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July 2013


From ACM Opinion

Internet Inventor: No Technological Cure For Privacy Ills

Internet Inventor: No Technological Cure For Privacy Ills

Is there technological solution for protecting people from online surveillance?


From ACM Opinion

What Your Metadata Says About You

What Your Metadata Says About You

As recently as a few weeks ago, "metadata" was an obscure term known mainly to techies and academics.


From ACM Careers

This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds

This Is the Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds

There was a time when Melody Meckfessel juggled two wardrobes: one for one Google, and one for the rest of her life.


From ACM News

A Quantum Conundrum

A Quantum Conundrum

D-Wave has helped bring quantum computing into the spotlight, but critics continue to question the company's performance claims.


From ACM News

New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps

New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps

Quantum software has finally left the dark ages with the creation of the first practical, high-level programming language for quantum computers.


From ACM News

Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing

Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing

The sci-fi vision of police officers rushing to the scene of a crime before any crime has even been committed may be rather far-fetched but technology is increasingly playing a role in the modern police force.


From ACM News

Douglas Engelbart, 1925 – 2013

Douglas Engelbart, 1925 – 2013

Douglas Engelbart, creator of the computer mouse, died last week at his home in Atherton, CA.


From ACM News

Big Data Spells Trouble For Consumer Privacy

Big Data Spells Trouble For Consumer Privacy

Matt Valentine, head of Microsoft's enterprise solutions for Hong Kong, shares a key piece of advice with his five- and seven-year-old children: when it comes to downloading a mobile or Web application, you're the product, not…


From ACM TechNews

Eu and Japan Team Up For 100 Gbps Internet Connections

Eu and Japan Team Up For 100 Gbps Internet Connections

A partnership between the European Union and Japan could lead to the creation of more-efficient networks that can handle vast amounts of data. 


From ACM TechNews

Protecting Data in the Cloud

Protecting Data in the Cloud

A new type of secure hardware component can disguise a server's memory-access patterns. 


From ACM TechNews

Humanoid Robot That Sees and Maps

Humanoid Robot That Sees and Maps

New computer-vision algorithms  enable the humanoid robot Roboray to build real-time three-dimensional visual maps for more efficient movement. 


From ACM News

How Nasa Steers the International Space Station Around Space Junk

How Nasa Steers the International Space Station Around Space Junk

Orbiting about 250 miles (400-ish km) above our heads is one of the most complex and expensive engineering projects that the human race has ever put together: the International Space Station (ISS).


From ACM TechNews

Computer Programs Improve Fingerprint Grading

Computer Programs Improve Fingerprint Grading

Researchers have developed a process for grading a fingerprint for sufficient detail for subsequent identification. 


From ACM TechNews

Crisis Cleanup Mapping Tool Coordinates Rebuilding Efforts

Crisis Cleanup Mapping Tool Coordinates Rebuilding Efforts

Crisis Cleanup is a free, open source mapping tool that enables disaster relief organizations to coordinate cleanup and rebuilding efforts after catastrophes. 


From ACM TechNews

Y ­ No Go Viral: The Emerging Science of Memes

Y ­ No Go Viral: The Emerging Science of Memes

Scientists are beginning to study how memes are created, which ones fail, and how certain memes go viral. 


From ACM TechNews

Technology Workers Are Young (really Young)

Technology Workers Are Young (really Young)

Technology industry employees are significantly younger, on average, than those in the workforce overall. 


From ACM Careers

Huawei's Best-Kept Secret: An Army of Engineers

Huawei's Best-Kept Secret: An Army of Engineers

Huawei Technologies Co. has made a name supplying network equipment to clients world-wide, but the Chinese company's emphasis on research and development over manufacturing its own hardware is a lesser-known fact.


From ACM News

Why the Airline Industry Needs Another Data Revolution

Why the Airline Industry Needs Another Data Revolution

Over the years, airline travel has been a prime testbed for advanced computing and data tools.


From ACM News

The Internet of Cars Is Approaching a Crossroads

The Internet of Cars Is Approaching a Crossroads

The phrase "vehicle-to-vehicle communications" might currently mean little more than a few choice words hurled through an open car window.


From ACM News

In Worldwide Surveillance Age, U.s. Has Big Edge

In Worldwide Surveillance Age, U.s. Has Big Edge

The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has made it the global leader in the surveillance game.


From ACM News

Physicists Discover the Secret of Quantum Remote Control

Physicists Discover the Secret of Quantum Remote Control

Teleportation is one of the more extraordinary phenomena in the quantum world.


From ACM Careers

The Only Thing Programmers Have to Fear Is... All of These Things

The Only Thing Programmers Have to Fear Is... All of These Things

Software developer is generally considered a pretty good job, and with good reason.


From ACM News

The Last Survivors of the End of the World

The Last Survivors of the End of the World

In 2 billion years' time, life on Earth will be confined to pockets of liquid water deep underground, according to PhD astrobiologist Jack O'Malley James of the University of St Andrews.


From ACM TechNews

Microscopy Technique Could Help Computer Industry Develop 3-D Components

Microscopy Technique Could Help Computer Industry Develop 3-D Components

NIST NewsThrough-focus Scanning Optical Microscopy (TSOM) could become a crucial tool for improving computer chips. For decades, computer chips have resembled city maps in that their components are essentially flat, but designers…


From ACM TechNews

Colleges Work to Retain Women in STEM Majors

Colleges Work to Retain Women in STEM Majors

Higher education institutions are working to encourage women to pursue majors in science, technology, engineering, and math. 


From ACM TechNews

Teaching a Computer to Play 'Concentration' Advances Security, ­nderstanding of the Human Mind

Teaching a Computer to Play 'Concentration' Advances Security, ­nderstanding of the Human Mind

A new software designed to play the game Concentration could lead to better computer security and a greater understanding of how the human mind works. 


From ACM TechNews

Pruning the Power Grid

Pruning the Power Grid

A new algorithm identifies the most dangerous pairs of failures among the millions of possible failures in a power grid. 


From ACM TechNews

Move Over Messi, Here Come the Robots

Move Over Messi, Here Come the Robots

More than 1,000 soccer-playing robots from 40 countries are competing against each other in the RoboCup soccer tournament. 


From ACM News

The Immortal Life of the Enron E-Mails

The Immortal Life of the Enron E-Mails

Former Enron executive Vincent Kaminski is a modest, semi-retired business school professor from Houston who recently wrote a 960-page book explaining the fundamentals of energy markets. His most lasting legacy, however, may…


From ACM Opinion

Meet the Most Important Tech Company You've Probably Never Heard Of

Meet the Most Important Tech Company You've Probably Never Heard Of

Never trust gadget-makers’ claims about battery life.