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May 2010


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Redesigning the Web For Touch Screens

Redesigning the Web For Touch Screens

Last week, in an essay criticizing Adobe's Flash platform, Apple CEO Steve Jobs drew attention to, among other things, its lack of support for touch--something essential to the experience of an iPhone or iPad. "Flash was designed…


From ACM TechNews

Intel Labs Finds a Way to Create Routers ­sing Clustered Servers

Intel Labs says it can reuse or reconfigure commodity type servers and convert them into data center routers.  The reused servers are programmable and scalable. 


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FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated, despite a federal court decision indicating that the agency has difficulty monitoring broadband providers. …


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Army of Smartphone Chips Could Emulate the Human Brain

Army of Smartphone Chips Could Emulate the Human Brain

If you have a smartphone, you probably have a slice of Steve Furber's brain in your pocket. By the time you read this, his 1-billion-neuron silicon brain will be in production at a microchip plant in Taiwan.


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Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones

Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones

It might be hard to imagine watching "The Office" on a screen no bigger than a business card. But tens of thousands of people--by the most conservative estimate--are already doing just that.


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Why Are Computer ­sers Still Choking on Spam?

Why Are Computer ­sers Still Choking on Spam?

Who is actually responsible for sending spam. It might surprise many to learn that the number one source of spam is the United States, according to a new report.


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Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App For That

Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App For That

IPhone, iPad and Motorola Droid users can now, with the touch of a button, instantly access the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer office with a new, free app allows anyone to easily connect to the office.


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'smart Dust' Aims to Monitor Everything

'smart Dust' Aims to Monitor Everything

In the 1990s, a researcher named Kris Pister dreamed up a wild future in which people would sprinkle the Earth with countless tiny sensors, no larger than grains of rice.


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The Data-Driven Life

The Data-Driven Life

Humans make errors. We make errors of fact and errors of judgment. We have blind spots in our field of vision and gaps in our stream of attention. Sometimes we can’t even answer the simplest questions. Where was I last week at…


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Police Wiretapping Jumps 26 Percent

Police Wiretapping Jumps 26 Percent

The number of wiretaps authorized by state and federal judges in criminal investigations jumped 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to a report released Friday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.


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Privacy Concerns Limit Online Ads, Study Says

Privacy advocates have had an impact on Madison Avenue after all, according to a new study.


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Why Twitter Is the Future of News

Why Twitter Is the Future of News

It's basically impossible for a journalist who relies on Twitter to find stories, stalk editors, rack up "whuffie" and beef with rap stars to be objective about the service. Fortunately, I don't have to be, because four researchers…


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Shoppers Who Can

Shoppers Who Can

It’s called behavioral tracking: Cameras that can follow you from the minute you enter a store to the moment you hit the checkout counter, recording every T-shirt you touch, every mannequin you ogle, every time you blow your…


From ICT Results

Complex Software Systems

Complex Software Systems

Researchers from Israel and six EU countries have carried out pioneering work on self-healing software capable of automatically and autonomously detecting, identifying and fixing errors in the copious lines of code that make…


From ACM TechNews

Nanodots Breakthrough May Lead to 'A Library on One Chip'

North Carolina State University's Jay Narayan led a research effort to create a computer chip that has enough memory to store all the information in a library. 


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Algorithms Provide a Model of Railway Efficiency

Algorithms Provide a Model of Railway Efficiency

The European Union-funded ARRIVAL project, a collaboration of researchers from seven European countries, has developed algorithms that can optimize planning and scheduling in complex rail networks. 


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Innovations in STEM Education: A Conversation With Pcast's Jim Gates

An upcoming President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report will address the issue of improving pre-college math and science education in the United States. 


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Nist: Federal R&d Boosts Industry

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) annual report details innovations developed by federal labs and private-sector organizations. 


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Eu Security Agency Backs Cloud Computing Research

Eu Security Agency Backs Cloud Computing Research

A report from European Union security agency Enisa says that cloud computing, wireless networks, and supply chain integrity should be the focus of information technology security research during the next three to five years.


From Communications of the ACM

Thacker Wins Turing Award

Thacker Wins Turing Award

Microsoft's Charles P. Thacker named 56th recipient of ACM's A.M. Turing Award.


From Communications of the ACM

Happy Birthday, RDBMS!

Happy Birthday, RDBMS!

The relational model of data management, which dates to 1970, still dominates today and influences new paradigms as the field evolves.


From Communications of the ACM

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles and challenges remain.


From Communications of the ACM

Modeling the Astronomical

Modeling the Astronomical

Advances in computer technology have changed the way astronomers see and study the universe.

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