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Ready For a Web OS?
From Communications of the ACM

Ready For a Web OS?

The hegemony of the traditional desktop operating system is starting to fracture with the emergence of a new generation of Web browsers that may finally herald...

Blueprints For Self-Assembly
From Communications of the ACM

Blueprints For Self-Assembly

Researchers are using tools from information theory and computer science to facilitate the automatic creation of nanoscale structures.

From ACM News

Google Offers Peek at Operating System, a Potential Challenge to Windows

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google began lifting the veil on its planned Chrome operating system on Thursday, but it said that computers powered by the software would...

Self-Policing Cloud Computing
From ACM TechNews

Self-Policing Cloud Computing

Researchers at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and IBM Research-Zurich have developed a cloud computing security system that makes elements of the cloud act...

From ACM TechNews

Southampton's World-Class Supercomputer Opens Windows

The University of Southampton's new supercomputer was ranked 74th on the Top500 supercomputer list and is the fastest university-owned supercomputer in England....

Building the Smart Home Wirelessly
From ACM TechNews

Building the Smart Home Wirelessly

Researchers at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) say that radio tags, combined with mobile communication devices, could provide seamless smart home...

From ACM TechNews

Invisibility Visualized: New Software For Rendering Cloaked Objects

Researchers at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a new visualization tool that will enable users to see what a cloaked object looks like...

Are Nations Paying Criminals for Botnet Attacks?
From ACM TechNews

Are Nations Paying Criminals for Botnet Attacks?

Countries that want to disrupt other nations' government, banking, and media resources can simply hire cybercriminals to launch botnet attacks, according to new...

From ACM TechNews

Tai Xue-Cheng Wins Feng Kang Prize in Scientific Computing

Tai Xue-Cheng, a specialist in numerical analysis and computational mathematics at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has been named the winner of the 8th...

Prace Is Ready For Implementation: Applications Ported
From ACM TechNews

Prace Is Ready For Implementation: Applications Ported

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) has been researching promising petascaling techniques, as well as related work on optimization techniques...

From ACM News

Tech Innovation Program Seeks Comments on Potential Future Funding Areas

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking for public comment on four white papers that outline potential areas for research funding grants...

Global Study Reveals Role of It in Strategic Efforts to Combat Recession
From ACM News

Global Study Reveals Role of It in Strategic Efforts to Combat Recession

A study released Friday (Nov. 20) by RONIN has found that companies across the globe taking a strategic approach to emerging from the recession are investing more...

Trust Linux!
From ICT Results

Trust Linux!

A team of researchers has implemented support for 'trusted computing' in a commercially available version of the open source operating system Linux, breaking new...

From ACM News

Technology Sector Transforms Into a Giant R&d Machine

When the world thinks of the Indian technology sector, it imagines a nation of call center workers and low level computer programmers administering databases and...

Securing Military Wireless Networks
From ACM TechNews

Securing Military Wireless Networks

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has awarded a 10-year, $35.5 million grant to establish a new research center to develop secure, mobile wireless networks for...

Bcs Honors Ground-Breaking Scientists
From ACM News

Bcs Honors Ground-Breaking Scientists

Professor Yorick Wilks, a pioneering AI scientist who is helping develop virtual agents to keep older people company, and Dr Byron Cook, an academic who has broken...

Certification and Accreditation Process For Federal Systems Transformed
From ACM News

Certification and Accreditation Process For Federal Systems Transformed

A revised draft publication on computer security guidance issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is focused on transforming the episodic...

From ACM TechNews

Bendable Magnetic Interface

Microsoft Research Cambridge scientists are developing an experimental tactile interface that enables users to interact with devices by squishing, stretching, rolling...

What's Next for Wi-Fi?
From ACM TechNews

What's Next for Wi-Fi?

The Wi-Fi experience will undergo a dramatic transformation triggered by the recent approval of the IEEE 802.11n wireless standard. The standard facilitates a...

Mobile Botnets Show Their Destructive Potential
From ACM News

Mobile Botnets Show Their Destructive Potential

Denial-of-services (DoS) attacks are a common tactic used by "black hats" intent on bringing down a high-profile Web site. Now Patrick Traynor of the Georgia Institute...
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