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December 2011


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Cyber Security Must Focus on Users, Not Just Attackers

Cyber Security Must Focus on Users, Not Just Attackers

Cybersecurity measures must aim at users, not just attackers, according to researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park's Maryland Cybersecurity Center. 


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Video Search Solves the News Segmentation Problem

Computer scientists at Paris-based search engine company Exalead have developed Voxalead, a video search service that automatically divides news broadcasts into standalone passages on specific topics. 


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Free Software Activists to Take on Google With New Free Search Engine

Free Software Activists to Take on Google With New Free Search Engine

The organizers of the YaCy free software project hope to one day replace centrally run search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. 


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A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution

A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution

In an interview, Frederico Faggin, who led the design and development of the first microprocessor in 1970, says he sees a future in which quantum and cognitive computing are widely used. 


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Comedy of Errors Led to False 'water-Pump Hack' Report

Comedy of Errors Led to False 'water-Pump Hack' Report

It was the broken water pump heard 'round the world. Cyberwar watchers took notice this month when a leaked intelligence memo claimed Russian hackers had remotely destroyed a water pump at an Illinois utility.


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Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell

Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell

The photographs of celebrities and models in fashion advertisements and magazines are routinely buffed with a helping of digital polish.


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Soft Robots Inspired By Nature Could Become Our Flexible Friends

Robbie the Robot in the 1950s movie Forbidden Planet may have been endearing in a clunky, metallic way, but negotiating tricky terrain was never his strong point.


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Researchers Reduce Smart Phones Power Consumption By More Than 70 Percent

Researchers Reduce Smart Phones Power Consumption By More Than 70 Percent

Aalto University researchers have developed new ways to significantly reduce power consumption for smartphones, particularly in locations that do not have reliable sources of electricity. 


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Brave NUI World

Brave NUI World

Natural user interface developments, such as Microsoft's Kinect, may indicate the beginning of the end for the mouse.


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Activism Vs. Slacktivism

Activism Vs. Slacktivism

Today's activists are highly plugged into social media, mobile apps, and other digital tools. But does this make a difference where it matters most?


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The Rise of Molecular Machines

The Rise of Molecular Machines

The field of molecular computing is achieving new levels of control over biochemical processes and fostering sophisticated connections between computer science and the biological sciences.


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CSEdWeek Takes Hold

CSEdWeek Takes Hold

Groups in more than 130 countries will participate in Computer Science Education Week this year.


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Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011

Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011

 Colleagues recall the creator of C and codeveloper Unix, an unassuming but brilliant man who enjoyed playing practical jokes on his coworkers.

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