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January 2014


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It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (and Not Just For the Reasons You Think)

It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (and Not Just For the Reasons You Think)

Emergency "mesh" networks that wirelessly connect computers and devices directly to each other have existed for some time and offer numerous benefits. 


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Ok, Glass, Find a Killer App

Ok, Glass, Find a Killer App

A select group of developers have been experimenting with Google Glass for months and have created apps that could indicate where the technology will go in the future. 


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New Innovation by N­S Researchers Enhances Information Storage in Electronics

New Innovation by N­S Researchers Enhances Information Storage in Electronics

Researchers say they have developed magnetoresistive random access memory technology that can boost information storage in electronic systems. 


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Thanks to the Nsa, Quantum Computing May Some Day Be in the Cloud

Thanks to the Nsa, Quantum Computing May Some Day Be in the Cloud

The U.S. National Security Agency is spending about $80 million for basic quantum computing research.


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­nemployed in Europe Stymied By Lack of Technology Skills

­nemployed in Europe Stymied By Lack of Technology Skills

A large portion of Europe's unemployed workers and young people entering the workforce lack the necessary skills for technology-based job opportunities.


From ACM Opinion

Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Will 2014 be the year that the Internet is reined in?


From ACM News

Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa

Water Plumes Spark a Race to Jupiter Moon Europa

Let's put Mars in our rear-view mirror.


From ACM Opinion

The Top Four Tech Legal Cases to Watch in 2014

The Top Four Tech Legal Cases to Watch in 2014

While we're all wiping the champagne-induced sleep from our eyes, inevitably we have to sober up for 2014.


From ACM News

Inside Tao: Documents Reveal Top Nsa Hacking ­nit

Inside Tao: Documents Reveal Top Nsa Hacking ­nit

In January 2010, numerous homeowners in San Antonio, Texas, stood baffled in front of their closed garage doors.


From ACM TechNews

Out in the Open: Ex-Google Ad Man Saves You From Ad Hell

Out in the Open: Ex-Google Ad Man Saves You From Ad Hell

The World Privacy Forum recently told the U.S. Congress the data brokerage industry is making millions of dollars selling lists of all kinds of data to marketers. 


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Wireless Networks Exposed as Electricity Grid Weakest Link

Wireless Networks Exposed as Electricity Grid Weakest Link

Australian researchers have determined that hackers can exploit numerous security flaws in smart meters on the electrical power grid. 


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Meditation May Aid Smoking Cessation Treatment

Meditation May Aid Smoking Cessation Treatment

 

A new study suggests more heavy smokers can quit, with fewer relapses, through treatment with meditation with pharmaceutical and cognitive behavioral therapies.

 


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The Internet of Things in 2014: Steady as It Goes

The Internet of Things in 2014: Steady as It Goes

Continued progress is likely this year toward an interconnected network of devices that will communicate with each other over the Internet. 


From Communications of the ACM

French Team Invents Faster Code-Breaking Algorithm

French Team Invents Faster Code-Breaking Algorithm

New method can crack certain cryptosystems far faster than earlier alternatives.


From Communications of the ACM

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows

Interfaces can sense your mood, if you let them.


From Communications of the ACM

'Peace Technologies' Enable Eyewitness Reporting When Disasters Strike

'Peace Technologies' Enable Eyewitness Reporting When Disasters Strike

Ushahidi — or "testimony" in Swahili — has played a central role in coordinating responses to crises around the globe.

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