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December 2013


From ACM TechNews

When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

Computer software currently exists that can read subtle, millisecond-long facial cues of a person's emotions via frame-by-frame video analysis. 


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Tech Giants Are Countering Government Spying

Tech Giants Are Countering Government Spying

Technology firms such as Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and Facebook are investing in  security technology to thwart U.S. government surveillance of their computer systems. 


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Sony Files Patent For 'smartwig'

Sony Files Patent For 'smartwig'

Sony has filed a patent application for a device called a SmartWig with hopes of becoming a major player in the wearable technology sector. 


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Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design

Supercomputer-Driven Materials Design

The job of a materials scientist—to warp matter into new and useful forms—has historically involved a ridiculous amount of guesswork.


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Willis Ware, Who Helped Build Blueprint For Computer Design, Dies at 93

Willis Ware, Who Helped Build Blueprint For Computer Design, Dies at 93

Willis H. Ware, an electrical engineer who played an important role in defining the importance of personal privacy in the information age, has died at age 93.


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China Launches Moon Rover Mission

China Launches Moon Rover Mission

China's latest display of ambition in space involves sending a Jade Rabbit roaming across the Bay of Rainbows.


From Communications of the ACM

Seeing the Big Picture

Seeing the Big Picture

Lensless cameras and other advances in digital imaging, computational optics, signal processing, and big data are transforming how we think about photography.


From Communications of the ACM

CS Enrollments Rise . . . at the Expense of the Humanities?

CS Enrollments Rise . . . at the Expense of the Humanities?

A growing proportion of U.S. college students are earning degrees in computer and information sciences, surprising some in academia.


From Communications of the ACM

Life Points the Way to a New Template For Chipmaking

Life Points the Way to a New Template For Chipmaking

While significant obstacles remain, researchers are optimistic about using DNA to guide graphene into complex circuit shapes on silicon.

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