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June 2013


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Automatically Grading Programming Homework

Automatically Grading Programming Homework

Researchers have created software that points out inaccuracies in student programming and offers suggestions for improvement. 


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The Hi-Tech Tattoo That Could Replace All Your Passwords: Motorola Reveals Plans For Ink, and Even Pills, to Identify ­S

The Hi-Tech Tattoo That Could Replace All Your Passwords: Motorola Reveals Plans For Ink, and Even Pills, to Identify ­S

Seeking more-secure alternatives to passwords for online sites and mobile devices, Motorola is focusing on electronic tattoos and authentication pills. 


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Fixing America's Patent Problem Means Going Beyond Trolls

Fixing America's Patent Problem Means Going Beyond Trolls

The so-called patent troll has become one of the tech industry’s favorite monsters in recent years, and on Tuesday the Obama administration announced it would pick a fight with patent-holding companies that produce nothing but…


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This Man Is Not a Cyborg. Yet.

This Man Is Not a Cyborg. Yet.

Get right up close to Dmitry Itskov and sniff all you like—you will not pick up even the faintest hint of crazy.


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A Camera Without a Lens (and a Sensor the Size of a Pixel)

A Camera Without a Lens (and a Sensor the Size of a Pixel)

Cameras as we know them have long been eye-like: a lens captures light and focuses it on film or a detection sensor, just as the lenses in our eyes focus light on our retinas.


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The Next Frontier of Wireless Tech? Your Body

The Next Frontier of Wireless Tech? Your Body

A miniaturized version of sonar technology will be applied inside the human body, to treat diseases in real time. 


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Tingly Projections Make Beamed Gadgets Come Alive

Tingly Projections Make Beamed Gadgets Come Alive

Researchers have developed a system that can beam the outline of computer keyboards or cellphones onto any surface, including the hand.


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IBM Breakthrough Could Alleviate Mobile Data Bottleneck

IBM Breakthrough Could Alleviate Mobile Data Bottleneck

A new phased-array transceiver is designed to ease data bottleneck issues for mobile communication while allowing radar-imaging technology to be scaled down to the size of a laptop. 


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Presidential Candidate: ­.s., Israel Wary of Iran's Cyber Power

Presidential Candidate: ­.s., Israel Wary of Iran's Cyber Power

Supreme Leader's top aide Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also a candidate in Iran's presidential election, hailed the Iranian IT engineers and experts for their good progress, and said the arch foes of the Islamic Republic, the U…


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Microsoft and IBM Researchers Develop a Lie Detector For the Cloud

Microsoft and IBM Researchers Develop a Lie Detector For the Cloud

Researchers have created software that can see if a cloud service performed its promised work, or whether it may have been compromised and forced to do something inappropriate. 


From ACM Careers

Hack a Virus, Win a Prize: Scientist Recognized For 'useful' Germ Modding

Hack a Virus, Win a Prize: Scientist Recognized For 'useful' Germ Modding

The inventor of a viral technology behind tomorrow's electric car batteries, flexible touchscreen computers, and non-invasive cancer screening was awarded a $500,000 prize Tuesday.


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Robot Knows When to Pour You a Beer

Robot Knows When to Pour You a Beer

A robot can anticipate human actions and assist with tasks such as opening a refrigerator door or pouring a drink. 


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Let's Play: Making Travel a Game

Let's Play: Making Travel a Game

It was a Sunday afternoon in SoHo and while most New Yorkers were having brunch, Makeda Peters and her boyfriend were on a street corner craning their necks at a seven-story art installation called "The Wall," about to embark…


From Communications of the ACM

Deep Learning Comes of Age

Deep Learning Comes of Age

Advances on multiple fronts are bringing big improvements to the way computers learn, increasing the accuracy of speech and vision systems.


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Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus

Augmented-Reality Glasses Bring Cloud Security Into Sharp Focus

The possibility of a new $200-billion-plus industry has cloud security experts bracing for the ramifications.


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Proofs Probable

Proofs Probable

Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali laid the foundations for modern cryptography, with contributions including interactive and zero-knowledge proofs.


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ACM Honors Computing Innovators

ACM Honors Computing Innovators

ACM's awards celebrate achievements in networks, information retrieval, multi-agent systems, computer science education, versatile compiler technologies, and more.


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The Future Is Flexible Displays

The Future Is Flexible Displays

Manufacturers hint that bendable screens are coming soon, but academics argue that many engineering challenges remain.

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