times faster than Bluetooth. 


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With Goal-Line Tech, Soccer Tries Kicking Its Addiction to Human Error

With Goal-Line Tech, Soccer Tries Kicking Its Addiction to Human Error

Saturday's high-profile match between England and Belgium is the biggest test yet for a system that may finally put an end to flubbed goal-line calls, a technological step forward that soccer sorely needs and will formally…


From Communications of the ACM

An Influential Theoretician

An Influential Theoretician

Sanjeev Arora, winner of the 2011 ACM-Infosys Award, discusses his pivotal role in theoretical computer science.


From Communications of the ACM

Analyzing Medical Data

Analyzing Medical Data

Electronic patient records contain a treasure trove of data, and researchers are using natural language processing technology to mine the structured data and free text.


From Communications of the ACM

Game Changer

Game Changer

Judea Pearl's passionate advocacy of the importance of probability and causality helped revolutionize artificial intelligence.


From Communications of the ACM

Smarter Photography

Smarter Photography

Improvements in camera hardware, image processing, camera-photographer interfaces, and image viewing are advancing the state of the art in digital photography.


From Communications of the ACM

Data Mining Meets City Hall

Data Mining Meets City Hall

Local and national governments are turning to open data to cut their costs, increase transparency and efficiency, and respond to the needs of citizens.

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